• An exceptionally bright and focused junior with experience across the full gamut of Chambers' expertise, Joanna Warwick is a credit to any case. She returned to practice in 2020 after a career break.

    Crime (including Corporate & Financial Crime)

    Joanna has had a strong criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending, in a wide spectrum of offences. She has appeared in Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal with experience in all aspects of trial preparation, advice and trial presentation. Joanna prides herself on her attention to detail and her thorough approach to her cases.

    Defending, she has been instructed alone and as a led junior in cases of complex fact and law including murder, serious sexual assault and perverting the course of justice. She has also acted in complex, multiple count conspiracies to defraud and money laundering cases, where issues of confiscation arose. Joanna also has experience defending in the financial regulatory forum

    Joanna has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal offences and, prior to a career break, was a Grade 2 listed Prosecutor. As a led junior, she has been involved in a number of substantial cases including murder, serious violent crime and drug trafficking offences. She was also instructed as part of the prosecution team in two significant Counter Terrorism prosecutions.


    Following on from her Criminal practice, Joanna developed her regulatory practice and appeared in a number of Professional Tribunals. Having defended in the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Dental Council and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Joanna’s practice developed predominantly in the preparation and presentation of cases on behalf of Regulatory bodies, most notably the NMC and GDC.

    Joanna furthered her regulatory experience working closely with FieldFisher on a project where she acted as part of a team devoted to advising on charges, evidence and legal issues that arose in existing NMC investigations and prosecutions.

    Joanna was also regularly instructed to advise and prosecute for the Security Industry Authority in the private prosecution of individuals and companies for breaches of the Security Industry Act.

    Private Prosecution

    Joanna has an abundance of experience prosecuting various charges including those relating to intellectual property, for various Trading Standards.

    She was regularly instructed by the Security Industry Authority in the private prosecution of individuals and companies for breaches of the Security Industry Act.

    Public Law

    Joanna is building upon her criminal and regulatory practice and progressing within the area of Public Law, namely Inquiries and Inquests. She continues to be interested in the interface that the public law has with criminal and regulatory proceedings. She has the skillset to manage all strands of parallel proceedings.

    Education & Awards

    - 1st class LLB Hons UEA (2002)

    - BPP Law School (2004) Outstanding

    - Mills & Reeve award for highest academic achievement (2002)

    - Lincolns Inn Thomas More Scholar

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    Recent Cases

    • Junior Defence counsel for one of the defendants in the Victoria Station Murder.

    • Joanna Warwick was junior prosecuting counsel in a case involving the murder of a woman in her own home by a builder.

    • Joanna Warwick appeared in the General Medical Council on behalf of a Doctor in a review of earlier conditions imposed upon his practice.

    • Joanna Warwick defended a male charged with attempted murder.

    • Joanna Warwick prosecuted this case of a sexual assault by hotel staff member upon guest at hotel, involving consideration of forensic and DNA evidence.

    • Joanna Warwick defended a youth charged with kidnap of other youth.

    • Joanna Warwick prosecuted a male charged with series of gunpoint robberies in bookmakers around London.

    • Mark Ellison QC prosecuted and Joanna Warwick was junior prosecution counsel. The case was the first prosecution for inciting terrorist murder via internet sites and web chat.