Major Family Law has received its 11th Top Tier ranking from respected directory the Legal 500.

The assessments within each year’s edition of the Legal 500 are based on the views of peers and the experiences clients. They provide a reliable guide to the skills and achievements of firms and practitioners within the legal sector. The 2023 edition is the 36th to be published.

Major Family Law is a boutique firm working with private clients across the north of England, and its ranking features many glowing testimonials. Some speak of the firm’s good reputation across Northumberland and beyond.

“This large team of family and divorce is known as the go-to firm in the region. I am a business owner and entrepreneur and have frequently heard about this firm and its talented lawyers for many years, thereby making it a natural choice when I needed help. The vanguard of the firm, Joanne Major is an influential, innovative woman who has developed her very own, unique brand of family law.”

Others address the day-to-day experience of working with the firm to resolve divorce, dissolution and other family matters:

“I cannot recommend this practice highly enough. They were extremely professional throughout the whole process. Everything was explained well, and in a way which was easy to understand. All communication was well managed, queries were answered quickly and efficiently and they made everything as painless as possible. The billing was very clear and very reasonable.”

Another testimonial concludes that the firm:

“…stands out head and shoulders above any other matrimonial finance firms in Newcastle and the North East. They are quite simply the ‘go-to’ firm in the region, having outstanding strength in depth and some superb individual practitioners.”

The Legal 500 also provides rankings for individual lawyers, and in the new edition Managing Director Joanne Major has retained her Hall of Fame status for the third consecutive year. This accolade means she is “widely regarded as being at the very top of the profession”, and has been acclaimed as a leading practitioner by the Legal 500 for at least eight of the last ten years.

Meanwhile, Legal Director Anna Hunter retains her status as a “next generation partner” within the firm. The Legal 500 apply this status to lawyers who have achieved “significant recognition from clients and peers in the market, and recent lead roles on multiple matters”.

Anna’s colleague Sam Carter has held on to his “rising star”, in acknowledgement of the way he appears “frequently in significant matters [cases]”and is “widely cited by peers and/or clients as having made major contributions.” Sam was promoted to Senior Associate earlier this year.

Major Family Law was founded by Joanne Major in 2009 and since become one of the largest boutique family law firms across the north of England. The firm has now 27 employees, including 15 specialist solicitors, and operates across three offices – Ponteland near Newcastle, Carlisle and Durham.

Joanne Major said:

“I’m very grateful that the Legal 500 continues to acknowledge our hard-working and very talented team. Business continues to boom here at Major Family Law and we’re all looking forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”