Practice Areas

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Awards

“A fierce advocate who fights her corner and pulls no punches. Clients love her for it.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Experience

Year of Call: 1997

Education

BA (Sydney)
LLB (Hons) (Lond)

Profile

Justine’s practice is mainly in the Principal Registry and the High Court. Her work incorporates complicated private law cases for residence and contact, often with an international element, as well as financial applications for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and matrimonial finance.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Middle Temple

Directories

Renowned for her expertise in both family finance and complex private children matters, she handles all issues flowing from relationship breakdown. She is recognised in particular for international leave to remove or internal relocation cases. Sources commend her no-nonsense and direct approach.
Strengths: “She is ferocious. If you’re on a sinking ship of a case and want someone to fight your corner, she’s the one to call.” “She is hugely committed and persuasive.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
Band 1

‘She is a fighter who knows how to win.’
Legal 500, 2019

 


Renowned for her expertise in both family finance and complex private children matters, she handles all issues flowing from relationship breakdown. She is recognised in particular for international leave to remove or internal relocation cases. Sources commend her no-nonsense and direct approach.
Strengths: “A fierce advocate who fights her corner and pulls no punches. Clients love her for it.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

‘She is hugely experienced, and brings real authority and gravitas to a case.’
Legal 500, 2017 

Renowned for her expertise in both complex family finance and children matters, she handles all issues flowing from relationship breakdown. She is recognised in particular for international leave to remove cases.
Strengths: “She is a real fighter and a ferocious advocate who is incredibly well thought of. Her advocacy and preparation skills are extremely good.”
Chambers & Partner 2017

‘She is a real fighter and someone you definitely want on your side in a difficult dispute.’
Legal 500, 2016

Specialises in complex private law children cases but is also frequently instructed in cases which involve finance issues. She is a go-to senior junior for cases which require expertise in both areas.

Strengths: “As well as being client-friendly, she has an incredibly deep knowledge of some really technical legal issues. She’s a really impressive advocate in court.”
Chambers & Partners 2016 – Band 1

‘She is fantastic with clients: empathetic but also authoritative.’
Legal 500, 2015

Has a wide practice dealing principally with complex private law children proceedings and overlapping matrimonial finance disputes, including high-value ancillary relief cases and international relocation matters.
Expertise: “She’s relatively junior and up against people a lot more senior than her. A tenacious advocate, she’s very strong in court, and can go up against anyone.”
Chambers & Partners 2015 – Band 1

Justine Johnston – ‘She will go the extra mile for clients and does not take any nonsense.’
Recommended as a Leading Junior in the area of Child Law
Legal 500, 2014

Although highly proficient in matrimonial finance work, Justine Johnston is best known for her work in the children law world. She handles Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases and complex private law children mattters concerning residence and contact. Her practice is international in scope as illustrated by a recent matter she undertook where she appeared on behalf of a mother seeking to permanently remove a then 12-month-old boy to Russia. “Justine provides an exceptionally skilled all round service at the very highest level. Her exceptional practical and pragmatic approach ensures that the client is fully prepared at all times and is always strategically well positioned.”

Chambers 100 List UK Bar
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Justine Johnston represents a fine choice of counsel for matters pertaining to residence and contact, and is widely respected for her expertise on international matters.

Expertise: “She is absolutely fantastic. She is very thorough in the way she prepares and executes her arguments. I always walk into court in the knowledge that with Justine as my barrister I will get first-class representation.”
Chambers & Partners 2014 – Band 1

Justine Johnston has a broad family law practice and is widely recognised as a leading junior in complex private children law cases. Her specific areas of excellence include matters concerning residence and contact. Sources relay that she is a “tough negotiator” and a “hard hitter.” One instructing solicitor further comments that she does first-class work for clients bullied by their former partners.
Chambers & Partners 2013
Ranked Band 1

Recommended as a Leading Junior in the area of Child Law
Legal 500, 2013

Recommended as a Leading Junior in The Legal 500, 2011

Much in demand, Justine Johnston, who is highly sought after for her expertise in private children law matters, particularly those involving relocation. “She organises cases excellently and thoroughly, and secures first-rate results,” say instructing solicitors.
Chambers & Partners 2012

Justine Johnston is highly regarded for cross-jurisdictional children work.
Chambers & Partners 2011

Justine Johnston undertakes a mixture of finance and children work.
Chambers & Partners 2010

Justine Johnston is “bright and astute,” which helps her maintain a large following for her private law children practice.
Chambers & Partners 2009

Recommended as a Leading Junior in Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

30/03/11
[2011] 2 FLR 1193 : [2011] Fam Law 935: [2011] EWCA Civ 479
08/12/10
[2010] EWCA Civ 1519
16/12/03
[2004] 1 FCR 169