Joanna Bailey


Education: Westminster University, CILEX Level 6 Diploma        in Law and Practice

Admitted: Fellow/Chartered Legal Executive lawyer

Year Joined: 2016

Languages: English

Joanna Bailey


Joanna is a partner who heads our banking and financial fraud litigation department.

Joanna frequently leads the litigation against financial institutions involved in cryptocurrency trading disputes, as well as Forex investment issues and regulatory investigations and has some considerable success in retrieving our clients' funds lost in fraud.

She has developed a range of strategies both to find the assets of the individuals perpetrating the fraudulent schemes and restore the funds to our clients. As well as recognising culpability in the organisations facilitating (but not associated with the fraud), by failing to undertake adequate due diligence.

Joanna led the first case in Europe where proceedings were served on Persons Unknown connected with two digital wallets over the blockchain by non-fungible token or ‘NFT’ in a cryptocurrency fraud. Following this ground-breaking case Joanna was named as Lawyer of the Week in the Financial Times.

Joanna is highly experienced in high-value out-of-court settlement negotiations and has in-depth knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules as well as English common law.

Notable Case 

Tippawan Boonyaem v Persons Unknown Category A & Ors [2023] ewhc 3180 (Comm)
The High Court granted the first UK Summary Judgment to a foreign based victim against fraudsters in multi-jurisdictional cryptocurrency investment scam. 
Mannarino v Person Unknown & Ors [2023]
The High Court granted the first default Judgment in a claim relating to cryptocurrency fraud on behalf of the foreign Claimant demonstrating that the English Courts will act to protect foreign victims of fraud where there is sufficient connection to England and Wales.
D'Aloia v Person Unknown & Ors [2022] EWHC 1723 (Ch) (24 June 2022)
The High Court granted an order permitting service of proceedings on persons unknown via a non-fungible token (NFT) via the blockchain. This is the first instance of an English court allowing service by means of distributed ledger technology and paves the way for victims of crypto-asset fraud to use novel technology to bring claims against persons unknown.


Joanna advises and acts for international and UK-based clients in disputes for clients ranging from shareholder and other commercial disputes, professional negligence, negligent misrepresentation and fraud, asset tracing and recovery, freezing orders and other injunctions and interim remedies, international/conflict of laws and human rights.

Joanna is highly regarded for her meticulous approach and her persistence when investigating international fraud matters. Her considerable experience and dogged pursuit frequently leads to the successful recovery of funds for clients.

Awards / Nominations / Media Publications

Citywealth Top 50 Crypto Professionals List 2023

BBC1 Scam Interceptors – Interviewed by Rav Wilding and featured in series two: “Looking for Love – Hunting the Romance Scammer”aired October 2023

BBC – Interviewed by BBC Radio 4 regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence and Fraud – October 2023

Women & Diversity in Law Awards 2024 –Innovator of the Year Nominee

Powerwoman Awards (International) 2024 – Woman of the Year FinTech/Crypto Nominee

ITV – Interviewed by Tim Maynard regarding Artificial Intelligence and featured on ITN News, aired September 2023

Sky News – interviewed by Hunter Powers on Romance Fraud, article published February 2023

The Times, Lawyer of the Week - July 2022

BBC - interviewed by Mobeen Azhar and featured in its four-part series “Scam City: Money, Mayhem and Maserati’s, aired August 2022