Joanne Matthews

Head of Family Law

I have specialised in family law for over 20 years and understand the emotions and vulnerabilities felt by clients at what can be a very difficult time.

Joanne Matthews Burnett Barker

How I can help:




Financial Settlement

Pre-nuptial agreements

Grandparents rights

Memberships & Accreditations:

Law Society Family Law Accreditation Scheme

Resolution accredited specialist in complex financial and property matters

Resolution accredited specialist in children law

Specialist Collaborative family lawyer

I head up Burnett Barker's Family Law department. Accredited by the Law Society and by Resolution, I help sort out what can be complex issues involving the care of your children, your home and your finances.

Clients say that I am approachable and understanding.

When you first come to see me, we will discuss your situation and I will give you the information you need to understand the options available to you, and the likely associated costs, so that you can decide how and when to proceed.

You will not have to make any decisions immediately - unless it is necessary to take urgent steps to safeguard your or a child’s personal safety.

As a member of Resolution, I attempt to conduct matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

I am often able to reach agreement on your behalf, avoiding Court proceedings and around 85% of family matters are resolved this way. Going to Court is always an option if agreement cannot be reached.

Where children are involved in divorce and separation cases, I work to minimise conflict and reduce the impact of separation and divorce on children.


Contact Joanne

01284 701131

In the office I am supported by:

Laura Day, Legal Secretary

Laura Day

Family Law Secretary

As Family Law Secretary, I am the first point of contact for clients - arranging appointments and telephone conferences and generally keeping all parties up to date on what's happening. Whilst Family law can be complex and challenging at times,  it can so be rewarding and I very much enjoy helping families to resolve their issues in the best possible way.

Articles by Joanne

Supporting children through a divorce

Supporting your child through a family break-up

By Joanne Matthews | May 30, 2019

The breakdown of a relationship can be a traumatic time for both parties, but it can feel even worse if children are involved. Our expertise has given us an understanding of how you can fully support your child throughout the process.

Civil partnerships have been extended to heterosexual couples

Divorce rates hit 44-year low but still vital to consider careful planning

By Joanne Matthews | November 22, 2018

Divorce rates are at their lowest level for 44 years according to a new report which has been published by the Office of National Statistics.

Civil partnerships have been extended to heterosexual couples

Civil Partnerships to be extended to mixed-sex couples

By Joanne Matthews | November 1, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed that all couples in England and Wales will soon be able to choose between a civil partnership or a marriage. But what does this mean? What is the difference between a civil partnership and a marriage? We take a look….