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Since Joanne Edwards joined Forsters four years ago, the family team’s fees have almost trebled from £1.3 million to £3.3 million. ‘I hope the market has sat up and noticed,’ she says.
‘My cases have increased in both the complexity and the size of the wealth involved,’ she adds. ‘Many are worth over £100 million and have international elements. I’ve also had much more complex children’s agreements.’
Edwards is also known for her mediation abilities: ‘I never say you should be fearful of court, but I think you should try to resolve. About half my cases issue court proceedings, but only about 5-7 per cent litigate.’