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Joanna Staerck

"I really do appreciate your personal touch, support and encouragement to get this resolved."


Joanna joined the Education team at Boyes Turner in 2016. Her work focusses on helping children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families to access additional assistance and help from their local authority so that they can secure the support they need to succeed in their education. To connect with Joanna on LinkedIn click here.

Joanna joined the Education team at Boyes Turner in 2016. Her work focusses on helping children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families to access additional assistance and help from their local authority so that they can secure the support they need to succeed in their education.

Cases Joanna is currently working on include appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) where the local authority has refused to conduct an Education, Health and Care needs assessment, where the local authority has refused to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) following a needs assessment, where the EHCP does not adequately identify the needs and provision required for the child / young person and / or the placement named by the local authority is not one which parents consider will meet the needs of their child.

Joanna broadens the Education team’s expertise, bringing her experience of physiotherapy and working with children and young people - she has a unique insight and understanding of the lives of children, young people and their families living with musculoskeletal and other medical problems.

Joanna comes to the education team after previously working as a solicitor with the firms Wealth Protection / Private Client as well as the Court of Protection teams. Prior to this she successfully completed her training at the firm which included a seat in Medical Negligence where she attended Coroner’s inquests and High Court Trials. This experience ties in well with her current role as clients may have previously been working with these teams.

To connect with Joanna on LinkedIn click here.

Industry associations 

Joanna is a member of the Law Society and is a member of the Education Law Association (ELAS). 

In the past

Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a 1st Class (Hons) in Physiotherapy, Joanna went on to work as a Chartered Physiotherapist for 15 years specialising in musculoskeletal, orthopaedics and sports injuries. She has successfully delivered services to individuals, private companies, the NHS, a variety of sports teams / professionals and worked at major sporting events including the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. In her general practice she had a diverse client base and she regularly came across patients with a variety of learning and / or physical disabilities. She occasionally encountered situations where children or young adults attended for a musculoskeletal problem, but other developmental issues were highlighted on assessment, which triggered referral to other services. Joanna recognised that her training as a physiotherapist, which included working within a children’s outpatient centre which focussed on child development and disabilities helped inform her following practice. She also worked with England Golf in their golf development programme, specifically with talented young golfers which involved consideration of developmental and educational issues.

Joanna has previously spent two years working as a research scientist for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency and then QinetiQ in human performance related areas leading to publications and presenting at conference.

Whilst working full time as a physiotherapist, Joanna completed the GDL and LPC part time at the College of Law in Guildford achieving a distinction in both and graduating with a 1st class LLB (Hons). 

In my spare time

Joanna is an avid sports fan and enjoys hiking and generally being outdoors. She completed the London Moonwalk in 2016. Other interests include travelling and visiting new places, going to the theatre, dancing (salsa) and enthusiastically entertaining and cooking for friends (the state of the kitchen afterwards says it all).

Favourite things

  • Favourite Book - Pride and Prejudice
  • Food - Thai
  • TV programme - Any sport (F1, rugby, cycling)
  • Word - Serendipity
  • Item of clothing - Walking boots or a dress (not together!)
  • Place in the world - Mount Everest - Nepal

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