Joel has a busy and successful general common law practice. His particular focus is on personal injury and employment, but his interests are wide ranging and he has considerable experience in contractual disputes, property, credit hire, insurance, and travel law.

Joel is in court or tribunal on a daily basis, appearing in trials, appeals, CCMCs, interim applications and disposal hearings. He acts for claimants and defendants/respondents in more or less equal measure. He prides himself on thorough preparation, effective advocacy and tenaciously advancing his clients’ interests.

Joel also has a thriving paperwork practice. He routinely advises on liability, quantum and tactics; and drafts pleadings across a wide range of practice areas.  He is pleased to have been told by his clients that his written work is comprehensive, easily understood and commercially aware.

Joel is qualified to take instructions directly from members of the public under the Public  Access Scheme.

Personal Injury

Personal injury is Joel’s bread and butter. Increasingly, his cases are high value and complex and include claims pleaded in excess of £1 million.

He is instructed to deal with all aspects of claims including pleadings, CCMCs, Part 35 questions and conferences with experts, advising on liability and quantum, JSMs, and trials.

He acts for claimants and defendants in roughly equal measure. He enjoys seeing litigation from both sides, and considers it an advantage when considering tactics and strategy in a case.

Some examples of Joel’s recent work include:

  • Helping secure £1.1 million in personal injury damages in the Employment Tribunal for a claimant whose employer subjected her to sex discrimination. The unlawful treatment caused the claimant significant psychiatric injury, which in turn left her unable to resume her career in banking. The case gained widespread national media attention and made the front page of the Financial Times. Further information about the case can be found here.
  • Acting for one of the Defendants in a complex, multi-party occupier’s liability claim, and successfully arguing that the relevant defendant was not an occupier of the premises in question.
  • Securing a total settlement of c.£250,000 for four claimants at JSM in claims for disease caused by defective premises.
  • Various chronic pain cases for claimants and defendants.
  • Numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty against claimants who lied in relation to liability and/or quantum.
  • Acting for, and advising, a claimant who was seriously injured in an accident on a building site in a claim with multiple defendants who all initially denied liability. The claim settled for a six-figure sum.

Joel is happy to consider instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate.

Civil Fraud

Joel has extensive experience of cases involving dishonesty / fraud, and has secured numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty against untruthful claimants. He has also successfully represented a significant number of claimants, against whom dishonesty has been alleged, and secured damages for them.

Joel’s experience in this area includes low velocity impacts, staged accidents, induced collisions, occupancy issues, fabricated/exaggerated injuries and fabricated/exaggerated heads of loss. He has a sound knowledge of the relevant statutory provisions, case law and Civil Procedure Rules. He wrote a commentary on the leading cases on fundamental dishonesty of Howlett v Davies & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1696 and LOCOG v Sinfield [2018] EWHC 51 (QB) for the Farrar’s Building Personal Injury Newsletter

Joel prides himself on the thorough preparation of a detailed and carefully planned cross-examination, which he sees as being of particular importance in these types of cases.

A few recent examples of Joel’s work include:

  • Obtaining a finding of fundamental dishonesty against a claimant who had exaggerated her loss of earnings claim, and securing the dismissal of her entire claim pursuant to s.57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015
  • Persuading a judge to make a finding of fundamental dishonesty against a claimant who had given an untruthful account of a road traffic accident
  • Securing a finding that a personal injury claimant had suffered no injury at all with the inevitable consequence that he was found to be fundamentally dishonest


Joel has a particular interest in employment law and it forms an increasingly significant part of his practice. He acts for both claimants and respondents, regularly appearing in trials, preliminary hearings, applications and appeals. In addition, he routinely drafts pleadings and advises on all aspects of claims.

He has been instructed in cases involving unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, harassment, victimisation, equal pay, whistleblowing, constructive dismissal, breach of contract and wrongful dismissal.

A few recent examples of Joel’s work include:

  • Representing the Respondent in a 10 day final hearing involving claims for indirect discrimination in relation to belief and age, harassment, whistleblowing, and automatic unfair dismissal. The Claimant withdrew the harassment claim, both indirect discrimination claims, and the bulk of the whistleblowing claims after being cross examined. Judgment is awaited on the outstanding whistleblowing and automatic unfair dismissal claims
  • Successfully defending a claim for constructive unfair dismissal following a 2 day final hearing
  • A successful appeal for a claimant against the dismissal of her claim for victimisation
  • A multi-day final hearing involving claims for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and breach of a contractual duty to provide shares
  • Advising the Claimant on remedy in a seven-figure discrimination and equal pay claim

Credit Hire

Joel has extensive experience of credit hire, including several Multi-Track claims pleaded in excess of £100,000. He represents both claimants and defendants, and he is well versed in the full range of arguments surrounding enforceability, need, period, impecuniosity and rate.

