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Joanne Williams

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'She is approachable and supportive. She has excellent witness care skills and is always a delight to instruct. She is responsive and gives hands on practical support throughout. She is also a skilled and experienced advocate, with the rare mix of a subtle yet robust approach.'
Legal 500 2024

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Personal Injury


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 few years 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 and the Court of Appeal. Recently Joanne was instructed and led in a very serious brain injury case which attracted an award in excess of 1.2 million. 

Joanne is currently handling a large employers liability claim in which the Claimant was electrocuted at work as a result of which she suffered very significant neuro-psychiatric injuries, a fatal accident claim following the electrocution of an electrician during the course of his employment with his local authority employment and a claim by an anaesthetist in which she alleges that she has suffered a brain injury as a consequence of an unsafe system of work being in existence during the course of eye surgery at a hospital in London.



Notable Cases

  • Axa General Insurance Ltd v David Dawe(2005) High Court. Appeal from the county court by the Claimant in respect of a summary judgement application by the Defendant. The case was heard before Mr Justice Pitchford. (as he then was) Joanne acted for the Defendant and successfully argued that the appeal should be dismissed. The case involved important issues as to the interpretation that should be applied to various parts of the CPR.
  • Parkes v Meridian (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Deafness Test Litigation)(2007) EWCH B1 (QB) Joanne had early involvement as a junior in the preparation of this litigation on behalf of the Claimants.


  • Stephen John Deakin v Gwynedd County Council & Welsh Ministers (2009). Joanne represented the Welsh Assembly and the local authority in a case involving the extent of the duties owed by a highway authority in respect of skid resistant surfaces.
  • Roger Amos v Gwent Probation Service(2009/2010) This case involved interesting issues about the existence/extent of the duty of care owed by the Probation Service to prisoners whilst under their supervision in prison.


  • Lewis Watkins v Sheila Howells (2015) This was a serious brain injury case in which Joanne was led and which settled for in excess of 1.2 million.


  • Malcolm Smith v Ministry of Defence (2017) This was an industrial deafness claim in which the Claimant was successful at first instance. Joanne successfully acted for the MOD at the first appeal. She also acted for the MOD at the second appeal in the Court of Appeal.


"The "Tough and clever advocate" Joanne Williams joins the tables on the strength of clients' admiration of her "ability to sort the wheat from the chaff – she does not waste time on the immaterial." She has a varied practice and is regularly involved in EL/PL and RTA cases for both defendants and claimants"

Chambers UK Guide 2012



"Joanne Williams has a broad personal injury practice which includes EL/PL and RTA cases."

              Chambers UK Guide 2013



            ‘She is thorough in her preparation, and practical

             and straight-talking in her advice.’ 

             Legal 500 2015




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