Partner – Head of Family & Divorce
Having practised family & divorce law exclusively for over 30 years Sue has the wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience that you would expect from a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer, in particular with the more difficult and rare cases that would tax a less-seasoned professional. She is an equity partner and heads the strong and well-regarded Family & Divorce Law department.
Sue has covered all aspects of family law during her career. Her speciality is now in complex and unusual matrimonial finance cases including:
High Net Worth cases;
detailed forensic work locating undisclosed or hidden assets;
third party interests;
confiscation cases, (she has acted for the spouse of a convicted party in a number of high-profile cases in the past few years).
Sue has an additional interest in conflict-of-law cases involving the legitimacy and recognition of foreign marriages and divorces including customary marriages and Talaq divorces and conducts a smaller case load of complex private children cases.
She has been described as “…a tough lawyer with first-class legal knowledge who still manages to deal with clients going through the worst moment of their life with genuine care and compassion” (Legal 500 2020 Edition)
Sue is a Resolution trained mediator and has a strong belief that successful divorce settlements are those negotiated by the parties themselves, with some assistance from legal experts, and are most likely to lead to cohesive family relationships going forwards. Her approach is straightforward and proactive.
However, there are instances where court proceedings are inevitable, and Sue is a highly experienced and thorough litigator who understands that cases that are well prepared and which have complete transparency between the parties are those most likely to result in the best outcomes for her client.
Sue is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel and she has also worked for a period for the Legal Services Commission as a peer reviewer.
Sue is a training partner at Hanne & Co and enjoys the rewards that come with recruiting and training young solicitors in family law. Outside work she enjoys spending time with her family but also skiing, scuba diving and travelling.
Recent / Notable experience
Abbassi (2006 EWCA CIV 355)
Yordanova v Iordanov (2013 EWCA 464)
Grimes (2003) 2 FLR 510
Susan Harlow’s experience in family law, and her availability to share her understanding, fully empowered me to participate in important decisions.’
Thank you so much for your hard work, kindness, insight and tenacity – you truly are an asset to your profession.
Sue is a highly experienced family solicitor who provides a first-rate service to clients without charging the earth! She is an excellent lawyer who will go the extra mile to get the best results for her clients without being unnecessarily aggressive. She demonstrates huge energy and commitment to her cases and can be trusted to protect her clients’ interests.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your professionalism, humanity and compassion in what was clearly, for all of us a very challenging case…
Thank you, Sue, again and again for your patience, for your professionalism and not least your support when I needed it.
Your great patience was much appreciated, your lovely approach to people made me feel like a friend rather than a client- that makes the trauma of divorce easier to get through. Thank you again for everything
Many, many thanks for looking after me over the past year – this was the soppiest picture of a rottweiler I could find
Over the period I found Sue to be professional, assured, confident and well-prepared dealing with the technical and complex. Sometimes issues were almost forensic. This was complimented by her ability to understand the personal anxiety that a client experiences as the process takes different directions and help with an empathetic approach which was much valued.