Joanna Cotgrove

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Practice Areas:

  • Divorce & Family Law
  • Adoption Law
  • Ancillary Relief Claims
  • Children in Divorce
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Cohabitation Disputes
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Specific Issues Orders
Ashtons Legal

I am a Solicitor specialising in Family Law. 

I am experienced in dealing with family disputes which involve divorce and financial matters arising from separation, dealing with contentious cases, but also advising parties who are going through the mediation process. I also deals with cases involving children. I deal frequently with cases involving children from the collaborative approach such as advising on and drafting parenting plans between parties on separation, to much more contentious cases involving Court Orders concerning who a child will live with and spend time with. I have advised on cases concerning relocation of children and have experience of dealing with cases involving domestic violence and harm to children. I have also represented wider family members in Court applications and have represented Special Guardians and foster carers in Court applications.

 I am based in Ashtons Legal's Cambridge office.

Previous Employment

Buckles Solicitors2008 - 2015

Ward Gethin Solicitors2005 - 2008


I help people through the difficult process of separating from their partners and I’m committed to making this process as smooth as possible. As a specialist Family Solicitor, I am able to assist my clients in dealing with any issue arising from a family conflict.

The main focus of my work is the financial element of a relationship breakdown. This can involve dealing with a variety of issues including the family home, family businesses and farms, inheritances and pensions. It can also involve consultation with other professionals as to tax implications and financial planning. I can help you to consider the implications of the options available in order to meet your priorities. I can help and advise you at the outset of relationships on Pre-Nuptial agreements and Cohabitation agreements.

I also advise lawyers outside of the jurisdiction on the implementation of foreign pension orders in relation to English Pensions. In these types of cases, I find it to be particularly useful to have a discussion at an early stage so that you can be aware of the procedural difficulties from the outset.


University of Exeter


2000 - 2004



Voted by previous clients as excellent for children matters on the Good Lawyer Guide

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Voted by previous clients as "very good" for  family law matters on the Good Lawyer Guide

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Insider Media Limited

Ashton KCJ has expanded its team in Cambridge with the addition of four new solicitors to its Newmarket Road office.

Three of the four recruits have joined the firm's business law group and one will be working with private clients.

Associates Joanne Sandwell and Anna Mortenson have joined the agriculture and commercial property teams respectively and solicitors Mariam Alipour and Joanna Cotgrove joined the dispute resolution and family law teams.

Ashton KCJ chief executive Edward O'Rourke said: "These appointments enable us to expand further our commercial presence in Cambridge but also to serve our private client base.

"Joanne Sandwell is bringing a niche area of expertise to Cambridge – historically our agricultural lawyers have been based in other parts of the region. Anna and Mariam will complement our existing strength in commercial property and dispute resolution whilst Joanna Cotgrove has joined our busy private client department."

Pictured (L-R): Mariam Alipour, Joanne Sandwell, Joanna Cotgrove and Anna Mortenson

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Resolution - since 2010

Resolution members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children.