UK Top Top Tier 2013

Chambers Bar  Winner 2013Awards

Chambers UK Bar leading Set 2014

Practice profile

Joe joined chambers after successful completion of his pupillage under James Ewins QC, Catherine Cowton, and Rosemary Budden. He practices in all areas of family law, including financial, private law children matters, and domestic violence cases. During pupillage, he co-authored an article published in Intersentia with Tim Amos QC, which explored the challenges faced by same-sex parents within the European Union. Following the Law Commission Report published in December 2016 Joe wrote an article for Family Law Week on the Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.

Joe is passionate about pro bono law: prior to starting pupillage he worked in the immigration team at Brent Community Law Centre, and regularly undertook employment law cases for the Free Representation Unit. He continues to represent clients through the CAB pro bono scheme at the Central Family Court and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Recent praise for Joe from a client: ‘His personal manner was both extremely professional as well as being very personable; he fully understood the nature of this case and he was able to put me at ease with his calm, clear, direct and yet supportive manner, which enabled me to make fully informed decisions. He appears to have a natural gift communicating with others…’

Appointments and MembershipsFamily Law Bar Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit’
Middle Temple.

EducationEnglish Literature BA, Somerville College, Oxford University
BPTC, University of Law, London
GDL, Kaplan Law School, London

Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple
Henderson English Scholarship, Somerville College
Margaret Irene Seymour Music Scholarship, Somerville College
University of Law, Overall Winner of BPTC Mooting Competition

Personal Outside of work, Joe plays the cello when he can, and enjoys an eclectic mix of strength sport, reading, skiing, climbing, hiking and travelling, as well as complaining about injuries sustained participating in some of the above.

Joseph Rainer

CALL: 2015

Email address:

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