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“Straightforward Legal Support for Extraordinary Families”

Joanna McCarthy

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Joanna joined the Renaissance Legal team as a Private Client specialist in 2021. She achieved Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives in March 2021 having returned to a career in Law in 2018.

Joanna gained her skills and experience at an Eastbourne firm where she supported clients at a later stage in their life with preparing Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney applications and the administration of estates. Clients thank Joanna for how helpful they find her to be and her colleagues’ remark on the kindness with which she treats people at difficult times.

As well as Private Client experience Joanna brings to Renaissance Legal a wider background in assisting vulnerable persons through paid and voluntary work. After graduating with a Law Degree in 1998 Joanna studied and qualified as a Social Researcher and worked on a Home Office evaluation of services for survivors of Domestic Violence and later a study of the Police Complaints process, before she then moved to the East Sussex County Council Community Safety Team. Joanna has always had a particular interest in community work, from volunteering as classroom support at schools and as a trained befriender to a child in need, to assisting a local food bank at Christmas and delivering craft sessions with children. After starting her own family Joanna trained and served as a Home Start Volunteer supporting vulnerable families with children under 5 and she is enjoying starting to assist the Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance with their information day events. Joanna’s next professional target is to complete the portfolio which will enable her to apply for Fellowship Chartered Legal Executive status in 2022.

Getting to know Joanna

If you were not a lawyer what job would you do?

I’d love to indulge my creative passion of clothes making and be a fashion designer

If you were given a day off work where would we find you? 

In the school holidays it would be on a girls shopping trip before ice cream on the beach. On a day just for me I would be at an exhibition in London or spending too much money in the North Laines

What can you do that no one else in the office can do?

I think I am the only one who can make clothes and jewellery….

If you could go back in history to a specific date or time, what would it be?

The 1920s so I could wear the sequined flapper dresses and beaded headbands and dance the Charleston

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Portugal – my baby sister moved there and I have yet to make the trip over and see her in her new home


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