Joanne is a highly experienced legal professional able to handle personal injury, industrial disease, accident and asbestos claims for trade union clients across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Based in the firm’s Leeds office, Joanne qualified in 1997 and joined Thompsons’ Solicitors the following year.  Starting off as a criminal lawyer, Joanne soon moved over to dealing with personal injury claims.  Whatever the injury, and whether the case settles for hundreds or hundreds of thousands of pounds, Joanne gives each of her trade union clients individual attention to achieve the best possible outcome.

Over the years, Joanne has built up enviable skills and expertise in pursuing claims for   work-related personal injury cases such as noise-induced hearing loss, vibration white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, upper limb disorders, orthopaedic injuries, including traumatic amputations, and stress cases.    Joanne also takes on cases of clients involved in road traffic accidents and those suffering psychiatric symptoms as a result of their injuries.

With access to the best medical experts and advice, Joanne has an impressive track record of success in proving liability in even the most difficult, challenging and complicated cases.

As a senior lawyer, Joanne will attend union shop steward training sessions to explain aspects of the legal system and how Thompsons can assist stewards in delivering services to members.

Joanne is motivated by recovering compensation for injured trade unionists and is proud of the unique trade union history of Thompsons.


Psychiatric and physical injuries after accident at work: A prison officer involved in an accident at work ended up with psychiatric and physical injuries.  Joanne took on the case and won substantial damages. 

Injured shoulder resulted in early retirement: UNISON member, Ms X, who worked in the NHS, injured her shoulder in an accident at work, resulting in her early retirement.  Joanne secured her £70,000 compensation.


UNISON member, Ms X, a Thompson’s personal injury client, said:

“I was very pleased with the service I received from Joanne Smith from Thompsons’ Solicitors.  I was kept informed at all times and I cannot thank her enough”.