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Jo is a commercial disputes lawyer in the insurance and professional risks practice.

Jo specialises in complex commercial disputes, with experience in ADR, litigation and arbitration. Jo has a particular interest in advising policyholders and brokers on claims and coverage issues, and has previously worked on claims under professional indemnity, cyber, credit risk, business interruption and W&I insurance policies. Jo also has experience advising on professional negligence claims, including for solicitors and brokers. 


Jo graduated from Durham University with a first class degree in History. Jo joined Herbert Smith Freehills as a trainee in 2016 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2018. During her time as a trainee, Jo spent six months on secondment in our Paris office. 

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • the Financial Conduct Authority in its ground-breaking business interruption insurance test case for losses arising out of COVID-19
  • AerCap in multi-billion dollar Commercial Court proceedings concerning aviation insurance claims for aircraft lost in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine
  • a UK financial institution in respect of multiple insurance claims following a major computer system failure
  • a construction company in connection with professional indemnity insurance claims arising out of allegedly defective cladding
  • an international law firm in defending allegations of professional negligence