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UK Guide

Family/Matrimonial — Newcastle and surrounds

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

What the team is known for A range of expertise in dealing with family disputes including financial remedies combined with a respected mediation offering. Renowned for its outstanding offering in child law, including cases concerning international disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A cohesive and mutually respected team of family lawyers who support each other magnificently."

"They really made me feel like my opinion was important, it was wonderful - I would recommend them to anybody." 

Notable practitioners  

Mary Shaw is a highly regarded collaborative expert with experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. She has an increasing focus on complex financial proceedings. Interviewees describe her as "a pleasure to deal with, a sensible and sympathetic mediator," and someone who provides "the right mixture of professional and personal support."

Elspeth Thomson is an authority on child law, specialising in care proceedings and international adoption issues. A prominent lobbyist who "sets a fabulous example with her dedication to clients and understanding of current issues," she is also heavily involved in committee work. Sources commend her as "really professional, but also really genuine and sympathetic," and as "a solicitor who is always willing to put in the extra hours and ask the awkward questions."

Department head Lucy Mead is known to be "very passionate and always keen to make sure her clients do well." Other sources mark her out as "conscientious, measured and sensible," noting that she is supportive of clients and other solicitors. Her remit covers care proceedings, child arrangements, divorce and financial disputes.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

What the team is known for A growing team whose family offering is bolstered by expertise in pensions and corporate law as well as expertise in the farming sector. Commended for its constructive approach, and is increasingly active handling significant prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Worthy of national recognition: they are very much a firm that I would use for a client anywhere in the country."

"Very good at communicating - they were accessible and laid out the issues very clearly."

Notable practitioners  

Ian Kennerley is recognised for his courtroom prowess and sharp intellect. He has notable expertise in high-value separations and has advised on cases with significant corporate elements. Clients commend his tact in dealing with sensitive issues, with one source describing him as "very personable, discrete and delicate."

Margaret Simpson is a collaborative lawyer with experience in advising on complex divorces, particularly those involving land ownership and farming issues. Sources praise her concise advice, which is delivered "in an understandable fashion," and the gravitas and confidence which she brings to complex disputes.  

Well versed in prenuptials, divorces and unusual technicalities following separation, Kim Fellowes is "commercial, flexible and talented." Sources acknowledge her "stellar reputation for child support matters," in addition to her communication and client management skills.

New partner Wayne Lynn is valued for his conciliatory approach. He concentrates on financial provisions and prenuptial agreements. A client enthuses: "He's just a real person, he doesn't speak lawyer to me and his advice has been absolutely fantastic."

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Band 2

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

What the team is known for Long-established and well-respected team including a number of collaborative experts. Regularly handles high-value financial provisions in addition to both public and private children law cases.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Nicola Matthews wins praise for her straightforward approach, with one source observing: "She's always been very sensible and able." She focuses on high-value divorces.

Key partner Rob Hart is respected in the market as an authority on children cases. He frequently represents guardians and family members in contentious cases, where he is able to serve as both solicitor and advocate. Peers recognise him as "very competent; he has the ear of the court."

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Band 2

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers 
- Office location ranked: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

What the team is known for Dedicated family law firm well versed in property and children issues arising from divorces. Handles a range of unusual cases, particularly on cohabitation and child law. Clients include a number of high net worth individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've used solicitors for other things previously, and none have been as understanding, as helpful or as professional as Major Family Law have been."

"They're super-efficient and they know exactly what they're doing." 

Notable practitioners  

Team leader Joanne Major is an expert on the financial and commercial repercussions of separations. She is also frequently instructed on novel cases concerning same-sex relationships and surrogacy. One source characterises her as "a bit of a star on a personal level." Other interviewees highlight her determination and client management skills, explaining that "she stands out as someone who isn't happy to sit back and let things stay mediocre."

The widely respected Jonathan Dunkley offers a wide range of skills in this field. Clients praise his courtroom nous and rational approach to cases. Much of his work concerns high net worth individuals and separations involving considerable assets.

Anna Hunter enjoys a healthy reputation for dispute resolution and collaborative work. Sources praise her ability to quickly grasp new concepts and maintain a good rapport with clients, who note: "She's a very warm individual." Her remit spans children and financial issues, and she has experience advising on multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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Band 2

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyer
- Office location ranked: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

What the team is known for Offers noteworthy experience in matrimonial disputes in the farming sector and child cases with a cross-border aspect. Works closely with the firm's corporate and private client teams and has lately been developing its childcare practice in both the private and public sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Crilly is a well-regarded associate who is "pleasant and personable." She has considerable experience advising on divorce and financial remedy cases, especially those complicated by corporate and trust issues. 

