Major Family Law is proud to offer the services of some of the best family lawyers in the UK. Supported by experienced legal assistants and consultants, our team has made Major Family Law one of the top family law firms in the UK.

“A very reputable firm of family lawyers whom I recommend without hesitation”

A very reputable firm of family lawyers whom I recommend without hesitation to assist in family law and divorce matters. I was treated with utmost courtesy throughout in a professional and very timely manner.

Kazi Appleby

Google - 26th Jul 2021

“I would highly recommend Major Family Law”

I was represented by Lucinda Connell for my divorce and she made the whole process completely stress free. Her professionalism and knowledge resulted in a positive outcome in my case, achieving exactly what I requested. I would highly recommend Major Family Law.

Elizabeth Andrew

Google - 20th Jul 2021

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Major Family Law when in need”

Many thanks to Rona Samuel of Major Family Law who worked tirelessly on my behalf during a very difficult divorce settlement. Her approachable and professional manner exceeded all my expectations and I would have no hesitation in recommending Major Family Law when in need.

Julia Ruscoe

Google - 14th Jul 2021

“A well-known professional firm of family lawyers”

A well-known professional firm of family lawyers I would highly recommend. Excellent advice and communication from Lucinda Connell and the team. First class service throughout. Thank you again Lucinda.

Graeme Boyles

Google - 9th Jul 2021

“...all at an affordable fee. Highly recommended!”

I turned to Major Family Law to assist in a complex private law matter. Calvin Walker was assigned my case and I have been very impressed! He is knowledgeable, reasonable, thorough, honest and; above all else, he takes time to understand my circumstances and represent me professionally - all at an affordable fee. Highly recommended!

Ben Craig

Google - 7th Jul 2021

“I can honestly not rate Jonathan Dunkley high enough”

I can honestly not rate Jonathan Dunkley high enough. Excellent advice, way above and beyond personal service with deep integrity. Whilst going through the most challenging of circumstances he manages to keep you on the right track!

Bev K

Google - 5th Jul 2021

“A big thank you to Calvin for leading my case”

A big thank you to Calvin for leading my case through it’s through trials and tribulations. Calvin handled the case excellently. He was very detailed and quick to spot inconsistencies in the other side’s argument.

Family cases are by design emotional and at times when I ‘couldn’t see the wood for the trees’ he was great at explaining complexities of the legal system in relation to my case, to the point where he knew the details of my own case better than I did. He was also always upfront and open about costs and provided a detailed forecast of costs, with further reviews if the direction of the case changed.

His work and briefings with counsel were described by the senior barrister as pretty much perfect, which was key in getting the best result possible. All this done with a good sense of humour when applicable!

The result is I now have the best possible platform to build on going forwards, which would not have been possible without Calvin’s work.

Alex Russell

Google - 19th Jun 2021

“A fully professional service”

I would definitely recommend Rona from Major family Law for representation in family law cases. She continues to support me when needed. A fully professional service.

Angela Cruickshanks

Google - 2nd Jun 2021

“Exceptional service from Lucinda Connel”

Exceptional service from Lucinda Connell, I would definitely recommend this firm.

Anouska Sawczyn

Google - 24th May 2021

With regards to Sahil Aggarwal – now working at Major Family Law,

Sahil worked with me as legal advisor and council during a particularly difficult family situation. I can honestly say at all times I was kept well informed and guided with great professionalism through complex and challenging issues by Sahil. I would describe Sahil as professional, extremely capable of explaining the view the law would take on any aspects raised and was always prepared to listen to the questions before giving good considered advice.

Shane Hackett

Google - 23rd May 2021

“Sahil is the go to family lawyer and I have no hesitation in recommending him”

I know Sahil Aggarwal in a professional capacity as an employment lawyer. Sahil is the go to family lawyer and I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Roy M

Google - 19th May 2021

“I am extremely grateful for the guidance, efficiency and exceptional service demonstrated throughout the process”

I highly recommend Jonathan Dunkley at Major Family Law. Jonathan helped me achieve the best possible outcome in my recent case, which wouldn’t have happened without his commitment and persistence. Thank you again Jonathan for your knowledge, support and professionalism. I am extremely grateful for the guidance, efficiency and exceptional service demonstrated throughout the process.

