About Joan

Joan is a Partner of Lupton Fawcett LLP in the Employment Law Department. She advises employers and employees (mostly senior executives) on the full range of employment law and HR matters including trade union recognition and industrial action and is particularly noted for TUPE expertise and large scale restructuring.

Having worked in house in financial services prior to qualifying, Joan has a very commercial no nonsense approach which keeps client’s objectives at the fore. Joan is well known for being the ‘go-to’ person for big issues which have a real impact on an organisation’s direction.

Joan’s approachable, friendly, professional but unstuffy style is welcomed by clients. Deeply knowledgeable and experienced she takes in both the detail and the wider picture to deliver winning solutions. She has been the lead advisor on a number of high profile matters including in the care, steel, motor and manufacturing sectors. An experienced public speaker, Joan also frequently delivers training in employment law.

When not at work

Joan can be found, amongst other things, taming the vege patch, playing tennis, yoga and walking. It is rumoured that she may also have a karaoke party stage (unused of course) in her back garden.

Professional Societies

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association

Specialisms

Sectors that Joan is involved in:

Care Homes, GP Practices, Healthcare, Care Quality Commission Investigations, Healthcare and Care Home Fee Disputes, Preparing For a Positive Outcome

Accreditations / Awards

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Is Veganism a “philosophical belief”?

Is Veganism a "philosophical belief" capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010 and if so, what are the implications for UK Employers?

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 13th June 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

The European Court of Justice rules that Employers must record daily working time

In the case of Federacion de servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) v Deutsche Bank SAE the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that employers

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 16th May 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Can the Directors of a Limited company be held personally liable for breaches of an employment contract?

In the case of Antuzis v DJ Houghton, the High Court considered whether the directors of a limited company could be held personally liable for

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 13th May 2019

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

A patient’s right to access their data need not be a headache for GPs

A look at what effect the GDPR has had on a patient’s rights to access their data from their GP Practice and what steps

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 17th April 2019

Considering options for the future of a family business

Family relationships at work

Family businesses by their very nature involve close relationships. These relationships can work on a number of different levels and types: brother, sister, niece, nephew,

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 15th April 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

NMW Update

In the 14th round of Government naming and shaming, HMRC issued a whopping £1.3M in penalties to employers for breaking minimum wage laws.

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 8th April 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Can an employer suspend an employee without breaching the implied term of trust and confidence

A case brought to the court of appeal regarding a primary school teacher after they had resigned before an investigation over the use of force

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 5th April 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Automatic Unfair Dismissal – does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

This article follows the recent case of a Hospital porter who had been sacked after allegations of sexual harassment or assault. However, the case becomes

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 1st March 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

New rules for hourly paid travelling staff

We know how important cases concerning Working Time and pay are, so we thought we’d better bring you this one, hot off the press

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 12th February 2019

PMS agreements, employees and restructuring

PMS agreements, employees and restructuring

Personal Medical Services (PMS) agreements were sold as a way of delivering freedom to practice with providing service tailored to meeting local needs.

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 12th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

An Employer’s Guide to Workplace Discrimination

Why is it important to know about discrimination laws?

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 12th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Take care with ‘day one’ whistleblowing rights

Overturning an earlier Employment Tribunal Decision.

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 12th February 2019

Her pleasant manner and detailed knowledge are invaluable

Business focussed legal partner who provides expert guidance and tools that align complex legalities to corporate culture within fiscal expectations

Forensic analysis of the facts of a given situation with strong empathic grasp of likely responses of the involved parties facilitating construction of legally compliant solutions which are likely to be accepted with minimum damage to relationships

Will not only tell you the 'pack drill' but will work with you to come up with the best solution

My first choice for consistent high standards in all Employment Law matters

1994

Graduated from the University of Northumbria

Budget Insurance

House of Lords - Ground breaking case relating to care homes

Became a Partner at hlw Commercial Lawyers LLP

Became a Director at Lupton Fawcett LLP

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