Joanne is an experienced environmental, regulatory and licensing lawyer.

Joanne specialises in both contentious and non-contentious environmental and regulatory issues. She regularly advises on environmental risk, liabilities and regulation; real estate and corporate transactions; general environmental and regulatory compliance; site exits, decommissioning and remediation liabilities and regulatory actions.

Joanne is head of the firm's Licensing practice. She regularly advises on licensing, gambling and gaming issues.

Joanne advises clients across a number of sectors including energy and utilities, education, food, hotels, leisure and tourism, manufacturing, real estate, sport and transport. Joanne is ranked in Legal 500 2023 as a “Rising Star” for both Licensing and Environment in the South West.

Joanne is a member of the Institute of Licensing and the Gambling Commission's Industry Lawyers’ Forum. Joanne contributes to external briefings on environmental and licensing law, including writing for The In-House Lawyer and Lexis. Joanne also provides training on environmental, regulatory and licensing issues both to clients and to external bodies, including university lecturing.

  • Advising a range of clients in connection with applications, reviews, hearings, general compliance and contractual arrangements under a variety of different licensing regimes (including the Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005).
  • Advising corporate clients, statutory bodies and individuals on environmental and energy issues arising on the sale and acquisition of properties and businesses (including advising on the Contaminated Land Regime, risk management and regulatory compliance).
  • Advising on environmental issues and remediation liabilities arising on site exits, decommissioning and closure, including project managing site decommissioning projects.
  • Representing clients in relation to criminal prosecutions (including representation of clients at the Magistrates Court), civil sanctions for environmental offences and environmental litigation.
  • Seconded to OFWAT (the economic regulator for water and sewerage in England and Wales) where advised on various regulatory issues arising under the Water Industry Act 1991; policy matters, implementation and the development of guidance; competition investigations and case-work matters (including compensation cases and a Judicial Review).

What others say...

Joanne Attwood is a stand-out lawyer with significant experience in the sector and outstanding legal knowledge and commercial awareness. Clients warm to her pragmatic, professional and highly competent manner.

Legal 500 2024