Joanne is an English law qualified solicitor with over fifteen years of dispute resolution experience, with a particular focus on international commercial arbitration and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Joanne has been permanently based in the Middle East for the past 9 years.
Joanne advises clients on a wide range of financial and commercial disputes, including complex joint venture and shareholder arrangements, with particular expertise in disputes emerging from large scale Middle Eastern projects and financial settlements, acting for major corporates, financial institutions and high net worth individuals.
Joanne is well-experienced in managing major disputes under various arbitral institutional rules, including the LCIA, ICC, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA Rules. Joanne regularly sits as an arbitrator, appointed by the DIFC-LCIA. She is also experienced in managing cases before the Courts of England and Wales, the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai World Tribunal and works closely with colleagues on matters arising before the UAE Courts.
Joanne regularly advises clients on compliance with international sanctions and anti-corruption legislation.
Chambers & Partners Global Directory ranks Jo as “Up and Coming” noting her “extensive work in arbitration”; that she is “praised by peers and clients as a “strong litigator who cannot be underestimated”; and that “Joanne is recommended for her work in the DIFC Courts, as well as representing clients in high-value arbitrations across the GCC." Similarly, Legal 500 ranks Joanne as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and records that she is a “brilliant lawyer who consistently delivers exceptional client service”.