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Major Family Law
NE20 9SU

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Consultant Solicitor at Major Family Law

Jonathan Dunkley is now in his 41st year of practicising almost exclusively in the area of family law. There are very few solicitors in the North East with more experience or a higher profile than Jonathan.

Since moving from commerical law firm Muckle LLP in 2014, he has benefiited from the increased specialist support available to him at Major Family Law.

This firm’s exponential growth since 2014 has enabled him to delegate the more routine cases to other team members, allowing him to focus exclusively upon the really high net worth and complex matters that the firm and he attract and which require skilled and speciliast attention.  Jonathan’s strategic and cost effective advice has been recognised in the past, together with his personable and cheerful demeanour which is valued by clients in what can be very difficult and testing circumstances.

Jonathan has become known for his skills in handling matters relating to clients of a high net worth, including media personalities and prominent members of the business community. He is highly skilled in matters of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

He continues to attract work from leading professional people, entrepreneurs and high profile individuals nationally.  His reputation and profile is such that he is often frequently referred work from prominent local law firms who do not offer family advice.


Partner at Muckle LLP; 1986-2013
Consultant Solicitor at Major Family Law; 2014-present




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North > Private client > Family

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.