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
The recent decision in the case of Cosmetic Warriors Ltd & Anor v Gerrie  EWCA Civ 324 dealt with the correct construction of shareholders' pre-emption rights.
The Act amends the current groundless threats provisions in legislation relating to patents, UK trade marks, EU trade marks, UK registered designs, UK design rights and Community designs.
This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Local Government analysis on 12 April 2017. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL.
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