Joanna Ford > Cripps Pemberton Greenish > Tunbridge Wells, England > Lawyer Profile

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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A Partner in the commercial dispute resolution team, Joanna has particular expertise in high value restructuring and insolvency matters, disputes involving IT and technology contracts, and shareholder/corporate governance issues.

Her insolvency work includes claims against directors, including misfeasance and wrongful trading, acting for insolvency practitioners, creditors (including landlords affected by CVAs) and companies in financial difficulties.

She also has a wider commercial dispute resolution practice with a focus on shareholder and corporate governance issues, and manages litigation work for several of our larger corporate clients.


Trained Gouldens (now Jones Day), qualified 2004; joined Cripps LLP 2010, Associate 2012, Managing Associate 2015-18, Partner 2018


R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals)


University of Sheffield (1999 LLB, 1st class; 2000 MA Biotechnological Law & Ethics, distinction; 2001 LPC, commendation)


Live music, food & wine, yoga, martial arts (aikido), scuba diving

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

(Next Generation Partners)

Joanna FordCripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish‘s insolvency and restructuring practice leverages the firm’s strengths in commercial litigation and corporate work. On the non-contentious side, practitioners are sought after in intra-group reorganisations, solvent schemes of arrangement, demergers and pre-sale restructurings. Contentious work covers claims arising from antecedent transactions and breaches of directors’ duties, as well as winding-up petitions, among other matters. As part of an ongoing trend, the firm has seen an uptick in administrations and insolvency litigation. The practice is led by Joanna Ford, who led a cross-departmental team that acted for Crowe UK LLP as the administrators of Simply Scuba Limited in 2020. Other members of the group include managing associate John Kirkwood and contentious insolvency specialist Hannah Proctor, who was recently promoted to senior associate.

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The commercial litigation team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish frequently handles complex work involving shareholder and partnership disputes, insolvency, professional negligence and contract frustrations, with clients based nationally and increasingly internationally. The team is co-led by Ed Weeks and Russell Simpson; the ‘very commercial‘ Weeks has particular expertise of work involving senior individuals in business, especially shareholder disputes, while Simpson heads the firm’s specialist disputes team, with expertise in trust and estate disputes and professional negligence. Joanna Ford works with clients in the IT and technology sectors, whilst Tom Bourne leads on the team’s food and drink related disputes.