Solicitor, HR & Employment
ExpertiseJoanne has recently joined Hudgell Solicitors to provide employment services. She has specialised in employment law for over 10 years advising and representing both employers and employees. She covers all aspects of the employment relationship from recruitment through to termination and everything else in between. She has extensive experience in preparing and advising upon employment contracts and handbooks, dealing with redundancies and business reorganisation, advising on disciplinary and grievance procedures, managing sickness and poor performance and advising and negotiating exit packages. Joanne is highly experienced in contentious matters and will issue and defend claims in the employment tribunal. The main claims she deals with are unfair dismissal including constructive dismissal, breach of contract and discrimination claims. She has particular expertise in jurisdictional matters dealing with claims that have an international dimension.
No two days are the same. Employment law is all about the people. One action or one decision can impact a person’s life. I am in a privileged position where my advice can heavily influence the direction of someone’s employment path and it is a responsibility I take very seriously. I take the time to get to know my clients, recognising each client be it a company or an employee as an individual client who is equally important.
I like to get involved, get to know my clients and find out what makes them tick. From here, I can ensure that the client gets the best service and advice and that all their needs are met. The most satisfying part of my job is knowing that I have helped.
Notable cases include securing compensation for individuals who were dismissed as redundant but the real reason for their dismissal was that they were over a certain age. Feeling like they were on the scrapheap, the money secured for their futures did not give the same satisfaction as their job, but meant they could accelerate their retirements with some financial security. Being part of a lengthy litigation battle challenging the meaning of ‘establishment’ in the TUPE Regulations in a cross-border setting.
Qualifications and professional memberships
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
Legal Practice Course (LPC)