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Joanne Wicks QC

Call: 1990    QC: 2010

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Practice Overview

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 2019, which says “she has the ability to cut through the issues and be pragmatic and commercial”. “She is an asset to any legal team and is an absolute pleasure to work with.” The Legal 500 2019 edition describes Joanne as “trustworthy and reliable, as well as being technically excellent”. 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”. Joanne was named The Times’ “Lawyer of the Week” in March 2019 for her work on the case of Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd v European Medicines Agency.

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.