Joanne Ellaway is a qualified solicitor and joined the Family Department in July 2023. Joanne has many years’ experience, having worked as a Local Authority solicitor for 15 years prior to joining the firm.

She specialises in Public Law Children Matters acting for parents where proceedings are issued by the Local Authority.


Joanne specialises in helping clients deal with complex issues such as domestic abuse, social services involvement, care proceedings and adoption. She also represents grandparents and other family members such as Aunts and Uncles in Special Guardianship cases.

Notable Family cases

  • Care & Contact Arrangements

    Assisting a client in securing care and contact arrangements which involved drug and alcohol misuse and included consideration of psychological evidence.

  • Care Proceedings

    Assisted a grandparent facing serious allegations of harm in complex care proceedings including dealing with the impact of cognitive difficulties.

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  • Solicitor (2003)

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