Careers

Progress your career in family law with one of the North’s leading firms with high profile clients nationwide

Silk Family Law has been ranked as a band one leading firm in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 since the firm was established in 2010 from the former Dickinson Dees (now Womble Bond Dickinson) family law team.

Our team of family law practitioners is skilled in advising and representing clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law cases, including financial and children matters. We have particular expertise in dealing with complex financial issues, including business assets, farming businesses, trusts and pensions, as well as cases with an international dimension.

With offices in Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Leeds and consulting rooms in York and London, Silk is rooted in the North with clients nationally. We are often sought out by high net worth clients based in London and the Home Counties, who are looking discreet, premium and bespoke advice, guidance and representation at a fair price.

Working at Silk Family Law

We are widely acknowledged for the quality of the work undertaken, and the experience, mentoring and support provided by the Partners and Associates to team members. It is a highly professional, highly collegiate and deeply caring organisation.

As specialised and experienced professionals advising exclusively on family law and disputes arising from separation and divorce, we collaborate with other legal, financial and property experts and work in partnership as an extended team of trusted advisors so all our clients can benefit from a seamless and holistic service. 

As the only boutique family law firm in the North of England with an in-house family law barrister, Silk can uniquely offer staff the benefit of in-house counsel at the end of the phone for timely independent advice on complex cases.

Silk has a genuinely flexible approach to hybrid working, supported by a clear set of Principles and ways of working.  This means that individual working patterns are developed based on individual, client and team needs, balancing time in the office and working from home if people so choose.

Our offices are beautiful, professional, inspiring spaces for the team and for clients.

Silk Family Law staff benefits include:

  • Highly competitive salary based on experience
  • Flexible and hybrid working, with your office/ home working pattern tailored to your needs
  • Enhanced maternity pay
  • Contributory pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Exceptional professional development
  • A professional, caring and supportive culture
  • Beautiful and inspiring offices and client meeting spaces

Career progression at Silk Family Law

Silk actively recruits high calibre candidates at all levels, as well as developing and promoting staff internally. Professional development is through individualised pathways and support, including mentoring from senior members of staff and skills specific training in areas such as business development.

The quality of the entire team and the non-hierarchical ways of working mean advice, help and support is always available. As a result, individuals thrive, develop exceptional careers and enjoy their work here.

Emily Bell

Chartered Legal Executive Emily joined Silk Family Law in 2011 as an office junior. Her skills and potential were quickly recognised and she was promoted to legal secretary in 2012. After deciding she would like to embark on the CILEx route to becoming a Chartered legal executive, the firm supported Emily through her development, gradually increasing her fee earning hours from part time to full time as she developed her portfolio. Emily qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2021 and is now training to become a fully qualified solicitor at Silk. 

“Throughout my whole career with the firm, Silk Family Law has fully supported me at every stage when I wanted to progress. The partners are very approachable and accessible if I have any questions about my training or cases. They talk through each case with me to explain strategy and best way forward, and I feel fully involved and respected.” 

What our team says

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Matthew Miles 

Associate Matthew brought 12 years of family law experience when he joined Silk Family Law from another leading firm in 2021.

“I sought Silk out based on the firm’s reputation for high quality, complex work and the kinds of clients it attracts, as well as the firm’s collegiate way of working. It’s never about “divorce by numbers” here – the ethos of prioritising client care aligns perfectly with how I like to work.

I particularly value working alongside some of the most well-respected family lawyers in the North of England to support families with legal issues. Silk provides the best environment for me to expand my skills and networks.”

Nia Jameson

Experienced associate Nia Jameson has been at Silk for over 7 years.

“I am proud to work for Silk as there is a wealth of experience here within the team from which to grow and learn. I continue to be impressed by the quality of work, and support available.

The level of support and accessibility to partners here is rare. I don’t know many other firms where you can pick up the phone for immediate advice from in-house counsel.”

Shelley Jones

Experienced legal secretary Shelley has been with the firm since 2018.

“The Silk offices at Aske are situated in beautiful surroundings which provides a great working environment. The entire team are extremely knowledgeable and approachable which means no matter what issues or challenges arise there is always someone willing to assist and provide support if required.

The new hybrid working arrangements offered are a real bonus and allow for a productive working pattern, which in turn creates an efficient service for clients. Producing work to a high quality is important here, which I find gives great job satisfaction.”

Our current vacancies

Silk Family Law Aske, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Silk Family Law Newcastle, United Kingdom

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