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Susan Freeburn Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Susan is a Principal Lawyer in the London Criminal & Misconduct Department.

Her practice encompasses all aspects of criminal and disciplinary law but specialising in representing professionals (predominantly police officers) accused of serious criminal or disciplinary offences.

She advises officers in the post incident phase of death and serious injury cases (DSI) which are independently investigated by the IPCC.  She has represented officers in a number of custody deaths involving excited delirium and positional asphyxia.  She regularly represents interested parties at Article 2 inquests including fatal shootings by police and deaths in custody.

She also represents interested parties in judicial reviews, most notably the challenge to the lawfulness of police officers “conferring” case when making their statements brought by Charlotte Saunders arising out of the fatal police shooting of her brother, Mark.  More recently, she was involved in an important judicial review case establishing the right of an accused officer in police misconduct proceedings to require witnesses to attend the hearing (Chief Constable of Hampshire v PAT [2012] - the McLean case).

Susan trained at Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon, qualifying in 2001 and became a Partner in the London Criminal and Misconduct Department in 2008.

Susan completed a Physics degree at Merton College, Oxford University before deciding upon a career in law. She completed her CPE and LPC at the College of Law, London achieving a distinction in her LPC.

Committee Member of London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.