Working with us

Choose Silk, and you will benefit from incisive advice and expert guidance, delivered by a highly experienced and respected team of family law specialists. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional client service, and here’s what just some of our clients and the professional advisers who refer their clients to Silk say about their experiences of working with us.

Please note that client testimonials have been anonymised in the interests of client confidentiality.

"I am incredibly lucky to have had Silk Family Law. I just can't thank Joanne and Ian enough for all their kindness, help and support for me to get to this point. Joanne guided me through unchartered territory with compassion and humility, and I will always be thankful. The service was outstanding and faultless. Complete professionalism."
"In the emotional and fraught time of divorce proceedings, Silk Family Law has consistently provided excellent practical, rational and sage guidance throughout. The sense of respect for me as a person, and empathy shown by my legal team has been a huge positive in an otherwise difficult and dehumanising situation. Professionalism and attention to detail combined with a human touch."
"I had been under so much stress over a period of 17 years to sort out my problem, but just wasn’t getting anywhere. That is until I was recommended to Silk, and Kim Fellowes. I couldn't have wished for a nicer team who worked so hard for me. They gave 130% through an extremely difficult time. I got so much support and backing to finally resolve all my problems; they were my rock."

“With clear authority and experience, Silk guided me through the process, sensibly managed my expectations throughout, minimised the drama and ultimately delivered a result that surpassed my expectations.”

“Margaret was a constant in changing complex High Court situations; and during a very unsettled period in my home, business and family life."

“The team has an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the realities of business, and successfully negotiated a settlement I was happy with. They continue to provide me with excellent advice in other aspects of my case.”

“Silk is a class-leading family law practice with a breadth of experience supporting a broad range of clients from different economic, ethnic and age related backgrounds. The strength of the Silk proposition is rooted in their enviable reputation, talent employed and the prospect of an in-house barrister ensuring their advice is in line with current court views. There are few firms operating in the North of England with the range of expertise offered by Silk in such a specialist field.”

"The divorce process is stressful, complex and, at times, all consuming. However, with the team at Silk Family Law, I could not have been in better hands. At all times, my expectations were managed and insightful advice was provided in a calm and collected manner enabling me to rise above the inflammatory rhetoric of the other side. Ultimately, I could not have been happier with the result. I would not hesitate to recommend Silk to anyone contemplating this difficult process."

"I have total confidence in the team’s knowledge and experience, and I know that each and every client I refer to Silk is in very safe hands.”

Jonathan Blair, Managing Partner, Bond Dickinson

“Silk have very strong technical knowledge, but it is the softer client skills that set them apart, working very closely with business people at a most difficult time in their lives.”

John Green, Pierce Chartered Accountants

“I would not hesitate to recommend any of my clients to Silk Family Law so that I know they are in the very best hands.”

David Dodds, Wade Financial

"We are so impressed with the quality of the work that they carry out and the service they deliver; they are always the first people we think of when looking to make an introduction. Further to that, the clients we have sent to them have given us great feedback.  
The benefits of dealing with a specialist like Silk is that they understand every aspect of what they do to a much greater extent. Their technical ability is well ahead of their competitors. We deal in pensions and it is rare to see a solicitor that understands pensions as well as Silk do. This is one of the many reasons we are confident when sending our valued clients to them. 
We have introduced them to other legal connections who don’t specialise in family law. They have used them and given us good feedback. It speaks volumes, when your fellow professionals respect you as well as use you for your services."
Ian Little, Wade Financial

"I have worked with Margaret Simpson and Kim Fellowes on a number of high value and complicated matrimonial finance cases since Silk Family law started. Both are excellent lawyers with great technical abilities and bags of common sense. They never lose sight of the wood for the trees. From a barrister’s perspective they are solicitors you want to be instructed by rather than appear against, a sentiment always shared by their clients. Kim never gives an inch (unless she should!) and she always fights tenaciously for all her clients. Margaret is a calm port in stormy weather. Her relaxed but firm approach is appreciated by her clients, her opponents and the judges."
Justin Warshaw QC
“Christian is highly knowledgeable and explained all of my options clearly. He helped deliver a solution that has put me in a strong legal position whilst protecting my wishes for an equitable deal for my partner. His professionalism and compassionate approach are exactly what I wanted in a family lawyer and I would certainly recommend him to others.” 


"This specialist family law group has established itself as a leading regional player. Clients consider it to be 'one of the best England has to offer'. The team is highly experienced in all manner of family law cases and has niche expertise in matters involving corporate, farming and pension issues."
Chambers UK
“The Silk culture gives the client confidence that they are being advised by experts in their field while ensuring that service is provided in a supportive and understanding way.”
Chambers UK