Sue McArthurSenior Associate Solicitor

Job Role at EMG

I have been qualified as a Solicitor for almost 30 years and joined EMG Solicitors in March 2020 as a Senior Associate Solicitor. I am a Resolution Accredited Specialist Solicitor in relation to financial matters for both married and unmarried couples and an active Collaborative Family Lawyer (the ‘no court’ divorce). I am also an Accredited Family Mediator and regularly mediate in relation to tricky family issues. Whilst there will always be cases where court proceedings are necessary I believe that with the skill set that I have that many issues can be resolved without such a step being taken. My approach is tailored to each client as each family’s circumstances are unique and whatever process is required be it a mediated outcome or a court order will be the one that is followed.It is vital to have a relationship with clients that is based on trust and confidence as this is the right way to ensure the best outcome.I am a longstanding member of Resolution, a national association of Family Law Professionals, both as a Solicitor and as a Mediator. I am a member of our local Resolution Committee and am the National Representative for our local Resolution Collaborative Group and our Northern Regional Group. The ethos of Resolution is to promote a constructive approach to family issues that considers the needs of the whole family by acting with honesty, integrity and objectivity by reducing conflict. As a member of Resolution I will help clients understand and manage their expectations and use my experience and knowledge to guide them through the options available to them and will treat everyone involved with respect.

Experience

I have always dealt with family law cases throughout my career but have concentrated on family matters to the exclusion of other areas of law for the last 17 years. I trained as a solicitor in London and lived and worked there for approximately 10 years. I then emigrated to Australia and requalified over there as both a Barrister and a Solicitor. I returned to the North East in 2003 and have worked here ever since spending the majority of that time in a practice in Gosforth as a Partner and Head of the Family Department.

What do you like about working at EMG?

Whilst I have been here for only a very short time, I have been made to feel part of the team already. In fact, have I ever not worked here?!

Outside of EMG?

I love yoga and running – but not together! Whilst not being active I do all things craft from knitting to needle felting and most things in between when I can manage to do so without ‘assistance’ from my 3 cats. I also love drinking red wine – but not on a school night.