Senior Partner, Head of Family

Joanna Pratt

Joanna is Senior Partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore, and Head of the Family department.

Joanna helps clients with all aspects of family work including divorce, financial arrangements, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitee matters and arrangements for children. She has particular experience in advising on high net worth financial matters and financial and children cases with an international element.

Joanna always aims to minimise the financial and emotional cost of divorce and focus on finding the best outcome for the individuals involved. She works closely with clients to understand their unique situation and priorities and never lose sight of the long-term interests of both the adults and children involved.

As a qualified collaborative lawyer with over 25 years’ experience, Joanna always encourages a non-confrontational approach, and tries to resolve issues in a constructive way, without having to involve the family courts. When needed, however, Joanna has an extensive track record of success in the family courts.

As Senior Partner, Joanna works alongside the Management Board to set direction for the firm, develop business plans with a view to meeting our growth objectives.

Joanna Pratt

Specialisms & expertise

  • Divorce, judicial separation and dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Issues in respect of children, including parental responsibility, deciding with whom a child should live, deciding how often a child should spend time with a parent and re-location (national and international)
  • All financial aspects of a relationship breakdown
  • Collaborative law
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements
  • Advice and agreements for cohabiting couples
  • Issues between former cohabitees
  • Domestic violence, including applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.

Achievements & other appointments

Joanna is acknowledged in leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK, as a leader in her field and is described in that guide as ‘great to deal with’.

Joanna is a trained collaborative lawyer and is listed as a Citywealth Leader.

Joanna is a ‘top recommended’ lawyer in the Spear’s Family Law Index 2022.

The British Family Law Awards 2024 - Family Law Firm of the Year (Regional) - Highly Commended award Joanna Pratt, Top Ranked Chambers 2024 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firms 2023 The Legal 500 2024 Leading Individual eprivate client - top law firm 2022 logo Citywealth leaders button


Joanna attended Exeter University where she obtained an Honours Degree in Law and gained her Law Society Finals with Honours at The College of Law in Guildford. Joanna was admitted as a solicitor in 1993.