Jo is a Partner within the dispute resolution team. She has a broad range of experience across all aspects of commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on property litigation disputes including misrepresentation, squatter evictions, lease renewal litigation, the operation of break clauses, possession claims, easements and other third-party claims.
Jo has particular experience of advising clients in the telecoms sector specifically in relation to the implications of the Digital Economy Act 2017. She frequently assists a large telecom investment company who invests in telecoms sites in the UK. She is also recognised for her work in the hospitality and leisure sector on property related issues for companies such as S.A. Brain & Co Limited and Coffee#1 Limited.
Jo regularly advises clients on complicated and high value landlord and tenant matters involving breach of contract and lease interpretation issues. She works alongside both private individuals and commercial and institutional clients in relation to their industrial and retail portfolios.
Jo has acted for a client in successfully defending a property misrepresentation claim at trial. She has also successfully represented a corporate client to evict squatters from its premises who had illegally entered the premises and prevented the effective undertaking of dilapidation works required before the expiry of the lease
Jo has acted for the directors of a company in a highly contentious and high value breach of fiduciary duty claim which resolved out of court and acted for multiple defendants in a heavily contested and multi-faceted breach of fiduciary duty claim which settled by negotiation.
Additionally, to this Jo is a member of the Property Litigation Association and due to her involvement and expertise in property litigation, Jo is also a member of Women in Property.
Jo joined Hugh James as a Partner from MLM Cartwright in October 2016. She qualified in 1999 with Law and has exclusively work in dispute resolution.