Shanika Varga

VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR LEEDS LAW SOCIETY

I am a Senior Solicitor at Stowe Family Law LLP and I specialise in private family law. I help navigate my clients through the divorce process and the financial consequences of their marriage breaking down. I also represent clients in complicated child proceedings such a relocation cases, where there are allegations of parental alienation, step parent adoptions, grandparent cases and most recently have had a number of cases where the child has a disability. I also represent clients in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse. My days vary from considering and preparing details documents to advocating in court.

Over the past year I have assisted with the organisation of our Diversity and Inclusion Conference which is held jointly with The Law Society of England and Wales, I hosted the wellbeing evening last year and we are well underway with preparation for this years conference too. I recently hosted a round table meeting with Lawcare in order to establish what the membership want moving forward from a wellbeing point of view and organised a three part advocacy course with one of our local Judges. I have joined the local Family Justice Board, strengthened ties with the judiciary and court staff and run several family law consultations

Moving forward I will be focussing on trying to improve wellbeing in the Leeds legal sector, our D&I offering, continuing to strengthen the relationship and communication between the family court and practitioners and increasing our membership and engagement.

 

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Nick Emmerson

President

Catherine Woodward

Vice President, Director

 
Matthew Jones

Vice President, Director

 
Emma Pearmaine

Immediate Past President

David Cowgill

Director

 
Sue Harris

Secretary

Bill Barton

Director

 
Mark Turnbull

Director (Local Government)

Shanika Varga

Director

 
Samantha Bell

Director

Marie Walsh

Director (Small Firms)

 
Luke Corcoran

Director

Tom Matusiak

Director

 
Sue Fox

Director

Kara Frith

Director

 
Ahsan Khan

Director

Kayleigh Watson

Director (JLD)

 
Rachel Windle

Office Manager

Louisa Gardner

Data Administrator

 
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Office and Events Administrator

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