Major Family Law has received a further year of acclaim, its 12th, from prestigious directory the Legal 500.

The Legal 500, now in its 37th annual edition, ranks law firms and individual lawyers across the country according to the testimonials of clients and the assessments of other firms, in order to create an accurate guide to the best legal expertise available.

Major Family Law is a specialist practice working with clients across the north of England. Legal 500 has once again classified the firm as a Tier 1 organisation, saying it:

“…stands out in the as a specialist family and child law boutique housing a sizeable team of experts. The group is praised for its client care which is described as ‘second to none’.”

Members of the Major Family Law team were singled out for praise:

“Managing director Joanne Hilary Major leads a strong team made up of highly experienced senior family lawyers and junior solicitors providing a pyramid structure of knowledge to their clients. Anna Hunter is experienced in complex children work with expertise in international and internal relocation and cases involving serious allegations of abuse. Legal director and litigator Lucinda Connell is experienced in alternative dispute resolution. Senior associate Sam Carter and associate Sahil Aggarwal are praised by clients as key team members.”

The firm’s Legal 500 entry features a range of enthusiastic testimonials from clients. One declared:

“The team at Major all have a client-centric approach and have a specialism in family law. The greatest pride is taken in client care and technical capabilities of the team are unrivalled in the North East region where they are highly regarded as the go to family law firm.”

Another client explained:

“My case was complicated and emotional and the response time, support and advice received proved to be above and beyond my expectations. I felt listened to and my opinions and wishes were always taken into consideration. I also felt challenged when necessary and guided well throughout my lengthy proceedings. I was updated constantly with regards to costs and predicted costs which were managed in accordance with what I could afford and plan for, and I was relieved where possible of as much of the stressful legalities of my case, which I simply couldn’t have managed alone.”

Major Family Law was founded by Joanne Major in 2009. In the latest edition of Legal500 she has been retained Hall of Fame status for the fourth year in a row.  Legal directors Sam Carter and Anna Hunter have also kept their ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Next Generation Partner’ rankings.

The Major Family Law legal team is now 22 strong. Team members include solicitors, legal directors, associates, consultant solicitors and paralegals. The support and finance teams provide the firm’s legal experts with able assistance.

Joanne Major said:

“I am very grateful to the Legal 500 for continuing to recognise the hard work and talent of the team. 2023 has been a very successful year for us, and as it winds to a close, we are making plans for further growth and success in 2024.”

Meanwhile, in the new edition of alternative legal directory Chambers and Partners, Major Family Law is also classed as a top tier Band 1 firm, with four of the team receiving individual practitioner rankings. Joanne Major is classed as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’, while Legal Directors Anna Hunter and Lucinda Connell have been placed in prestigious Bands 2 and 3 respectively. Anna and Lucinda’s fellow director Sam Carter has been named an ‘Associate to watch’.