Charlotte Kidd

Google - 4th May 2021

I contacted Major Family Law having read the reviews and having previously had some challenging involvement with other solicitors. I was a little concerned as I am based in the South of the UK and they are in the North but having made initial contact my concerns were unfounded as with many businesses these days everything is done remotely.

I really only wanted some advice about a past divorce but wanted an honest evaluation of the situation.

From my first email and the almost immediate response from Helen Charlton their Client Manager, the subsequent phone call clarifying my situation and the completion of the very informative on line form, to my virtual meeting a couple of days later with Joanne Major who was understanding, knowledgeable and showed empathy for my situation whilst being totally realistic and managing my expectations. I am hoping I will not need to utilise the services of Joanne following on from her advice, but I would not hesitate in contacting if needed and would certainly recommend to anyone who finds themselves requiring direction or information in this area.

Thank you both

Barry Watts

Google - 26th Apr 2021

“A well known and professional firm of family lawyers.”

A well known and professional firm of family lawyers. Rona was always quick to respond with clear advice and was incredibly supportive - thank you. Would highly recommend.

Brooke H

Google - 9th Apr 2021

I initially reached out to Sam Carter for advice on a relocation matter regarding my two young boys. From the outset Sam was professional and extremely knowledgeable, whilst showing understanding and compassion. From that first meeting, right up until our day in court Sam has been there for us every step of the way, often feeling more like a friend than our legal representation. At times I have just needed to talk things through with Sam for a bit of reassurance and he was always there. I do hope we don't need Sam's services again, but if we do I would go straight back to him and would not hesitate to recommend him to our own friends and family.

Thankfully, the application to move my children was denied, but either way my opinion of Sam would not have changed. He's the best person to have fighting your corner.

Steven Carrahar

Google - 29th Mar 2021

“The appointment with Joanne was very informative & helpful, I absolutely recommend this Law Firm”

I had a free initial consultation with Major Family Law & I found both Joanne & Helen to be professional, friendly & easy to talk to. The appointment with Joanne was very informative & helpful, I absolutely recommend this Law Firm. It's clear that all the positive reviews which made me choose this Firm are well deserved.


Google - 22nd Mar 2021

“Choosing Major Family Law and Charles Waddell to represent with my case is one of the best choices I’ve ever made!”

Choosing Major Family Law and Charles Waddell to represent with my case is one of the best choices I’ve ever made! Mr Waddell went above and beyond to help me get me the best result in my case, he was very professional and took great care in making sure I was understanding of everything that was going on and overall a great bloke to work with! I’d highly recommend Mr Waddell and Major family Law to anyone looking for a solicitor!

Owen George

Google - 1st Mar 2021

“Joanne’s knowledge of family law, professionalism and business acumen are second to none”

I have known Joanne for many years. She has never disappointed. Her knowledge of family law, professionalism and business acumen are second to none.

Gillian Hall

Gillian Hall Consulting, Formerly Senior Partner, Watson Burton LLP

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“Complete faith in dealing with Joanne Major”

We have very high standards of excellence at Muckle LLP and expect them from people to whom we refer work. In this respect we have complete faith in dealing with Joanne Major and her team of specialist family lawyers as we have heard nothing but good things from our clients about their client care and their capable approach to family law legal services.

Jason Wainwright

Managing Partner, Muckle LLP

“Have referred a number of clients to her. I am very impressed with the quality”

I have known Joanne Major since she established Major Family Law and have referred a number of clients to her. I am very impressed with the quality of her legal advice, her professional and personable approach and that of her able team of experienced Family Lawyers.

Bradley Thomas

Tax Partner, Haines Watts

“Impressed by both their knowledge of the law and the way they care about their clients”

I’ve worked with everyone on Joanne Major’s team. I’m always impressed by both their knowledge of the law and the way they care about their clients. They are always there for them; being supportive and at the same time giving practical and realistic advice.

