It is with great sadness that we inform readers that Susan Belgrave, our esteemed colleague at 7BR for many years, has passed away.
A trailblazer and recognised leader in her field of employment and discrimination, Susan was called to the bar in 1989 at Inner Temple.
Susan completed her law degree in Barbados at Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies, studied international relations at the LSE and initially worked in the Barbados foreign service. She spent her early years working in European law, situated in Brussels, and obtained a master’s degree in European law from Université libre de Bruxelles. She moved from foreign affairs to the law, and to London in 1992 with her late husband James.
Susan appeared in a number of high-profile and noted discrimination cases. A strong advocate for equality and diversity, Susan tirelessly devised and delivered diversity training programmes across the bar including those promoting women in the law and employment practitioner associations.
A great writer, mentor, role model and inspiration to many, Susan was passionate about the role of education. She was involved in school programmes, was a trustee of the British Foundation for The University of the West Indies and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Susan valiantly fought her illness with grace and dignity. She was a formidable opponent, and a dear friend and colleague to many who gave so much of her precious time to others. Her warmth, sharp intellect and humour will be remembered and missed by many. Susan is survived by Alicia and Richard, her beloved adult children to whom she was a devoted mother and of whom she was fiercely proud.
Elaine Banton is a barrister at 7BR Chambers.