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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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Employee dismissed over Facebook comments awarded £5,376

February 25th 2019

Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR reports. An Employment Tribunal has decided that a company did not act unfairly when it dismissed an employee for gross misconduct after he made offensive comments about the managing director on Facebook. However, the employee’s behaviour had not been so bad that it…

Agency worker not entitled to same hours as permanent employee

August 15th 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR An agency worker has lost his claim that he should be entitled to the same number of working hours as a permanent member of staff. Dominik Kocur was employed by recruitment company Angard Staffing Solutions, who provided staff for Royal Mail. Kocur…

Lake District Radio Business Show with Joanne Stronach

April 20th 2020

Today saw the launch of the UK HMRC Furlough scheme. Lake District Radio had a Q&A session live on the radio with Joanne Stronach who joined by telephone. The show was broadcast on Lake District Radio on the 20th April 2020 and is available below. PODCAST

Government plans crackdown on ‘unfair’ employment clauses

January 11th 2021

The government is considering a crackdown on what it describes as unfair employment contracts that restrict worker freedom. Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR reports. The measures could include banning the use of exclusivity clauses, which prevent workers from taking on additional work with other employers. This would apply…

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