Susan Belgrave was called to the Bar in 1989 at Inner Temple after an initial career in the Barbados foreign service. Her early years of practice were spent in Brussels at the European law firm Stanbrook and Hooper. She held a Masters in European Law from Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Susan moved to London in 1992 with her late husband and at first found it difficult to obtain a tenancy in chambers where she could practise European law. She worked initially in the area of housing and local government law and moved into employment as an area where European law is the cornerstone of much legislation and case law.
Susan was recognised as a leading practitioner in her field in Legal 500 and appeared in a number of high profile discrimination cases. As a mother of two, she was passionate about education. Her work in the field of discrimination gave her special insight into the role of women in the legal profession and the difficulties they face.
Susan sadly passed away in February 2020. She was a much loved Champion of the project and an inspiration to many women in law.
Why First 100 Years is important
This is an exciting and innovative project from which we can all draw inspiration. The struggles and successes of other women can only propel us to greater achievement. We should never forget that we are standing on the shoulders of many unsung heroines.