A 2018 nominee for Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year, Joanne Edwards heads a growing department at Forsters. ‘The past year has been absolutely phenomenal,’ she says, pointing also to the arrival of Simon Blain and Matthew Brundson Tully.
The firm is ideally positioned. Edwards’ profile – she is highly visible in the media – has grown since moving into a smaller team, but she also benefits from Forsters’ wider private client, corporate and landed estates offerings.
Discretion is crucial to Edwards, a former chair of the national family lawyers’ association Resolution. ‘The HNWs we work with don’t want to see their cases splashed across the media,’ she explains. ‘So we’re doing quite a lot of private justice work, including arbitrations.’