Joanne Pruden > Browne Jacobson LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Insurance and public risk.


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

Joanne has advised the NHS on claims under the Liabilities for Third Party Scheme since 2006 and has been Nominated Partner for our Exeter office since June 2016.  Her responsibilities include supervising the team in the Exeter office, on the whole spectrum of complexity and value of civil litigation matters and providing delegated authority instructions where appropriate.  She is the point of contact for NHS Resolution and NHS Trusts and drives forward a high quality professional service, providing good value and delivery on client objectives.

Joanne’s client base includes a range of insurers, local authorities and NHS trusts.  Her practice covers the full breadth of complex and high value Civil 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.


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.



Lawyer Rankings

South West > Public sector > Local government

(Leading individuals)

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Embedded into the national local authority practice, Browne Jacobson LLP’s South West public sector practice sports specialisms in planning and environmental matters as well as children’s and adult services. Local authority insurance claims and housing repair claims are becoming an increasing part of the team’s work, led by claims and litigation expert Joanne Pruden in Exeter and Peter Ware in Nottingham, the latter who focuses on local government commercial matters. Dale Collins is routinely involved in regulatory crime issues, and Thomas Howard covers the teams’ investments and transactions services. Jennifer Grigg left the firm in June 2021.

South West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s personal injury practice is led by Joanne Pruden and handles a range of claims in this area, including employers’ and public liability claims. The practice particularly stands out for its work handling incidents involving the NHS, such as workplace injuries and incidents involving patients. Director Angela Williams leads on this work, while Pruden also regularly receives instructions from local authorities. The team offers additional expertise in clinical negligence, where Michael Chambers collaborates with the firm’s teams in Birmingham and Nottingham to handle complex claims. Chambers’ recent work includes handling a number of novel claims brought by secondary victims. Other names to note in the ‘consistently impressive’ practice include Mark Barnett, who specialises in claims involving mental health providers, and senior associate Becky Wyld. Wyld offers clients ‘very good tactical insight’ and acts for trusts in court proceedings as well as at inquests.