The Late Paul Isaacs

Barrister, Broadway House Chambers

“Helped me find an inner strength”

Joanne Major and the team provided me with a first class service before, during and after my divorce. They managed to combine professional excellence with the emotional support and understanding that I needed through the whole process. They helped me find an inner strength in court and achieved results that have allowed me to move on in a financially secure position which without them would never have happened.

Jane Taylor

Former Client

“Major Family Law are a rare breed”

I cannot recommend Joanne Major and Major Family Law enough. Her professionalism and personal touch is second to none. She never overcomplicated the issues or wrote unnecessary correspondence. Major Family Law are a rare breed it seems in a profession that attracts sweeping statements, glib remarks and no thanks. She gave me the courage and confidence to see my case through to the end. Her prognosis was right from the outset, her choice of Barrister carefully considered and brilliant, so too is her knowledge of the law. Needless to say the outcome achieved was more than I could have hoped for. Joanne is a true professional and sharp as a tack. I urge anyone looking for a top drawer family law solicitor to look no further.

Helen Whitaker

Photographer, The Picture House

“Compassionate and professional”

Joanne Major and her team of specialist family lawyers were both compassionate and professional when they dealt with my matrimonial problems. The situation was complicated by my husband, but it was obvious Joanne Major was used to dealing with these sorts of issues. Although she was compassionate, she was still able to give constructive and pragmatic advice and without her assistance I doubt I could have achieved the justice I obtained at the conclusion of my case. I have recently recommended her to a friend whose wealthy husband was unwilling to face up to his responsibilities. She also is impressed about how things are progressing. I would have no hesitation in recommending Joanne Major to others. She is a strong lawyer who leads a strong capable team.

Claire Ashwood

Former Client

“Insightful and was my rock”

Lewis Hulatt is an extremely resourceful, dedicated and supportive divorce lawyer. He is thoughtful, insightful and was my rock when I needed him. You could not wish for better help.

Jane Evans

Former Client

“I went to the right team of lawyers”

Joanne and her team handled my divorce which was a complex matter, and involved cross-jurisdictional child contact. From the first phone call, she took time to explain to me both the human and legal aspects of each step. I needed a great deal of reassurance about my infant daughter and about the financial aspects of my divorce, because it had bearing on my family home which had been gifted to me during marriage. Joanne and her team see the long term picture – resolution, mediation, a sound path forward during a very upsetting time. I went to the right team of lawyers who, under expert liaison with each other, guided me through both financial and contact matters. I am based in Spain and the distance was no barrier. I trust Joanne and her team implicitly.

Eugenia Castro

Former Client

“Jonathan’s knowledge and approach was excellent”

I was recently introduced to Jonathan Dunkley at Major Family Law having asked around the North East business community for a recommendation in dealing with an intended driving prosecution, Jonathan’s knowledge and approach was excellent, his quick actions saved me precious time and money in dealing with this difficult situation. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan or Major Family Law to anyone found in such circumstances.

Chris March

Publisher and Director, Luxe Magazine

“Nothing was too much trouble”

Jonathan Dunkley was the first person I turned to when I needed advice, having previously used his services some years back. He grasped the complicated legal position from the outset knowing exactly how to sort it all out. Nothing was too much trouble for him. As I was living in the United States and France, I thought this might make things more difficult, but Jonathan was quite able to work remotely and made himself available at all times to suit me. His specialist knowledge guided me through a really difficult process taking away my own stress and frustration. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other, particularly in cases with an international element.

David Faye

Former Client

“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

“Invaluable professional advice”

Joanne Major and her experienced team of family lawyers are first rate. Throughout the most difficult and emotionally challenging time of my life, I was warmly guided and provided with invaluable professional advice. It is possible to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, and rest assured Major family Law are the best people to get you there. I can recommend this law firm in a heartbeat – your future truly is in the safest of hands.

