Joanne Fraser

Partner

Biography

I specialise in Court of Protection matters, often dealing with the family or legal advisors of the client who has lost the mental capacity to manage their property and affairs. My clients have often but not always been awarded a substantial personal injury compensation award and I will then assist in the management of those damages in the best interests of the client.

My work involves dealing with deputyship applications, offering a professional deputyship service, applications including gifts and statutory wills. I also deal with Lasting Power of Attorneys, personal injury trusts and trusts for infants.
 
I also specialise in litigation support services and expert witness statements.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I was brought up in a household where legal thrillers were often on the TV and I became fascinated by them. I then went on to study Law at A Level and found this so interesting I continued my studies with a law degree. At that stage I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. It wasn't until the third seat of my training contract when I started in the Court of Protection department that I found the area that I knew I wanted to specialise in.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

As the majority of my clients have sustained a traumatic brain injury, managing their funds to ensure they are utilised to provide the care and support they require together with providing a quality of life is truly the most rewarding aspect.  Assisting those clients who do not have the capacity to make decisions regarding their property and affairs, whether this is due to a brain injury or dementia, is very satisfying as you do make a difference.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I started life at Irwin Mitchell on a vacation placement which then led to seasonal work whilst at university. I then commenced my training contract and qualified in 2006. I thoroughly enjoy working for the firm as I am surrounded by a diverse group of people, have a good working environment and recognition is given to those who not only work hard or achieve results but who also benefit the firm.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy keeping fit and try to fit the gym in as often as I can in the week. I have a passion for running and after completing the Paris Marathon, I am now looking for my next challenge.
 
I also enjoy travelling, something which I took advantage of whilst at university and I hope to visit new places in the next few years.

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  • 10/08/2016
    Story Of Young Woman’s Devastating Brain Injury Told On Stage At Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    We’ve known Grace and her family for some time and have seen their courage, strength and love for each other as they deal with the devastating effects of encephalitis. Tracing Grace will offer audiences a rare insight into what it is like to live with this condition. It is to Annie’s credit that she has taken on the task of raising awareness of this illness and acquired brain injuries.

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  • 19/05/2015
    Leeds Law Firm Sponsors Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women Of Achievement Awards

    “It was great to attend the event and meet some of the most courageous and inspiring women in Yorkshire and to hear about their achievements. “We were delighted to be able to sponsor this year’s Women in Education award and to present it to Lucy in recognition of her hard work to improve the support available for young people with mental health issues. “In our work we see first-hand the fantastic work the Sue Ryder hospices do in the region and across the UK and we’re extremely happy to be able to support the charity in its work by helping to sponsor this fantastic event.”

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  • 12/03/2015
    Leeds Law Firm Walks On Hot Coals For Children’s Charity

    The team did a fantastic job and took on this amazing challenge to raise money for the Leeds Children’s hospital Appeal, which is a great cause. “Through our work we have seen the impact having a child who needs 24 hour care can have on a family and therefore we understand just how important the work of the charity is. It provides invaluable support and resources to improve their quality of life and help with their development and rehabilitation. “We’re all very proud to have completed the challenge and we’re pleased to have raised so much money for the Leeds Children’s Hospital appeal.”

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  • 22/10/2014
    Children Honoured At Yorkshire Courage Awards

    The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards truly are an inspiration and a great way of honouring youngsters who have battled serious injuries or illnesses or who have shown their dedication to raising money for charity and caring for their loves ones. “At Irwin Mitchell we meet a lot of children like Nathan who have suffered serious injuries but show tremendous strength in their recovery and rehabilitation. The awards night is a great opportunity to share our admiration for how brave the children are. This year we were delighted to sponsor the Outstanding Bravery Award 0-12 years.”

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