Jo Shortland


0203 219 0145


  • Divorce & Finances
  • Family and Relationship Matters
  • Family Mediation

Jo joined Oliver Fisher in 1987 and became a Partner in 1994. Jo is Head of the Family Department at Oliver Fisher. She is a member of The Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel. Jo qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and as a family mediator in 2007. She is also a collaborative lawyer.

Jo says there are now a significant range of options available to couples separating and choosing the right process for an individual from the outset is an important skill.  Mediation is highly effective for some couples but not suitable for others. Jo has good negotiating skills and is particularly adept at assisting clients in reaching financial settlements. She enjoys working with clients in relation to the whole range of issues which arise when couples separate.

Clients say:-

“I’m so grateful for all of your help and advice throughout this whole process, I will absolutely recommend you to anyone I know who would need your services”

“Jo was able to rapidly enforce the law to protect my rights and interests. Their fees are reasonable. I would certainly recommend Oliver Fisher to anybody else contemplating or going through a divorce.”

” You deserve much more for all the kindness and support that extended far beyond your professional duty. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to you.”

“It was great having you on my side, I found you very easy to talk to and you made the whole process understandable, you are always a pleasure to be with, in spite of the difficult and sometimes emotional issues being dealt with.”

Areas of expertise:

·    All aspects of divorce and family work

·    Financial settlements

·    Pre-nuptial agreements

·    Adoption

·    Children Act Proceedings: Contact and Residence

·    Leave to Remove Children from the jurisdiction/Child Abduction

·    Member of Resolution

·    Qualified Mediator

·    Trained collaborative lawyer

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Jo has represented client’s in a number of reported cases including Dukali –v- Lamrani (validity of marriage) 2012; Re L Special Guardianship (Court of Appeal) 2006; Gereis –v- Yacoub (financial relief and nullity) H –v- H (rescission of decree nisi); H-v-P ( Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings)