Joanna Glynn QC
Joanna Glynn specialises in professional (medical, legal and financial) regulatory and disciplinary work, and crime with a medical or financial focus. Within those categories she has a wealth of experience as a trial advocate and Recorder (part-time judge) in the criminal courts, in advising regulators and those defending practitioners, and conducting cases before the regulators' panels and committees. She is experienced in the management of paper-heavy trials, both in the regulatory and criminal context.
She is highly ranked (Band 1) as a leading Silk by Chambers and Partners in the category of "Professional Discipline". She is described in recent editions as:
“"absolutely marvellous" and is valued for her command of detail, intellectual and forensic rigour, and flair for dealing with clients. She is an authority on healthcare regulatory law and a frequent advocate on behalf of both medical practitioners and the GMC. She has also represented a number of barristers in front of the Bar Standards Board during the past year.” "the kind of performer who ‘attracts the admiration of opponents,' 'In great demand'; 'literally wrote the book on the subject' and as 'a vociferous fighter who is not afraid to rock the boat'; 'she is a client favourite due to her assured appearances before the GMC....' 'with a reputation as being outstanding, fair and thorough she is often called upon to handle heavyweight cases'."; and reference is made to her "mastery of detail and her ability to present complex evidence in a way that is digestible to a panel."
In the Legal 500 she has been described as: “The ‘superb’ Joanna Glynn QC is ‘an expert in the field of professional regulation’ as she has written ‘the bible for fitness to practise work’; '[she is] 'patient, thorough and clear' and 'very much first choice QC' for many.”
She was selected by The Lawyer magazine as one of the 10 barristers in their "Hot 100" list for 2008.
• "Fitness to Practise : Health Care Regulatory Law, Principle and Process", Sweet and Maxwell, July 2005, (with David Gomez); this book covers all the UK health care regulators, and all legal and procedural topics required by those concerned with “fitness to practise” issues in the context of healthcare. A new work by the same authors, “The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: Law, Principle and Process” covering the whole regulatory cycle, from registration to restoration, and including a chapter on NHS tribunals, was published on 23 November 2012
• Contributing editor “Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice" for 12 years from 1994 to 2006, responsible for chapter 25 (from Customs & Excise offences) chapter 26 (Harmful and Dangerous Drugs) and chapter 33 (Money Laundering).
Assistant Recorder of the Crown Court 1997
Recorder of the Crown Court 2000
Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple 2011
Significant Work includes the following:
Advising the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on published guidance - 2012
Representing barristers before the Bar Standards Board
Advising in cases determined by the Singapore Medical Council and the Medical Council of Hong Kong
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - advising on appeal
Acting in cases before the GMC concerning prescription fraud, psychiatry, misconduct by a surgeon, a four month inquiry into a breast cancer screening unit, gynaecology, consent, medical research fraud, etc. Advising in cases involving allegations of substandard breast cancer surgery and private medical insurance fraud, and on the admissibility of numerous categories of evidence, procedural matters, statutory interpretation etc. Other cases include:
Professor Walker-Smith v General Medical Council  (acting in the appeal against the findings of the GMC’s Fitness to Practise Panel in the longest and one of the most complex cases in the GMC’s history, concerning research and the MMR vaccination).
General Dental Council v Valente [Oct 2009 and Jan 2010] (orthodontics - acting for acquitted practitioner)
GMC v Tate [Apr-June 2009] (GP misconduct re numerous female patients)
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain v Professor Larry Goodyer [Dec 2008] (representing senior academic pharmacist acquitted of dishonesty re moderation of examination marks)
GMC v El-Taranissi  (assisted conception)
General Optical Council v Vision Direct (UK) Ltd [Sept 08] (acting for GOC; advising on and conducting criminal prosecution re internet sale of contact lenses)
GMC v Dr Tonmoy Sharma [85 days from mid 2007- Mar 2008] (ethics committee system and research into drugs used in psychiatry)
Advising on, and conducting contested trials in a number of recent infant homicide ("baby-shaking") cases, including in the leading case of R v Keren Henderson [October 2007 and appeal March 2010,  EWCA Crim 1269] (child minder convicted of causing baby's death by shaking)
R v Leaf  (Inland Revenue prosecution of a £76 million "company purchase scheme" fraud, described in the press as the "largest case of its type".) R v Leaf (Ian Andrew)(Interlocutory) EWCA Crim 2229
R v Nolan and others  (3 month Inland Revenue prosecution of construction industry fraud)
R v Kumar, Knight and Moore [2003-4] (4 month Inland Revenue prosecution of "pension busting") R v Kumar (Anil)  EWCA 1979
R v Ofori and others  (2 month Inland Revenue prosecution of charity fraud)
R v Khan  (11 week Inland Revenue prosecution of fraud within hotel industry)
R v Tait and McHale  (Inland Revenue construction industry fraud)
Joanna was a trustee and then Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Redress (a charity seeking reparation for torture survivors) until December 2007. She has undertaken trial observations in Kenya and Turkey for Amnesty International and the Bar Human Rights Committee.
She worked with the Royal Society as a member of the Review Panel of "Neuroscience and the Law," published by the Society in December 2011
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