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At Swinburne Maddison, we understand the strain and distress that can be caused by unresolved family issues. That is why our Family team approach all matters with professional empathy and sensitivity and work hard to ensure that their clients feel completely supported at all times.

With over 35 years of combined experience dealing with all aspects of Family law, the Family team at Swinburne Maddison are never deterred by legal complexity or any degree of difficulty in personal circumstances and are able to inspire real confidence in their clients by providing expert advice and support on a wide range of matters.


The team are also ranked in the Top Tier of the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 UK – the only regional law firm based outside of Newcastle to receive this honour – which is testament to the quality and consistency of service provided across the team as well as their reputation in the wider legal market.  The Legal 500 is a directory of all of the leading law firms across the UK and beyond, with the final rankings decided following an independent and impartial research process.


In the area of relationship breakdowns, the team is able to offer an alternative approach to resolving disputes thanks to the specialist skills and qualifications within the team.  Head of the team, Kath Hill, is a collaborative lawyer, which means she is specially trained to assist couples in reaching an agreement in a constructive and non-adversarial way, without the need for court intervention.  For clients who wish to maintain an amicable future relationship with their spouse or partner, whilst also minimising unnecessary costs and delays, collaborative law is an excellent option. 

In cases where this approach may not be appropriate, clients can rely on our team of experienced advocates to represent them effectively in any court proceedings. Associate, Catherine Lowther, has recently overseen applications to the Court of Appeal and the High Court in London.

Ultimately, what works for one client will not necessarily work for another and our team works closely with their clients to find the most suitable option for them.  Swinburne Maddison’s strapline is “legal solutions that fit” and we do exactly that.

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Our team can also provide expert advice and support on a wide range of children issues, from standard residence and contact applications to more challenging situations involving international relocations.

For public law matters involving Local Authorities – which is one of the few areas of law still covered by Legal Aid – Associate, Catherine Lowther, has significant experience of dealing with complex and highly-sensitive care proceedings and always ensures that clients feel fully supported through the process, providing clear and straightforward advice and guidance at every stage.



For clients looking to take pre-emptive steps to protect their position and avoid potential issues in the future – perhaps through the creation of co-habitation agreements or a pre/post-nuptial agreement – all members of our team are highly experienced in such matters and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs in more detail.

Whatever the nature of the matter, all of our clients can be assured of level-headed guidance and clear, practical legal advice that is carefully tailored to their own unique circumstances.

At our modern offices on the outskirts of Durham City, in Aykley Heads, all of our client consultations take place in private meeting rooms, which provide a comfortable setting in which to discuss any personal and emotive matters in complete confidence.


To find out more about the ways in which our Family Team could assist you, please call us on 0191 384 2441 or request a callback