Joanna IllingworthPartner

Joanna Illingworth


Joanna leads our Canterbury family law team and has been a partner since May 2017.

You can call Joanna on 01227 813437.

Joanna deals with a wide range of family issues, including:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Financial arrangements arising from separation and divorce
  • Arrangements for children on a separation or divorce
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Preparation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Dissolution of civil partnerships
  • Acting for grandparents in respect of children matters
  • Injunctions.

Joanna is sensitive to the emotional and practical difficulties that follow the breakdown of a relationship and the uncertainties that these changes bring. Joanna is committed to guiding clients through the legal process every step of the way and will strive to achieve the best and most suitable solution. Joanna recognises that each set of circumstances is different and aims to provide a personal service that is tailored to meet the needs of each client.

A member of Resolution, Joanna is a trained collaborative lawyer, which means she also acts for clients who choose to divorce or separate using the collaborative law process. Following this approach, you would commit to resolving financial matters and arrangements for your children without going to court, and you, your partner and your lawyers would reach an agreement together through a series of meetings.

Some of Joanna’s clients and their partners have significant wealth. In these cases, the needs in respect of examining and protecting finances, properties, trusts and international assets can be highly complex.

Examples of feedback from Joanna’s clients:

“I just want to thank you for all your advice, help and support it was really appreciated. The whole process has obviously been quite difficult for myself but with your support I have to say it was relatively stress free and very straightforward so thank you again for all your help.”

"I wanted to thank you for all your help dealing with all of the issues and complications we encountered, and for keeping a calm head throughout!"

"With great grace and aptitude Joanna skillfully and expertly guided me through a very difficult and stressful period of my life. Over many years Joanna provided sterling advise and in collaboration with a barrister colleague was instrumental in achieving a successful settlement agreement, finally enabling me to move forward with my life again to start a new chapter. I would highly recommend Joanna’s expert legal advise to anyone with the services of Gardner Croft."

“I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you, and Jo, for all of your support and professional advice over the last year and a half. I can't thank you enough”.

“Joanna, thank you for all your calm and reassuring assistance in what has been a long and difficult process for me”

"I must reiterate that I really appreciate the work, support and level of professionalism you and your firm have provided. I would definitely be recommending you to family, friends and colleagues”

“Thank you for your help and support, I can see light at the end of the tunnel”.

“From our very first meeting I felt that Joanna was fully on my side and prepared to take the necessary action to ensure a fair settlement was reached, within the constraints of what is dictated by law. She has always given a balanced view and excellent advice which I am certain contributed greatly in achieving the final outcome of my divorce settlement”.

“Working with Joanna during what has been a very difficult and stressful period of my life made the whole situation more bearable and I am very grateful for her support”.

“I’m very grateful for your steadying and calm presence through the procedure. I always felt complete trust that I was getting the best and right advice. Thank you”.

“A sincere thank you for everything you have done, the support you have given me and importantly for being so approachable and friendly. I have genuinely felt that you were there for me and my children and that you always acted in our best interests. Should I ever need a solicitor in the future I would have no hesitation in using Gardner Croft”.

“Thank you so much for the services and help you gave me through the bad times”.