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Joseph Broadsmith

Joseph was called to the Bar in 2016. He has experience across a variety of Chambers’ practice areas, including consumer credit, contractual disputes, debt recovery, enforcement, insolvency, landlord and tenant, personal injury and the sale of goods.


Joseph Broadsmith

Before embarking on a career at the Bar, Joseph spent time as an advocate for a leading national advocacy services provider and as a paralegal working in insurance fraud.

He completed pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service, during which time he closely shadowed senior colleagues, including Queen’s (now King’s) Counsel, in trials relating to a variety of offences, ranging from murder to economic crime. Joseph was subsequently employed as an in-house barrister at the CPS. Throughout this period, he provided charging advice to the police, while frequently appearing in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court.

Joseph's Experience

Called in 2016

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Commercial Law

Joseph has established a practice encompassing a range of advisory, drafting and court work across the spectrum of civil law, acting on behalf of both corporate entities and private individuals.

Joseph’s practice encompasses contractual disputes on the fast track and small claims track, including claims regarding the supply and sale of goods and services. He has developed a particular expertise in possession proceedings, including claims by mortgagees, LPA receivers, landlords and charge holders. He is happy to provide advice at all stages of litigation.

Joseph has a wealth of experience representing banks and financial institutions in claims brought under s140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, including a large volume of claims arising from the sale of payment protection insurance.

He has been commended by clients for his meticulous preparation, attention to detail and robust advocacy and continues to refine these skills in his developing civil practice.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Land & Property
  • L&T Residential
  • Possession
  • Road Traffic
  • RTA (Without PI)
  • Consumer Rights Act
  • Sale of Goods Act
  • Breach of Contract generally
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Contract
  • Debt
  • Road Traffic
  • RTA (With Personal Injury)
  • Consumer Rights Act
  • Consumer Credit
  • Land & Property
  • L&T Commercial
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Other Common Law
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Road Traffic
  • RTA/PI with Fraud/LVI (Claimant)
  • RTA/PI with Fraud/LVI (Defendant)
  • Consumer Rights Act
  • Flight Delay Claims (Claimant)
  • Flight Delay Claims (Defendant)
  • Law LLB (Hons), Queen Mary, University of London, 2012-2015.
    • Moot Master, 2014-15.
    • George Hinde Mooting Competition Finalist, appearing before Sir Brian Leveson, 2014.
  • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP Law School, 2015-2016
    • Commercial Dispute Resolution - Highest Mark in the Year (91% - Outstanding).
    • Master of Moots, Bar and Mooting Society Committee.
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, Joseph Broadsmith, 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:

Joseph's Testimonials

I felt that I must write and praise Joe Broadsmith whose handling of the case was impeccable. He is very capable and in my opinion will go far.

Retired Circuit Judge

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