*Joanne Barnett

Call 1989

*Joanne Barnett

Practice Overview

Joanne is a working door tenant.

Joanne Barnett commenced her practice in London, undertaking criminal and civil work and moved into family law with the introduction of the Children Act 1989.

She continued to practise in London and later moved to Wales where she remained until recently.  She is well respected amongst her peers and has had regular repeat instructions from solicitors with whom she has developed excellent longstanding relationships.

She provides a quality service to both solicitor and client, and believes in being available and contactable to resolve any matters of concern within a short timescale.

Conferences and prehearing planning are regularly a part of her daily schedule. These can be arranged at chambers or at the solicitors offices if preferred.

She digests and analyses facts and has a calm and organised approach to case preparation.

Joanne regularly appears in the County and High Court undertaking Child Care Proceedings, Private Client cases – section 8 applications and financial relief applications.

Notable and Reported cases

  • Family

    • Re S [1996] (Split Hearings) 2 FLR 773
    • London Borough of Reddidge v Newport City Council [2004] 2 FLR 226
    • Re Z [2006] (Parenting Plan:Publicity) 1 FLR 405

  • Family & Childcare

    Representation of Parents, Grandparents, Local Authority, Official Solicitor and NYAS, and Children’s Guardian on many complex cases.Undertaken perpetrator hearings: injury, bruising, baby shaking (whether underlying metabolic  disorder or not), baby/child murder of one or more children, salt poisoning, factitious illness, serious sexual abuse hearings in both County and High Court. Representing either the Local Authority, parents or the child. Undertaken Local Authority care work for Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taff , Bridgend,  Neath, Powys County Council and Newport County Council.

    Regularly appear in cases where an interpreter is required and cultural beliefs and values need to be respected.
    Applications undertaken for relocation/removal from the Jurisdiction e.g Japan, Sweden, New Zealand, Ireland, Poland.
    Specialising in pre-hearing advice on any potential planned move/or defence of any move.
    Representation of multi-cultural clients and placing the case in a cultural context.

  • Cohabitee & Matrimonial Finance

    Complex, farming and business ancillary relief hearings undertaken, some with foreign elements and hidden assets.

    All section 8 applications advised upon and representation provided at Court if required

  • Appointments

    Legal Services Commission Review Panel Board (2000)

  • Recommendations

    "Her broad family practice includes cases with an international element." Legal 500 2014

    "singled out for childcare matters" Legal 500 2012