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.


BA, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. 2:1
MA Social Policy, The Open University
Graduate Diploma in Law, BBP Law School, Distinction
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, Very Competent

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Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work


The Court of Appeal determined that there was a good reason to depart from the court-approved costs budget of a successful claimant in defamation proceedings, where the failure of the claimant’s solicitors to observe the requirements of the practice direction did not put the defendant at a significant disadvantage and did not seem likely to have led to costs being incurred that were unreasonable or disproportionate.

Cook on Costs: Jackson Review Supplement

31st July 2013

With Joanna Hughes, wrote the chapters on Conditional Fee Agreements, After The Event Insurance and Damages Based Agreements for Cook on Costs’ “Jackson Review Supplement”.

Breakfast Costs Conference

22nd February 2019

TGC will be holding a Breakfast Costs Conference on 27 March 2019 from 8.15am-10.45am at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, London WC2R 3DX.

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Privacy Notice

Thank you for choosing to instruct me in your case. I will need to collect and hold your personal information in order to represent you. I will take all possible steps to protect your personal information. I am determined to do nothing that would infringe your rights or undermine your trust. This Privacy Notice describes the information I  collect about you, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it.

Data Controller

I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London EC4Y 9DA and my registration number is Z1402637.

Data Collection

The vast majority of the information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by us in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and/or I will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it.

Our Lawful Basis for processing your information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations that process personal data to have a Lawful Basis for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:

  • Consent of the data subject
  • Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
  • Compliance with a legal obligation
  • To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
  • Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  • The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.

Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
  • Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  • Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.

The lawful basis for me to process your data is the performance of the obligation to provide legal advice and representation under the contract between myself (the barrister) and the Instructing Solicitors and/or with you the lay client. Our legitimate interest includes the provision of legal advice and advocacy services to you.

I use your information to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation
  • Investigate and address any concerns you may have about your case and/or the service provided to you;
  • Investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of my services/products, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law;

I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.

I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:

Client data

Phone number;
Payment or bank details;
Date of birth;
Location details;
Device IP address;
Financial information
Medical Records
Criminal Records

I may share your personal data with:

Instructing solicitors
Pupil (a trainee barrister) or mini pupil, under my training
Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case
My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services
My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet our legal obligations;
Any other party where I ask you and you consent to the sharing.

Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I do not transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations.

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.

Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me at Temple Garden Chambers, 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London EC4Y9DA.

I will occasionally update my Privacy Notice. Any changes will be published on my Chambers website profile.