Joanne  Cowie
  • Joanne Cowie

  • Partner


LLB (Hons)

Law Society Finals Northumbria University

Postgraduate Diploma in Notarial Practice Cambridge University 2005-2007

Legal Qualifications:


Notary Public

Year of Admission:

Solicitor 1991

Notary Public 2008

Career History:

  • Richmond James & Lee - Trainee and Assistant Solicitor - 1989-1992
  • Legal Services Commission - 1992-1997
  • Swinburne Snowball & Jackson - Partner - 1997-2012
  • Newtons - Director - 2013-2017
  • Tilly Bailey & Irvine - Partner - 2017-Present

Experience and Expertise:

I am a property lawyer with over 20 years of experience acting for individuals, companies and lenders in a range of transactional real estate matters. These include commercial property sales and purchases and re-financing transactions. I act for investor clients in single and multi unit acquisitions and disposals.

I am also a Notary Public, a qualified lawyer, appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. I am a member of the Notaries Society. I deal with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority, capacity and events relating to documents for use around the world. This includes international trade and business, the sale and purchase of property, powers of attorney and working/studying/marrying abroad. I can also deal with the legalisation of documents at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, embassies and consulates where necessary.

Career Highlights:

As a Notary Public, compiling over 150 wide ranging notarial certifications for 24 jurisdictions worldwide during an international joint venture agreement. Given the global nature of the project and the multiple time zones involved, managing the completion of different sections of the notarial work under significant time pressures was challenging to say the least!


I have been involved in the provision of several bespoke in house training events for lender clients.

Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono/Community Relations:

I was a primary school governor for three years.

I acted as Company Secretary to the Derwentside Industrial Development Agency.

I was a pastoral tutor at Durham University for five years.

I am currently a governor at Durham School.

Awards/Accreditations/Professional Memberships/Directorship:

I am a member of The Law Society

I am a member of the Notaries Society


When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A lawyer. I never wanted to be anything else.


Why law as a career?

The law is a perfect career for someone who is interested in people, problem solving and finding solutions


Describe an(y) interesting fact(s) about you? Personal achievements?

I have a black belt in Taekwondo.

I am a British Rowing authorised coach.

I have two rescue donkeys


Hobbies and Interests:

I love rowing, cycling and running.

I particularly enjoy endurance challenges.

I’ve completed a Total Warrior and look forward to doing another.