Tracy Chandler

Former Client

“I do not hesitate in recommending them”

I approached Major Family Law after hearing positive feedback from some divorced friends and acquaintances. The firm is professional, welcoming and non-judgemental. I always received balanced, fair and accurate advice. Major Family Law treats you as an individual and pays attention to your whole person. I was given clear explanations and all emails and telephone calls were answered and dealt with promptly. Joanne Major was prepared for each meeting and always took time to check how I was afterwards. Even when communication broke down between myself and my husband, Major Family Law helped us mediate and helped us get back on the right track for the good of our child. I have since recommended Major Family Law to others in the same situation knowing they could not be in better hands. I do not hesitate in recommending them here and now to you.

Rebecca Hughes

Former Client

“We believe they are the best around”

We consider Major Family Law to be the pre-eminent specialist family law firm in the North East, particularly for complex and/or high value matters. We choose to recommend Major Family Law to our clients because we believe they are the best around.

Neville Takiar

GunnerCooke LLP

“A leading family law practice in the area”

Having worked at Major Family Law during my time in England, I had no hesitation in establishing links between my practice in Spain and Major Family Law. A leading family law practice in the area, with an innovative approach to their business, I was impressed with the high standard of client care and the expertise of the individual lawyers during my time at the practice, and I know that this will ensure that clients based in either Spain or England will receive the best possible advice and service.

José María Del Río Villo

Abogado, Gaona Abogados, Marbella

“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

“Nothing was too much trouble”

When I needed the very best person to help me sort out a really difficult family dispute, Jonathan Dunkley was suggested by a number of people. He did not disappoint. He was confident and reassuring, quickly absorbing the detail of the case despite some international complexity. His advice was clear and strategic. He kept me informed at all stages, explained precisely what the process would be, and provided a transparent estimate of the costs involved. Nothing was too much trouble. He responded to my calls and emails immediately, even over the weekends when I needed urgent guidance and reassurance. He was supportive, patient and knowledgeable at every juncture. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

Paige Chandler

Former Client
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“The brilliant team at Major Family Law”

I sincerely thank my Specialist Family Lawyer for her professionalism, dedication and first rate attention throughout the process of divorce. I shall forever be grateful to have chosen Major Family Law to assist me because as expected, it has been a painful and emotional journey but knowing I had the benefit of my solicitor’s expertise, skill and reassurance at all times helped carry me through the tough times. Without hesitation I would strongly recommend the brilliant team at Major Family Law.

Antonio Pili

Former Client

“Available to help and offer sensible and pragmatic advice”

After years of uphill struggles and continuous trips to court, I finally turned to Major Family Law for help. Sam Carter took charge of the case and the work carried out by him was nothing short of first class. Sam was always available to help and offer sensible and pragmatic advice, and the end result was one that I never could have imagined. I have no difficulty whatsoever in recommending the firm, and in particular Sam, to anyone in times of need.



“I cannot recommend Jonathan highly enough”

Jonathan Dunkley is a credit to Major Family Law and his Profession. In a world very alien to my own, his expertise, professionalism and clarity during the entire difficult process made me feel confident and reassured my case was in his capable hands. His support, confidence, and knowledge of his subject area were second to none. Jonathan achieved exactly the outcome that I had hoped for. A huge weight has now been lifted from my shoulders as my case has been successfully concluded. I cannot recommend Jonathan highly enough.

Sean Elliott

Sean Elliott Photography

“I’m impressed by the feedback I get from people”

I have known Jonathan Dunkley at Major Family Law for some years. He gives sensible, pragmatic and realistic advice. He helps when people need it most and always puts their needs first. I’m impressed by the feedback I get from people who have used him. I am confident in recommending friends, family and clients to him.

Ian Wilkinson

Managing Director, RW Limited

“Positive attitude and practical approach”

I have worked as a family mediator in Surrey for a number of years. It really helps the mediation process where the solicitors giving the clients advice understand how the mediation process works, and work to help the clients achieve a resolution in mediation. I have found Lewis Hulatt really understands the mediation process and how best to support it. This gives his clients the best chance of finding a sensible resolution. His positive attitude and practical approach work well with mediation, and that makes him the kind of solicitor that I like to work with.

