Jo Shaw


Year of Call: 2000

Practice Group(s): Civil, Family

Portrait of Jo Shaw

Drayton Manor High School, Hanwell, London
University of Leeds – BA (Hons) English
University of Westminster – CPE
Inns of Court School of Law – BPC
UCL – LLM Public Law

Practice Profile:
Joanna is a highly experienced practitioner. Access to justice and fairness are key values which led Joanna to pursue her career at the Bar.

She is committed that her clients have every opportunity to be heard powerfully and effectively. She is extremely effective at dealing with sensitive and vulnerable clients, including those who have experienced violence, those who have mental health issues and those who are dealing with substance and alcohol abuse problems. Joanna is determined, sensitive, practical, powerful and clear with her clients and courts alike. Her ability to relate to clients, witnesses, opponents and judges is excellent, which provides the best possible opportunity for success.

Her practice is predominantly in Family Law. She has significant experience in public and private law matters. Her practice includes:
- Child Arrangements Orders
- Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps Orders
- Non-Molestation / Occupation Orders
- Transfer of Tenancy applications
- Care / Supervision Orders, Interim Care Orders
- financial matters including financial remedy applications and Sch 1 Children Act 1989
- trusts including constructive and resulting trusts and proprietary estoppel arguments
- probate matters including appointment of substitute executors

Joanna also has a great deal of experience in housing law, in particular possession claims and cases involving anti-social behaviour and nuisance issues.

She has also acted for claimants and defendants in employment law matters, most recently successfully representing a claimant in an unfair dismissal claim against BA.

Joanna undertakes work on a Public Access basis.

Notable Cases:
Bank of Scotland v Pereira & Ors [2011] 11 EG 102 (CS), [2011] 1 WLR 2391, [2011] EWCA Civ 241 –the Court of Appeal considered the interaction between an application under CPR rule 39.3 to set aside a default judgment and an application for permission to appeal under CPR Pt 52.


Buddhism, personal development, feminism, leadership, sailing, literature, films, knitting, occasional running. She was Vice Chair of Liberty. She stood for parliament in 2010.