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Year of legal qualification: 2001


  • aims for practical, realistic and workable solutions to family law disputes;
  • attuned to the emotional aspects of separation, court proceedings and parenting issues, and looks for low-impact appropriate dispute resolution to enable clients to come through the process with dignity and energy;
  • experienced with and unfazed by complex financial matters and litigation.

What people say:

Directories:  Chambers & Partners (2017) says Susan Varty advises on financial cases and children law matters, and is particularly skilled in alternative dispute resolution methods. One source comments: “I was impressed by her comprehensiveness, her thoroughness, as well as how calm and level-headed she is..  Sue is also recommended by The Legal 500 (2017), which says she “handles clients and the other side really well” and in the 2016 edition commented “Other standout figures include Sue Varty, who ‘always fights for her clients’”. Sue is also listed as a leading individual in the East Anglian region.

Client:  “I couldn’t have got through this without Sue, she has always given me excellent advice,  taking the time to listen and understand me and my family and negotiating for me with that insight. I am grateful for her support, kindness and patience” (name withheld)

External colleague: “Sue Varty is a highly skilled, methodical, and caring Family Law specialist solicitor who is also a genuine practitioner of Collaborative Law.  It is a pleasure to do a case with her.” – Martyn Daldorph, former Partner at Hunters Solicitors, London

Internal colleague: “Sue combines an excellent legal mind with a practical problem-solving approach, a constructive but robust attitude to negotiations and a listening and empathetic manner with her clients. Damn it, the woman’s a veritable paragon.” – Gail Marchant-Daisley

Accreditation, achievements, memberships:

Resolution member, Collaborative Family Law Practitioner and Mediator

Founding member of Cambridge Dispute Resolution Group.

Involved in developing the Resolution Parenting After Parting programme for separating parents

Developed the Resolution training for financial experts working within the collaborative process

Assisted by: Chris O’Connor