Mrs Joanne Major > Major Family Law > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Major Family Law
NE20 9SU

Work Department

Matrimonial and family.


Managing Director at Major Family Law

Joanne Major is a well-regarded family lawyer whose knowledge of the law coupled with her business acumen and emotional intelligence make her a force to be reckoned with.  With 25 years’ experience under her belt she is one of the most sought after and prominent finance family lawyers in the region.  Her national profile is unmatched against her peers in the North East which is largely due to Joanne’s stand-out marketing aplomb and personal drive for innovation.  In 2013 she won by a national publlic vote, Jordan’s Family Law Awards, “Most Innovative Family Lawyer” and her profile 6 years on has been consolidated with her recent nomination as finalist in the Jordan’s Family Law Awards for Family Law Partner of the Year.

Joanne attracts work in the HNW sector, represents business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs.  She wins her work from a broad net of referrers and recommendations for being the very best at what she does.  This past 12 months Joanne has acted for a niumber of HNW and famous personalities across the UK.

She is the “Go-to” for anyone looking to refer to a Famiy Lawyer in the North.


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 Major Family Law over the last 10 years from sole practitioner to a thriving practice of three partners, seven consultants, one associate, two assistant solicitors, one paralegal and seven supporting staff.


Law Society
Lexis Nexis-PSL consulting editorial board


Central Newcastle High School;
University of Northumbria (CPE and LPC); 1992-1994


Travel and art.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Private client > Family

(Hall of Fame)

Joanne MajorMajor Family Law

Highly regarded boutique firm Major Family Law has continued its trajectory of team growth; in March 2020 the team welcomed Stephanie Layton, formerly of Hay & Kilner, and in January 2021 Sahil Aggarwal joined the group from London-based firm Moore Barlow. They join an established offering, which includes founder and managing director Joanne Major, ‘stand-out individual‘ Anna Hunter, ‘outstanding performer‘ Lucinda Connell, commercial specialist Jonathan Dunkley and noted associate Sam Carter. The practice is equally versed in complex work relating to divorce, children and financial issues arising out of relationship breakdowns, and several of the practitioners have extensive experience of assisting with cases relating to international relocation of children.