Jo’s practice encompasses all areas of commercial law with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, civil fraud, conflict of laws and jurisdiction, international arbitration, and energy and natural resources.
She is recommended in Chambers & Partners as a leading junior for insurance, and in Legal 500 as a leading junior for insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence, and has been described as “absolutely brilliant”, “very focused” and “ferociously hard-working”. She has been instructed in a broad spectrum of cases of different types and sizes in the Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, and in domestic and international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, ARIAS and Bermuda Form arbitrations). She regularly advises and acts in cases with an international flavour, often involving conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues and matters of international commerce. Jo has extensive experience of large-scale, long-running, complex commercial disputes acting as part of a team of counsel and working closely with solicitors, clients, witnesses and experts. Her ability to work well with others is often cited by clients and solicitors as one of her particular strengths. Recent leading cases in which she was instructed include Cattles v PwC (a very substantial professional negligence claim) and Rathbone v Novae (a leading decision of the Court of Appeal on subrogation). At the other end of the scale, she has frequently appeared on her own in numerous smaller cases in the High Court and in arbitration, and in particular enjoys the advocacy opportunities such work offers. Before joining chambers in 2004, Jo worked for 2 years as an employed barrister during which time she gained invaluable experience of life at a leading solicitors’ firm. As a result, she is particularly well-placed to recognise and meet her professional and lay clients’ commercial needs.