Joanne Blackwood


Job Role at EMG

I am a Solicitor with the firm and joined EMG in July 2022. I am in the Disputes & Litigation Department at our Durham Office. I deal with a wide range of disputes, for example, those between landlords and tenants or between neighbours, those involving consumer matters, contracts, debt matters, enforcement matters and many more. I work as part of a team, some of which are based at our Gosforth Office.


I graduated from Northumbria University with a Law Degree and Legal Practice Course in 1998. I undertook my training contract and qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 at a high street firm in Newcastle city centre during which I dealt with general civil litigation work. I went on to work at a specialist personal injury firm in the Newcastle area for over 13 years before returning to general civil litigation work at high street firms in Spennymoor and South Shields before joining EMG.

What do you like about working at EMG?

Even though I have only been with the firm a short time, I have already experienced the friendly, approachable and helpful manner of all colleagues. I’m looking forward to participating in some of the many non-work related activities EMG are involved in. EMG is so much more than just a workplace.

Outside of EMG?

I spend some of my spare time walking with friends or my mum’s dog, and getting out and about with close friends. I also like to travel, particularly to more distant places. And of course, it goes without saying, I also enjoy a bit of shopping!