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Portrait of Joanna Wylie
Areas of expertise: Holiday accident claims, Travel


Joanna is a solicitor in the travel law team with extensive experience of handling foreign personal injury and insurance claims. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 1999 and was promoted to the role of senior case manager in 2005, before qualifying as a solicitor in November 2010. 

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and forms a key part of the team that won the award for Legal Services Provider of the Year at the International Travel Insurance Conference in 2012.

Joanna is equally comfortable handling claimant and defendant claims and has managed a wide range of cases both here and abroad. These include claims against tour operators, foreign insurers and local authorities and a significant number of ski accident and road traffic accident claims. She has also developed a particular niche for accident claims in Spain and representing minors.

Recent work highlights

  • Negotiating a settlement of close to £800,000 for a police officer who was left with permanent injuries following a road traffic accident in the line of duty.
  • Securing £200,000 from a tour operator for a holidaymaker trampled by an elephant whilst on safari in Tanzania despite liability being denied.
  • Achieving a substantial settlement for a claimant who sustained lasting facial injuries when the front wheel of her bicycle detached due to a manufacturing defect while she was cycling downhill. The claim against the bike manufacturer was complicated as proceedings had to be issued outside the jurisdiction in Spain.
  • Representing a UK holidaymaker who was seriously injured in a balloon accident in Turkey. After a dispute over jurisdiction, the case eventually resulted in a six figure sum being awarded to our client, including a substantial insurer’s outlay.
  • Acting for a skier who suffered a fracture dislocation at C4/5 and a compression fracture of D5 in Austria and needs 24 hour care to assist with daily tasks.

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