Areas of Expertise
Joanne is recommended as leading counsel for Personal Injury and Employment law in both the Chambers UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500 directory. She has always practised in these fields and she is regularly instructed on behalf of Claimants and Defendants/Respondents.
She was appointed to the Provincial Panel of Treasury Counsel in 2007 and re-appointed in 2012. In addition to her personal injury and employment work, Joanne acts for a number of government departments, defending different types of judicial review claims. Furthermore, she has recently been appointed to sit as a decision maker on appeal panels on behalf of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Joanne appears regularly in the High Court in South Wales and Bristol defending claims for judicial review brought against government departments. She now has substantial experience in immigration and asylum cases which invariably involve Human Rights arguments and arguments about the proper interpretation of the Immigration Rules. She has also acted in challenges brought against the Department of Work and Pensions in claims brought against the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.
Joanne has experience acting for Claimants in a variety of different types of clinical negligence claims. She receives instructions relating to negligent misdiagnosis including cancer misdiagnosis as well as delayed diagnosis and wrongful diagnosis. She has recently been instructed to act on behalf of a Doctor whose cancer was missed on two separate scans; on behalf of a lady whose serious back condition was misdiagnosed with catastrophic consequences and on behalf of a gentleman who was misdiagnosed in respect of a shoulder injury with the result that necessary surgery wasn't carried out leaving him with permanent life changing injuries.
Joanne acts for both Claimants and Respondents. However, since her appointment to the Treasury Panel a substantial part of her work has been acting for Respondents in a wide variety of employment disputes. These include claims for unfair dismissal, disputes surrounding the transfer of undertakings and all kinds of discrimination. Joanne is fully adept at handling the full range of issues that arise in such cases, from the most sensitive to the most straightforward. Her clients include government departments, local authorities, police authorities, national companies and smaller local companies.
Joanne has a particular interest in discrimination cases and has successfully acted for a number of government departments in such claims including the Department of Transport, the Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Defence and the Secretary of State for Justice. Joanne has acted for a number of Prisons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Justice in unfair dismissals most of which have included allegations of discrimination. In September 2013, Joanne acted for HMRC in a lengthy race discrimination case involving multiple allegations of direct and indirect race discrimination, harassment and victimisation. In July 2015 Joanne received instructions to appear in a ten day complex discrimination case on behalf of Thames Valley Police.
Recently Joanne has acted on behalf of a trade union in relation to an equal pay dispute. She also acted on behalf of a local health board in relation to the legal status of a bank nurse. Furthermore, in July 2015 Joanne successfully appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in respect of a case concerning the meaning of the Agency Worker Regulations 2010. Click here.
In addition to her Tribunal work, Joanne also has experience of acting as the legal advisor to panels constituted to hear disciplinary matters involving police officers and civilian police employees. This role has included acting in an advisory capacity to both disciplinary panels and appeal panels.
“Joanne Willliams is very professional and extremely effective.”
The Legal 500, 2011
“She leaves no stone unturned during cross-examination.”
The Legal 500, 2015
Joanne has a substantial personal injury practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants in employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers liability, product liability and road traffic cases. She has experience in disease cases, including HAVS, deafness and stress claims.
Joanne has acted for Local Health Boards across Wales, many of the major insurance companies, a number of government departments and she has also been instructed on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. Over the last year in particular Joanne has been instructed with much greater frequency on behalf of Claimants through their unions and under conditional fee arrangements in a variety of claims. She has considerable experience in advisory work, settling pleadings, including schedules of special damages and counter schedules and her advocacy experience extends to a high level, including the High Court. Recently Joanne was instructed and led in a very serious brain injury case which attracted an award in excess of 1.2 million.
Joanne also has experience of acting for Claimants under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in respect of injuries of the most serious nature.
“Joanne Williams has a broad personal injury practice which includes EL/PL and RTA cases.”
Chambers UK Bar Guide 2013
“She is thorough in her preparation, and practical and straight-talking in her advice.’“
Legal 500 2015