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

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Joanne Major

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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.

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Joanne Major - Major Family Law

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A prominent niche practice covering the North East and beyond’, Major Family Law’s ‘ambitious and innovative’ practice is ‘the one to watch in the region’. It has ‘truly leading-edge professionals’ with ‘unrivalled knowledge’; key figures include ‘fantastic’ practice head Joanne Major, who attracts praise for her ‘knowledge of the law coupled with business acumen and emotional intelligence, which makes her a force to be reckoned with’; Jonathan Dunkley, who is a ‘tough negotiator’; children specialist Anna Hunter, whose ‘quiet confidence makes her perfect for the arena’; and solicitor Rebecca Savage, who is ‘a skilful and safe pair of hands with a level head and excellent client skills’. The firm covers all elements of family law, including high-net-worth finance cases, divorce issues and children mandates. The firm also has an increasing international focus, with particularly emphasis in the expatriate area.

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