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Joanne Coen


Dewsbury Leeds York

01924 431 774


Joanne is a Partner and Head of our Child Law department, having joined Ramsdens Solicitors through the merger of Whitfield Hallam Goodall in 2010 and she boasts over 30 years experience in child and family law proceedings.

Joanne has developed and headed our Child Law department for over 10 years, seeing its growth consistently increase and mature to one of the most significant teams in West Yorkshire. Since 2018 the strength has continued into North Yorkshire making Ramsdens a team of 11 fee earners and backing of an incredible support team and luxury of an internal legal aid billing department. Joanne has always insisted that she continues to fee earn in representing children through instructions from Cafcass as she believes this aids her leadership and ability to best understand the needs of the department. In addition to managing the team, Joanne oversees the legal aid contract. As a partner, Joanne also contributes to the strategy of the wider firm.


Joanne's Achievements include:

  • She is a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel (for over 20 years), is a trained Collaborative lawyer and recommended in The Legal 500, 2023
  • Joanne was nominated in the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2015, Northern Power Women Awards 2017 and was a finalist in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2017, Family category
  • Heads up one of the few firms in England and Wales to have a Significant Child Law team to have reached 'Tier 2' in the Legal 500
  • Joanne holds the position of Trustee at The Art House, Wakefield and is an Ambassador at Child Friendly Leeds (CFL)


Joanne Specialises in all aspects of Child Law in particular:

  • Representing children, parents and other relatives in public law proceedings involving social services - known as care proceedings
  • Instructions of adoption
  • Special guardianship cases


What made you want to work in your sector?

"To identify the support that children and parents need and advocate as strongly as possible to achieve that."


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A team that oozes quality from every branch office in its empire. Doing important work in relation to the safeguarding and protection of children throughout the county"

Legal 500, 2024

Prompt responses. Confident, well-informed and balanced advice offered in a clear and understandable manner."

Legal 500, 2024

Clear advice and balanced and effective representation of children and young people. Confidence in the specific area of law."

Legal 500, 2024

A highly effective advocate."

Legal 500, 2019

Knowledgeable, reliable, professional and consistent’ who attracts praise for her ‘high standards of case ownership."

Legal 500, 2017