Joe was commended by those who wrote in support of his nomination for his skill as an advocate, his breadth of knowledge and his dedication to publicly funded work and representing vulnerable individuals; from applying his "sharp intellect" on important cases such as Gudanaviciene (lead challenge to legal aid exceptional funding regime), Kiarie ("deport first appeal later") to reassuring terrified clients in the First Tier Tribunal and on site visits to homeless camps.
"Joseph acts in housing cases and has been known to attend homelessness camps to take instructions direct from clients. He was integral to the success of the Gudanaviciene case over exceptional case funding and is described as 'an unpretentious genius' ." Legal Action Magazine June 2016 - feature on LALY Finalists
The awards ceremony will take place on 7 July 2016 in London.
The list of all the shortlisted LALY 2016 legal aid lawyers is on the LAPG press release and they will also be profiled in Legal Action June 2016 edition.