Silk Family Law

Family/Matrimonial Department

Newcastle and surrounds
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What the team is known for Pre-eminent team at the forefront of the market in family law, with notable strength in dealing with high-value separation cases involving inheritance, tax, pension or trust issues. Experienced in advising on cross-border matters. Further capabilities in child disputes arising from divorces. Also offers advice on postnuptial agreements.

Strengths The practice earns praise from one source for being "very focused on excellent service delivery. They protect their clients fiercely with professionalism and compassion," adding: "They have built a great business with a quality brand."

Another interviewee asserts the firm is "a real market leader in the North."

Notable practitioners

Ian Kennerley acts for clients on the full gamut of matrimonial finance matters, stretching from divorce and financial remedy proceedings to postnuptial agreements. He is well prepared to handle high-value, cross-border cases.

Kim Fellowes assists with financial remedies, sometimes of a multi-jurisdictional nature, in addition to private law children cases. She is also able in finance cases encompassing farming assets.

Margaret Simpson advises on high-value separations and financial remedy proceedings, frequently in relation to property, trust and pension assets. Interviewees describe her as a "fantastic lawyer and an amazing businesswoman."

Wayne Lynn is described by one interviewee as "firm, but realistic," explaining: "It is possible to negotiate with him and resolve cases." He acts on matters ranging from cross-border postnuptial agreements to financial remedy proceedings ancillary to divorce.