Shanika Varga

Solicitor, Leeds

Shanika Varga-Haynes is a solicitor in the Leeds office. Shanika joined the Stowe Family Law Harrogate office in October 2014 as a trainee solicitor. She qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and now works in the Leeds office.

Areas of Expertise
  • Adoption
  • Child Maintenance
  • Children Disputes
  • Children Issues
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Financial Settlements
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Surrogacy
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Shanika has advised and represented clients who are in the process of divorce and has also helped those who have not been married. Her experience includes cases involving high income and capital, including assets abroad and business structures.

She has a particular interest in domestic abuse cases and children work, including reaching an agreement in relation to where children will live and how much time they will spend with the non-resident parent.

She has also been involved in external and internal relocation cases. She has experience in dealing with grandparents’ rights as well.

Shanika is part of the adoption team, which is a new but expanding department at Stowe. She has dealt with military families and has a real grasp of the issues they face. She has first-hand experience of the intricacies of military life as she is married to an army veteran.

Training & employment experience

She was educated at Keele University in Staffordshire. She studied the LPC at the University of Law, York, where she achieved a distinction. Before starting her training contract at Stowe, she worked at a legal aid firm for a few months, gaining experience in matters involving domestic abuse and children.

She started her training at Stowe in October 2014. During this period, she worked in the Harrogate, Ilkley and Wetherby offices. She now works predominantly in the Leeds office although she travels to Harrogate and Wetherby for client appointments.

Having trained at Stowe, Shanika was able to focus on family law for two years and therefore has had the benefit of very varied and niche training.


Her approach is always to put the client and their needs first. She has been described by clients as kind, patient and understanding whilst giving practical advice which they are able to digest and understand.

She appreciates the importance of speaking in straightforward terms and has a no-nonsense approach. She is able to adapt to her clients’ needs and is able to recognise the most appropriate way to move matters forward.

Outside of work

Shanika enjoys cooking, travelling and going to the theatre in her spare time.

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