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Joanna Walker, Duncan Lewis

Joanna Walker

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the family department.

I completed my LPC in 2015 at Birmingham College of Law. Prior to joining Duncan Lewis I worked at Philcox Gray Solicitors where I qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and gained a wide variety of experience in both public and private family law. I have worked on a number of complex cases involving allegations of non-accidental injury, child abduction, decisions on life support, and complex allegations between one parent against another. I regularly work with vulnerable clients and have advocated for clients before Magistrates, Circuit, District and High Court judges. I have a particular interest in public law and child abduction matters.

Education

  • LLB (Hons) - University of Manchester: 2:1
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) - College of Law Birmingham: Distinction

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, November 2020-present

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal

  • Re W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1051 - assisted with - Whether the child, who had applied to discharge the care order made in previous proceedings, should be to allowed to instruct her own solicitor in her application. The child had instructed her own solicitor in the original care proceedings. The judge at first instance, ruled the child was not sufficiently competent to be separately represented in the discharge application, that the child did not understand the risks and had insufficient understanding of the issues. The appeal of this decision was allowed with it recorded the judge had given too little weight amongst other things to the child's age and their history of instructing their own solicitor. The application was returned to the lower court to be reheard with the child separately represented.
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