Joanna Lewis

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Barrister & Mediator

Joanna represents Claimants and Defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. ‘Sensitive client care and clear, confident advocacy’ have earned Joanna commendation from the judiciary as well as professional and lay clients. Her personable style yet robust approach to cases enables clients to feel both at ease and confident in her expertise.

Joanna’s personal injury caseload includes complex high value workplace accidents; product liability; Industrial Disease claims (upper limb work related disorders, deafness and lung disease); catastrophic road traffic accidents; fatal accidents; cases involving pain disorders; complex causation and quantum issues requiring multiple experts. She also undertakes cases involving physical and psychological abuse.

Joanna advises regularly on occupiers’ liability, Highways Act and Animals Act cases. She has particular expertise and experience in dealing with accidents abroad and at sea.

Joanna deals with all aspects procedural and costs arguments, particularly high value costs budgets at CCMCs.

Joanna has a wealth of experience in all aspects of credit hire work and acts for both Claimants and Defendants. This gives her a greater depth of understanding of the intricacies of the arguments in this area of law. Joanna’s personal injury practice enhances her ability to deal with LVI cases and fraudulent claims involving factitious injury and malingering as well as credit hire

She regularly provides bespoke training to clients including lectures and mock trials.

Joanna is an Accredited Mediator and is keen to promote the use of mediation and ADR in the settlement of disputes. Please see the following link to her mediation profile.

Professional Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association


Civil Mediation Council


Accredited Mediator

Postgraduate Diploma in Law

MA (Hons) History, University of St Andrews

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  • Clinical Negligence - 16, August
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    Informed Consent: Risks and Choices

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    Posted by Joanna Lewis

    Breach of duty was established and causation followed when the Claimant did not give informed consent to an operation that left her tetraplegic. This case explores the implications of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11 and the duty on doctors to ‘take reasonable care to ensure that the patient is aware of any … Continue reading Informed Consent: Risks and Choices

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  • Personal Injury - 16, August
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    What makes an injury ‘actionable’? The Supreme Court offers some guidance

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    Although Dryden v Johnson Matthey PLC [2018] UKSC 18 is a case involving industrial disease, the Supreme Court’s decision has wider significance in helping to clarify what makes a personal injury actionable’. The Facts The Appellants worked for the Respondent in factories making catalytic converters. Platinum salts were used in the production process. The respondent, in breach … Continue reading What makes an injury ‘actionable’? The Supreme Court offers some guidance

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  • Personal Injury - 9, November

    Local Authorities are liable for abuse by foster carers

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    Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] UKSC 60 The Supreme Court has ruled by a majority of 4:1 that a local authority was vicariously liable for the abuse committed by the foster parents of a child in the 1980s. However, the Court rejected the argument that the local authority was liable on the basis of … Continue reading Local Authorities are liable for abuse by foster carers

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