Joanne’s diligence, fairness and sensitivity has earned her an enviable reputation in her work in criminal cases involving young or vulnerable people and those whose behaviour is capable of impeding effective trial, particularly defendants with severe mental health issues and lifer prisoners with psychopathic and severely disordered personalities.
Her firm, yet fair, cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses in cases concerning allegations of serious and historic sexual offences, has won praise from both those who instruct her and trial judges throughout the North Eastern Circuit. Those whom she has led, and by whom she has been led in murder and other homicide cases, note her keen sense of responsibility for a case as a whole as well as the tasks assigned to her.
Joanne’s academic ability has led to her being briefed in work ranging from children’s home inquiries to one of the most academically contentious cases on the law of consent to come before the Court of Criminal Appeal in recent years, R v Bingham.
Her work in financial and insurance fraud cases has also led to an expertise in high-value applications brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, a subject upon which she has lectured and continues to provide continuing professional development courses.
Joanne undertakes appellate work in both criminal cases and prison law cases brought before the Parole Board and the High Court in claims for judicial review of the administration of indeterminate and life sentences. She receives instructions to defend before the Courts Martial and adjudicates complaints against the elected members of two separate local authorities on matters relating to conduct and standards and receives instructions to decide or act in such matters as and when required.
Joanne is a Panel 4 Prosecution Advocate. She is approved to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences.
Regulatory and Criminal Litigation