Joanne Clement KC

11 King’s Bench Walk


Joanne took silk in 2022, practicing in all areas of public law and human rights law. Her practice extends from commercial judicial review to claims raising significant constitutional and human rights issues. She is also an expert in local government, and health, community care and mental capacity law, as well as in the field of procurement law and education law. Prior to taking silk, Joanne was a highly rated junior, and was top ranked by the legal directories in six practice areas (Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Local Government, Education, Community Care and Court of Protection).

She was the Chambers and Partners Public Law and Human Rights Junior of the Year in 2018/19. Recent cases include R (Article 39) v Secretary of State for Education [2022] EWHC 589 (Admin) (challenge to statutory instrument banning use of unregulated accommodation for young children); R (A) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 360 (Admin) (Parliamentary privilege and public law challenges to decisions resulting in primary legislation) and In Re T [2021] UKSC 35; [2021] 3 WLR 643 (Article 5, secure accommodation and deprivation of liberty of children).

Prior to taking silk, Joanne was a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for 15 years, having most recently been a member of the “A” Panel of Counsel. Joanne was also a member of the Welsh Government’s Panel of Junior Counsel, and has now been appointed to the Welsh Government’s KC Panel. Joanne has led teams in the Supreme Court, and has regularly appeared as leading or sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court, the Family Division/Court of Protection and various tribunals.

She is described the directories as, “Undoubtedly one of the cleverest individuals at the Bar”, “An outstanding barrister. She is so down to earth and approachable. Very clear and fantastic on her feet. Her drafting is just on a different level”, “A leader in the field” , “She can take command of a tough case and handle it with calm expertise” “An excellent advocate and an experienced public lawyer. She’s direct, clear and very precise. She has the respect of the judiciary” and “…a complete superstar and knows community care law back to front”.

Joanne sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court (South Eastern Circuit).