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Major Family Law, Joanne Major, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND

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Joanne Major

Work 01661 824582
Major Family Law

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Matrimonial and family.


Joanne has practiced exclusively as a family lawyer since qualifying almost 20 years ago. After heading the family law department in an established city-centre practice, Joanne went on to found Major Family Law, entirely on her own, growing her practice to the stature it now enjoys. Joanne herself is highly experienced in all aspects of family law, with a specific expertise in complex high-net-worth financial cases, particularly those with a commercial base. She is a member of Resolution and a trained collaborative lawyer, as well as sitting on the editorial board of legal publisher, Lexis Nexis. Aside from her professional career, Joanne is active in the local business and wider community, using her profile to support a variety of community projects and charities.


Trained Stanton Croft; qualified 1996; head of family department Watson Burton LLP 1999-2005; associate at niche practice 2006-09; founded Major Family Law in January 2009. On the strength of her expertise, local reputation and innovative approach to business, Joanne has grown the business over the last four years from sole practitioner to a thriving practice with three additional specialist family law solicitors, two consultants, and a number of legal assistants and dedicated experienced support staff.


Law Society; Resolution; Lexis Nexis-PSL consulting editorial board; NE Collobative POD.


Central Newcastle High School; University of Northumbria (CPE and LPC).


Travel and art.

North: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Joanne Major - Major Family Law

Within: Family

Key individuals at Major Family Law include founding partner Joanne Major, who is noted for her ‘combination of technical knowledge and common sense’; finance specialist Jonathan Dunkley, who ‘is a brilliant tactician’; and Anna Hunter, who specialises in children proceedings and ‘establishes a very good rapport with the client’. Hunter’s recent instructions include acting for a mother seeking to remove a child from the jurisdiction, and a TOLATA case where the claimant was seeking to claim interest in the client’s property. Rebecca Savage acted for a wife in financial remedy proceedings which involved assets of over £5m.

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