Personal Profile

Joanna is a Partner in the firm's Property Litigation group in the Real Estate department. 

She has over 20 years' experience specialising in property disputes and risk analysis, advisory and avoidance work.  She provides strategic advice to owners, occupiers, developers and funders of commercial and residential real estate and deals with all contentious aspects of real estate. This includes development disputes, landlord and tenant disputes (including rent and service charge recovery, lease renewals, consents, forfeiture and possession claims), title, right of way and right to light disputes, real estate related professional negligence claims and insolvency and corporate recovery work.

Her clients have included some of the UK's most high profile property developers, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, banks, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.

A skilled negotiator, Joanna also represents clients in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.  

Joanna is ranked in Tier 1 in Chambers UK and as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 and is described as "simply wonderful and a joy to work with" (Chambers UK, 2017).

Joanna is a Solicitor-Advocate and is qualified to represent clients as an advocate in the Higher Courts (Civil) in England and Wales. 

Joanna delivered a paper as part of the 41st annual series of the pre-eminent Blundell Lectures (2016) entitled "Can I Really Rely on the Register of Title?" on the subject of retrospective rectification of the Land Register.

She is a past chairman of the Property Litigation Associate and chaired its Training & Education Committee for a number of years.  During this time she was instrumental in the formal adoption of the Dilapidations Protocol into the Civil Procedure Rules.

Key Experience

  • Acted for the successful tenant in Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation [2016] EWCH 1075 (Ch) in which the Court considered the balance between a landlord's express rights to develop and the tenant's entitlement to quiet enjoyment.*
  • Advised a leading UK law firm on a substantial dilapidations claim which arose on expiry of their lease of a central London office building.*
  • Acted for the Claimant in Shebelle Enterprises Limited v The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Limited [2013] EWHC 948 (Ch) in which an adjoining owner sought to prevent construction of a substantial basement development.*
  • Obtained an injunction to prevent protestors from obstructing a high profile development site.*
  • Acted extensively for fixed charge receivers from various firms appointed by a major UK bank in multiple cases where the receivers' abilities to realise security were being impeded by the actions of the borrower.*
  • Advised on a £200m claim for negligence against the valuers of a £2bn property portfolio that provided inadequate security for a securitised loan.*
  • Acted for the successful landlord in NCR Limited v Riverland Portfolio (No. 1) Limited [2005] EWCA Civ 312 which is one of the leading cases on alienation and landlord's consent.*
  • Advised various estate agents and commercial property agents on their entitlement to fees and acted in the well-known case of Egan Lawson Ltd v Standard Life Assurance Co [2001] 1 E.G.L.R. 27 which considered the agent's entitlement to an introduction fee.*

*        Work undertaken prior to joining Mishcon de Reya

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Assistant Solicitor, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Qualified, Portner & Jaskel
College of Law, Common Professional Exams, Legal Practice Course (commendation)
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Management Sciences

Articles and Publications

  •  41st Annual Series Blundell Lecture: Can I Really Rely on the Register of Title, June 2016
  • The Fine Art of Not Disturbing Tenants, Estates Gazette, 11 June 2016