Joanne is a born and bred Dunedin girl and has been working in the legal field for the last 25 years. She commenced work as an officer junior at Cauldwells Solicitors in 1989 and went on to work as a legal secretary for the commercial/litigation team during her employment there. It was during this time that she commenced her Legal Executive Studies. After seven years it was time for a change and she left to travel overseas in UK and Europe.
On her return she was employed by Farry & Co as a legal secretary/receptionist, her areas of expertise being family law and civil litigation, and completed her Legal Executive Studies.
After starting a family in 2004 she re-entered the workforce with Farnan Garthwaite Law and provides secretarial support for the whole team (2 partners and 3 solicitors) specialising in family and criminal law, as well as undertaking invoicing, reception, telephone and other administration work for the office.