Joanna Wilkins

Joanna Wilkins

Called to bar: 
Middle Temple

Joanna joined Chambers as a tenant in 2020 following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Matthew Rees and Alison Donovan (Family) and Dyfed Thomas (Crime).

Joanna studied Law at Cardiff University.  She then went on to undertake the BPTC and Legal Masters at this University, in which she achieved a Distinction.

Joanna has developed a broad practice and receives instructions in private law and public law children matters, ancillary relief, small claims, fast track claims, personal injury as well as conducting criminal cases for both prosecution and defence. 

Practice Areas

Family law

Private Law:

Joanna has a busy family law practice, accepting instructions in private and public law proceedings and has appeared before all levels of Judiciary in the County Court.

Joanna acts in a variety of hearings in relation to applications for Child Arrangement Orders, including FHDRA’s, fact – finding hearings and final hearings. She is regularly instructed in matters which involve domestic abuse and child abuse allegations.

Joanna has acted for both Applicants and Respondents including both parents and wider family members.

Joanna has also made and responded to applications for non – molestation and occupation orders.

Joanna also has experience in dealing with ancillary relief matters including first direction appointments and financial dispute resolution hearings.

Public Law:

Joanna represents parents in a range of public law matters including interim care order applications, case management hearings, C2 applications and issue resolution hearings.

Criminal Law:

Joanna is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service in the Magistrates and Youth Courts. She is also regularly instructed to appear on behalf of the defence in the Magistrates Court for bail applications, sentences and trials.

Joanna is also regularly instructed to make applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Community Protection Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders on behalf of the police.

Civil law

Joanna represents both Claimants and Defendants in relation to Small Claims and Fast Track trials including road traffic accidents and personal injury disputes.


Family Law Bar Association
Wales and Chester Circuit


L.L.B (Hons) Cardiff University – 2:1
BPTC and LLM Cardiff University – Distinction