Childcare specialist Jonathan Flower leads the team. His experience covers international child abductions, multimillion-pound divorces and adoption proceedings. "He's very approachable," notes one client, citing his "good sense of humour and professional manner." Sources also report that he is skilled in handling complex medical issues.

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Silk Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Kennerley is recognised for his courtroom prowess and sharp intellect. He has notable expertise in high-value separations and has advised on cases with significant corporate elements. Clients commend his tact in dealing with sensitive issues, with one source describing him as "very personable, discrete and delicate."

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Major Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

The widely respected Jonathan Dunkley offers a wide range of skills in this field. Clients praise his courtroom nous and rational approach to cases. Much of his work concerns high net worth individuals and separations involving considerable assets.

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Hay & Kilner

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Nicola Matthews wins praise for her straightforward approach, with one source observing: "She's always been very sensible and able." She focuses on high-value divorces.

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David Gray Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Mary Shaw is a highly regarded collaborative expert with experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. She has an increasing focus on complex financial proceedings. Interviewees describe her as "a pleasure to deal with, a sensible and sympathetic mediator," and someone who provides "the right mixture of professional and personal support."

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Silk Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Margaret Simpson is a collaborative lawyer with experience in advising on complex divorces, particularly those involving land ownership and farming issues. Sources praise her concise advice, which is delivered "in an understandable fashion," and the gravitas and confidence which she brings to complex disputes.  

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David Gray Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Elspeth Thomson is an authority on child law, specialising in care proceedings and international adoption issues. A prominent lobbyist who "sets a fabulous example with her dedication to clients and understanding of current issues," she is also heavily involved in committee work. Sources commend her as "really professional, but also really genuine and sympathetic," and as "a solicitor who is always willing to put in the extra hours and ask the awkward questions."

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Major Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

The widely respected Jonathan Dunkley offers a wide range of skills in this field. Clients praise his courtroom nous and rational approach to cases. Much of his work concerns high net worth individuals and separations involving considerable assets.

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Band 2

Silk Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Well versed in prenuptials, divorces and unusual technicalities following separation, Kim Fellowes is "commercial, flexible and talented." Sources acknowledge her "stellar reputation for child support matters," in addition to her communication and client management skills.

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Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Childcare specialist Jonathan Flower leads the team. His experience covers international child abductions, multimillion-pound divorces and adoption proceedings. "He's very approachable," notes one client, citing his "good sense of humour and professional manner." Sources also report that he is skilled in handling complex medical issues.

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Sintons

From the Chambers UK guide

Katharine Lowthian of Sintons is an established expert who covers a broad range of family law. Much of her work concerns high-stakes separations and considerable financial settlements.

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Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lyn Rutherford is a seasoned practitioner who leads the team at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP. He has acted on an impressive array of high-stakes separations, and is respected as "sensible, determined, delightful and a safe pair of hands."

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Band 3

Samuel Phillips Law Firm

From the Chambers UK guide

A trained arbitrator, Jennifer Goldstein of Samuel Phillips Law Firm maintains a broad practice. Peers single out her expertise on children matters, noting that "she deals with a lot of care work and is very effective on that."

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Hay & Kilner

From the Chambers UK guide

Key partner Rob Hart is respected in the market as an authority on children cases. He frequently represents guardians and family members in contentious cases, where he is able to serve as both solicitor and advocate. Peers recognise him as "very competent; he has the ear of the court."

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Major Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Anna Hunter enjoys a healthy reputation for dispute resolution and collaborative work. Sources praise her ability to quickly grasp new concepts and maintain a good rapport with clients, who note: "She's a very warm individual." Her remit spans children and financial issues, and she has experience advising on multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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Silk Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

New partner Wayne Lynn is valued for his conciliatory approach. He concentrates on financial provisions and prenuptial agreements. A client enthuses: "He's just a real person, he doesn't speak lawyer to me and his advice has been absolutely fantastic."

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David Gray Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Lucy Mead is known to be "very passionate and always keen to make sure her clients do well." Other sources mark her out as "conscientious, measured and sensible," noting that she is supportive of clients and other solicitors. Her remit covers care proceedings, child arrangements, divorce and financial disputes.

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Colette Stroud Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Colette Stroud of Colette Stroud Solicitors is a well-regarded expert on alternative dispute resolution. She specialises in advising on marital breakdowns and is an accredited collaborative lawyer.

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Associates to watch

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emily Cannell handles matrimonial and children work at Mincoffs Solicitors LLP. Her expertise lies in cases involving high net worth individuals, where she also covers tax and corporate law. Interviewees commend her as "particularly good at managing clients' expectations in a difficult field."

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Associates to watch

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Crilly is a well-regarded associate who is "pleasant and personable." She has considerable experience advising on divorce and financial remedy cases, especially those complicated by corporate and trust issues. 

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