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Joanne Oakes

Year of call 2018, Lincoln's Inn - (Qualified as Solicitor – 2006)  

Areas of Expertise
Court of Protection, Family, Special Education Needs


From a local authority solicitor on a particularly complex matter;

A big thank to Jo for all her hard work this week, she has kept me thoroughly updated and has done a great job in this case which has provided some significantly challenging circumstances!


Prior to coming to the Bar, Joanne practised as a solicitor for fourteen years in the area of family law. Joanne worked extensively in private practice in all areas including: private children matters; public children matters including applications for deprivation of liberty having undertaken a significant amount of advocacy. During this time, Joanne became a member of the Law Society Children Panel.

Joanne spent two years as an advocate for a large local authority within a consortium where she prepared and represented various local authorities at a wide range of interlocutory and final hearings in the family courts.



Public Law

In public law proceedings, Joanne also has experience of complex issues including: deprivation of liberty and s25; non-accidental injury; female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Joanne excepts instructions from the CMH, IRH to the finding of fact hearing to lengthy final hearings acting on behalf of local authorities, parents, guardians and any intervenors.

Private Law

In private law proceedings Joanne has undertaken all forms of cases including child arrangements order and family law act 1996 issues. She accepts instructions in all types of hearings including application hearings; FHDRA hearings; finding of fact hearings and contested final hearings.


Joanne accepts instructions on behalf of patients, local authorities and third parties.


- Acting on behalf of a child in an 11 day finding of fact hearing where there where there were allegations of non-accidental injuries, including broken bones. Numerous witnesses including professionals.

- Acting on behalf of a Hospital Trust where a child had been injured and there was a query over whether this had occurred whilst in the care of the Hospital.

- Acting on behalf of a mother who was vulnerable and required an intermediary in a 12 day case. Successfully argued for a further assessment where there were gaps in the evidence and unfairness of a vulnerable mother. The issues including neglect and sexual abuse of a child.


Joanne will provide training to both social workers and legal professionals.


Joanne delivered training to Bolton Law Society members on an update to case law in 2020.

Joanne and Sarah Kilvington provided an online seminar during the lockdown period over the COVID-19 pandemic for solicitors on updates to case law.

Joanne and Kate Pye-Jones wrote an article on updating case law in 2021.


Child Concern
Family Law Bar Association


LLB(Hons), University of Central England, Birmingham
LPC, The College of Law, Chester

Prescribed Information

Miss Joanne Oakes is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Miss Joanne Oakes can be found here.

Miss Joanne Oakes clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Miss Joanne Oakes to undertake Court and advisory work for a fixed brief fee plus refresher days and all work can be quoted for by Miss Joanne Oakes clerks.  Miss Joanne Oakes also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here.

Specialist Areas of Practice:

Court of Protection


Special Education Needs

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