Joanne advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of private family law, with a particular knowledge of the law around financial disputes on divorce and separation. She has a specialism in advising on high net worth cases dealing with complex company arrangements, trusts and inherited wealth and has advised several armed forces personnel following relationship breakdown.
Joanne is often instructed to advise and assist clients with their children related issues with a particular focus on child arrangements orders and financial provision for children.
Joanne regularly advises in relation to prenuptial & postnuptial agreements and assists those who are not married with drafting cohabitation agreements or pursuing claims as a cohabitee. She can advise on surrogacy law and can draft sperm donor and co-parenting agreements as well as advise on international adoption applications.
Every family case is different with its own unique set of challenges. Joanne works with her clients to achieve a fair and reasonable outcome by providing them with dependable, realistic advice and a firm and rational approach.
Recent examples of work or case studies
- Acting for a wife in financial remedy proceedings. This was a complex case with assets abroad, a company, a respondent in person with a history of non-compliance, disposal of assets and flouting of court orders. Some assets were held overseas, some through the medium of family corporate entities and there were issues surrounding the value of those assets and a requirement for expert evidence. Multiple applications were made on behalf of the W to protect her position resulting in obtaining realistic valuations of H’s assets, the freezing of some of H’s assets and through detailed forensic analysis, the discovery of undisclosed assets with a significant value and which were subsequently added to the pot for distribution between the parties.
- Acting for a wife in enforcing a financial remedy order abroad. The husband began defaulting on the maintenance payments due shortly after the order was made. He then moved to the US. Issued an application to enforce and obtained a costs order against him. He then applied to vary his maintenance payments. At the first hearing of that application, Joanne successfully applied for a Hadkinson Order together with a further costs order and which meant that, by failing to pay, the husband was prevented from pursuing his application to vary. In the meantime, she continue to progress the enforcement of the original order through the US courts.
- Acting for the father in Children Act proceedings. The mother had left her home with their daughter and had not sought the consent of the father to relocate, failed to advise him of her new location and made unsubstantiated allegations against him. Through perseverance and the father’s tenacity in continuing with the legal process, Joanne was able to locate the mother and secure him significant and quality time with his daughter.
- Joanne negotiated a prenuptial agreement involving English and American assets. Acting for an American client and whose fiancé was Italian. Both had relocated to England. Liaising closely with lawyers in the US to ensure the prenuptial agreement was suitable and mirrored the intention of the American prenuptial agreement which had already been executed.