Suzanne Rice | Northern Ireland
Suzanne Rice, President of Law Society Northern Ireland.
Suzanne Rice read Law and French at Queens University Belfast and as part of her Degree, studied Law at L’Universite des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse, before attending the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast and completing her apprenticeship with a provincial firm in County Armagh.
After qualifying as a Solicitor in 2003, she continued her practice in Belfast, where she now specialises in all aspects of Family Law . She currently works for McKeown and Company Solicitors in Belfast which is a young and dynamic law Firm.
Her particular specialism is in the abduction and unlawful retention of children in Northern Ireland and she acts on behalf of national Governments including Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, Morocco and Turkey before the High Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland in returning children to their country of residence.
She is a Solicitor Advocate, a member of the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Panel as well as the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Family Law Committee. In 2009, she qualified as a Collaborative Divorce Solicitor.
In November 2013 she was elected as a Council Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland serving as Chair on a number of a number of important Committees before becoming President of the Society in November 2018.
As President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland she contributes to a number of ongoing United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Government initiatives towards improving children’s law services.
Her expertise and knowledge in this area has contributed significantly to a marked change and development in the practice of children’s law. She has published articles on a number of topics including the enforcement of cross border domestic violence legislation. She continues to represent parties in emerging areas of children’s law such as identity rights for children and extinguishing parental responsibility.
Suzanne pursues her interest in children’s law in her spare time as legal advisor to the Family Care Society advising on adoption placements and she is also a Board Member of the Children’s Law Centre in Northern Ireland.
Suzanne travels extensively with particular interest in the culture of the Middle East and in 2019 she will be attending international engagements in San Francisco and Seoul in her role as President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.