Matthew Neville

Ponteland based family law firm expands team during "record year"

Boutique law firm Major Family Law is set for further growth after expanding its team by over 30 per cent during a record year.

The firm, which is based in Ponteland and with serviced offices in Cumbria and Durham by appointment, has made nine new hires over the past 12 months as part of its “ambitious” growth strategy.

In January 2021, the firm welcomed “well-regarded” London lawyer Sahil Aggerwal to the team. Then, in April, experienced consultant solicitor Peter Dixon joined the firm. In July, Anya Harrison joined as a paralegal from Browell Smith and became trainee solicitor within the firm in January 2022.

September saw the appointment of newly qualified solicitor Stacy Williams from Burnetts in Carlisle. The firm also appointed two paralegals, Megan Wood and Anna Glover, and two experienced legal secretaries, Jane Forster and Tracey Feeney, to support the growing team.

The year was topped off with the appointment of experienced Cumbrian lawyer Katie Wright as assistant solicitor who will support the growth of the firm’s footprint in Cumbria and the North West.

In addition to the new hires, associate solicitor Sam Carter was recently promoted to senior associate and solicitor Calvin Walker was promoted to an associate. The appointments and promotions come during a period of exponential growth for the firm, with an annual growth rate in excess of 30 per cent and turnover at record levels.

The latest hires bring the firm’s headcount to 26, with 15 practising lawyers. Founder Joanne Major is committed to supporting the development of junior members of the team and shaping the next generation of family lawyers.

Joanne said: “The focus of the last 12 months has been to develop the junior arm of the team. As part of my role as managing director, I train and mentor the junior arm of the growing team, recruiting like-minded young family lawyers who operate to my high standards of professionalism, attention to detail and efficiency.

“The ongoing recruitment of the junior team is fast creating a new generation of talented, well regarded legal professionals working to support the firm’s growing national clientele and complements the large experienced team.”

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