Managing Director and Owner

When I started up the firm in April 2007, I wanted to create a new style of law firm that fully embraced modern technology and thereby avoided those costs typically associated with traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ law firms. At the same time I wanted the firm to be able to offer a full service to clients; an exceptional service combined with high quality advice. Most importantly, all at a reasonable and commercial cost. I’m pleased we have now achieved it!

Our solicitors are ex-partners of well known city firms and senior associates from the likes of Clifford Chance, Linklaters and DLA Piper, and lead in-house counsel from the likes of Barclays, Virgin Media and Lafarge.

I am also a practicing solicitor with emphasis on corporate and company commercial work. Prior to founding the firm I worked in the corporate team at Taylor Wessing and was the Group Legal Director of the Macmillan Publishing Group. I specialise in general commercial contracts; supply, distribution and agency agreements; asset/share sales and purchases; joint ventures and investments.

James Hilsdon


I am a commercial litigation lawyer with almost 20 years’ experience.  Enthused by the opportunity to build up my own practice, nurturing and developing my own clients who were set to suffer the fall out of the banking crisis, I joined the firm in November 2009.  I was formerly a Litigation Partner at mid-tier City of London firm, Davies Arnold Cooper.

My career commenced with 6 years’ practice at the Chancery-Commercial Bar, covering a wide range of matters from commercial disputes through to traditional Chancery practice.  I then moved to Clifford Chance LLP where I managed complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and was a member of the core Advocacy Unit.

With five years of offshore magic circle experience under my belt, I enjoy the multi-jurisdictional and cross-border issues as well as national litigation issues such as contract breaches, shareholder and director disputes and specialist insolvency measures.

Joanna is a family solicitor supporting clients with complicated family matters. She strives to resolve difficulties with compassion, sensitivity and expert insight gained from over 20 years’ experience. As a specialist in the phenomenon of Parental Alienation, she has written and spoken on the subject for The Guardian, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, The Lawyer, Huffington Post, Family Law Week, The Law Society Gazette, and Family Law Journal.

Joanna has impacted on the field of Parental Alienation having campaigned for legal recognition of the same under the Children Act, having been cited during House of Commons debates, and have spoken at conferences on the matter. She is a passionate advocate for child-centric resolutions to family matters. Joanna has had reported cases demonstrating her exceptional expertise in this area, the most recent making case law when she acted for a client in a successful appeal overturning findings made 5 years previously, the general time limit being 21 days.

Joanna also advises extensively on all aspects of marriage breakdowns to include divorce and the financial implications of the same , together with other areas of family law such as pre and post nuptial agreements. She is described as “ tough” and “extremely caring”.

As of October 2020 she was delighted to join and be part of the wonderful lecturing team at BPP which fits in around her extensive legal practice.