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Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Dartford, Tunbridge Wells

Joanna Pratt

Work 01892 701297
Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Partner and Head of Department


Joanna was appointed as Her Majesty’s deputy coroner for east Sussex in 2003

London: Private client


Within: Family

Thomson Snell & Passmore  produces work of ‘exceptionally high quality’. Head of department Joanna Pratt  is ‘the most accomplished and able solicitor I have ever experienced outside of London’ andDesmond O’Donnell  is praised for his ‘unmatched attention to detail’.

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Thomson Snell & Passmore Tunbridge Wells's team is ‘highly rated for the quality of its work and client care’ skills. The team is noted for its commitment to resolving conflicts through collaboration and mediation in the course of handling the full range of financial issues arising from relationship breakdowns, nuptial agreements and children law issues, especially those relating to domestic and overseas relocation. The ‘sensible, bright and pragmatic’ team leader, Joanna Pratt, recently handled a number of prenuptial agreements concerning some tens of millions of pounds as well as children law matters. Desmond O’Donnell is ‘a calm, focused mediator’ and collaborative lawyer and mediator Kirstie  Law ‘is a great negotiator’. Sarah Judd handles a range of financial and children law matters and is also noted.

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