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Joanna Grandfield

 Joanna Grandfield
Joanna Grandfield
Head of London Family, Principal Associate (Barrister), Family Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer
Phone: 44 (0)20 7648 9269
Email: joanna.grandfield@mills-reeve.com
Office: London

What can you do for me?

Divorce and separation can be one of the most upsetting and unsettling times in your life. The circumstances surrounding the breakdown of your relationship are unique. As well as being an experienced litigator, I am a collaborative lawyer and family mediator who will listen to your specific needs and requirements to offer informed advice, and a bespoke approach tailored to the circumstances in which you find yourself, to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

My work ranges from high profile divorces dealt with in court based proceedings to settlements resolved by agreement including collaboratively or in mediation and covering issues relating to both finances and children. If your financial arrangements are complex, for example involving business interests, trusts, pensions or an international dimension, I can help you deal with these in the context of an overall financial settlement.

If you are in a relationship and would like to protect your position should the worst happen, I can draft living together and pre and post-nuptial agreements. 

What makes you different from other divorce lawyers?

It’s not about me, it’s about you. I pride myself in taking time to really understand your circumstances. That understanding enables me to focus on delivering advice and support tailored to your unique circumstances to enable you to achieve the best outcome.

I have extensive courtroom experience, but am also a collaborative family lawyer and mediator and often resolve divorce proceedings without going to court. I am equally at home working with you to achieve a negotiated settlement outside of the court arena as I am representing you in highly contested court proceedings, if that is the representation that you need at that time. It’s about you and what you want and need.

What do your clients say about you?

Many of my clients are friends and relations of former clients. More specifically, I was delighted when one of my clients recently wrote that I am "a tremendous asset to Mills & Reeve. Calm, assured, diligent and clearly very knowledgeable, Joanna performed superbly throughout the proceedings."

I was just as pleased when another client commented that I had been “fantastic throughout – efficient, pragmatic and clever."

I am thrilled to be a part of the national team which has been rated as first tier for family law in the leading independent legal directories (Chambers UK and Legal 500) and is described as having “some of the best lawyers around, and is particularly rated for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities”.

I was named as a prominent figure in the City Wealth Leaders List and described in the following way: "It was an absolute joy to work with Jo. She is smart and fast".

What involvement do you have in the local London community?

I belong to Resolution, an association of family lawyers committed to adopting a constructive approach to family cases, as well as the Family Law Bar Association.

What else should I know about you?

I became a family lawyer because I wanted to make a real difference to people’s lives. That is no less true now than it was when I qualified over fourteen years ago.

Outside of the law, I am a wife, mother and a lamentable cook.