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Joanne Williams

Year of Call: 
1999
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“Joanne Williams is very professional and extremely effective”
The Legal 500 2015

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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Joanne has a substantial personal injury practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants in employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers liability, product liability and road traffic cases. She has experience in disease cases, including HAVS, deafness and stress claims. 

Joanne has acted for Local Health Boards across Wales, many of the major insurance companies, a number of government departments and she has also been instructed on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. Over the last year in particular Joanne has been instructed with much greater frequency on behalf of Claimants through their unions and under conditional fee arrangements in a variety of claims. She has considerable experience in advisory work, settling pleadings, including schedules of special damages and counter schedules and her advocacy experience extends to a high level, including the High Court. Recently Joanne was instructed and led in a very serious brain injury case which attracted an award in excess of 1.2 million.

Joanne also has experience of acting for Claimants under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in respect of injuries of the most serious nature.

Cases

  • Axa General Insurance Ltd v David Dawe (2005) High Court. Appeal from the county court by the Claimant in respect of a summary judgement application by the Defendant. The case was heard before Mr Justice Pitchford. (as he then was) Joanne acted for the Defendant and successfully argued that the appeal should be dismissed. The case involved important issues as to the interpretation that should be applied to various parts of the CPR.
  • Parkes v Meridian (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Deafness Test Litigation) (2007) EWCH B1 (QB) Joanne had early involvement as a junior in the preparation of this litigation on behalf of the Claimants.
  • Stephen John Deakin v Gwynedd County Council & Welsh Ministers (2009). Joanne represented the Welsh Assembly and the local authority in a case involving the extent of the duties owed by a highway authority in respect of skid resistant surfaces.
  • Roger Amos v Gwent Probation Service (2009/2010) This case involved interesting issues about the existence/extent of the duty of care owed by the Probation Service to prisoners whilst under their supervision in prison.
  • Lewis Watkins v Sheila Howells (2015) This was a serious brain injury case in which Joanne was led and which settled for in excess of 1.2 million.

“Joanne Williams has a broad personal injury practice which includes EL/PL and RTA cases.”
Chambers UK Bar Guide 2013

“She is thorough in her preparation, and practical and straight-talking in her advice.’
Legal 500 2015

Contact

For further information please contact our clerks, who will be able to help you with any questions.
+44 (0)845 0713 007

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