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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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Rate for unfair dismissal and redundancy pay awards rise by nearly 9%

April 22nd 2024

The maximum limit for unfair dismissal awards and statutory redundancy pay has risen by nearly 9%. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment provides an update. The increase takes into account the high rate of inflation over the last year. The new rate is effective from 6 April. The statutory cap for…

Flexible working rights for millions of employees come into effect

April 8th 2024

Millions of employees now have the right to request flexible working to determine where and when they work. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment provides an update. The new rights are part of the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill, which came into effect on 6 April. Flexible working is a broad…

Manager loses tribunal claim over right to work only from home

March 3rd 2024

A senior manager has lost her tribunal claim for the right to work entirely from home. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment reports on this recent case. The case involved Miss Wilson, who works for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA allowed her to work from home during Covid…

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…

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