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Joanne is a partner in our corporate team specialising in restructuring and insolvency. Her experience includes all aspects of corporate rescue, restructure, turnaround and insolvency including both formal and non-formal procedures. Recent assignments have included the retail, energy, education and health care sectors.
She regularly acts for distress lenders both in acquiring debt or equity and then managing their exposure including via exit, as well as advising directors of businesses in financial difficulty. Clients include boards of companies, insolvency practitioners, banks, financial institutions, creditors, turnaround specialists, distressed equity investors and stakeholders.
Joanne is one of only a few lawyers nationally with practical experience of the special administration process for investment banks which was introduced following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and is recognised as a leader in her field by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
A client says: "She always offers us high-level technical support and makes complex matters easily understandable." Chambers 2019
"Perhaps the leading insolvency practitioner in the South West." Legal 500 2019
Described by market sources as "one of the go-to lawyers, if not the go-to lawyer for restructuring in the South West," adding that she is "incredibly knowledgeable and commercial." She is well regarded for her representation of insolvency practitioners, creditors and distressed equity investors. Chambers 2018
"The standout lawyer in the region: super-responsive, very creative, tenacious, and her advice is always fit for purpose" Chambers 2017