Partner - Head of Family Law - Resolution Accredited Specialist
Sue joined the team at Lanyon Bowdler in 2007 and has over 17 years experience of dealing exclusively with complex family matters, having previously worked for a legal firm based in the West Midlands.
She is an Accredited Specialist with Resolution and Sue undertakes all aspects of Family Law but has particular expertise in dealing with Private Law children disputes representing parents and grandparents in relation to children issues, for example Child Arrangement Orders, special guardianship or abduction and obtaining child arrangement orders.
Sue also deals with financial relief claims in divorce proceedings, in particular technically complex high value claims. She is regularly instructed to deal with company, partnership, trust and tax issues in divorce and separation proceedings as well as pre and post nuptial agreements. Over recent years Sue has prepared many pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements for clients wishing to protect assets.
The vast majority of clients come to Sue on the recommendation of their friends, family and contacts.
Sue enjoys spending time with her family and friends, eating out, walking her dog and horse riding, she also enjoys international travel.
Sue is recommended and recognised in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 which states that she 'has expertise in sensitive child disputes and recently represented clients with regards to applications for primary care base changes and cross border relocation issues.
The 2019 edition of Chambers UK ranks Sue in Band 2 and states: Sue Hodgson demonstrates considerable expertise in child law cases, and is renowned for her handling of complex welfare and cross-border disputes. One client says of her: "She has been extremely supportive throughout the case and her advice has been excellent."
"The service of care we received was second to none from start to finish" - D M and S E Betton
"Very easy to talk to and good advice given" – M Reynolds
"Professional service – Sue was extremely approachable and helpful" – K Morgan
"Professional and friendly throughout, excellent service, Sue is very honest and genuine" –
"I was always spoken to in a way that meant I could fully understand how my divorce was going to proceed. I was nervous about the whole procedure but felt confident that I had nothing to worry about" – S Bedigan
Sue has been a family lawyer for over 17 years and her experience in the fields of children act work and financial settlement have involved her undertaking numerous complex cases.
She has developed skills of engaging with her clients who are often enmeshed in high levels of conflict and has the skills to find constructive solutions for her clients within the framework of the law.
Sue has secured orders changing the residence of children from one parent to the other within children act proceedings, orders to enable children to be placed within private schooling arrangements, permission to relocate with children out of the jurisdiction and Special Guardianship Orders within court proceedings where at the outset of those proceedings, the Local Authority were against the placement.
Sue has obtained favourable financial orders for clients within financial remedy proceedings including cases involving large final salary pension schemes, self employed and limited companies and large farms and country estates.
A claimant from Telford, received just under £1 million in