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Joanne Thomas

Joanne Thomas

Senior Associate

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Joanne has specialised in all aspects of Family Law since qualifying in 2012, developing a particular expertise in advising on marital agreements, divorce, cohabitation disputes and financial matters arising from the breakdown of a relationship. She regularly advises on cases involving family businesses, inherited wealth and complex legal issues.

Whether advising on financial matters or disputes involving children, Joanne is dedicated to providing clear, pragmatic advice, which enables her clients to achieve the best, long-term solution.

As a member of Resolution, a national organisation of professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, Joanne advocates resolving family issues as amicably and cost-effectively as possible, particularly where children are involved. However, it is not always possible to resolve family issues without involving the Court. Where contested court proceedings are instigated, Joanne is highly experienced in advising and supporting clients through the legal process.

Joanne is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 (2020 edition).

Learn more about our Family Law services

Legal Services

Family Law

Recent Work

  • Advising a wife following the breakdown of her marriage, where the financial assets were worth circa £5 million and included complex international business issues.
  • Advising and representing a client through the Court process arising from their divorce circa 10 years following the dissolution of their marriage.

How do I resolve the financial issues?

If you have to resolve financial issues, we have a detailed guide to separately explain that process.

Click here to find out how to sort out your finances

Recent Work

  • Achieved financial settlement through advising and representing a husband through the Court process in relation to financial matters arising from the breakdown of his marriage where the only asset was an inheritance received by the wife shortly before the parties separated.

Arrangements for Children

Click here to download our Arrangements for Children print-out guide

Recent Work

  • Applying for and obtaining a Child Arrangements Order providing for shared care arrangements on behalf of a father following the breakdown of a mixed faith relationship.

Pre & Postnuptial Agreements

Joanne also works with couples interested in preserving wealth with the preparation of pre and post-marital agreements.

Click here to download our print-out guide to Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements

What if I have to go to court?

If you are dealing with issues in court, Joanne can advise on what factors the court would take into account.

Click here to download our full guide to going to court

Pensions & Divorce

Joanne can advise on pensions and divorce.

Child Maintenance & Appeals

Sorting out the financial consequences arising from divorce can be difficult and confusing. There have been various attempts to simplify the system and improve the quality of the service given to families through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). However, calculating payments isn’t always straightforward.

Click here to find out more about how child maintenance is calculated

Making a Will after Divorce

If you are in the process of getting divorced or your civil partnership dissolved, we would always recommend that you discuss whether it is appropriate for you to either update your Will or make a new Will if you do not have one.


To contact Joanne or for more information…

Call: 0845 404 4120
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