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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 28 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 has been a 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.

Joanne Stronach speaking at Carlisle Ambassadors

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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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Changes to holiday pay entitlement could save employers up to £248m

February 19th 2024

Changes to the way holiday pay is calculated for irregular and part-time workers could save businesses up to £248m a year, according to government figures. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR reports on this recent case. The government says it is exercising its Brexit freedom to change how…

National Living Wage to rise by more than a pound an hour

December 7th 2023

The National Living Wage is to rise by £1.02 an hour from next April, increasing the average worker’s pay by £1,800 a year. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides an update. The boost from £10.42 to £11.44 an hour is the biggest increase in the National Living…

New law gives workers more control over working patterns

October 12th 2023

A new law is set to give millions of workers more control over their working hours and employment patterns. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides an update. The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill, which received the Royal Assent in September, is designed to help people on…

WH Smith, M&S and Argos named for not paying staff minimum wage

July 25th 2023

High Street retail giants WH Smith, M&S and Argos are among more than 200 employers named by the government for failing to pay their lowest paid staff the minimum wage.  Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides an update. The 202 employers were found to have failed to…

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