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Forsters LLP

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Partner and 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”.


The Law Society

Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Joanne EdwardsForsters LLP

The team at Forsters LLP is ‘incredibly well respected – and for good reason. The team does everything with real class’. It is led by Joanne Edwards who is a ‘dynamo’ and has a ‘good stable of associates’. It is continuing to see an increased flow of complex cross-jurisdictional work in nuptial agreements; child arrangements and financial cases (which often have complicated trusts and financial structures). Rosie Schumm is frequently instructed in complex litigation for families with substantial wealth across multiple jurisdictions. Simon Blain has a particular strength in difficult financial cases often involving trusts, family business and assets in more than one jurisdiction. There have been changes to the team –  Matthew Brunsdon Tully is now at Wedlake Bell LLP while senior associate Guy Mawson joined the team from Harbottle & Lewis LLP.