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Joanne Wicks QC

Call: 1990    QC: 2010

+44 (0)20 7306 0102jwicks@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Joanne has a broad commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on property litigation and related professional negligence. She was listed as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2020, which recognises 100 “lawyers of the moment who are shaping the legal profession right now”. She was the winner of Real Estate Silk of the Year at both The Legal 500 UK Awards 2020 and the Chambers Bar Awards 2019, and is ranked as a Band 1 property silk in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. The 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners says that Joanne is “one of the top property silks out there – very bright with an excellent manner, and very considered with excellent judgement”. Another client says of Joanne that “she’s top of the profession. She’s analytical, thorough, incisive and great at building a relationship with clients”. Meanwhile, the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 notes that “she is the complete package in respect of client, court and legal skills” and is “very impressive and has been lead counsel in several recent leading cases”. Joanne is recommended as a real estate “Global Leader” and “National Leader” in Who’s Who Legal 2021, in which other advocates describe her as “stellar” and she is lauded for her “absolutely phenomenal reputation”.

In 2019, Joanne was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge.

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.