Joanna Corbett-Simmons Associate
Joanna is an Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team in Cardiff specialising in contractual disputes, professional negligence and contentious intellectual property matters.
Main areas of practice
Joanna has a broad range of experience in general commercial and civil claims and specialist knowledge of post-completion disputes (principally claims for breach of warranty or restrictive covenants), shareholder disputes, injunctive proceedings, professional negligence (principally against legal or financial advisors) and contentious intellectual property matters (including trademark and design right infringement).
Having spent a summer on secondment to Philips Electronics UK in its Health-tech team Joanna is ideally placed to advise both public and private sector clients on a wide range of commercial disputes. She acts for a number of housing associations, local health boards, NHS England and the Welsh Government alongside charities and private companies. She receives repeat instructions from large national companies (some of which are based in South Wales) as well as advising world-renowned brands on intellectual property matters.
Joanna has recently advised the Welsh Government on appeal proceedings originating from the Mental Health Tribunal for Wales of a decision which has wide-ranging implications on the jurisdiction of Mental Health Tribunals in both England and Wales.
She also advised NHS England on the publication of the new NHS tariff and on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.
She spent many years advising a NHS Local Health Board on proceedings against a former employee threatening to disclose confidential information (which began life as injunctive proceedings). Early on in her career she was also successful in taking an injunction application to the Court of Appeal on behalf of a national Plc concerning a Post-Completion Dispute.
She has successfully dealt with issues relating to the infringement of intellectual property on behalf of clients in the security, electronics, cosmetics, food and furnishings industries.
She has dealt with a number of professional negligence claims on behalf of companies against their former legal advisors and financial advisors.
She also has significant experience of advising clients in the care, aviation and renewable energy industries, in relation to shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and the equitable winding up of companies.
Articles by Joanna
For years now, Nestle has been trying to register the shape of its four finger KitKat as a trademark in the UK. Nestle has applied to register the three dimensional trade mark in the UK in respect of goods in class 30, unsuccessfully.
Intellectual property isn't just something that affects larger businesses, but world-famous pop-stars too. Recently, the Blurred lines dispute went to court and now Swifty finds herself in hot water with her song lyrics.
The recent decision in Teva UK Limited & another v AstraZeneca AB has taken the ‘inventive step’ test in patent applications to another level and has begun to cause concern that threshold for gaining patent protection has been raised significantly.
Related Knowledge & Resources
A Copyright licence is required to show copyrighted material such as films and TV programmes in public. Make sure your company is covered by the correct licence to avoid costly legal proceedings.
Ben Evans comments on a case where a partner in a firm of solicitors sought to prevent her former firm from continuing to use her name, both as part of the firm's name and also as part of a profile for her on their website.
Since the introduction of the Regulations, there has been considerable uncertainty as to whether transactions involving computer software can be categorised as "sale of goods" for the purposes of the Regulations. The position has now been clarified.
Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.
Blake Morgan's complete guide to Defamation claims - what you should know when thinking of bringing a claim of reputation damage.
The complete guide to Intellectual Property Services that Blake Morgan can provide.