“Sympathetic, professional and knowledgeable. She works well with vulnerable clients and has expertise in Eastern European care cases.”
Chambers and Partners 2017


Year of Call: 2010


Admitted as a Solicitor 2000,
Children Panel Local Authority member 2006,
Children Panel member 2008
Admitted to the Bar 2010


Post Graduate Diploma in Child Care Law and Practice
LLB Law (2:1) University of Kent at Canterbury


As a barrister specialising in children matters, Joanne has established a busy practice with significant experience in her representation of Local Authorities, children, parents, grandparents and extended family. Qualifying as a solicitor in 2000, Joanne then transferred to the Bar in 2010.

Joanne has gained a reputation for successfully engaging with complex and multifaceted work in areas such as non-accidental injury, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, substance misuse, domestic violence and working with parents with learning difficulties. Having experience working as a solicitor for the local authority and in private practice prior to her transfer to the Bar, Joanne has an unusually broad experience in her field, which is reflected in a dynamic and well considered approach to her practice.

Joanne specialises in cases involving complex medical evidence dealing with suspected cases of non accidental injury, on occasion resulting in the death of a child. Joanne has also had significant involvement with cases concerning historic sexual abuse representing the local authority, alleged perpetrators and children.

Joanne also has involvement in cases relating to families from outside of the jurisdiction and has written for Family Law Journal and speaks on the subject.

Joanne is the co-author of Child Protection Proceedings: Care and Adoption Orders, a practice guide to care proceedings published by LexisNexis.

Outside Chambers life Joanne enjoys relaxing with her family, going to the theatre, and reading and is a Trustee for the Caldecott Foundation.

Professional Memberships

Association of Lawyers for Children  (ALC)
Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)


A former solicitor with experience in private and public law matters who is especially knowledgeable when it comes to public cases concerning adoption and care proceedings. She is praised for her understanding of international issues, particularly in relation to Eastern European families.
Strengths: “Sympathetic, professional and knowledgeable. She works well with vulnerable clients and has expertise in Eastern European care cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

‘A skilled barrister especially in her cross-examination’.
Legal 500, 2016 Tier 1

Junior with noteworthy experience in private and public law children matters. She has significant focus on non-accidental injury, and sexual and physical abuse. She is particularly noted for her work with migrant families from Eastern Europe.

Strengths: “Her particular forte is the international element. She is great on Eastern European cases.” “She stands out in care work; she knows the law very well.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

‘Her cases are presented with clear knowledge of the issues’.
Legal 500, 2015

Has impressive experience in cases concerning Eastern European families, and expertise in a range of matters including those involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Strengths: ‘Joanne is a good advocate, particularly for people who are vulnerable. She really does fight on their behalf, but she does so with care’. ‘She’s gentle and doesn’t tent to be unnecessarily aggressive. She chooses the right questions and picks her battles’.
Chambers & Partners, 2015

‘Good with vulnerable individuals, including domestic abuse victims and young mothers’
Legal 500, 2014