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Jo Batchelor

Director, London

Jo is a commercial and professional indemnity expert specialising in the defence of solicitor's and barrister's claims.


Jo trained and qualified at Beachcroft specialising in professional indemnity insurance litigation and after working at Norton Rose in Sydney in commercial insurance litigation and financial lines she joined the Commercial and Professional Indemnity team at Fishburns in 2011. Fishburns subsequently merged with DWF in 2013 and Jo continues to practice in commercial, professional indemnity and insurance law.

Jo specialises in the defence of professional indemnity claims of all disciplines (surveyors, accountants, brokers), but with a particular emphasis on solicitors and barristers. She also has experience of multi-jurisdictional matters, debt-recovery actions, financial lines, D&O and high-value/large-scale litigation.

Jo advises on insurance coverage issues commonly associated with professional indemnity claims and has experience in-house through secondments.

Recent cases

Kamran Naqvi v Harris Cartier Limited (In Liquidation) and Ors [2019] EWHC 3042 (QB) - read more
McFarland-Cruickshanks v England Kerr Hands Solicitors Ltd [2021] EWHC 525 (Comm) - read more


Jo has been recognised as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 for professional negligence and professional discipline in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

2021: "Joanna Batchelor is a fantastic day to day support throughout the case, very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with."