Susannah Foden is an associate in the trust and estate disputes team.

She advises claimants and defendants in relation to a variety of disputes relating to wills, estates and trusts including challenges to the validity of wills, claims made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, property ownership disputes and trust and estate administration disputes

As a specialist in contentious Court of Protection matters Susannah advises attorneys, deputies and other concerned parties in relation to disputes regarding individuals who lack mental capacity and their best interests.  For example, cases involving financial abuse and the misuse of Powers of Attorney.

Susannah joined Russell-Cooke in 2018 as a trainee and qualified in March 2020.

  • Administration Disputes: acting for a beneficiary in a claim for the removal of the executors of his late mother’s Estate as a result of delay and misconduct in the administration, including a unilateral decision by the executors to renovate estate property at substantial cost to the estate.
  • Court of Protection Disputes: acting for the wife of a protected party in a dispute with his sister regarding his capacity to marry and enter into sexual relations, where he should reside and with whom he should have contact.
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Defendants) Act 1975 Claims: acted for the ex-wife of the Deceased in her capacity as executor and sole beneficiary of the estate, in defending a claim brought by the Deceased’s co-habiting partner. The claim was settled at mediation.

Susannah is:

  • a member of Contra (the network for Contentious Trusts Associates)
  • a member of COPPA (the association for Court of Protection Practitioners Association)
  • a student member of ACTAPS (the Association for Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

Susannah read psychology at the University of Birmingham, attaining a BSc with Upper Second-Class Honours, accredited by the British Psychological Society.

She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Guildford, attaining a Commendation in both courses.