Joanne Westbrook

Joanne Westbrook
Head of Medical Negligence & Personal Injury

My Professional Background

I was fortunate to obtain a training contract with Attwaters in 1993 and qualified as a solicitor in 1995 before becoming a Partner in 2001. Since qualifying, I have spent most of my career working in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence department acting for Claimants who have suffered serious injury.

I appreciate how daunting it can be to approach a solicitor and that the clinical negligence cases can be of a sensitive nature. The legal and medical concepts can be complex. I pride myself on putting my clients at ease, being approachable, friendly, and explaining the concepts clearly.

I have experience dealing with a wide variety of claims, including:

  • Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical accidents
  • Cosmetic surgery claims
  • Fatal accidents.

I have sadly acted for many clients who have experienced errors or delays which have resulted in unnecessary suffering and avoidable deaths. I appreciate no amount of money can compensate for the loss a loved one. We all value good health; when this is compromised, there is a need for compensation to support adapted living. There is also a desire to find out why mistakes were made and what can be done to prevent the same thing happening to someone else.

I like to assist my clients to achieve financial compensation and get the answers they deserve.

Achievements / Accreditations

  • In Legal 500 2021 I am described as a heavyweight in the field.’
  • In Legal 500 2018I am described as ‘sensitive to clients’ concerns while providing an excellent service’
  • Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • In the 2017 Legal 500, the directory commented that I am particularly recommended by clients and am ‘sensitive to clients’ requirements, while providing an excellent service’.

About me

My husband Peter is also a Solicitor and Partner with Attwaters Jameson Hill, heading up the firm’s Residential Conveyancing department.

I love food but I am a terrible cook, and my culinary attempts are legendary amongst family and friends. Luckily, I have a good sense of humour and a variety of local restaurants!

I am not a natural athlete and prefer to relax by browsing glossy magazines for fashion tips and celebrity gossip. I enjoy swimming and regularly endure boot camp keep-fit classes.

Awards and Accolades

  • acn clinical negligence
  • acn conveyancing quality
  • acn family law
  • The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms
  • Best places to wok in UK
  • ERC Endorsement
  • Lexcel
  • AVMA
  • SCIL