‘I wanted to be a family lawyer since I was 15 – don’t ask me why,’ says Joanne Edwards, the affable head of family at Forsters. Always up for a challenge (‘I’m also someone who likes to be fantastically busy’), Edwards moved from Pennington Manches in 2016 to work for a smaller firm where she could make big waves. Faced with what was then rather a depleted team, she was thrown in at the deep end: she hired two new partners and has taken on a trainee each year. ‘Progress has been phenomenal,’ says Edwards. Annual turnover has risen by 50 per cent, and Forsters won family law team of the year at the Family Law Awards in November 2017.