Susannah Proctor

Year of call 2005

“Combines intelligence with drive, determination and judgement.”

Legal 500 2018

Susannah Proctor is an outstanding and passionate advocate; she is regularly instructed in a range of serious and complex cases including sexual offending, serious violence, organised crime and firearms.

Susannah regularly deals with defendants with fitness-to-plead issues and other mental health disorders. She balances empathy with a tenacious and relentless pursuit of justice.

Susannah has been led by distinguished silks in murder cases for both the prosecution and defence.


Led by Alistair McDonald KC prosecuting a defendant for murder involving knife crime and perverting the course of justice.

Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service

Serious offences of rape and other violence sexual offending against multiple woman with whom the defendant weas at the time in relationships with, offences included allegations of controlling and coercive behaviour.

Instructed by Westgarths Solicitors, Newcastle

Defendant on a deprivation or liberty order, alleged to have carried out a rape on a stranger, issues of fitness to stand trial.

Historic rape allegations against a family member.

Instructed by Hay and Kilner Solicitors Newcastle.

Defending historic sexual abuse against young boys in the defendant’s care whilst he was working as a priest.

Instructed by ABR Solicitors Leeds

Led By Nicholas Lumley KC defendant a mother responsible for the death of her child. A case involving diminished responsibility.

Instructed by ABR Solicitors, Leeds

Defending an allegation of joint enterprise section 18 wounding, following the repeated stabbing of a young man in Huddersfield.

Instructed by Ashworth’s Solicitors, Huddersfield

Allegation of rape involving partners who had met through Tinder, including allegations of the administering of date rape drugs.

Instructed by Howard and Byre Solicitors York

Defending joint enterprise rape allegation following a night out in Leeds City Centre.

Instructed by Dinn Solicitors Leeds

Led by leading junior Thomas Storey. A serious of historical sexual abuse cases involving sexual offending within care homes in the 1970s.

Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service

Domestic violence case involving the grievous bodily harm and sexual abuse of the defendant’s step daughter, tried along side a number of child neglect offences.

Instructed by Michael Henderson and Co, Newcastle

Defending arson with intent to endanger life, a defendant with previous history for arson accused of setting fire to his flat. Defendant suffering from significant impairment of the mind, unfit to standing trial.

Instructed by Michael Henderson and Co Newcastle

Defending a rape allegation at barracks.

Instructed by ABR Solicitors Leeds

Historic familial same sex rape involving large volumes of social services material.

Instructed by ABR Solicitors Leeds

Led by Alistair McDonald KC defending in a multi-handed case of importation and distribution of cocaine, including kidnap and firearms.

Instructed by Michael Henderson and Co, Newcastle

Susannah deals with a range of family matters including injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996, care proceedings, private and public law proceedings under the Children Act 1989 representing both local authority and parents, including cases involving serious violent and sexual offences including rape and Forced Marriage Protection Orders.

Susannah has dealt with finding of fact cases including cross examination of serious violence and sexual offences with extensive experience relating to special measures and other technology to support parties and witnesses.

Additional Information

  • CPS Level 3 Prosecutor
  • Higher Rights of Audience (2010)

  • University of Bristol
  • Nottingham High School for Girls

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