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Joanne Phillipson

Joanne has 15 years of experience undertaking contentious and non-contentious advocacy in the county courts, in addition to over 3 years of experience assisting in the conduct of cases within the Crown Court.

 Joanne has developed a busy practice and is regularly requested by Solicitor and lay clients alike. Joanne believes that preparation to a high standard is vital, allowing for swift resolution of cases where possible before contested hearings and ensuring effective case management and handling during contested litigation. 


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Joanne Phillipson

As a county court advocate, Joanne enjoyed a busy practice and quickly became called upon to undertake small claims trials/complex applications due to her reputation for tenacity in court and her advocacy skills. She also has extensive experience in conducting cases involving interpreters and expert witnesses. 

As a Crown Court caseworker, Joanne dealt with clients and witnesses from a range of backgrounds and with a range of vulnerabilities. She has experience in conducting cases from commencement to conclusion, using special measures in court and utilising expert witnesses, including high-profile grave crime cases. 

Joanne has a reputation for attention to detail and presenting persuasive and forceful submissions when required. Within her previous roles, she was able to develop her advocacy and negotiation skills to a high standard to ensure the best possible outcome for her lay and professional clients, together with a dedication to meticulous preparation. Joanne was granted a substantial reduction in pupillage requirement by the Bar Standards Board, which reflected the extensive experience and skills she previously acquired.


Joanne's Experience

Called in 2008


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Commercial Law
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Mortgage repossessions
  • Debt recovery actions; including third party debt orders, charging orders and orders for sale
  • Small claims hearings in a wide range of areas, including construction, contract and third party wall disputes (both claimant and defendant)
  • Construction disputes in the Technology and Construction Court
  • First Tier Tribunal work, including Rent Repayment Orders
  • Consumer credit & Credit Hire
  • Road traffic accidents and personal injury
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
Family Law

Joanne is able to take on cases related to financial disputes, land and property, and  children matters.

Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Joanne Phillipson, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Joanne's Testimonials

We instructed Joanne Phillipson on a permission to Appeal/Appeal application in County Court at Leicester. She was amazing, going above and beyond with the preparation and her support of the instructing solicitor and achieving a very satisfactory result in court too. We shall return to her again and again in future, thank you very much. 


Rich & Carr Solicitors

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for Joanne's help. When everyone pushed me to go 50/50, she was the only one who understood how the roundabout works and who gave me hope I could win the case. I really appreciate her hard work.


Lay client

Appointing a barrister myself was quite a daunting prospect but Joanne was 100% the right choice - she made sure to speak to me at length to understand my position and gave direct, supportive advice, yet made it clear to me where I may need to reconsider.

The time and effort she put into advocating for me and my child with the odds stacked against me was phenomenal. She was able to communicate in an effective way that made CAFCASS and the judge sit up and listen and she achieved the outcome I desperately wanted. Her memory and attention to detail are second to none and you can see how much her work means to her. You will have no regrets appointing Jo as your barrister and will be very lucky to have her on your side.


Lay client



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