Raworths LLP
Joanna Lofthouse Joanna Lofthouse

Joanna LofthouseSenior Associate

Joanna Lofthouse

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724635
E: jo.lofthouse@raworths.co.uk


Jo specialises in all aspects of Family Law including divorce proceedings, resolving financial issues which arise upon separation and divorce, resolving disputes in respect of children, cohabitation issues and pre marital and cohabitation agreements.

Jo has a wide breadth of experience of all aspects of Family Law, with a particular interest and specialism in complex financial matters and specifically those with an agricultural, farming business or rural background.

Jo is an active member of the rural community and she understands and advises upon the idiosyncrasies of family and rural matters  and embraces the fact that such cases regularly need a bespoke approach to achieve a workable solution and that litigation rarely provides such flexibility and she has developed her alternative dispute resolution approach  including the use of round table meetings and collaborative law to achieve the best workable solution.

Other professional experience

Collaborative Lawyer
ILEX President Medal Award winner 2009/2010
Member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association)
Member of the York and North Yorkshire ILEX Branch
ITC (Ilex Tutorial College) Representative and Mentor
Recognised in Chambers UK 2021 as an “Associate to Watch” and mentioned in Legal 500 UK 2021, the independent guides to the legal profession
Committee member of Future Harrogate
Member of Raworths’ Agriculture and Rural Group


Joined Raworths: 2000
Born: Harrogate
Educated: Ripon Choir School, Harrogate Ladies’ College, Rossett High School, Northampton University and The Institute of Legal Executives Law School.
Previous roles: Personal Injury Claims Handler – Poole and Co, Northampton
Qualified as a Solicitor

The Raworths team are professional, experts in their fields, meticulous, caring, sensitive and friendly. They have worked well together across departments when required.

Legal 500 UK 2021 (Family - West and North Yorkshire)

Cases Jo deals with on a daily basis include:

  • Collaborative law
  • Financial settlements
  • Divorce procedure
  • Separation issues
  • Co-habitation issues including cohabitation agreements
  • Issues relating to civil partnerships
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Residence
  • Contact
  • Removal of children from the jurisdiction
  • Determination of specific issues / prohibited steps in respect of children
  • Injunctions in respect of domestic abuse / disposal of assets
  • Change of Name Deeds
  • Pension sharing, business assets and farming assets including trusts, complex land ownership and business structures, tax issues and inherited assets.

Jo concluded matters on my behalf in the most difficult part of my life. Without her I don’t think I could have come through it all, not only has she been supportive but has given me the strength to carry on when I lost hope. She is very professional and knowledgeable.

Client Feedback


The team are professional and knowledgeable but above all that, they are empowering and empathetic. Joanna and Carmelita have made me feel at ease throughout the 2 years I have been dealing with them. They are always on hand to speak to and if, for some reason they cannot speak to me, my queries are immediately passed on to another member of the team who knows my case inside out.

Legal 500 UK 2021 (Family – West and North Yorkshire)


Joanna Lofthouse acts across the spectrum of family law, from private children law matters to the drafting of high-stakes nuptial agreements. She is also equipped with experience in financial relief orders. One client states: “She has a very strong and forthright attitude to dealing with what can be a very difficult situation. I have confidence that she will carry through and act well on my behalf.”

“very dedicated to the client and considerate of a bad situation, happy to advise of next steps from all angles.”

Chambers UK 2020 (Family – Yorkshire)

‘The team at Raworths is professional and compassionate and guides clients well, making them feel like they are not alone’.

Legal 500 UK 2020 (Family – West and North Yorkshire)