The leading North East specialist family law practice, Major Family Law, as commented in the Journal, have once again extended the breadth of their niche expertise with the appointment of experienced and highly respected senior lawyer, Jonathan Dunkley from Muckle LLP.

High Value Matrimonial Law Experience

Jonathan joins Major Family Law as a Consultant, bringing with him more than 30 years’ experience within the family law arena 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.

Jonathan says, “I am passionate about Family Law and have spent some time looking for the right firm to join. I wouldn’t be leaving Muckle for a firm that didn’t share its passion for excellent service.”
Muckle LLP Managing Partner, Stephen McNicol, said “Jonathan is and always will be a lawyer who is absolutely committed to assisting individuals who encounter problems in their personal lives – guiding them through the difficulties associated with marriage breakdown. He has helped countless clients during his many years with us and this is the work he wishes to continue to do. I am certain that Major Family law will give him a great opportunity to develop his family law work.”

Following Jonathan’s move to Major Family Law, Muckle will continue to maintain its long term focus on providing excellent commercial services for its business clients.

Field Leaders

Jonathan is recognised as a leader in his field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory, with the latter noting that Dunkley “continues to draw praise for his handling of family disputes, particularly complex financial proceedings”.

Major Family Law is equally recognised, described by the Legal 500 as a “pre-eminent practice” with “an extremely strong team”, and practice founder, Joanne Major, is acknowledged as a Leading Individual in the field of family law for the second year running; the only family lawyer in the north of England to receive such an accolade.

The professional relationship between Major & Dunkley extends back years to a time when both were heads of department in leading city centre practices – Major having previously headed up the family law department at Watson Burton prior to establishing her own successful business five years ago.
Jonathan 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”.

Joanne Major added:
“I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to the team. His reputation for resolving sensitive and complex high net value matrimonial cases is a valuable addition to our existing team. Coming with many years’ service at senior level in such a respected practice such as Muckle his arrival significantly strengthens Major Family Law’s ability to offer the very best specialist advice to clients wanting a truly professional service.”