Joanne Rothwell is ranked in Chambers UK and Legal 500 as someone who “has an amazing success rate“.
She has a total commitment to those who are the most vulnerable in our society.
She regularly acts and succeeds on behalf of women and children, those with mental health issues, often as a result of torture in their home countries and those with learning difficulties.
She brings her previous career and expertise as a nurse and a counsellor to the Bar. She is most often instructed because of her success rate on behalf of sensitive and vulnerable lay clients.
A large proportion of her work involves issues in and around Article 8, whether that is in the area of Immigration, Court of Protection, Education or Family law with an immigration and international law aspect.
She has been a fee paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) since 2006, often sitting on Deportation Appeal Panels.
She has successfully taken cases from the first tier courts and Tribunals via the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and on the European Court of Justice.
“She is a leading light to all practitioners, amazingly creative and articulate - a superwoman.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
“Accessible and will undertake legally aided work for unaccompanied minors.”
Legal 500 2018
“Routinely acts for highly vulnerable clients, including minors and individuals with mental health issues. Her broad caseload regularly sees her acting in complex immigration, asylum and nationality matters.”
Chambers UK 2017
“Very friendly and cordial while staying highly”
Legal 500 2016
“Sits as a Tribunal Judge and has a wealth of experience handling nationality, asylum and EU free movement matters. She has a particular interest in cases featuring mental health issues. She is phenomenally clever and wonderfully capable. Every time there is an element of complexity of law or sensitive issues, she is the one I go to without fail.”
Chambers UK, 2016
SM and Anors v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1144 (Admin)
TB (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  All ER (D) 90 (Aug)
DK (Serbia) v SSHD  All ER (D) 312 (Dec)
R(on the application of Tum and Dari) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Case C-16/05) 20 September 2007 ECJ.
R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 788 CA
R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2745 Admin
R v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Zeqiri  UKHL 3
Zeqiri v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1919
R v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Boybeyi  INLR 130 CA
Joanne was appointed as a fee paid (part-time) Judge of the First Tier Tribunal - Immigration and Asylum Chambers in 2006 and the Social Entitlement Chamber in 2018.
RGN (Registered General Nurse)
RMN (Registered Mental Nurse)