Joanna is in the commercial disputes and regulatory group and is the head of the pensions litigation group.

She has worked on a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes, including experience of both High Court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution processes. She has also advised in relation to a wide range of pensions litigation matters, advising employers and pension scheme trustees at various stages of litigation and also in respect of strategies to avoid or minimise the risk of future disputes. 

She is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.


Examples of experience include advising:

  • IBM in its long-running litigation relating to ceasing defined benefit accrual and the employer's duty of good faith culminating in recent success in the Court of Appeal (IBM United Kingdom Holdings Limited and another v Dalgleish and others [2017] EWCA Civ 1212).
  • A large multinational outsourcing business seeking rectification of scheme rules, where there was a dispute as to the intention of the original parties of the trust deed with regard to the ability to retire early
  • A bank in obtaining an injunction in relation to a mortgage fraud committed against it
  • A household name company in defending an action in relation to a multi-million pound claim for breach of contract
  • Major law firms in relation to professional negligence claims against them, in a pensions context
  • The UK arm of a global corporation in relation to a very large scale document review and analysis exercise
  • A representative beneficiary of a pension plan in relation to an equalisation case
  • UK manufacturing companies in relation to contractual disputes with suppliers and customers
  • A multinational company in relation to a private nuisance claim relating to noise from a factory
  • Pension scheme trustees in relation to a rectification application
  • A UK company in relation to a threat by an individual to disseminate confidential information about that company.

"Sources praise her communication skills, with one client stating: 'She is very efficient and articulates things in a very understandable way for someone who doesn't understand law.'"

The 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners

“…singled out as being ‘absolutely brilliant’ and ‘incredibly efficient, hard-working and bright.’ She has broad litigation experience, which includes significant pensions matters.”

The 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners

“…well regarded for her formidable expertise in high-end claims. Sources describe her as ‘extremely good’, pointing to her experience in work including rectification, recovery and professional negligence.”

The 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners (in relation to Pensions)