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Joanna is ranked in the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Legal 500 as a leading junior in general crime. She is listed in the Law and Order category of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000, a list of the most influential people in London.
Joanna is an able and popular jury advocate with experience across the full spectrum of criminal allegations. She is described in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 as having “a sure touch with clients and the court alike.” Joanna has been instructed as sole counsel in relation to allegations of attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, death by dangerous driving, firearms, high level frauds and allegations of serious violence including gang-related incidents and stabbings.
Joanna is also an efficient, diligent junior. She has been led in multiple allegations of murder and historic sexual offending.
Joanna is a robust trial advocate. She advances cases with measured advocacy and an eye for detail. She was praised in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500 for “the work she puts into each cross-examination”.
Joanna is approachable and skilled in representing young and vulnerable defendants. She is experienced in the use of intermediaries and undertook one of the first pre-recorded cross-examination trials.
Joanna is an accomplished appellate lawyer. She is regularly instructed to advise and act in first-instance cases involving difficult points of law. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal on behalf of both appellants and respondents. She appeared before the Lord Chief Justice in the leading authority establishing the correct approach to inconsistent verdicts [F and others  EWCA Crim 550]. She has also appeared for the respondent in an appeal against conviction regarding a bad character application relating to a deceased complainant [E  EWCA Crim 839]. Joanna has experience of Attorney General’s Reference proceedings and has been led for the defence in relation to an unduly lenient minimum term of a life sentence imposed for the offence of conspiracy to murder [R v W  EWCA (Crim) 1353].
Joanna is able to provide prompt written advice as to evidence and sentence. She is happy to hold conferences prior to trial. Joanna updates her instructing solicitors in writing on the same day as each hearing.
Joanna is approved to prosecute cases for the Crown Prosecution Service at Level Three.
Joanna came to the Bar following a solid academic background. She read Law at King’s College London where she graduated with First Class Honours. She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to read for her LLM Master of Laws, graduating with Distinction. She was the recipient of the Harmsworth Scholarship from Middle Temple.
Joanna has particular expertise defending allegations of sexual offending. Recent instructions have included rape, sexual assault, historic offending and offences committed over the internet. Joanna has experience of the pre-recorded cross-examination of multiple child witnesses. She is well-versed in the s41 cross-examination regime.
Recent cases include:
Joanna is regularly instructed in relation to allegations of serious violence. She has experience as a led junior in matters of murder and as junior counsel alone in allegations of attempted murder, section 18 GBH, firearms, aggravated burglary and arson. Joanna has been instructed in cases involving gang-related violence and stabbings.
Recent instructions are as follows:
Joanna has experience prosecuting and defending high-value dishonesty allegations. She can digest and present voluminous evidence in a cogent fashion and is experienced in instructing independent forensic accountants in relation to complex financial evidence.
Recent instructions include:
Law LLB [First Class Honours], King’s College London 2008
LLM Master of Laws [Distinction], King’s College London 2009
Criminal Bar Association
Crown Prosecution Service, Level Three Advocate
King’s College London Postgraduate Alumni Bursary, 2008-9
Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple 2009