Joanne Thompson Senior Associate

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Contact Details

Joanne is a Senior Associate in the Cardiff Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team with extensive experience of advising private, public and education sector clients on a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes, including procurement challenges, judicial reviews, breaches of contract, negligence, nuisance, defamation and breaches of confidence and non-compete/restrictive covenant clauses. She also deals with corporate disputes including disputes between directors and/or shareholders, disputes emanating from disposals and acquisitions (including warranty claims) and those involving the interpretation of Sale and Purchase Agreements. 

Main areas of practice 

Joanne's work includes breach of contract, negligence, nuisance, defamation and breaches of confidence and non-compete clauses. She also deals with corporate disputes including disputes between directors and/or shareholders, disputes emanating from disposals and acquisitions (including warranty claims) and those involving the interpretation of Sale and Purchase Agreements.

Joanne advises on partnership law and has dealt with claims based on Partnership Agreements and those pursuant to the Partnership Act 1890. More recently, she has advised on and conducted litigation in relation to the public contracts regulations and procurement processes.

Joanne is familiar with all forms of ADR and has been involved in a number of mediations.

Significant experience 

  • Acting on behalf of a university in relation to proceedings issued against it by a former overseas student for losses allegedly caused by delays in the award of his degree.
  • Advising an educational institution on its proposed working relationship with a private sector company in the supply and use of engineering equipment.
  • Advising a funding council on its work experience agreement with higher education institutions, their students and private sector employers.
  • Advising a grant funding council on the adequacy of its contract to include preparing a full debt recovery policy for use in cases where students prematurely leave their courses.
  • Advising on a variety of procurement disputes, including challenges brought in the High Court pursuant to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) and general EU Treaty principles, to include issues arising from the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Public Sector Dispute Resolution

  • Advising on a variety of procurement disputes, including challenges brought in the High Court pursuant to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) and general EU Treaty principles, to include issues arising from the Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Advising a utility company in the recovery of damages payments from contractors/undertakers/highways authorities that damage its apparatus in the course of carrying out excavations. Advising on the relevant pieces of legislation and case law applicable to the specific utilities’ industry concerning the recoverability of such payments, including in particular, the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) and the Highways Act 1980.
  • Advising a national utility company in relation to multi-utility infrastructure provided at a residential site where payment for such works had been withheld on grounds of delay.

General Commercial Dispute Resolution

  • Successfully acting on behalf of a charitable organisation to recover monies fraudulently stolen by a former employee; to include professional negligence proceedings against its former accountants.
  • Advising a national company on post-completion disputes, including breaches of confidence and non-compete clauses committed by former directors and employees 

Expertise

Joanne’s Blog

The Supreme Court rewrites the law on damages in public procurement litigation

The latest decision to emanate from the procurement litigation between ATK and the NDA, the Supreme Court has ruled on a bidder's discretion to issue a claim within the standstill period and when damages will be recoverable.

Articles by Joanne

Energy Solutions is entitled to recover damages from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Article

In this case the NDA's failed to award Energy Solutions a contract despite them being the most economically advantageous tenderer. The High Court has delivered a judgment that they are entitled to damages from the NDA.

To challenge or to review – that is the question

Article

The High Court recently had to consider the above question in the case of Newlyn PLC and London Borough of Waltham Forest which related to a procurement challenge brought by Newlyn PLC (Newlyn) against London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF).

Procurement case law update: Woods Building Services v Milton Keynes Council

News

This case is one of the first to look in detail at allegations of errors in the evaluation of tenders undertaken by a contracting authority.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Starting up a business

Whatever their reasons for wanting to start a business – there are three main factors start-ups will need to consider. Here is some advice on starting a business.

The discount rate and professional negligence claims

When assessing damages in personal injury and clinical negligence claims future losses need to be taken into consideration. Our article explains how the discount rate works when making a claim.

Commercial agents and software – goods rather than services?

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.

The Draft Wales Bill

What is the significance of the provisions in the Bill? This is a draft Bill published by the Secretary of State for Wales, rather than a Bill proper. It is being consulted on, in advance of introducing a Bill proper sometime early in the new year.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016

Guide: Our workplace mediation service

Do you have conflict in the workplace that takes up your valuable time and has a damaging effect on team performance?