Jo enjoys a busy and diverse general common law practice. She specialises in all aspects of costs litigation and personal injury litigation including the associated areas of credit hire and insurance fraud. She is regularly instructed in fast and multi-track cases for Claimants and Defendants. She also has expertise in employment law and Public Inquiries.
Jo has extensive experience advising on Costs-related matters, particularly litigation funding and was a contributor to Cook on Costs in 2014. She is regularly instructed to draft Points of Dispute and in detailed assessment proceedings. She willingly accepts instructions in this arena on a public-access basis. Jo also has an excellent grasp of all aspects of costs-budgeting with which she was involved from its infancy having been instructed as Junior Counsel in Sylvia Henry and News Group Newspapers Limited  when the Court of Appeal laid down the test for demonstrating a good reason to depart from the court-approved cost budget.
Jo has substantial experience in dealing with disputes arising out of road traffic accidents in particular credit hire litigation, low velocity impact cases and cases where insurance fraud is alleged. Jo also has experience of dealing with cases involving Employer’s Liability, Occupier’s Liability and the Highways Act 1980. She is willing to accept instructions in appropriate cases on a conditional-fee basis.
Throughout 2011 Jo was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry. This Public Inquiry was tasked with examining the role of the commissioning, supervisory, and regulatory bodies and systems in the NHS in detecting and correcting deficiencies in service provision, with a view to identifying how failing or potentially failing hospitals could be identified in the future. As a consequence of this work Jo has an excellent working knowledge of the NHS which often proves invaluable when acting for and against NHS employers in the Employment Tribunal.
Jo acts for Claimants and Respondents and has experience of advising on a range of employment-related matters including: unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, public-interest disclosure (whistleblowing) TUPE and discrimination including claims brought under the Equality Act 2010. She has particular expertise in dealing with applications for costs in Employment Tribunal proceedings.