Joanne Major, Principal of the North East’s specialist family law firm, Major Family Law, comments in the Tyne Valley Express as a Tyne Valley resident and with my business based at the Eastern end of the Tyne Valley corridor, my heart is firmly in this stunning part of our region.

Major Family Law prides itself of providing top level legal services in all aspects of family law across Northumberland from its base in Ponteland, and having recently celebrated 5 years in business, I continue to be keen for Major Family Law to be considered the number one choice for people seeking advice and representation on family law issues.

I am delighted, therefore, to welcome to the Major Family Law team, a local solicitor of considerable experience and reputation: Jonathan Dunkley joined Major Family Law on 30th June as a Consultant, bringing with him more than 30 years’ experience within the family law arena, an impressive client bank and a wealth of contacts.

His appointment in this specialist role comes after more than 25 years as a partner in North East leading commercial law firm, Muckle LLP, during which time he gained a reputation for acting successfully for significantly high net worth individuals, including professionals, celebrities and prominent members of the business community, and was described as “looking after very many of the influencers and decision makers at prominent businesses in the region”.

Like all members of my team, Jonathan is a member of Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. He is also recognised as a leader in his field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory, which comments that he “continues to draw praise for his handling of family disputes, particularly complex financial proceedings”.

Jonathan has said: “I am thrilled to be joining Major Family Law. With a deserved reputation for being a market leader in the field of family law, I am pleased to further enhance the service they offer to their clients. It is an invigorating and very dynamic environment in which to work, and one which is clearly focused on achieving the best possible outcome for clients”.

Jonathan is likely to be a familiar face to many in the Tyne Valley already: having lived in Hexham for more than 50 years, Jonathan is an active member of the Hexham community. His legal career was also launched in Hexham, where he practised for a number of years before joining city centre practice, Muckle LLP.

In his time as a family lawyer, he has counted as his clients some of the region’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, business people, celebrities and sports stars, and is currently representing a number of international footballers. Much in demand, and valued for his down to earth but expert approach, Jonathan will be a valuable asset for Major Family Law.

Jonathan will be based at Major Family Law’s offices in Ponteland, but will also offer clients the opportunity for consultation in Hexham by appointment, which means we are even better equipped to offer the best possible legal advice across the breadth of the Tyne Valley.

If you have an issue that you would like to speak to Jonathan or myself about, or with any member of my team, you can contact us by calling (01661) 824582, by visiting our website at or by emailing us at