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    Joanne Clement and Julian Blake in pupil allergy death inquest

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    Community Care Conference, Birmingham 'Vulnerable adults: safeguarding, when and how to go to the CoP'

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    Local Authority Conference 2016 'Community Care update including the Children and Social Work Bill'

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    Joanne Clement speaking at the Public Law Project Wales Conference 2017, Access to Justice

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Joanne Clement

Joanne Clement

Joanne Clement

Practice Overview

Joanne is a public law specialist, with particular expertise in the following areas 

  • Public Law & Human Rights
  • Local Government Law
  • Health, Community Care and Court of Protection
  • Education Law
  • Procurement Law

Joanne was appointed to the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of Counsel to the Crown in 2015, after previous appointments to the “B” and “C” panels. She has been a member of the Welsh Government’s Panel of Counsel since its inception, and is currently a member of the “A” Panel of junior counsel. She regularly acts for public bodies, claimants and NGOs.

Joanne has been ranked by the directories over a number of years as a leading junior in all of her six specialist fields and has been identified by The Times as one of ten “Future Stars of the Bar”, being described as ‘at the head of the pack of up-and-coming public and employment law specialists’

To see more details of Joanne’s work and recent cases in specific practice areas please click on the appropriate practice area in the “Areas of Practice” side-bar to the left.

Other Experience

Prior to joining Chambers, Joanne spent a year as a judicial assistant to the Law Lords, working for Lord Hope of Craighead and Baroness Hale of Richmond. 

In 2006, Joanne was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. 

What the directories say:

“Clearly a rising star, she is very knowledgeable and authoritative. A tough opponent.”

“She is very experienced in judicial review, a fact that comes across in the quality of the strategic advice she provides”

“combines sound advice with first-rate advocacy skills. Bright, proactive, organised and a pleasure to work with”

“an incredibly dedicated and hard working counsel, who provides excellent client service”

“Her written advocacy is wonderful, she’s a very impressive advocate”

“She is extremely intelligent, particularly in terms of public law challenges”

Chambers and Partners, 2017

 "She has an extremely impressive style of advocacy, she is very polished and persuasive and can turn judges around” 

“Joanne really wins the confidence of clients, she empathises with them and you get the sense she is demonstrably on their side”

“She’s a really excellent advocate who impresses with her speed and diligence”

“A great junior who is immensely confident and has an incredibly good brain”

“absolutely outstanding, she has an extremely impressive style of advocacy”

“very engaged in the process, she works well in a team and is highly responsive. She is very bright and her understanding of public policy is very good. Obviously she will rise to higher things”

Chambers and Partners, 2016

 "..a fantastic and dedicated junior” 

Legal 500, 2016


In re X (Court of Protection: Deprivation of Liberty) (Nos 1 and 2)
[2015] 1 WLR 2454, [2014] EWCOP 25; [2014] EWCOP 37, Court of Protection, October 16 2015
Authorisation of deprivation of liberty – Guidance to ensure timely, just, fair and Convention-compliant disposal. Joanne appeared for the Secretary of State for Health and for the Secretary of State for Justice.

Attorney General for England and Wales v Counsel General for Wales
[2014] UKSC 43;[2014] 1 WLR 2622
A Bill regulating agricultural wages passed by the Welsh Assembly related to ‘agriculture’ so as to fall within the Assembly’s legislative competence

R (West) v Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
[2014] EWHC 2134;[2014] ELR 396
A local authority’s decision to withdraw funding for full-time nursery education of three-year-olds was quashed as it had failed to comply with its statutory duties

R (London Borough of Lewisham and others) v AQA, Edexcel and Ofqual
[2013] EWHC 211 (Admin)
Acted for claimants in challenge to GCSE English awards

R (Tony Nicklinson) v (1) Secretary of State for Justice; (2) Director of Public Prosecutions and (3) Attorney General AND R (AM) v (1) DPP; (2) Solicitors Regulatory Authority; (3) General Medical Council and (4) Attorney General
[2012]  EWHC 2381 (Admin); [2012] 2 FCR 233; [2012] HRLR 32
Acted for the Attorney General in “right to die” cases arguing that there was a common law defence of necessity to murder and that the prohibition on assisted suicide breached Article 8 of the Convention

R (Alvi) v  Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2012] UKSC 33; [2012] 1 WLR 2208;  R (Munir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] UKSC 32; [2012] 1 WLR 2192
Acted for the Secretary of State before the Supreme Court in leading case about the Immigration Rules and immigration policy

Van Colle v United Kingdom
(18 November 2012) (App. No 7678/09)
Acted for UK Government before the ECHR in this important case on the scope of the State’s duty to protect life and the positive obligation under Article 2 of the ECHR

Attorney General’s Reference on Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012
[2012] UKSC 53; [2012] 3 WLR 1294
Acted for the Attorney General in first devolution reference made under the Government of Wales Act 2006 to determine whether the first Act of the National Assembly for Wales was within the Assembly’s legislative competence

R (Hurley and Moore) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
[2012] EWHC 201 (Admin); [2012] EqLR 447; [2012] HRLR 13
Judicial review challenge to the increase in tuition fees to £9,000 per year – claim brought on human rights/discrimination grounds and breach of the public sector equality duty

All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition v. Information Commissioner and Foreign and Commonwealth Office
[2012] 1 Info LR 258

Acted for APPGER in FOIA appeals arising out of requests for information about extraordinary rendition. Currently on appeal to the Upper Tribunal

R (Bailey) v London Borough of Brent
[2011] EWHC 2572 (Admin); [2011] EWCA Civ 1586; [2012] EqLR 168
Acted for the London Borough of Brent in leading case on library closures and the public sector equality duty

Regulatory Information

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Professional title: Barrister

Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales):
Joanne Clement

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Legal Status: Sole Practitioner

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