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Joanne is Deputy Head of Chambers at 9 St John Street. She has been named by Chambers & Partners in the top band of employment law barristers for many years.
Joanne prides herself on her meticulous preparation and a supremely focused attention to detail is central to her approach. For one with such intellectual capacity, she is refreshingly engaging with clients.
Her combination of exceptional advocacy with approachability makes her one of the ‘go-to’ employment advocates both on the Circuit and nationally.
SPECIALIST AREAS OF PRACTICE
Joanne practices exclusively employment law and employment related disputes. She is pleased to act for both employers and employees, for the public sector and the private sector and for in-house solicitors as well as those in private practice. Her work incorporates employment disputes in all areas including the NHS, education, banking, local government, the police and the legal profession as well as in business generally.
She regularly handles cases where there is a great deal at stake whether in terms of compensation, number of employees affected or publicity. Her practice focuses on the higher-value, more complex, sensitive or multi-week discrimination, transfer of undertakings, whistle-blowing and working time claims but also includes unfair dismissal and redundancy claims. She is experienced at both first instance and appellate level. She also has substantial experience of acting as a representative in mediations.
1. Cottrell v Avon Cosmetics  EAT 89 – Tribunal practice and procedure in respect of Early Conciliation and the joinder of a party.
2. Bessong v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust  ICR 849;  IRLR 4, EAT – employer’s potential liability for third party harassment in the health sector
3. Private Medicine Intermediaries v Hodkinson  UKEAT/0134/15 – disability discrimination scope of s.15 EqA claims and harassment claims
4. Davies v Droylsden Academy UKEAT/0044/16 – unlawful deduction from wages in the education sector
5. Frenkel Topping v King UKEAT/0106/15 – protected disclosures /whistleblowing and constructive dismissal in respect of an in-house solicitor
6. D’Silva v MMU  UKEAT/0437/11 – multiple appeals in race discrimination claims in Higher Education
7. Marcroft v Heartland (Midlands) Ltd  EWCA Civ 438 - the application of TUPE 2006
8. Patel v Oldham MBC & the Governors of Rushcroft Primary School  IRLR 280 – definition of disability
9. North Wales Probation Area v Edwards UKEAT/0468/07 - employment status of sessional workers
10. Kirton v Tetrosyl  EWCA Civ 619 – definition of disability
11. UNISON and others v RCO Support Services & others  EWCA Civ 464 – the scope of TUPE 2006
12. Batty v BSB  EWCA Civ 648 - employment contract - right to withhold salary from a senior executive
13. Regina v Azmy  7 Med LR 415 – instructed by a client in the health sector to deal with the entitlement of a defendant in a criminal trial to a complainant's medical records
14. Staffordshire County Council v Barber  ICR 379, CA - listed together with Biggs v Somerset County Council, res judicata and time limits in Tribunal claims brought under EC law
15. Mediguard v Thame  IRLR 504, EAT - whether compensation for unfair dismissal was pay within Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome
Fee Paid Employment Judge, Midlands West region 2010
Inns of Court Studentship (Middle Temple),
Jules Thorn Scholarship
Employment Law Bar Association and
Employment Lawyers Association
LLB (Hons), Nottingham University
Joanne Connolly is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Ms Connolly can be found here.
Ms Connolly’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Ms Connolly to undertake Court or Tribunal work for a fixed brief fee for the first day plus a daily refresher fee for the subsequent days. Advisory work, paperwork or conferences are most commonly charged at an hourly rate. Ms Connolly will typically return paperwork within 5-10 working days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.
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