Griffith Smith Conway Solicitors Brighton & Hove


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Griffith Smith Conway Solicitors Brighton & Hove



Susan was admitted as a Solicitor (Hons) in 1965, and is a John Marshall Prize Winner. Susan achieved the highest marks in the United Kingdom in the Solicitors’ Finals of 1964 in the Revenue and Equity and Succession papers. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and as a non-contentious lawyer, undertakes work in the field of commercial property (including transactions of substantial complexity), residential property, landlord and tenant, business acquisitions and disposal, wills, probate, trusts and attorneyship. Susan has some forty years’ experience in acquiring and disposing of residential property across East and West Sussex.

Susan has undertaken the winding up of large and substantial estates, advised on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 and also dealt with probate matters which have become litigious in conjunction with her litigation department. Susan was a trustee of a private girls’ school and governor of a nursery school, and enjoys advising on matters relating to charities. Susan is also a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and practices Ericksonian hypnosis.

Specialist areas of law:

  • Residential conveyancing
  • Commercial property
  • Property development work including acquisitions of sites for conversion (both into houses and/or flat units)
  • Commercial landlord and tenant
  • Residential landlord and tenant
  • Probate, tax and trusts
  • Attorneyship and court of protection
  • Elderly client problems



Steven originally trained with Denton Wilde Sapte and was subsequently a commercial litigator with that firm specialising in pensions and trusts litigation. Following his divorce and being awarded “custody” (now called residence) of his children he could no longer travel to the City. He joined the Worthing firm of Lings and set up a general litigation and family department from scratch.

He continues to handle commercial instructions including:

  • Defending search and seizure proceedings for what is now a leading company in its field (but would have been strangled at birth had those proceedings not been defended) – opponents were represented by ASB law.
  • Acting for the owner of against British Airports Authority in an internet domain name dispute – opponents were represented by Herbert Smith.
  • Obtaining worldwide freezing orders.

He acts as an advocate in the County Court and in Employment Tribunals and has been instructed in cases that have reached the High Court (see “Reported Cases” below) and the Court of Appeal. He has developed expertise in family law and is writing articles for the leading family law journal (see “Publications” below).

Specialist areas of law:

  • General and commercial litigation
  • Family law (including civil partnerships and cohabitees)
  • Employment law
  • Inheritance act and probate claims
  • Professional negligence
  • Personal injury


Steven is prepared to consider acting under deferred fee agreements (principally in family law), contingency fee arrangements (employment claims) and conditional fee agreements (principally personal injury work but may be available in other areas). Otherwise, he charges the standard rates set by Brighton County Court for himself and his assistants (except that the rates may be discounted for family work).

Education and qualifications:

  • Education & Qualifications:
  • BA (First Class Honours in English, Bristol University)
  • Common Professional Examination in Law (College of Law, Guildford)
  • Solicitor’s Finals (College of Law, Guildford)

Reported cases:

  • R (J and P) v West Sussex County Council and Wiltshire County Council [2002] EWCH 1143 (admin) [2002] 2 FLR 1192: Steven was instructed by the applicants in judicial review proceedings concerning the rights of local authorities to disclose confidential information to third parties.
  • Dalton v Latham & Others [2003] WTLR 687: Steven acted for the family in resisting an application by Mr Dalton to be allowed to inherit under their uncle’s will despite having been convicted of his manslaughter. This case generated significant media coverage and was also the subject of an Irish television documentary in which Steven appeared.
  • A v B (Financial Relief: Agreements) [2005] EWCH 314 (Fam) [2005] 2 FLR 730: Steven acted for A in this important case on the status of past agreements in applications for financial provision on divorce. An article is contemplated reviewing the decisions in this area and whether this case represents a radical departure in favour of enforcing such agreements even in the light of poor legal advice and non-disclosure.


  • Land Registration Act 2002 section 46: A Guided Missile [Family Law, September, 2005]: concerns the ability of family lawyers to prevent sale of property by obtaining “overriding priority” even where contracts for sale have been exchanged.
  • Chattels, Contents and Assets: The Easy Road to Being Sued for Negligence [Family Law, forthcoming]: concerns the importance of dealing with all assets when drafting compromise Heads of Agreement intended to be final.



Throughout his professional career Chris has been involved in all kinds of commercial property projects. These include the initial development and letting of Chelsea Harbour, a mixed retail, commercial and residential development in West London and the development and subsequent management of a number of major retail projects – including the regional shopping centre at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Chris also has vast experience of acting for both landlords and tenants in relation to all types of property and has a particular interest in retail premises. Chris is able to deal with the sales and purchases of all types of property and has been involved with many complex and multi-tenanted premises.

Chris has the expertise and experience to handle commercial property transactions of considerable complexity. He has also undertaken sales and purchases of small businesses. He is an advisor to several property developers and assists them in the early stages of acquisition of land for development both for commercial and residential properties, also the acquisition of properties for flat conversion.

Specialist areas of law:

  • Commercial property
  • Landlord and tenant (acting for both parties)
  • Development of land
  • Alcohol and premises licensing



Michelle qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after obtaining her Law Degree at Liverpool University. Michelle spent two years working in London. Michelle has a wide experience of handling divorce and financial matters, disputes involving children and issues surrounding domestic violence. Michelle also has experience in dealing with property disputes arising between unmarried parties.

Michelle is a member of the Solicitors Family Law Association which is an organisation that encourages a conciliatory approach in dealing with all family law related matters.

Specialist areas of law:

  • Family law (including civil partnerships and cohabitees)



All aspects of finance dealing with private and commercial conveyancing, probate, family and employment law.

Catherine is a legal financial manager.

Specialist areas of legal finance:

  • Payroll
  • Credit control
  • Management reports
  • Cash flow
  • Purchase ledger
  • VAT returns
  • CHAPS and BACS payments
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Dealing with compliance issues



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