Described by Chambers UK as having “ a stellar reputation”, Margaret is recognised as one of the region’s leading family lawyers, particularly in the area of complex matrimonial finance.

Margaret divides her time between our Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Leeds offices, as well as seeing clients at our consulting rooms in York and London. Her reputation for delivering firm and robust advice to a whole range of business owners including farming families, continues to attract clients from all over the country – with an increasing following in London and the Home Counties.

With more than 25 years’ experience as a family lawyer, Margaret specialises in cases involving significant assets and complex issues. She has a particular interest and expertise in landed estates and farming cases, both of which often involve disputes relating to trust assets, valuation and liquidity.

Collaboratively trained, Margaret offers clients the opportunity to deal with the issues arising following the breakdown of their marriage within the collaborative process, rather than going to court.

Margaret chairs Tees Valley Resolution family law group.


“I wanted to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have made a huge difference to me, your clear and ‘straight to point’ advice mixed with warmth and genuine compassion has been invaluable and it came just at the right time, I only wish I had found you sooner.

“You have helped me to get the closure I needed and stopped me living in fear of [my ex husband]. I don’t imagine you need any client testimonials but you can count on me for anything of this nature. Truly, thank you. Not that I would wish this experience on anyone, but I will be recommending you in future.

“Thank you also to your extended team who have been so kind, warm and friendly.”

– Client feedback, October 2020


“From my very first meeting with Margaret and throughout my experience with Silk Family Law I had complete faith that I was being provided with safe, sound advice from an extremely experienced legal team.”

“Margaret and Ian’s expertise and professionalism was invaluable and I felt reassured that I was being represented by such an excellent team during a very difficult time. Their guidance and support was greatly appreciated.”

– Client feedback