Joanna Souter


Joanna is a solicitor in the family law team. She is supervised by Victoria Gethin.

Joanna holds an upper second class degree in mathematical studies from the University of Leeds. Joanna completed her graduate diploma in law at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 and shortly afterwards Joanna began working at Stephensons as a graduate paralegal in the family department. Joanna completed the legal practice course in 2019, achieving a distinction. Joanna began her training contract in September 2018.

Family law

Joanna has worked closely with a number of partners and solicitors across the department and has experience representing clients in relation to their divorce, financial settlements and contact arrangements for children. Joanna has considerable experience in children matters, and has experience representing parents, children, local authorities and other interested parties, including grandparents and child minders, in both private and public law matters.

Joanna has worked on complex cases and on a significant number of cases in the High Court involving serious non-accidental injuries, concerns of radicalisation, cases with an international element, and cases with cultural and religious considerations.

Many of our clients turn to Stephensons at times of considerable stress and uncertainty. Joanna is able to provide calm and concise advice to her clients with a pragmatic approach, even on the most complex and urgent of matters.


“When we needed help in an emergency, [Joanna] stepped up to the plate, deftly explaining, listening with patience, picking out the relevant information and passing this on with care to all parties. When a client is at their lowest, both spoke without judgement and even repeated things when they knew I couldn't process them in that moment.” Satisfied client

“A pleasure to work with… brought an energy to the case that gave the client options to pursue once the proceedings were over” Queen’s Counsel