Louisa Whitney

LKW Mediation

“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

“Impressed with the way he understands the wider picture”

I have known Lewis Hulatt in a professional capacity for some years and I have been impressed with the way he understands the wider picture and our needs as a family. I found him sensitive to what would help me achieve our long-term goals and he was approachable whenever I needed a calm and independent opinion. He showed himself to be flexible and I never felt pressured to use a legal sledge-hammer to crack a nut of a problem.

Glenn Hirchfield

Former Client

“Comprehensive, practical, realistic, and reassuring”

I have known Joanne Major professionally for 20 years and have recommended her many times. When men or women suffer difficulty in their private lives, Joanne offers light in the form of comprehensive, practical, realistic, and reassuring Family Law Advice with the result that people can find their way through difficult and dark times.

Mrs S J Hammond Opelt

Legal Director, Cundall

“Her team have proved to be top notch”

I met Joanne Major many years ago and was impressed by her drive and professionalism when she established her own firm. She has dealt with the marital issues of many of our clients and the feedback from them has always been excellent. We continue to refer clients to Joanne as both she and her team have proved to be top notch. Our clients inform us that Joanne is a consummate professional but tough. At the same time she is the modern face of advice on family law.

Mike Brennan

Consultant, Baldwins Accountants

“She is a very bright lady with an equally bright team”

From the moment I met Joanne Major and her team it was clear to me that she is a very bright lady with an equally bright team. They are innovators and put their clients first. People might think that all solicitors put their clients first, it is easy to say but very hard to do. As a solicitor myself, I can see that Joanne Major and her team strive to work in the best way possible to achieve the best outcome for the client. This means thinking outside the box and daring to be different. The team at Major family law dare to be different and their clients benefit from this.

Mena Ruparel

Family Arbitrator, Consultant and Lecturer MLSH Ltd

“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

“Joanne Major quickly grasps the facts and interprets them”

Joanne Major quickly grasps the facts and interprets them in a sympathetic but matter of fact way, making the client and professionals recommending her feel confident with the handling of their affairs. A true professional at a time when expertise and excellence is needed most.

Richard Blackett

Director, Blackett Walker Ltd

“Joanne Major has rare and outstanding strategic vision”

I am a lawyer who left practice due, in part, to a sense of frustration with the legal profession due to what I perceive as a lack of innovation, bureaucratic decision making, and defensive conservatism. My start-up legal tech company Settify, represents more than 1,000 family lawyers. Of that, Major Family Law under Joanne’s leadership stands out for having the courage to chart its own course, the ability to make strategic decisions without oppressive prevarication, a rare sense of ‘nimbleness’, which is hugely underrated in law, and a genuine desire to work collaboratively with partners of all kinds to advance clients’ interests. It is my contention that Joanne Major has rare and outstanding strategic vision.

Max Paterson CEO


“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

“His knowledge and ability to communicate very effectively with my clients has enhanced my relationship”

I have known Christian, in a professional capacity, for several years now. He has assisted me in looking after my clients in various matters including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorneys and Administering Estates. His knowledge and ability to communicate very effectively with my clients has enhanced my relationship with them. I have had nothing but good feedback. Some even say he has a good sense of humour!

David Stoddart

Chartered Financial Planner FPFS, Stoddart Financial Solutions

“Found them professional, knowledgeable and empathetic”

I have worked with Joanne Major and her team and have found them professional, knowledgeable and empathetic and would have no hesitation in recommending them to clients.

James Richfield

Senior Partner, St. James’s Place Wealth Management

“Her drive and ambition have always impressed me”

I have known and worked with Joanne Major since her early years in practice. Her drive and ambition have always impressed me and, I believe, she has now built a significant niche practice in family law. I am happy to recommend her.

Andrew Hoyle

Formerly Senior Partner, Watson Burton LLP

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