Joanne Witheford > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

M3 3AA

Living Wage

Work Department

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


Senior Solicitor


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‘s practice in the North West is part of a larger international transport group that acts for government and private sector clients in the automotive, rail, maritime, aviation, logistics and retail industries. With the firm having a strong insurance offering in the North West, it is seen as a first port of call in related transport and motor claims. In addition, it provides support on regulatory, corporate and finance matters, among others. Vikki Woodfine specialises in transport regulatory and health and safety issues. Joanne Witheford has been leading the team’s expansion into European markets. Nigel Teasdale leads the motor and fraud team, which handles both volume and high-value, complex defendant work for insurers.

North West > Employment > Health and safety

(Rising stars)

Joanne WithefordDWF

DWF‘s 4-partner team offers extensive experience in advising clients on complex health and safety matters. On the non-contentious side, the practice provides detailed advice on complying with regulations, and it is also highly active in helping clients to respond to investigations and prosecutions. The team’s contentious work includes some of the most high-profile matters in this area, including matters involving the police, the HSE and the CQC. The practice is active across a range of sectors, with Vikki Woodfine counting care, education and transport companies amongst her clients. Steffan Groch leads DWF’s global regulatory, compliance and investigations team, with director Gary Smith another key contact. The practice has an able bench of associates, with Amanda Lea and Joanne Witheford handling high-profile inquiries and investigations.