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Joanna Grandfield

 Joanna Grandfield
Joanna Grandfield
Family Law Partner
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."

Legal 500 describes me as being ‘clearly at ease with handling complex matters, while always putting the client at the forefront of every case’. Chambers High Net Worth Guide notes I am "’carving a real niche in London in that office. She is making a big impression with the judges in London,’ according to a QC, who also calls her ‘really bright and talented. She is very competent, and she's not at all fazed by the numbers. She is very resourceful in terms of bringing together disciplines to manage cases at that level; she can bring together all of that.’”

I am thrilled to be part of a national team about which Chambers High Net Worth reported “they are very able to deal with the complex cases, because of the depth of expertise and the strength of the team behind them. They have real strength in depth. The partners are excellent, but they have a really strong back-up team as well. They have so many different offices, and overall they're all brilliant..”

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.