I started my training contract at a high street practice, gaining experience in Defendant Personal Injury, Family Law to include Care proceedings, Litigation and some prosecution work on behalf of the DWP. I qualified in 2007 and have worked exclusively in Personal Injury (Defendant and Claimant) since then. I started at Minster Law in January 2018.
What are you most passionate about in your job?
As a Solicitor the best part of my job is when I settle a case and I know that the Client is happy with the result. There is nothing quite like getting a lovely email or card from a client telling you that they are happy and thanking you for the work that you have put into their case. I also enjoy taking part in the CSR activities that Minster Law are so passionate about and I am part of the CSR committee. I have formed a strong relationship with S.U.R.F who are a registered charity based out of the spinal unit at Pinderfields Hospital. I have helped arranged fundraising events to include a golf day, the ‘end to end challenge’ and raffles raising over £4,000 this financial year. We also hold talks for S.U.R.F members to help them with any legal issues and advise them on any new case law such as Swift v Carpenter. As well as supporting S.U.R.F the Serious injury Department are also helping a local school and arranging monthly inspirational speakers to attend the school. We are currently looking at ways to reward the children at the end of the school year to include supplying pizza for the best class attendance, vouchers for the outstanding pupil of the year and the most improved reader of the year. We are hoping this will be a longstanding relationship. Minster Law have also just committed to the TutorMate programme which is an online literacy programme for disadvantaged children. TutorMate allows employees to help struggling young readers in Year 1 and 2 for 30 minutes a week.
What are your personal interests outside of work?
I have 2 young children which take up most of my time outside of work. When I am not at Saturday morning football matches and gymnastics I love to read and go on long walks and see my friends.
“Thank you to Joanne and Olivia and their team for all their help from the day my husband had his motorbike accident. It’s been a very stressful and hard 18 months due to the accident and Covid. They have supported us all the way and helped to get my husband a good outcome that will help with our future.”
"I just wanted to thank you again for your help in successfully concluding my claim. I can’t thank David, Joanne and Olivia enough for all of your help in dealing with my claim. Life has been very difficult at times since I was injured but I am very grateful for all of the help that you have provided in sourcing rehabilitation and guiding me through what has been a stressful period of my life. You’ve always made things easy for me to understand and kept me informed throughout, answering any questions that I’ve had and setting my mind at ease. I am especially grateful for the financial assistance that was provided through regular interim payments which have helped immensely. I am now looking forward to a brighter future and whilst life may not be the same since I had my accident I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life and the financial security that the claim has brought. I cannot thank you enough for your help and I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who has suffered a serious injury."
"I have worked with Joanne Poynton for a number of years on a number of high value cases. She is tenacious and will not shy away from difficult cases. She is extremely well prepared and has excellent rapport with clients."
Sabrina Hartshorn - 9 Gough Chambers