Josephine Ashwell (formerly Josephine Spratt-Dawson) was engaged in commerce for fourteen years prior to being called to the Bar. Her business experience provides her with valuable expertise in respect of disputes arising from commercial activities.

She has practised in Chelmsford throughout her career. Born in Essex, Mrs Ashwell has strong local links and brings with her practical local knowledge which is of value in many of the cases she handles.

Mrs Ashwell has established a busy practice in family and civil law with a strong emphasis on ancillary relief and general chancery matters including contested trust and probate actions.

The Legal 500 in its 2024 edition places Mrs Ashwell in Tier 3 of its leading juniors stating. She has previously been recognised in the 2021 edition as ‘her main strengths include robust advocacy skills and speaking plainly to the client and managing their expectations.’   She has a reputation for her tenacious approach to her advocacy whilst being able to deal with sensitive issues in a calm and practical manner.

Mrs Ashwell can always be relied upon to give firm and fair advice even in the most difficult of circumstances. She has concern and understanding for her client which enables them to have confidence that she will do all she can to progress the matter without giving unrealistic expectations.

Member of the FLBA.

Legal 500 2023

‘Josephine is one of the most effective and accomplished advocates in all matters appertaining to family law, children law and financial remedy matters. She gives concise and constructive advice to the clients setting out the difficulties.’

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    Highfield House, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9AH