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)

Joanne PrudenBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides broad expertise in local government matters, with particular experience compulsory purchase, regeneration, procurement and state aid. The firm acts for a range of public sector bodies, including local and central government, and police, fire and rescue services. The practice is also active in planning, environmental and governance matters. Joanne Pruden specialises in defendant litigation and focuses on technical claims and social care. She co-leads the team with Peter Ware, who is head of the national government and infrastructure group.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP has developed a strong health and social care practice in Exeter, acting for a variety of NHS Trusts in clinical claims across the south west. Mark Barnett heads the department; he defends clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS and has particular expertise in defending cases against mental health providers. The technical claims team acts for multiple local authorities in the south west, in cases involving psychiatric injury, failure to nurture, occupiers’ liability, and highways litigation. The group is led by Joanne Pruden, who takes the lead on local authority work. Pruden also has a specialism in sexual abuse cases. Director Angela Williams is another name to note, and specialises in employers’ liability claims for insurers.