What can I do for you?
I am a specialist family lawyer and Head of the London family team who has practiced at the Bar as well as within Mills & Reeve. I am also a trained collaborative family lawyer and mediator. This enables me to draw on a variety of experience so as to tailor an approach to the difficulties that are faced on relationship breakdown to your individual needs.
My work ranges from high profile divorces, financial and children proceedings dealt with by the courts, in which I have a wealth of experience, to negotiated settlements achieved outside that arena. I also advise on living together (co-habitation), pre and post-nuptial and separation agreements. My work often involves complex financial issues, including business interests, trusts and pensions or has an international dimension. Reported cases in which I have been involved include Myerson v Myerson  EWCA Civ 1376 and H v M (Property Occupied by Wife's Parents)  EWHC 625 (Fam).
Supporting my clients’ aims
I am passionate about family law and ensuring that my clients are given the best possible advice and support during a very difficult period in their lives. The circumstances surrounding the breakdown of relationships are unique. As a priority, I ensure that I understand your individual situation so as to be able to offer informed advice and an approach tailored to the unique demands of your circumstances to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
What do others say?
Legal 500 describes me as being ‘clearly at ease with handling complex matters, while always putting the client at the forefront of every case’ whilst our London team “fields a team of ‘excellent lawyers who manage clients’ expectations brilliantly’ and which ‘offers a London service at non-London prices’.
I am thrilled to be part of a national team which has been rated as first tier for family law in the leading independent legal directories (Chambers UK and Legal 500).
On a personal level:
I was proud to be named as a prominent figure in the City Wealth Leaders List where a former client commented "It was an absolute joy to work with Jo. She is smart and fast". Other former clients have written : "Joanna is a tremendous asset to Mills & Reeve. Calm, assured, diligent and clearly very knowledgeable, [I] performed superbly throughout the proceedings" whilst another wrote that "You have been fantastic throughout - efficient, pragmatic and clever" and a third said "You have been such an enormous help and a pleasure to talk to, which has been most reassuring during a difficult time. I will continue to recommend your service to anyone who may need it."
What else should you know?
I belong to Resolution, an association of family lawyers committed to adopting a constructive approach to family cases as well as the Family Law Bar Association. I regularly write articles on areas of family law, both for leading family law publications and the general public. Our family law team also runs Divorce.co.uk, a website offering comprehensive divorce advice and guidance. You can read more on the website about my experience in divorce law and about the rest of our team of family lawyers in London.