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8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QP, ENGLAND
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Joanne Wicks QC

Wilberforce Chambers (Chambers of Michael Furness QC)

Career

Joanne has a broad commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on property litigation and related professional negligence. She is ranked in Band 1 of Leading Silks for Real Estate Litigation by Chambers & Partners 2018, which says she has a “fine reputation as a top real estate QC” and is “a joy to work with, really approachable and excellent at problem solving”. She is also rated as one of the most highly regarded silks for Real Estate in Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2018, which says “she’s absolutely excellent”. Other advocates describe her as “a court opponent I would treat with the utmost caution and respect”. Legal 500 2017 also says of Joanne that “her calm and authoritative demeanour are a winning combination, and she is exceptionally knowledgeable”.

Joanne’s strength is the ability to combine intellectual rigour with a good understanding of her clients’ commercial interests and a determination to find the best way to serve them. She is recognised for the quality of her courtroom skills and her ability to deliver advice on the most complex of problems in a clear and client-friendly manner.

As well as appearing in courts and tribunals at every level, Joanne has very considerable experience of arbitrations and expert determinations, having acted in a substantial number of cases resolved by these means in recent years. She accepts instructions to act as an arbitrator or an independent expert in her specialist practice areas and also advises non-lawyer arbitrators and independent experts, as well as routinely acting as an advocate in arbitration or expert determination proceedings. Joanne is also an accredited mediator.

Member

Chancery Bar Association

Property Bar Association (chair)

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Women in Property

Bar Pro Bono Unit panel

ARBRIX

Education

First Class degree in Jurisprudence and Gibbs Prize in Law, Oxford University

Bachelor of Civil Law degree, Oxford University

Kennedy and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn


London Bar

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe is very commercial as well as being technically excellent, and clients like her approachable style.

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Property litigation and agriculture

Within: Property litigation – Leading silks

Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce ChambersTrustworthy and reliable, as well as being technically excellent.

Within: Property litigation and agriculture

Wilberforce Chambers has ‘excellent strength in depth in property matters’ and is ‘the premier set for commercial work’. In the Supreme Court, Joanne Wicks QC and Benjamin Faulkner are acting for the appellant in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel, a matter of general importance which concerns a landlord’s attempt to evict a protected business tenant on the basis of redevelopment works that the tenant argues serves no genuine commercial purpose.

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