Joanne Witheford > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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I am a regulatory lawyer specialising in health and safety, manslaughter defence and road transport law.


Deputy Head of Road Haulage & Logistics / Senior Associate


I support businesses across all sectors to ensure that they are not left exposed by poor transport regulatory compliance. And where things don’t go according to plan, I can help a business to protect its operator licence and defend it in the criminal courts.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Transport

(Rising stars)

Joanne WithefordDWF

DWF offers a range of specialist teams for transport sector clients, covering road transport regulatory, motor criminal defence, insurance, M&A and commercial work. It also provides transport compliance advice for several multinational logistics companies, as well as crisis response services for business’ transport divisions. The firm also has a strong insurance offering in the North West, being heavily involved with transport and motor related claims. Vikki Woodfine is head of road transport and logistics, specialising in transport regulatory and health and safety issues. Nigel Teasdale is an expert in motor fraud with over 20 years experience working with major motor insurers. Senior associate Joanne Witheford is deputy head of road haulage and logistics.

North West > Employment > Health and safety

(Rising stars)

Joanne WithefordDWF

DWF is active in the defence of highly complex fatal cases involving explosions, collapses, and fires. The team also shouldes a busy caseload in advising on potential or pursued gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter cases. National head Steffan Groch is noted for his work acting on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea regarding the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Head of the North West health and safety team Vikki Woodfine advises on safeguarding in education settings. Director Gary Smith leads the Liverpool team and is a key contact regarding fatalities and serious accidents, as well as for compliance and risk management. Senior associate Joanne Witheford and associate Amanda Lea are also both highly recommended.