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

Senior Associate

Joanna  is a senior associate and 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.

Case Studies

[D’Aloia -v-. (1) Persons Unknown (2) Binance Holdings Limited and others]

On 24 June 2022, the High Court of England and Wales granted an order permitting service of court proceedings via the transfer of a non-fungible token on the blockchain in the case of D’Aloia v. (1) Persons Unknown (2) Binance Holdings Limited & Others.

Giambrone & Partners LLP instructed barristers to secure the first order of its kind outside of the United States granting permission to serve proceedings on Persons Unknown connected with two digital wallets over the blockchain by non-fungible token or ‘NFT’.

This order is a remarkable development in the area of service of court documents and a welcome example of a court embracing new technology. The English Courts have embraced technology allowing innovative methods of service if there is a “good reason” to do so.

This judgment paves the way for other victims of cryptoasset fraud to pursue persons unknown who have misappropriated their cryptocurrency in situations where they otherwise would not be able to.


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.



In The News

Joanna was published in the Financial and Legal section of the Mail on Sunday   

Joanna was interviewed for the BBC's Scam Interceptors programme on the dangers of investment fraud and how the new strategies developed by the Giambrone & Partners banking and fraud litigation team led by Joanna has enabled the recovery of funds lost to fraud.

Joanna named as Lawyer of the Week in The Times

Joanna is often sought out by financial publications,online media and television documentaries for comment and opinion on a range of fraud and financial mismanagement issues. 

Joanna has been invited to contribute to Mondaq's Comparative Guides 

Joanna was interviewed by Mobeen Azhar for the BBC in its four part series Money, Mayhem and Maseratis on BBC i-Player.  The article discusses the targeting of victims on Instagrams using influencers in an attempt to attract investors to the fraudulent schemes.

Joanna is featured in the Daily Mail


Joanna is featured in Daily UK news online

Articles and Publications