Portsmouth Law School


Ms Joanne Atkinson

  • Qualifications: LL.B.(Hons), Solicitor
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Law Programmes
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844422
  • Email: joanne.atkinson@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Law School
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


I gained my LL.B. at the University of Nottingham before completing the LPC at the College of Law, Chester.  I qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and joined the School of Law on a permanent basis in 2011.

I trained as a solicitor in private practice before joining the in-house legal department of Zurich Financial Services where I advised on a wide range of issues including contract drafting, new business initiatives, regulatory compliance, consumer law, resolution of commercial disputes and intellectual property.  In 2003 I was appointed Company Secretary for Zurich’s UK general insurance business, comprising some 60 companies.

I am responsible for the School of Law’s careers development programme.  I co-ordinate our highly successful professional mentoring scheme as well as the annual Law Fair, regular careers clinics, guest speakers and other careers events.  I also seek to use my experience of practice and links with the legal profession to inform and develop the School of Law's employability initiatives.

Teaching Responsibilities

Since joining the University I have taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate units including Contract, Employment Law, Elements of Commercial and Consumer Law and Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy.

I previously taught at the College of Law in London.


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