Joanne is one of the leading practitioners in the field of satellites, having worked at both the European Space Agency and Ofcom and for over 20 years in private practice, giving her an unparalleled understanding of the challenges facing the sector. She is qualified to practice as a solicitor within England, Wales and Scotland and is ranked as a Top Tier lawyer in legal directories for her satellite and communications work for over 20 years.
She specialises in communications, satellite and space regulatory and policy matters together with all forms of commercial contracts and PPPs. She has significant regulatory and commercial expertise, and a strong reputation in the satellite industry which culminated in her being awarded the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the space industry in 2017. She won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year Award in 2014 for her work with the UK industry and Government in drafting and changing satellite related legislation.
She was also nominated as lawyer of the year in the UK in 2017. She has previously represented the UK at the UNCOPUOUS Legal Subcommittee. She sits on the Executive Council of the UK industry body UKspace and the Space Sector Council. She is Chair and co-founder of the Satellite Finance Network (www.satellitefinancenetwork.org)