He prides himself on keeping up to date with the latest case law in this ever evolving area of law and he has a particular interest in taxi cases.

Joel has also successfully represented clients of credit hire companies who have been pursued directly for unpaid charges.

Joel could point to numerous cases where he has acted for the defendant and had the claim for hire dismissed in its entirety or overwhelmingly reduced, and where he has acted for the claimant and secured recovery in full. A few examples include:

  • Reducing the claim for hire by over 90% by successfully arguing that the correct measure of loss in a taxi case was loss of profit and not the cost of hire
  • Recovering hire charges in full for a claimant who had not provided full financial disclosure by successfully arguing that the usual debarring order did not bite and that there was sufficient evidence for the court to conclude that the claimant was impecunious
  • Representing a signatory to a credit hire contract who was pursued by the credit hire company and successfully arguing that she had no liability for any charges on the basis of misrepresentation


Joel has considerable experience of road traffic cases involving uninsured and untraced drivers, and is fully conversant with all of the issues that arise. For example, he recently advised on the potential liability of the various insurers when an uninsured employee of a car wash crashed a customer’s car.

Joel also has experience of cases involving misrepresentation / non-disclosure within the context of insurance contracts. For example, he recently appeared in a Multi-Track trial in a case involving a driver’s non-disclosure of her previous fixed-point penalties and her insurer’s attempt to void the insurance policy under the terms of the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012.

Additionally, Joel has an interest in property damage claims, and cases involving the scope of coverage of insurance policies.


Joel has represented businesses and individuals on a wide range of commercial matters including contractual disputes, landlord & tenant, mortgage possession, orders for sale, bankruptcy, and consumer credit. He enjoys these areas of law and intends to continue to develop his practice in them.

A few recent examples of Joel’s work include:

  • Representing the claimant in a trial involving a contractual dispute over the manufacture and supply of a boat


  • Advising a client on the possibility of establishing a beneficial interest in a property under a constructive trust


  • Representing the defendant in a Multi-Track trial involving a contractual dispute over the supply of a large number of defective windows


  • Obtaining an order for sale of a property jointly owned by two brothers

Travel & International Law

Joel has an expanding practice in claims arising from accidents with an international dimension, including:

  • Claims under the Package Travel Regulations;
  • Accidents abroad brought in the English courts with the application of foreign law;
  • Accidents in this jurisdiction brought against foreign insurers under Rome II.

He has a sound understanding of the relevant legal, procedural and jurisdictional issues. His recent cases include:

  • Acting for an English cyclist struck by a car in Paris. The claim proceeded on the Multi-Track under French substantive law and settled favourably shortly before trial;
  • Defending a holiday sickness claim on behalf of a tour operator;
  • Advising a claimant on the mechanism for bringing a claim against a Romanian insurance company following a road traffic accident with a Romanian lorry in England.

Given his previous employment leading and managing tours of Western Europe, it is an area in which he has a particular interest.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Education Law Association

Education & Qualifications

Prizes and Awards

2017       South Eastern Circuit scholarship to attend the Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Florida

2013       Certificate of Honour for Results in the BPTC, Middle Temple

2013       The Times Law Award essay competition:  Runner Up

2013       The Kingsland Cup national mooting competition: Runner Up (final held in the Supreme Court in front of Lord Carnwath JSC)

2012       Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

2011       Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple


2012 – 2013     BPTC, BPP Law School, London: Outstanding

2011 – 2012     GDL, City University, London: Commendation

1999 – 2003     MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh: First Class

Previous Employment

Before converting to law Joel was on the Civil Service Fast Stream. Joel’s experiences in Whitehall included training MPs on the new parliamentary expenses system, drafting a Cabinet paper, working in the private office of a Secretary of State, and advising Ministers on the development of Government policy.

Prior to that, Joel led and managed cultural tours of Western Europe for groups of multi-national clients, giving lectures on the history of the countries and guided tours of a number of cities, including Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam and London.

Personal Interests

Joel and his wife have recently started a family but he still makes time for cycling, theatre, travel, cooking, and playing football and tennis. He also has a keen interest in history and politics.