Higton, Joanna

Joanna Higton has worked as a corporate lawyer for more than 25 years predominantly on corporate transactions for both private and public companies.

Joanna Higton

She advises corporate clients across a variety of sectors on M&A transactions, JVs, and MBOs and individuals on start-ups, exits and shareholders agreements. For public company clients, she advised on flotations, both on Aim and Main Market, fundraisings, reorganisations and takeovers as well as providing strategic advice to the board on corporate governance issues. Notably, Higton was the lead legal adviser on the first takeover of a split capital investment trust under the Takeover Code. Her practice includes a significant number of clients within the leisure sector including restaurants and bars and other clients within the retail sector.

Her approach
Higton prides herself on being pragmatic and commercial is acutely aware that a client’s time is precious and so spares the client from getting involved in legal wranglings on transactions. She has an ability to provide practical commercial advice, is able to identify and summarise the key issues and gets the deal done while maintaining that all-important sense of humour. Establishing a strong relationship with the client is key which has led to a loyal client following.

Out of the office
Higton devotes as much time as possible to her family, which usually involves watching or participating in sport, particularly tennis and golf. Whenever there is a spare moment, she can often be found in remote places trying to capture the perfect wildlife photo.


  • Malvern Girls College (1975–1980)
  • Leeds University BSc Chemical Sciences (1980–1983)
  • College of Law Chancery Lane London (1984–1986)

Higton completed her Articles in 1988 and qualified as a solicitor at Joynson Hicks (now Taylor Wessing). In 1992 she joined city corporate boutique the City Law Partnership and became a partner in 1998. City Law Partnership merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2004 where Higton remained a partner until May 2013. She joined Goodman Derrick LLP in June 2013.

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