Joanna is ranked in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500 as a leading junior in general crime.
She is an able and popular jury advocate with experience across the full spectrum of criminal allegations. Joanna has been instructed as sole counsel in relation to allegations of attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, firearms, six-figure frauds and allegations of serious violence including gang-related incidents and stabbings.
Joanna is also an efficient, diligent junior. She has been led in multiple allegations of murder and historic sexual offending.
Joanna is a robust trial advocate. She advances cases with measured advocacy and an eye for detail. She is praised in the current edition of the Legal 500 for “the work she puts into each cross-examination”.
Joanna is approachable and skilled in representing young and vulnerable defendants. She is experienced in the use of intermediaries and undertook one of the first pre-recorded cross-examination trials.
Joanna is an accomplished appellate lawyer. She is regularly instructed to advise and act in first-instance cases involving difficult points of law. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal on behalf of both appellants and respondents. She appeared before the Lord Chief Justice in the leading authority establishing the correct approach to inconsistent verdicts [F and others  EWCA Crim 550]. She has also appeared for the respondent in an appeal against conviction regarding a bad character application relating to a deceased complainant [E  EWCA Crim 839]. Joanna has experience of Attorney General’s Reference proceedings and has been led for the defence in relation to an unduly lenient minimum term of a life sentence imposed for the offence of conspiracy to murder [R v W  EWCA (Crim) 1353].
Joanna is able to provide prompt written advice as to evidence and sentence. She is happy to hold conferences prior to trial. Joanna updates her instructing solicitors in writing on the same day as each hearing.
Joanna is approved to prosecute cases for the Crown Prosecution Service at Level Three.
Joanna came to the Bar following a solid academic background. She read Law at King’s College London where she graduated with First Class Honours. She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to read for her LLM Master of Laws, graduating with Distinction. She was the recipient of the Harmsworth Scholarship from Middle Temple.
Criminal bar Association, South Eastern Circuit
Law LLB [First Class Honours], King’s College London 2008
LLM Master of Laws [Distinction], King’s College London 2009