Joanne Thompson

Contact details

029 2068 6133

Joanne Thompson is a first-rate procurement litigator with a wealth of experience and excellent judgement

Legal 500, 2024

Joanne is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team based in Cardiff, specialising in procurement challenges, public inquiries, commercial and contractual disputes, post-completion and corporate disputes, professional negligence and partnership disputes.

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 has experience in dealing with public inquiries work.

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.

Significant experience

Procurement Litigation

  • Successfully defending NHS England in a £1bn procurement challenge brought to its largest ever medicines procurement involving the supply of Hepatitis C (AbbVie Limited –v- NHS Commissioning Board (operating under the name of NHS England) [2019] EWHC 61 (TCC)).
  • Advising NHS England on a procurement challenge issued by an unsuccessful economic operator pursuant to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) and general EU Treaty principles in the Technology and Construction Court in London. Dealing with legal issues including confidentiality of third party documents, confidentiality rings, split trials.
  • Advising an incumbent supplier of services at a treatment centre on and during a simultaneous procurement challenge to and judicial review of a contracting authority’s published ITT documentation during a procurement process. To include issues arising from the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No.2) Regulations 2013, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, issues concerning the automatic suspension, sealing of the court file, consolidation of the case management of the proceedings, confidentiality obligations and ultimately, the resolution of the dispute.
  • Advising a global diagnostics provider on its rights and protection of its confidential information in relation to a procurement challenge issued by an unsuccessful bidder against the contracting authority. To include dealing with confidentiality rings, applications for specific disclosure and disclosure issues generally. The claim involved working with four other sets of solicitors within the proceedings together with their leading counsels.
  • Advising a contracting authority in relation to a claim issued by an unsuccessful economic operator including issues of abnormally low bids being received.
  • Advising a charitable organisation on procurement issues arising following notice being served by it on one of its sub-contractors.
  • Advising contracting authorities on a number of challenges including issues of unequal treatment, discrimination and a lack of transparency.
  • Advising a NHS Trust in relation to a challenge issued by an unsuccessful incumbent supplier for an orthodontic services contract.
  • Advising an SME on a contracting authority’s decision to firstly award and then subsequently expel it from a procurement process.
  • Advising contracting authorities and economic operators on the effect of the automatic suspension and the merits of opposing/making an application for it to be lifted.
  • Advising clients on a variety of contractual and procurement issues arising from frameworks, procured contracts or call-offs.

Public Inquiries

  • Acting on behalf of NHS England in the Covid-19 public inquiry.
  • Acting on behalf of NHS England in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Commercial disputes

  • Advising an entrepreneur in relation to a claim issued against him personally by a minority shareholder of a company in which they are both shareholders. Defending allegations of procuring a breach of contract, knowing receipt, breaches of fiduciary duty and conspiracy to injure. Defending the proceedings and ultimately securing settlement on commercially confidential terms acceptable to the client.
  • 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 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.
  • Advising a global IT provider on several IT disputes emanating from a contract with its subcontractors, including the scope of services, integration issues, contract interpretation, breaches of contract and of warranty.
  • Advising an Indian manufacturing company on a contract with a US customer for the provision of car parts to it and implications of the position following termination of that agreement. To include issuing an arbitration claim in the ICC in New York.
  • Advising a business on its seven figure claims for breach of contract and subsequently professional negligence.
  • 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.
  • Advising a number of clients on breach of warranty claims and notification requirements.
  • Advising a client on her liability to creditors following the liquidation of a company of which she was a director, including one creditor that had allegedly forged her signature on a personal guarantee; achieving a discontinuance of the proceedings against her.
  • Successfully acting on behalf of a client in proceedings brought against a national company and worldwide manufacturer in relation to the sale of a defective vehicle.
  • Advising a client on recoverability of its property from customers, to include the issue of injunctive proceedings.
  • Advising a number of clients on partnership disputes, termination of the partnership and post-partnership obligations.
  • Advising shareholders in a dispute with a former director and shareholder regarding the return of shares following his departure from the Company.
  • Advising a company on a former shareholder’s demand for repayment of a directors’ loan and on the company’s counterclaim/set-off for inadequate professional



Joanne is a Partner and has been with the firm since 2000 having completed her training contract and qualifying in 2002. She studied Law at the University of Bristol and subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Wales Cardiff. Joanne was promoted to Partner in May 2020.

Contact details

029 2068 6133

  • Procurement Lawyers Association


"Joanne Thompson is excellent. She is diligent and has very sound commercial and legal judgement."

Legal 500, 2022

"Joanne Thompson provides pragmatic advice, which underscores her strong understanding of the law."

legal 500, 2020

Insights by Joanne


25 May - Joanne Thompson

In the recent case Dixon v North Bristol NHS Trust [2022] ("Dixon"), the Court held that where there are strong public policy reasons for disclosure, this is likely to outweigh...

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8 February - Joanne Thompson

All public inquiries will require documentation and evidence from those who are likely to hold relevant material. There are two main ways that a statutory inquiry can request disclosure from...

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23 November - Joanne Thompson

In this second article focusing on public inquiries, we compare the different approaches and structures that have been adopted by public inquiries. The structure of a public inquiry will have...

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