Joanna Damerell

Joanna Damerell

Solicitor – admitted 1987

"Joanna is a very polished lawyer who is approachable and commercially aware."
Chambers UK 2022

"Joanna Damerell sets the standard for the highly responsive and high quality service we have come to expect. This provides us with confidence that in every transaction our interests will be represented in a timely and thorough manner with a high degree of professionalism when dealing with all parties."
Legal 500 2022

"Excellent in all respects and very dedicated to our interests."
Chambers 2019

"Diligent, hardworking and professional." 
Legal 500 2017

"We would like to thank you and your team for all the support you have provided. It has been a pleasure to work with such a professional firm."
Mark Fairhurst


Joanna is a Partner, and Head of the Commercial Development team. She is ranked in Chambers and Partners and recognised as a notable practitioner.

She joined Michelmores in 1990, and specialises in all aspects of real estate, with a particular interest in property development. She advises on land acquisition, disposal, funding, development, forward letting, forward sale, overage, Landlord and Tenant and the associated estate management issues.

Joanna advises a higher education institution, which is a member of the Russell Group of Universities, on development and estate management issues. She is also Head of the Care team and is actively involved in the property aspects of the sale, acquisition and funding of all types of businesses within the Care sector.

"The planning and development process is becoming ever more complex, so for our business it is comforting to know that in Jo Damerell and her team, we have a group of professionals who have the depth and breadth of knowledge which is needed and most importantly are totally committed to looking after our interests."
Andrew Davis - Director, Yelverton Properties

Recent Experience

  • Advising St Modwen Developments Limited through its joint venture vehicle with Devon County Council, Skypark Development Partnership LLP, in connection with the development and disposal of sites at Skypark in Devon. This included the new South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Rapid Response Base, a 60,000 square foot industrial unit to be occupied by GeoPost UK Limited, and the property aspects of the District Heating Centre at Skypark.
  • Acting for Yelverton Properties in resolving title issues in a complex development infrastructure to facilitate the acquisition, development and disposal of a site for hotel purposes. This included interaction with the different owners of the parcels of land making up the site, the solicitors for the occupier of the site (a subsidiary of a PLC) the forward-funding and disposal arrangements with the investor purchaser, all being negotiated in parallel, and each with different objectives. 
  • Acting for a property developer from scheme inception. This involved the creation of a retail precinct of shops, and the ultimate disposal of the freehold of the property, subject to occupational leases. Due to Joanna's precision, no queries were raised as part of the investor purchaser due diligence exercise on any of the occupation and development documents, beyond the usual standard document enquiries. The agreements for lease and development were all exchanged simultaneously, providing the developer with the certainty of fully pre-let units. 
  • Advising a property developer that was encountering difficulties with a major development project. Joanna gave strategic advice that overcame the difficulties in a more cost-effective and pragmatic manner than had originally been considered. This enabled the client to achieve planning deadlines and its own goals via an alternative route. 


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