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Joanna Newton Senior Associate, South West & Wales

Joanna Newton

Partner, South West & Wales

I advise on all aspects of divorce with significant experience in complex financial and child law matters. My experience has taught me that every case is unique and from the outset I work with my client’s best interests at heart to ensure a cost-effective and fair outcome.


Joanna is a Partner at Stowe Family Law’s Bristol office, having previously trained in the city. She is a member of Resolution and the Chair of Bristol YRes. She acts for a wide range of clients, advising in relation to divorce, dissolution, pre marital and cohabitation agreements.

She also advises in relation to financial matters upon relationship breakdown including complex issues relating to family trusts and business assets. She has particular expertise in private law children matters and circumstances involving domestic abuse.


Joanna recognises that not only is every case different, but so too are a client’s needs. Joanna therefore ensures that she takes time to understand the needs of her client and tailors her advice / approach to ensure that those needs are met.

Joanna is empathetic but also straight talking and ensures that a client is made aware of all of their options, alongside their prospects of success. Joanna prides herself on her personal skills and ensures that all clients are supported throughout her instruction and that a fair resolution is reached in both a timely and cost-effective manner.

Training & Employment

Joanna studied Law at the University of Reading and, having completed her training contract in Bristol, qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and since then has specialised in family law. Joanna is now Partner at Stowe Family Law’s South West & Wales offices; Bath, Bristol, Cardiff & Cheltenham.


Shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year 2021 by Bristol Law Society – “Joanna is an exceptional family lawyer. She combines a straight-talking and focused approach with empathy and compassion. She is quick to build a rapport with clients, and is well-regarded for her dedication and holistic approach. This dedication continues outside of work as Joanna supports several local charities, including Bristol One25.”

Legal 500

Joanna Newton is very experienced with wisdom beyond her years.” (Legal 500, 2020)

‘Joanna Newton is always extremely well prepared and aware of the issues which are likely to impact on her client’s goals. Joanna cares a great deal about achieving the right outcome for her clients.’” (Legal 500, 2020)

Joanna Newton is a brilliant addition to the firm – a truly high-class act.” (Legal 500, 2020)

Outside of Work

Outside of work Joanna leads an active life and enjoys cooking, cricket, travelling and exploring new places. Joanna also has a passion for food and when not experimenting in the kitchen, can regularly be found attending one of Bristol’s many food festivals.

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