JOANNA ABRAHAMS – Family and Children

Specialist Experience

  • International and domestic children’s law
  • Complex parental alienation cases, focussing on child-centric resolutions
  • Removal from jurisdiction
  • Divorce and financial settlements
  • Pre- and post- nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements

I just want to say a huge thank you for the part you have played in supporting me, and to let you know that the court decided today that Jacob will live with me and have contact with his mother. Thank you again ever so much as this will change Jacob’s life immensely for the better.ST

“Joanna is that rare combination of an ethical caring super efficient family law solicitor. I would trust her implicitly to do the right thing and achieve excellent results for my family in court.” Dr HB

“Today, I know that if it were not for Joanna’s work, I would not have seen nor heard from my children again. There are not enough strong words to express how grateful I’m to all her efforts with my case – her dedication, her empathy, her support in the most difficult moments… During long and very stressful proceedings, Joanna was not only my solicitor, she was my therapist, she became my friend and I felt so confident with her by my side. I simply can’t imagine better professional than her.” K

“I have known Joanna for two years, during which time she has been helping me with my divorce. At every step of this complex journey, she has shown to be an extremely capable, knowledgeable and efficient Lawyer and she has dealt with every aspect of my divorce with integrity, efficient capability and confidence. What I have valued most about Joanna has been the way she has always understood that sometimes I needed more time to reflect and to come to my own decisions and at others, I needed more persuasive and directed guidance. She was also extremely prompt to respond to new communications, which has kept the process moving along. She always showed empathy, patience and understanding and explained things I didn’t understand. It has been a relief and comfort knowing that she is looking out for my best interests. I would highly recommend Joanna.” HA

“I have used Joanna on several occasions, once for my divorce and the in subsequent children’s act proceedings. I found her to be incredibly professional, diligent and provided me with great advice during my difficult times, and subsequently great results. I would thoroughly recommend her without hesitation.” KG-B

“I have known Joanna since 2006 when she worked on my complicated divorce case involving a minor child. The matter was satisfactorily resolved in 2011. During this time Joanna acted with compassion and understanding. Complex communications were explained in a professional and polite manner. She offered sound legal counsel and advice based on her expertise of relevant law, knowledge of procedures and research. Since the closure of the case Joanna has provided professional and reliable legal advice and referrals when other matters arise.” JD

  • Solicitor of England & Wales 2000
  • Solicitor
  • Setfords

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.