Joanne Wescott

Position: Partner

Joanne is a partner in the Family Department, specialising in divorce and financial matters.

She graduated from the University of Reading before reading Law at The College of Law in Guildford and qualified in 2009.

Prior to joining Osbornes in 2013, Joanne’s dedication to her role at a notable Surrey firm led her to build an enviable client base throughout the Home Counties. Her move to London has enabled her to focus on an area where she excels; financial disputes of middle to high net worth individuals, often involving sophisticated international property portfolios and complex trusts arrangements.

This area of expertise has also given Joanne the opportunity to work alongside the Managing Partner, Mark Freedman, on some of the firm’s most high profile cases where a team approach is required. Joanne has proven to be particularly adept at analysing financial disclosure and tracing hidden assets both in and outside of the UK.

Her case load also includes both domestic and international Children Disputes such as Child Arrangements, which requires a great deal sensitivity as this is essentially determining with whom the children should live and how much time is spent with the other parent. She also represents unmarried couples in cohabitation disputes involving children and property.

Since starting with Osbornes, she has quickly developed very strong relationships with other London based family solicitors, which means that her pragmatic approach to resolving cases often results a cost effective resolution for her clients.

She is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution in the right circumstances and effectively pursues settlements through other avenues such as mediation and round table meetings before commencing litigation. This approach is reflected in Joanne’s membership of Resolution and she is presently working towards specialist accreditation.

Outside of work Joanne enjoys keeping fit with BMF and is a keen runner. She was also instrumental in convincing the firm to sponsor a 10km charity run in Regent’s Park for the charity After Adoption – which has since become an annual involvement.

Recent Cases

Joanne represented Maria Mills in the UK Supreme Court in the case of Mills v Mills. Click here to read her summary of the case published by Family Law online.

Recent Articles

Read Joanne’s article on the high profile UK Supreme Court case of Owens v Owens. This piece was published by Family Law online.

What the directories say:

“Joanne Wescott is ‘going places.'”
Legal 500 2017

What clients say about Joanne:

“Joanne helped me through what was an incredibly difficult and emotional course of action to take, the result of which was a massive increase in the amount of contact I now have with my daughter. This was all down to Joanne’s advice and approach.”
Family department client

“Quite simply, Joanne was fantastic. Her careful, considerate and intelligent approach ensured an outcome that I couldn’t have been happier with.”
Family department client

“Joanne was very helpful and I cannot express how grateful I was for her advice. I feel more confident that everything will be resolved as I can count on her support and advice in this matter.”
Divorce client after a 17-year marriage

“Joanne has made a significant difference to my psyche and well-being since taking on my case. It is in stark contrast to my emotional state when I first started this process.”
Divorce client

“I am ever so grateful to Mark and Joanne for their hard work for helping and supporting me on my road to freedom.”
Family department client

“Thank you for everything, especially for your patience and kind nature… as I was under a huge amount of stress. I really appreciated it.”
Family department client

“I would like to thank you for all of your support during my divorce. Your advice was very helpful and made what could have been a difficult process very straightforward.”
Divorce client

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