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Stay up to date with everything going on in Major Family Law and in the family law sector. Our team provide some of the latest insights on everything based around divorce, children and family law matters.

Major Family Law featured in The Northumberland Gazette

Our recent, six week, fundraising tribute to business game show The Apprentice continues to attract attention from press across the North of England. The Alnwick-based Northumberland…

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Major Family Law featured in The Hexham Courant

Major Family Law’s recent tribute to hit business TV show The Apprentice was a huge success, raising more than £5,000 for local charity The People’s Kitchen –…

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Family law meets The Apprentice!

Major Family staged a six-week tribute to veteran business game show The Apprentice from late February to early April. In keeping with the well-established format…

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My spouse wants a divorce after decades together

It can be quite a shock. You’ve been with your spouse for ten, fifteen, 20 years, and then one day, they announce, suddenly and perhaps…

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Northern family law firm soars into 2023

Major Family Law has promoted experienced solicitor Stephanie Layton to Associate, in recognition of her outstanding work since joining the firm in March 2020. Stephanie…

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My Mum wants a divorce but she has memory problems

Yes, there is a lot you can do to help. It’s often a shock to their children and families, but sometimes older people decide to…

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How involved should a step parent be?

Finding yourself in the role of step parent is an increasingly common experience. Divorce and separation are routine: relationships end every day, and most parents…

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The hidden faces of domestic violence

If you hear the words ‘domestic violence’, which images come to mind? Most likely you will find yourself picturing a cowering wife and an angry…

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The legal status of fatherhood

There are many differences between motherhood and fatherhood, but the biggest and most significant occurs on the day of the birth. Motherhood is certain: there…

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Major Family Law acclaimed by both national and regional press

Major Family Law has been described by no less a publication than Reader’s Digest as one of the six “top family lawyers in the north…

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New Splitting Up podcast helps people going through divorce

A nationwide new podcast series on how to navigate divorce and separation has been launched in the North East. Each episode of the podcast…

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North East law firm launches national website

Top North East law firm Major Family Law has launched a ground-breaking new website to guide people who are splitting up through the pitfalls of separation and…

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“Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail”

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.


Former Family Law Barrister

“A wealth of collaborative experience”

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

“Family lawyer of high calibre and drive”

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

“Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers”

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

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