Joanne Jenkins LL.B. (Hons) East Anglia, Call 2009

Professional Reputation

  • Joanne has practised at Wilberforce Chambers since the successful completion of her pupillage with Simon Hirst (now His Honour Judge Hirst) in 2010.

       Criminal Law  

  • Joanne is a CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor. She is regularly instructed in serious matters and is trusted to deal with complex cases in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. Joanne covers the full spectrum of criminal offences including assaults, sexual offences, drugs and burglaries.
  • Joanne has particular experience of fraud, money laundering and proceeds of crime proceedings, including all aspects of confiscation, reconsideration and enforcement.
  • Joanne has both prosecuted and defended youths in relation to serious matters including robbery and sexual assault.
  • Joanne is experienced in conducting Parole Hearings and representing prisoners at Adjudication Hearings.

        Notable cases     

  • R v W (2012) Successfully defended a male with physical disabilities accused of sexual assault of a care worker. This case involved complex medical evidence regarding the mechanical capabilities of the defendant in the context of what he was alleged to have done.
  • M and A v DPP (2013) Joanne appeared in the Crown Court on behalf of the respondent to an appeal against sentence by two defendants regarding the imposition of Drinking Banning Orders. The matter was heard before a Circuit Judge and two District Judges and the judgment set out local procedure for making such orders.
  • R v S (2014) Successful appeal against sentence in the Court of Appeal where the defendant had pleaded guilty to money laundering offences. Joanne was praised for her persuasive and clear submissions.
  • R v A and others (2013 - 2016) Joanne represented one of twelve defendants involved in a £10 million drugs conspiracy at the Central Criminal Court in London. Joanne responded to complex written arguments prepared by leading counsel for the prosecution, specifically regarding the proceeds of crime proceedings and the calculation of benefit of each defendant.

        Family Law

  • Joanne appears in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court instructed in both Public and Private Law proceedings. She represents the interests of parents, grandparents and children’s guardians to conduct contested interim and final hearings, as well as finding of fact hearings, and domestic violence and committal proceedings.
  • Joanne regularly appears in the County Court and High Court in respect of family finance cases involving high-value assets and complex business structures, as well as assets outside the jurisdiction. Joanne has a keen interest in Court of Protection work and wishes to develop her experience in this area.

        Notable cases

  • KUHCC v T (2010 - 2012) This was a landmark case concerning the liability of a local authority to pay the costs of a party to care proceedings. Joanne appeared at one hearing on behalf of the respondent grandparents at the Supreme Court (reported as T (Children) [2012] UKSC 36).
  • KUHCC v S (2013 - 2014) Representation of a father during care proceedings in which the local authority removed the children from the care of the grandparents without reference back to the court. An application for judicial review followed (reported as R (on the application of H) v Kingston Upon Hull City Council, KS, AS, SS, & FS [2013] EWHC 388 (Admin), [2014] 1 FLR 1094).
  • B v B (2014) Representation of the respondent in family financial proceedings involving high-value assets. This case involved significant legal arguments regarding an application for maintenance pending suit by the applicant pending the final hearing. 
  • NLC v S (2015 - 2016) Joanne represented the respondent father in care proceedings. Complex issues arose when one teenage child became separately represented and wished to attend at court for a contested hearing.

      Civil Law

  • Joanne receives instructions in general civil litigation, with an emphasis on contractual disputes and personal injury work. She has represented the interests of local authorities and advised regarding complex claims in the area of health and safely law. Joanne has a particular interest in cases concerning boundaries, easements, restrictive covenants and nuisance. In addition, Joanne is developing her expertise in the areas of highway law, inquiries into new highways and public rights of way.

       Notable Cases

  • FJE v DP (2012 - 2013) Representation of the claimants in a claim for unpaid invoices relating to accounting and bookkeeping services provided to the defendant. Joanne appeared in both the Leeds District Registry and the Court of Appeal Civil Division where she successfully defended an application for leave and appeal (rolled up hearing) on the issues of bias and hostility.
  • L v ERYC (2014) Representation of the claimant in an application for an interim injunction regarding the use which was being made of his land (trespass). Complex issues arose regarding the specific legal status of the land in question.
  • ERYCC v H (2014) Joanne provided advice to the council regarding the strength of the evidence in a prosecution against a company. Summonses were drafted including against the former company and the company director. This was a complex case where a member of the public had sustained serious injuries.

Qualifications & Appointments

  • LLB Law (Hons.) East Anglia with Scholarship to study Law in America
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Leeds - Very Competent
  • Inn of Court - Middle Temple
  • Joanne is an accredited Public Access Scheme Barrister and able to accept instructions directly from members of the public.


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Mentoring schemes at Hull University
  • Mentor for the National Bar Mock Trial Competition

Training & Seminars

  • Joanne has presented and contributed to a number of seminars and workshops, both for solicitors and members of chambers in Crime, Family and Court of Protection work.
  • Joanne has also conducted training sessions for students at both secondary school and university level regarding a career in the law and at the bar.