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‘An innovative and progressive set that continues to be instructed in high-profile and often law-defining cases.’Chambers and Partners 2014
Joanna Buckley

Contact: joannabuckley@matrixlaw.co.uk Practice Manager: paulvenables@matrixlaw.co.uk

Joanna has a broad practice in criminal, civil, and public law.

She has undertaken a wide range of criminal work in the Magistrates’ and Crown court. Joanna is ranked as ‘up and coming’ for criminal law in Chambers & Partners 2016, and is described as “…very intelligent, works extremely hard and has got very good judgement” and “…an absolute superstar in the making.”

Joanna is currently instructed as junior defence counsel in a trial for conspiracy to insider dealing following the Financial Conduct Authority’s investigation, Operation Tabernula. She represented Andrew Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, during his trial at the Old Bailey and subsequent criminal proceedings against him in Scotland and advised the Competition and Markets Authority in relation to a criminal investigation into suspected cartel activity in the supply of products to the construction industry.

In addition to her criminal work, Joanna has undertaken a variety of public law and civil law work, including claims for civil damages and actions against the police, and has represented both family members and witnesses in Inquests. Joanna has advised in actions and claims arising from the application of EU legislation in the UK. Notable cases include R (Sandiford) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2013] EWCA Civ 581 on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and advising the Badger Trust on a request for information under the Environmental Information Regulations.

Joanna has a particular interest in cases with an international dimension. In the summer of 2011, Joanna worked on the criminal defence of Al-Amin Kimathi, a Kenyan human rights activist detained in Uganda. Al-Amin was released, after charges were dropped, in September 2011. Joanna has also conducted legal research in Phnom Penh on behalf of the victims of the Khmer Rouge’s policy of forced marriage, admitted as civil parties to the war crimes tribunal in Cambodia, and worked as a legal intern with the International Bar Association (IBA), where her research focused on international war crimes tribunals and UK counter-terrorism legislation.

Prior to joining the Bar, Joanna worked as an information analyst with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and as a political adviser to the Special Representative of the European Union in Afghanistan. Based in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009, Joanna provided policy advice and analysis in the areas of good governance and the rule of law, specifically on the reform of the Afghan National Police. She has conducted research for the Brookings Institution and The World Bank.

Joanna continues to work on policy issues concerning the rule of law in the international arena. She is listed as a Deployable Civilian Expert with the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit. In December 2013 she was a delegate with the IBA’s fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan, examining the right to a fair trial in freedom of expression cases, and in September 2015 she was a rapporteur for the IBA’s scoping mission to Egypt.

Joanna has an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. She has a Masters, with Honours, in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, USA. Joanna gained Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2010. She was awarded The Denise Pannick Award and the Churchill Scholarship by The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and a Phoenicia scholarship by the Bar European Group.

Joanna accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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