The Law Society
Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Joanne EdwardsPartner, Head of Family
Jo specialises in dealing with issues which arise on relationship breakdown, including the financial consequences of divorce or separation; and resolving arrangements for children, including cases involving relocation with children. She also has expertise in advising on pre-nuptial agreements and acting in cases involving unmarried couples.
Although Jo has extensive experience of taking cases to court where required, she is known for her conciliatory, pragmatic approach and desire to settle cases where possible. She is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer and one of only a handful of lawyers in London qualified to consult with children in mediation. Mediation is a significant part of Jo's practice and she has mediated both married and unmarried couples, often with complex/high value assets or difficult issues such as one parent wishing to relocate overseas with children.
Jo held the position of Chair of Resolution, the national family lawyers' association, from 2014 to 2016. During her two year term of office, she led several high profile family law campaigns, met with MPs and the judiciary and appeared regularly on national TV and radio and in the broadsheets. She continues to sit on Resolution's National Committee and to be active in policy, membership and media work.
Internationally Jo is a founding member of the European Network of Collaborative Professionals and a regular speaker at family law conferences around the world. She has particularly strong links with Australia and Scotland, from where many of her referrals emanate.
Jo is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 and Chambers, which say of Jo that she is a “tireless campaigner who leaves no stone unturned to get the best for her clients. She is the doyenne of the family law world and is a real leader in finding less confrontational routes to solutions whilst retaining a steely core” [Legal 500 2019]; "She is incredible…it is rare that you find a mediator that can do these high-end international cases. You need someone that does this every day, and she is the one for that" [Chambers High Net Worth 2018]. In 2018 Jo has been shortlisted for three awards – Chambers HNW’s “Family Lawyer of the Year”, Spears’ “Family Lawyer of the Year” and the Family Law Awards “Family Law Partner of the Year".
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"She has breathtaking knowledge and expertise in family law topics. As a former chair of Resolution, she enjoys an excellent reputation with other professionals, which she leverages to get the best for her clients". Chambers UK, 2018
"She takes a very friendly, conciliatory approach to the way she handles cases". Chambers HNW Guide 2017