Solicitors in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear is a county in the north east of England lying around the mouths of the two rivers which give the area its name. It was formed in 1974 and includes five metropolitan boroughs, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and the City of Sunderland. The county is coastal with a stretch of coastline onto the North Sea lying to its east.


The area of Tyne and Wear is home to just over one million inhabitants, 275,000 of whom live in Newcastle, and 180,000 who live in Sunderland. The region has a diverse economic profile, featuring manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food processing and distribution, renewable energy and train production. The modern Tyne and Wear economy is moving away from the traditional industries such as shipbuilding, and is today undergoing a self-styled culture-led renaissance, seeking to build itself as a knowledge economy.

Court services in Tyne and Wear

There is a combined court service offering County Court and Crown Court services in Newcastle upon Tyne. There are also County and Magistrates Courts in Sunderland. There are several Magistrates Courts, in North Shields, Gateshead and Houghton le Spring.

Profile of solicitors in Tyne and Wear

Given the comparative dominance of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the regional landscape, it is unsurprising that a vast number of the solicitors in Tyne and Wear are based within the city itself. There is a great choice of solicitors in Tyne and Wear, and particularly in the cities, it is possible to find specialist practices which focus on a specific area of law, be it immigration, family law or commercial law. In addition to the solicitors in Tyne and Wear based in the city areas, there are several practices based in towns, offering legal advice in:

  • Conveyancing
  • Contract law
  • Divorce law
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Wills, trusts and probate

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