Joanna Makin

Joanna Makin

Senior Associate Taunton, United Kingdom Also works in Bristol

Joanna is a Senior Associate in Kennedys’ Taunton office. She qualified in England and Wales in October 1997. Joanna joined Kennedys in June 2017.

She represents insurers and their insureds in relation to professional negligence claims. She has a wealth of experience in defending legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyancers) and other professionals, including accountants, surveyors, education professionals and financial advisors. Joanna regularly advises on policy coverage matters.

Joanna also advises insurers on directors’ and officers’ policies.

She is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1997

Joanna Makin has developed a niche in defending universities in civil and regulatory matters, in addition to dealing with policy coverage issues.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Professional negligence (South West)'
    "Joanna Makin has developed a niche in defending universities in civil and regulatory matters, in addition to dealing with policy coverage issues."
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (South West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Work highlights

  • Defended a firm of solicitors to trial in respect of a claim by an individual that she should be entitled to rely on s.14 of the Limitation Act to seek damages for the lost opportunity to claim against the NHS for a negligent epidural. The court exercised its discretion to set aside limitation as against the trust rather than simply allowing the claimant to rely on s.14.
  • Successfully defended solicitors to trial on the basis that the alleged negligence did not cause the significant losses sought arising out of planning restrictions on a lorry park in Luton.
  • Negotiated a very favourable settlement on a claim pleaded at £17 million by a national housing developer as against a firm of solicitors alleging a failure to properly draft an option agreement and advise on access routes.
  • Advised insurers on policy coverage issues in respect of a block notification and the extent to which circumstances had been properly notified in respect of notifications by a large firm of insurance brokers in relation to a building company.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019