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Charlie Waddell

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“Major Family Law gave me a great opportunity to work with them while doing my law conversion course. The experience showed me that the practice has an excellent team who are extremely knowledgable and professional yet very caring. They appreciate the importance of providing an approachable and reliable service. Their primary objectives are always to attain the best results for their client, without unnecessary conflict and distress. I would strongly recommend their services to those needing family law advice.”

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Role at Major Family Law

Charles is a Consultant Solicitor working in Crime and Military Law, specialising in road traffic offences / defences and DVLA disputes. He provides initial advice to clients, police station representation and advocacy at court.

Expertise

Charles has worked as a Criminal Defence Practitioner within specialist criminal law practices throughout the North East for the last 17 years, providing clients with advice and assistance on court procedures, likely timescales and possible defences. Where there is an acceptance of guilt he will work with the individual to prepare a full mitigation in order to ensure the best possible outcome in all of the circumstances of each particular case. If he believes a defendant has been treated unfairly he will always look to appeal the findings, sentence or both.

With regards to road traffic offences, Charles knows only too well how potentially devastating the loss of one’s licence can be to both the individual and their family given the far reaching consequences of penalty points, driving bans and disqualification on conviction. He has a proven track record of defending numerous individuals in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

As a ex officer, Royal Engineers, Charles has sat as a member and represented soldiers at Court Martial both in the UK and Germany and has conducted summary hearings at unit level. Despite having been out of uniform for over twelve years he is a member of the North of England RFCA and keeps as up to date as he can with military matters.

  • In the latest edition of the Legal 500 Charlie is listed as having an impressive record where he has defended a multitude of clients across his career with great success. He has an exceptional ability to achieve the right outcome in urgent and exacting circumstances.

    Charlie Waddell – Legal500 Profile

Outside of work

Charles lives on a farm with pygmy goats, chickens, tortoises, cats, dogs and three children, all of which keep him busy when not at work. He is a keen cyclist and enjoys cycling around the shire, next to where he lives. He has interests in a number of holiday cottages situated in rural Northumberland and he plays an active part during the summer months with their lettings and changeovers. He enjoys meeting holiday-makers from all over the UK as well as visitors from as far-a-field as Australia.

Charles qualified in September 2006.

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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.

James Richardson

District Judge

"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

"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

"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

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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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.

James Richardson

District Judge

"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

"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

"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

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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