New firm for CSA 'clean-break' case lawyer

SUSAN Deas, whose “clean-break” case cast a spotlight on the workings of the Child Support Agency for the first time, has moved firms.

The family lawyer has started as a partner at Gamlins Storrar Cowdry in Chester where she is part of the matrimonial team.

She was formerly a partner at Liverpool-based Brabner Holden, where she handled the high-profile case of Gary Crozier, who appealed against a court clean-break ruling after the CSA said he would still have to pay for his son's maintenance.

Deas, who has called for major reforms of the Child Support Act, has also just been named new chair of the Child Support Act working party of the Solicitors Family Law Association.

She said the parting with Brabner Holden had been “very amicable”.

“It has been an interesting time because it coincided with my being elected to the national committee of the SFLA,” she said.

“And its been very interesting two and a half years working in a city centre practice.”