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It is a fact of life that many marriages now end in divorce which can be a painful and stressful process for everyone involved. At Hay & Kilner, we have one of the leading Family Law teams in the North East.

We provide legal advice in a practical and understanding manner to achieve a prompt settlement with the minimum amount of emotional stress. Independently researched legal guide, The Legal 500 praises our family law team for its ‘holistic and well-organised approach.’ Nicola Matthews is recommended for financial and child-related cases, while Robert Hart is described as ‘one of the best practitioners in the North East.

We also hold a Legal Aid franchise for family work so are able to represent publicly funded clients at our Wallsend branch.


We are members of the following specialist panels / groups:

  • Resolution
  • The Resolution Specialist Accreditation Scheme
  • The Law Society Children Accreditation Scheme
  • Collaborative Family Law North East 

Nicola Matthews is a Law Society Family Law Advanced panel member with specialisms in Ancillary Relief and Complex Assets.


  • "Key partner Rob Hart is respected in the market as an authority on children cases. He frequently represents guardians and family members in contentious cases, where he is able to serve as both solicitor and advocate. Peers recognise him as 'very competent; he has the ear of the court'."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "The service Nicola Matthews provided was amazing. I was always given sound advice and never had to 'chase' for any information. Nicola made me feel at ease at such a stressful time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nicola."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews

  • "Hay & Kilner is a long-established firm with an excellent family department."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Nicola Matthews has particular strength in the financial aspects of divorce, and helps to demystify what is – to a layman – a tortuous and complicated process."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "I have nothing but good things to say about the service I received from Rob Hart."

    - Client of Rob Hart

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