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Joanne is a Director and highly experienced employment solicitor heading up the Employment and HR team at Cartmell Shepherd. She has specialised in all aspects of employment law for over 23 years with a particular interest in discrimination cases. She has worked closely with and supported the work of clients’ internal HR staff and external HR consultants working with clients including on business sales, purchases and mergers.

In 2017 she produced the management standards for the certification “GDPR Fundamentals” with QG Business Solutions Ltd. She is one of the lead advisers on this area in the North West.

She has particular knowledge of the education sector, both private and maintained. She is clerk to a North East academy. She has been actively involved in over 15 academy conversions from single small primary schools to large secondary school MAT’s. She has advised over a dozen Further Education colleges over the years on all aspects of employment law including conducting appeals, large scale reorganisations and mergers. She has also presented training to governors on safeguarding and Prevent.

She has also advised many clients in and suppliers to the hospitality and leisure sector including hotels, restaurants, bars, museums, holiday parks, lodge and campsites, holiday lets, spas and cruise companies.

Joanne prides herself on becoming a trusted member of her client’s team and understands the practicalities of the issues they face in their business as well as the legal side of things having been a part owner of a business herself. She always offers workable, useful and commercial based advice that clients can relate to and help them plan a way through.


Joanne is an accomplished and well-liked speaker on topics such as discrimination, bullying, investigations, grievances and disciplinary hearings, appeals, underperformance and sickness absence as well as Data Protection and GDPR.

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"I just want to thank you for all your help... you have been fantastic. This was a massively stressful situation for me and you helped keep me calm."


"Thank you so much for all your advice, you have been a huge help during this difficult period for me.  I know where to come in the future if I ever need legal advice again."


"Joanne quickly assimilated the information I provided and was prompt and clear in setting out the way forward.  Simply very appreciative of Joanne's advice and empathetic approach."

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Driver who thought his son was faking Covid wins dismissal case

January 13th 2022

A forklift operator who was sacked for attending work after his son contracted Covid has won his claim of unfair dismissal. He said he believed his son was just faking symptoms. Joanne Stronach Head of Employment and HR reports on this recent case. David Lewis had worked for The Benriach Distillery…

Café discriminated against teenager dismissed due to her age

December 16th 2021

A 14-year-old who was dismissed for being too young to cope with the ‘severity’ of her job has won her claim of age discrimination. Joanne Stronach Head of Employment and HR reports on this recent case. The case involved Miss H Cassidy, who had a Saturday job at Daimler Foundation’s café.…

Flexible working systems now key to attracting talented workforce

December 6th 2021

Implementing hybrid working models permanently will help businesses attract the most talented employees, a leading employment solicitor has claimed. Joanne Stronach, Head of Employment Law and HR at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, is recommending businesses retain flexible working patterns where possible in order to keep and recruit the best staff out…

New employment solicitor joins law’s firm growing business services team

November 25th 2021

A leading law firm has appointed a new specialist employment solicitor to further increase the breadth and quality of support for its growing number of business clients. Jennifer Cafferky, who has worked in employment law for 15 years, joins Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors from national law firm Setfords Solicitors and has…

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