Silk Family Law: Offering advice and representation from a vastly-experienced team - sponsored feature

Sponsored feature article taken from our Legal 500 October Supplement: Silk Family Law has a strong North East heritage - all of the partners have practised in the region for two decades or more

Silk Family Law
Silk Family Law

Separating couples in the North East can be assured that the advice and representation they receive from Newcastle-based Silk Family Law comes from a vastly-experienced team that is highly rated.

With Silk Family Law’s four partners having more than 100 years’ experience there is no question as to why the firm has been placed in the top tier of firms in the North for the fourth year in a row by a legal industry guide.

Published annually, the 2014 Legal 500 guide ranks law firms throughout the country based on feedback from their clients and has rated the team at Silk, who provide specialist advice to clients throughout the UK on issues surrounding divorce and separation, as excellent.

Silk has a strong North East heritage: all of the partners have practised in the region for two decades or more.

The experienced 13-strong Newcastle team also works alongside a team of 11 in North Yorkshire who specialise in advising corporate and agricultural clients.

Silk remains the largest specialist family law practice in the North East, and the only one capable of providing clients with advice and representation from an in-house barrister – partner Ian Kennerley, who is based at the firm’s central Newcastle One Trinity office.

His focused, specialist advice and advocacy from the outset helps ensure that even the most complex financial matters can be resolved in a constructive, cost-effective and expeditious way.

As well as advising many clients in the North East – including business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, sports people, land-owning and farming families – on issues surrounding divorce and separation, Silk Family Law also works with clients elsewhere in the country on the strength of the team’s reputation.

That reputation is reflected in the 2014 Legal 500 guide’s excellent rating, with Silk’s two Newcastle-based partners, Ian Kennerley and Kim Fellowes, highlighted as tenacious advocates who give brilliant advice. Partner Margaret Simpson, who divides her time between the Newcastle and North Yorkshire offices, is also recommended.

Ian Kennerley said: “Our experienced team sets us apart from other family law firms in the region. We have strength in breadth unlike some firms, which have one experienced practitioner at the helm with a more junior team of fee earners working alongside them. We have four highly-experienced partners working with solicitors who are experts in their respective fields.”

A growing client base led to further expansion earlier this year, with the appointment of solicitor Joanne Hall. Joanne, who was born and educated in the North East, specialises in resolving complex disputes involving children and finance for separating couples.

She is also a trained collaborative family lawyer, which means that she can help couples to resolve the issues relating to their separation without going to court.

Alongside its offices in central Newcastle and rural North Yorkshire, Silk has additional consulting rooms in York and London.

The firm provides advice and guidance on a range of family law issues, including divorce and separation, cohabitation, civil partnerships, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and child support. Visit for more information.      

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Silk Family Law
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