Joanne Thompson Senior Associate
Joanne is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Cardiff. Jonanne specialises in commercial and contractual disputes, post-completion and corporate disputes, professional negligence, partnership disputes and procurement challenges.
Main areas of practice
Joanne’s practice areas cover a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes including those relating to procurements, breaches of contract, professional negligence and breaches of post-termination restrictions including breaches of confidence.
Joanne also advises on 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.
Joanne deals with both private sector and public sector clients.
- Advising a contracting authority on a procurement challenge issued by an unsuccessful economic operator 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 and confidentiality of third party documents.
- Advising a number of contracting authorities and economic operators in relation to procurement challenges. Considering and advising on tender documents, contractual terms and rights and remedies available.
- Successfully acting on behalf of a national company in relation to breaches of confidence and non-compete clauses committed by the sub-contractor of a business which had been acquired. Successfully obtaining injunctive relief and obtaining successful Judgment following a speedy trial. Subsequently, successfully defending the appeal by the sub-contractor in the Court of Appeal.
- Advising a national company on a range of corporate and post-completion disputes, including breaches of post-termination obligations committed by former directors and employees of the acquired business and breaches of warranty.
- Successfully defending a higher education institution 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 the partner of a business in relation to a partnership dispute, to include advising on issues with regards to partnership accounts, the valuation of the business, taxation, the ongoing running of the partnership business, dissolution, the treatment of partnership property and ongoing obligations.
Blake Morgan looks at how the recent decision of the High Court in Ennis Property Finance Ltd v Thompson and Thompson  EWHC 3263 (Ch) gives guidance on the redaction of documents in 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
Blake Morgan successfully defends NHS England in a £1billion challenge brought against its largest ever medicines procurement
On 18 January 2019, the High Court handed down judgment in the case of AbbVie Limited -v- NHS Commissioning Board (operating under the name of NHS England)  EWHC 61 (TCC). Blake Morgan represented NHS England throughout the claim.
Court makes declarations in favour of MEAT tenderer but refuses to grant injunction to compel contracting authority to award it the contract
On 21 December 2017, the Technology and Construction Court handed down judgment in the case of MLS (Overseas) Limited ("MLS") v Secretary of State for Defence ("the MoD") .
A High Court master has recently given extensive guidance in the case of Dring v Cape Distribution Ltd and others  on the right of an interested non-party to access court documents.
Related Knowledge & Resources
New Corporate Governance rules from January this year affect not just quoted companies, but companies with more than 250 employees, with an increased requirement for directors to report on on a variety of matters.
Duty of full and frank disclosure: Wild Brain Family International Ltd v (1) Robson & (2) Chubb  EWHC 3163 (Ch)
In court proceedings injunctive relief may be granted to the claimant after successfully asserting a without notice application in circumstances where, for example, there is a case of extreme urgency or if there is a need for secrecy.
Merits of the underlying claim relevant in granting an interim injunction to enforce a restrictive covenant: Berry Recruitment Limited v Brooke Donovan
In this particular employment court case, the court had to rule on an interim injunction against a former employee for a possible breach of restrictive covenant. We explore in more detail.
Do you have conflict in the workplace that takes up your valuable time and has a damaging effect on team performance?
Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016
Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.