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Joanne Pruden

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Insurance and public risk.


Joanne is a Partner specialising in Defendant litigation and heads up the Technical Claims and Social Care Team in Exeter

Her client base includes a range of insurers, local authorities and NHS trusts.  Joanne’s practice covers the full breadth of complex and high value Employer Liability and Public Liability claims and she has particular expertise in local authority work and claims against public bodies having previously worked in-house for a unitary authority. 

Joanne has developed a particular specialism in sex abuse/failure to remove/social care claims including claims for false imprisonment under the Mental Health Act.  She also regularly deals with claims for bullying and harassment, claims arising from breach of confidentiality/data protection and breaches of the Human Rights Act. 

Joanne deals with high value and complex highways and occupier liability claims.  Her current caseload includes a number of complex claims involving the scope of the duty of care and vicarious liability.

Joanne regularly provides bespoke training for local authority and insurer clients and contributes blogs and articles to Browne Jacobson’s website and external publications.

She received recognition in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK as ‘an associate to watch’ – 2011 and ‘up and coming’ – 2012



In-house claims handling at Torbay Council; Veitch Penny (trainee progressing to partner in 2010); insurance team of Veitch Penny merged with Browne Jacobson in August 2012.


Torquay Grammar School for Girls; University of Wales, Aberystwyth.



South West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP specialises complex employer liability and public liability claims, it acts for insurers, NHS resolution and local authorities. Areas of expertise include industrial disease claims including asbestos related illnesses, HAVS, occupational stress, deafness, WRULD and road traffic accidents. Joanne Pruden heads up the technical claims and social care team, she focuses on high-value occupier liability claims and cases involving sexual abuse, social care including claims for false imprisonment under the Mental Health Act, and bullying and harassment claims. Recent highlights include acting for the insurers of a driver who caused a motoring accident, the claimant argued for loss of career and loss of earnings and after complex medical evidence was given the claim was settled for a significantly reduced amount. Clients include Ageas insurance, Devon County Council, Covea Insurance, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, Travelers and Tesco.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Health

Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on clinical negligence work. Mark Barnett heads the practice, he is adept at litigation and defending claims against the NHS, local authorities and other public sector clients. He also focuses on claims against mental health providers and deals with high-profile sensitive claims, those with Human Rights Act aspects and safeguarding issues. Joanne Pruden focuses on defendant personal injury claims, employer’s liability and public liability claims. Areas of expertise include social care abuse, breach of confidentiality, Disability Discrimination Act cases, Human Rights Act claims, defamation, bullying and harassment cases. Michael Chambers joined as partner and Gerard Hanratty joined the national team in Manchester, he provides support to the south west team. Lynne Rathbone left the firm. Clients include Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Kernow CCG, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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