A PONTELAND law firm has gone west and opened a new office in Carlisle.

Major Family Law's new office at the Warwick Mill Business Village is the firm's second.

Managing Director and founder Joanne Major said: "Heading west is a very natural progression for us. Carlisle is only a 45-minute drive from our offices in Ponteland.

"For many years we’ve represented Cumbrian clients from across the county – working in both the Newcastle and Carlisle courts."

The firm has also appointed a Cumbrian-based solicitor to its team, Katie Wright, who has joined from a senior position at another law firm in Cumbria.

Katie said: “I am excited to be part of the team’s rapid expansion and look forward to being part of a network of top-quality lawyers at Major Family Law. When I heard about the plans that Joanne and the team have for the Carlisle office, it was clear how committed the firm is to serving the residents of Carlisle and indeed those right across Cumbria with essential family law services.”

As well as Katie, the firm also welcomed junior solicitor Stacy Williams in September last year after she completed her legal training at the same Cumbrian firm as her new colleague.

Major Family Law was founded in 2009.