Joanne Stronach

Joanne Stronach

Head of Employment Law and HR
Data Protection and GDPR
Hospitality and Leisure
Commercial Support

Joanne is a highly experienced employment solicitor and heads 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.

Legal 500

Joanne has featured in the Legal 500 in the North Region in the categories of Human Resources and in Education.

2015 – Joanne is “very knowledgeable, particularly on equality and diversity issues”
2016 – “very able and practical”
2017 – She is noted to be “a professional of the highest order”


She 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. Feedback such as “Joanne very knowledgeable – informative – shared experiences”, “Excellent level – clear answers to questions” and “came over really well and spoke in normal every day terms” are regularly received.

What Our Clients Say

“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.”