Joanna Blakelock

Partner
joannablakelock@edwardsfamilylaw.co.uk

Joanna has worked exclusively in family law for the past 14 years, advising HNW parties and families in all aspects of family law. Joanna’s legal practice deals with all aspects of financial remedy, Schedule 1 applications, and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. She regularly advises clients in relation to their divorce or dissolution proceedings, and all aspects of private law children matters including internal and international relocation.

Joanna qualified at a reputable regional firm, later joining a boutique family law office in 2012. She qualified as a mediator in 2013, and joined several Resolution Committees, garnering the respect and support of her peers both in Surrey, but also in London, where she established a reputation as a safe pair of hands, practicing high net worth work, outside of London.

Joanna later joined an established private wealth firm in their family team in London in 2018 where she continued to grow her practice, often working closely alongside the Court of Protection team and in relation to the interplay between family law and significant personal injury trusts. Joanna joined Edwards Family Law as a Partner in 2022 where she helps support the growing team of solicitors, working in complicated international and domestic financial and children matters.

Joanna aims to provide solution-focused advice to clients to assist them to achieve realistic and fair outcomes. She works closely with her clients to tailor the approach required, seeing the big picture and considering their own particular needs in the framework of the law. Joanna has been praised as being firm but fair, offering support and empathy, and clear guidance and advice, whilst endeavouring to consider the needs of the whole family, and especially children.

Joanna uses her ADR skillset to see any case as holistically as possible. She is committed to resolving all matters pragmatically, without unnecessary conflict, but if best attempts at resolving matters are unsuccessful, Joanna is experienced in helping clients through alternative dispute resolution methods and the court process wherever necessary and will fight your corner. Court proceedings can be daunting, and Joanna has been praised by clients for offering calm and sensible advice throughout.

Joanna has written many articles for a number of legal publications and has regularly spoken at events, conferences and seminars on family related topics and issues. Joanna is a member of Resolution and was recognised in Spear’s 500 as a recommended Family Lawyer in 2023.

Examples of experience include:

  • Achieving favourable clean break order by consent for husband following an 8-figure settlement paid out to him in a significant and landmark personal injury claim.
  • Acted for wife in complicated trust case which included three intervening parties. Successfully achieved favourable settlement following private FDR.
  • Acted on behalf of wealthy professional husband; advising him in relation to complicated inherited and dynastic family assets, the existence of a French pre-nuptial agreement, preparing for trial, and then dealing with withdrawal of all proceedings following parties’ reconciliation.
  • Acted for husband in very difficult case involving narcissistic personalities to achieve successful outcome for him which saw him retaining the family home, and paying his wife a lump sum utilising family trust funds for her to rehouse.
  • Acted for father and issued urgent Prohibited Steps Application to prevent mother from taking their two children outside the jurisdiction to the Philippines, achieving successful outcome and preventing the move.

Meet our Lawyers

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Kelly Edwards

Managing Partner

With over 15 years experience in dealing with Complex Family Law matters, Kelly will be able to guide you through any aspect of your case with speed and ease.

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Joanna Blakelock

Partner

Joanna’s legal practice deals with all aspects of financial remedy, Schedule 1 applications, and prenuptial and post nuptial agreements.

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Sarah Hogarth

Senior Associate

Sarah advises clients on all aspects of family law, with a particular focus on resolving complex financial issues for high-net-worth individuals.

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Chloë Ashman

Associate Solicitor

Chloë’s legal practice encompasses all aspects of financial remedy, Schedule 1, private children and prenuptial and post nuptial agreements.

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Charlotte Lanning

Associate Solicitor

Charlotte has a vast array of experience in all of the issues that can arise from relationship breakdown with a particular focus on complex financial matters, often with an international dimension

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Isobel Rarok

Associate Solicitor

Isobel is experienced in all aspects of divorce and dealing with High Net Worth and complex financial matters together with advising on pre and post nuptial agreements

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Kate Pooler

Associate Solicitor

Kate advises on all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial remedy, Schedule 1 Children Act cases, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, concerns around behaviour associated with relationship breakdown and all matters relating to co-parenting

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Hugo Sawer

Associate Solicitor

Hugo‘s experience in family law ranges from high net worth asset cases, within financial divorce proceedings, to complex children matters. Hugo has been praised for his excellent client care skills, attention to detail and ability to understand and guide clients through what can be difficult circumstances.

Testimonials

Kelly Edwards has brilliant strategic oversight. She’s someone you want in your corner. Charlotte Lanning is incredibly clever and clients love her.

Legal 500
2024

The team at Edwards is ruthlessly efficient. They are very transparent with clients and it really pays off; clients know where they stand and are not given unrealistic expectations. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to personal friends.

Legal 500
2024

They are very professional. They provided clear explanation of processes, options and best possible course of action. Good communication. Highly recommended.

NN

I would highly recommend Edwards Family Law. Kelly & Charlotte's service, expertise and knowledge was first class. Really appreciate their advice with my case.

AD

Edwards Family Law provides an excellent service, personally I was in contact with Kelly Edwards, who is very friendly, understandable and punctual with her work. I would highly recommend this service for everyone who deals with family laws.

KS

I have recently used the services of Edwards Family Law and Kelly gave pragmatic advice and made what could have been a very stressful process, streamlined and straightforward. The process was handled diligently and this made for it being both less daunting and inexpensive.

AP

Kelly is great - compassionate but strong and fair in her advice. Can't imagine what a mess I would have been in without her. Excellent experience with Kelly! 

RM

Kelly Edwards is highly knowledgeable and experienced. I highly value her counsel and completely second the previous comment that describe her as 'pragmatic'. Kelly is very efficient, for a fee that is reasonable and fair. 

JS

Free Consultation

We offer a free 45-minute consultation to all qualifying individuals, who have complex cases and want to be represented by our leading family and divorce lawyers. After 45 minutes, please note that our time is charged at our hourly rates.

During a free consultation with our experienced divorce solicitors and family solicitors, you can expect a comprehensive discussion about divorce in the UK (England and Wales). We’ll walk you through the process of how to get a divorce, covering important topics such as the divorce application, laws on divorce and your financial rights and obligations following a divorce.

Our lawyers will provide insight into divorce law, including no-fault divorce, and help you understand the divorce process, including divorce filing and court proceedings. We’ll also discuss the cost of divorce, giving you a clear picture of what to expect financially. Our team of solicitors also can provide comprehensive legal guidance in issues such as child arrangements (also known as “child custody”), spousal support, and property division.

We’re here to assist you in every aspect of getting a divorce or family issue, making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Whether you’re seeking advice on family arrangements or need guidance on a divorce consent order our experts in family law are here to help.

We endeavour to respond to all new enquiries within a few hours but sometimes with other commitments such as court hearings, that might not be possible. At most, we will get back to you within 24 hours. If you require urgent or immediate assistance, please contact the team by email contact@edwardsfamilylaw.co.uk, flagging the urgency and we will do whatever we can to assist, if proportionate and possible on the facts of your individual case.