Media release issued 01.03.2021


Silk Family Law has recently expanded its senior team to support an increase in the number and complexity of new enquiries the firm is seeing as a result of the changing situation around the pandemic and lockdown – particularly where land, business and other asset valuations have fluctuated.


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Matthew Miles

Recently appointed associate Matthew Miles joined Silk before Christmas, bringing over a decade of family law experience. This week, the team expanded further with the appointment of legal assistant Julie Gallon, whose experience spans almost thirty years in family law with some of the top law firms in the North East. Ms Gallon joins the team from Sintons in Newcastle.


Described as a “rising star” by independent legal guide Chambers and Partners, Matthew specialises in all areas of family law, in particular resolving complex financial issues for high net worth individuals on divorce. He regularly advises on pre and post-nuptial agreements and has extensive expertise in children disputes including applications by parents to relocate overseas.


Julie Gannon

Ian Kennerley, Silk Family Law founding partner, said: “Recruiting someone of Matthew’s calibre and reputation to work alongside other senior members of the team is already allowing us to build and develop our services. With Julie’s extensive experience also now supporting the senior team, we can maintain the highest levels of service throughout this growth period for the firm.”


“These appointments are a key part of our plan to extend Silk’s reach in the region, and the firm is delighted to welcome new members to the team during a time when we are building and growing across our three office bases.”


Mr Miles commented: “The Silk ethos of prioritising client care aligns perfectly with how I like to work, and I am thrilled to be working alongside some of the most well-respected family lawyers in the North of England to support families with legal issues as we all plan ahead for coming out of lockdown.”


Silk Family Law celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2020 and has received top tier rankings as a leading family law firm in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK every year since it was founded as a specialist boutique firm from the former family team at Womble Bond Dickinson (then Dickinson Dees).


The firm has offices in Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Leeds as well as consulting rooms in York and London.




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