Before coming to the Bar, Joanne worked with Clayton Utz in Melbourne and with Herbert Smith in Asia in commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration. As well as commercial litigation, she specialised in white collar crime and regulatory matters.
Joanne spent a number of years working with Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong in the Regulatory Affairs (Compliance) group, where her responsibilities included managing regulatory audits and advising in relation to compliance policies across Asia ex-Japan.
On returning to Melbourne in 2009, Joanne pursued an interest in criminal law and, as a solicitor with private criminal law firm Balmer & Associates, Joanne appeared regularly as a solicitor advocate in the Magistrates’, Children’s and County Courts. She has advised and appeared in a wide range of matters involving serious violent offences, sexual offences, deception, drug offences and driving offences.
Joanne also has an interest in OHS, inquest and disciplinary matters.
Joanne read with Justin Hannebery. Her senior mentor is Dr Ian Freckelton QC.