Wilberforce Chambers

Joanna Smith QC

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UK Bar
Construction - London (Bar)
Band 2
Strengths

Joanna Smith QC (Wilberforce Chambers)
Impressive QC with a strong construction practice and recognised skill in associated professional negligence matters. She regularly acts for prominent supplier-side clients in litigation and adjudications.
"Ferociously bright and a great team player. She has an amazing work ethic and a will to win that is unmatched."

Strengths

Joanna Smith QC
Highly thought of for her advocacy and her technical skills, Joanna Smith QC takes on the full spectrum of professional negligence claims, although she is especially well versed in cases concerning the construction industry. She appears at first instance and also provides appellate representation. She acts for claimants as well as defendants.
"Very, very client-savvy and manages expectations extremely well." "Very commercial and can make the complicated simple." "One of the best silks around. A fantastic advocate – her written work is top-class, her judgement is excellent, and she's incredibly good tactically and very astute."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court for the claimant lender in a negligence case against valuers, turning on the proper application of the 'but for' test.

Strengths

Joanna Smith QC
Has a strong commercial chancery practice that takes in professional negligence and insolvency matters. Her cases often involve novel or subtle points of law, and a number of them go to appeal. She is also experienced in both domestic and international arbitration.
"A cracking team player who comes to the table without any ego." "She is excellent and very clear on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a professional negligence claim alleging failure to report to clients on the content of a Plansearch report during the conveyancing of a £25 million London property.

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction - London (Bar)
Band 3
Strengths

Joanna Smith QC (Wilberforce Chambers)
Frequently instructed in highly complex multiparty claims involving defective design, engineering and construction. She acts both for and against professionals. She has notable experience of appellate work.
"The work she does is of extremely high quality." "She can get the judge eating out of her hands."
Recent work: Acted in relation to a claim against numerous parties in respect of the design and construction of the Northern Triangle building at the Emirates Stadium.