Experienced leasing solicitor Joanne Davis has joined Locke Lord’s London office as partner and head of the firm’s UK asset finance, leasing and consumer finance division.

Davis will be working closely with London-based partners Kevin Heath and Robert Courtneidge who head up the firm’s UK banking litigation operation and payment services operation, respectively, and will also be a member of the Locke Lord’s global banking and finance practice group.

Davis’ practice at Locke Lord will include new product launches and new business start-ups in the UK consumer and asset finance market, as well as offering general advisory services for the asset, motor and consumer finance sector. She has previously worked with a number of well-known finance providers in the automotive, asset and consumer finance and leasing industries as well as banks.

Before joining the Firm, Davis served as the interim head of legal and compliance at Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) where she led its FCA application and implementation of FCA requirements as well as handled an array of legal projects including bank, retail and fleet leasing items.

Davis started her legal career working in-house in the asset and consumer finance business at The Royal Bank of Scotland and then moved into private practice heading up the consumer credit and asset finance division at Shoosmiths; later working as a partner and head of the asset and consumer finance practice in Birmingham at DWF for three years.

Davis was included in the most recent Leasing Life’s Power 50 and Motor Finance’s Power 50.