Call us now: 01962 217640


Workable legal solutions for clients and their families

Joanne Houston is a committed divorce solicitor who has practised in the Hampshire area since 1991 and a Resolution accredited specialist in ancillary relief and international family law.

Covid-19 is no barrier to our continued service - visit our page on Remote Family Law Services to find out more.


Just Family law is a bespoke family law practice established in 2010. Our main office is located in Central Winchester, Hampshire and we offer workable legal solutions to clients and their families nationwide from our office locations in Brighton, Newbury and Putney, South West London.

Joanne Houston is the Principal and founder of Just Family Law and has practised as a divorce solicitor in the Hampshire area since 1991. Her expertise is recognised as a Resolution accredited specialist in high-net worth ancillary relief and international family law. Joanne is also a fully trained and practising collaborative lawyer with 30  years' experience in family law. 

Jo is supported by a hard working and conscientious expert team; Georgina Suman is an experienced family lawyer practising in London, Emma Lewis is our children law specialist solicitor based in Newbury and Winchester and Dallas Temple is our very experienced and capable legal secretary who may be the first person you speak to when you phone the office.

We provide a full range of family law services at the start of new relationships, when they break down and beyond. We act for married individuals, engaged couples, cohabitants, civil partners, ex-pats, grandparents and extended family members. Our services are not geographically restricted and we are able to represent clients nationwide and indeed worldwide.

Why Just Family Law

Bespoke tailored service

Here at Just Family Law we understand that every family is unique. Whether you come to us at the start of a new relationship, at the end of a long marriage or with concerns for your children or your financial future, we are here to expertly guide you through the process to a constructive and reliable solution. We consider the right process for you, your family and your circumstances.

Out of court solutions

No matter the complexity or delicacy of your situation, we can help you to secure the best outcome for you and your family with compassion and care. Our team is dedicated to collaborative law and its ideals and can help you to navigate emotive and often highly stressful situations, working to reduce any animosity and foster respectful positive relationships for the future. We will carefully consider the most appropriate out of court process for your particular family circumstances and only issue court proceedings as a last resort or if required to deal with an emergency or urgent situation.

Specialist expertise and skill

Our diverse specialist team have a wealth of experience across all areas of family law ensuring you have access to the expertise you need. We will discuss with you what you want to achieve and what your concerns are to understand your position and give considered, complete advice. We work to make sure you have the knowledge and understanding to move forward with confidence, and tailor our approach to find the balance that works best for you.

We are a team working for you

At JFL we work together as a small closely knit team and strive to be approachable and available to meet your needs. As a result of our unique method of working you will always have access to a member of the team who knows your case and your matter will benefit from the expertise of every member of the team. 

Care and empathy

We will listen to your issues and advise on what you need to achieve your goals in a clear and sensitive way. We have many third party contacts; specialist counsellors, therapists and relationship coaches who can work alongside us and provide you with full emotional support to complement the services we provide to you. 

Where you can find us

We have recently moved our main office to Gander Down Barns, located a few miles from Winchester and Alresford. We are discreetly situated, there is plenty of parking and a spacious meeting room.

If you are daunted by the prospect of seeing a solicitor and talking about your divorce, please feel assured that we will listen to your issues and provide advice and guidance in a comfortable environment and confidential setting. Face to face meetings can be arranged by prior appointment. If this is your preference subject to covid restrictions. It is often beneficial to meet in person, particularly when you are starting off on a challenging path and this can be arranged if it will make you feel more supported.

Our Putney meeting room is conveniently situated at 70 Upper Richmond Road London SW15 2PR close to transport links, with East Putney tube station is a 3 minutes’ walk away.

In Newbury you can arrange a meeting with us at Wessex House Oxford Road Newbury RG14 1PA; the office is close to the A34 and opposite Waitrose.

If you are in Brighton, meetings can be arranged at 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL, a 15-minute walk to the station and close to the seafront.

We are available during office hours and by appointment only, outside office hours for consultations by phone and MO Teams

Our contact details are

Hampshire: 01962 217640

Brighton - 01273 658020

Newbury - 01635 621086

Putney, South West London - 0203 150 1013



Inter-disciplinary Family Service

We aim to provide a comprehensive and holistic divorce service to steer you through separation and divorce into your new life ahead. We consider your needs, aims and objectives in respect of the legal issues. With our team of trusted advisors and family consultants, we have access to support you to fulfil your personal, emotional and financial needs, goals and requirements in a positive and constructive way. We can also assist you with related services such as making a new will and a lasting power of attorney.

Find out more...

Request information

Latest from the blog:

My Husband Has Left Me What Are My Rights?

My Husband Has Left Me What Are My Rights?

“My husband walked out on me, what are my rights?” Knowing your rights is vital at this difficult time because sometimes urgent steps must be ...

Read more on our blog

We can help you with:


International Family Law


Ex-pat divorce and International Family Law




Relationship Agreements




Relationship Breakdown


Moving abroad with Children and Child Abduction




Brexit and Family Law Implications


Family Law for the LGBT Community

Our Offices


Ash-Unit 2
Gander Down Barns
Rodfield Lane
England, SO24 0HS

+44 01962 217640


15-17 Middle Street
East Sussex,

+44 01273 658020


Wessex House,
Oxford Road,
RG14 1PA

+44 01635 621086


70 Upper
Richmond Road,
SW15 2RP

+44 0203 150 1013

Holistic divorce service

We aim to provide a comprehensive and holistic divorce service to steer you through separation and divorce into your new life ahead. We consider your needs, aims and objectives in respect of the legal issues. With our team of trusted advisors we provide access to support to fulfill your personal, emotional and financial needs, goals and requirement.

Find out more...

Your first appointment

Winchester telephone 01962 217640

or email 

for a no-obligation consultation about how we can help.

Contact us now...

What our clients say