About Joe

Joe joined Machins in July 2017 as a paralegal in the Private Family Law team and qualified as a solicitor in 2020. During his training, Joe worked with the department head on all areas of private family law. A considerable amount of his training was spent assisting on a number of high net worth, complex financial matters including working alongside one of the leading Family QCs.

Since qualification, Joe has continued to represent clients in all areas of private family law and has successfully challenged an appeal application.

Joe is also involved with pro bono work and acts as a legal advisor to the local Citizens Advice Bureau. Joe graduated with a law degree from Bournemouth University and completed his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London where he also received his Master’s in Law.

Before joining Machins, Joe previously gained experience in a leading criminal defence practice, worked in-house and was a paralegal for a prominent regional firm within their corporate team.

Specialist practice areas

  • Divorce and separation
  • Civil partnerships
  • Prenuptial arrangements
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Children matters
  • Same-sex couples
  • Private Children Act cases including internal and external relocation, child arrangements and prohibited steps
  • Domestic abuse


I wanted to say what an absolute pleasure Joe is. He has taken such good care of me and I so appreciate his professionalism, knowledge and advice.
Joe is an absolute star.
I just wanted to say thank you very much for everything you did and for all your hard work. I am so glad it is all over. I really appreciate everything you did.

Latest news by Joe Colley

Long desired ‘No fault divorce’ to be a reality

The Justice Secretary David Gauke announced today the archaic divorce laws will be reviewed to end hostility between divorcing couples. The current position Couples must divorce on the ground of ‘irretrievable breakdown of the marriage’ established on one of the five following grounds: Two years separation with consent Five years separation Unreasonable behaviour Adultery Desertion

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