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Joanne Edwards

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Forsters LLP

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Partner, 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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Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

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Joanne Edwards - Forsters LLP

Within: Family

Joanne Edwards heads the team at Forsters LLP. Edwards’ practice has a strong focus on relationship breakdown for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and on the financial consequences of divorce and separation. She is increasingly advising on large nuptial agreements and is also skilled at resolving arrangements for children. Rosie Schumm is another key member of the team and is experienced at drafting and negotiating bespoke nuptial agreements for wealthy clients. The team also boasts considerable expertise in other niche areas such as surrogacy, adoption, cohabitation and international child abduction cases. It was pleased to add Simon Blain to its ranks from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. This team is one to watch.

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