About Joan

Joan is a Partner of Lupton Fawcett LLP in the multi-award winning 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


Sectors that Joan is involved in:

Care Homes, GP Practices, Healthcare

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Accreditations / Awards

Secret CCTV and the right to privacy

Saving Costs Whilst Saving Your Business

We are living in very difficult times for employers. Various sources suggest that the number of employees on U.K payroll has dropped significantly and

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 6th July 2020

NHS Test & Trace, Absence, Home-working & sick pay

NHS Test & Trace, Absence, Home-working & sick pay

Yesterday the Government published its overview of the Test & Trace service including what happens if employees test positive for COVID-19. This note considers some of

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 28th May 2020

Coronavirus and Immigration: Sponsorship Duties

Furlough and holiday pay guidance published

Can staff take holiday during furlough? If so, at what rate should it be paid? Can furloughed workers carry forward holiday under the 2020 amendment to

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 14th May 2020

Returning to Work, Health & Safety and Employee Complaints – Key Issues For Employers

Returning to Work, Health & Safety and Employee Complaints – Key Issues For Employers

With some businesses gearing up for a return to work many people will have concerns about health & safety. What are the key issues for employers

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 12th May 2020

Updated guidance on furlough employees

The HMRC portal, furlough extension, holiday pay and SSP update

HMRC’s portal opened to enable employers to start claiming subsidy in respect of employees who they have furloughed. Here’s the latest update.

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 20th April 2020

Updated guidance on furlough employees

Updated guidance on furlough employees

On Saturday 4th April the Government published further updated guidance about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 6th April 2020

Furlough employees 2

Furlough employees

On Friday last week the Government announced the Coronovirus Job Retention Scheme which the guidance states all UK employers will be able to access.

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 23rd March 2020

PMS agreements, employees and restructuring

NHS Trust not liable for damage to reputation when setting the record straight in a whistleblowing claim.

The Employment Rights Act 1996 states that “a worker has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 18th March 2020

Considering options for the future of a family business

People, plastic and HR policies

Sustainability across the generations has always been important to family businesses. Recently a number of businesses have taken a lead on the issue of waste

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 17th January 2020

Secret CCTV and the right to privacy

Ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

In the case of Jordi Casamitjana v The League Against Cruel Sports, the Employment Tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief. The

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 3rd January 2020

Data Law

Important update for UK Digital Service Providers post Brexit

With Brexit on the horizon, deal or no deal, the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport has drafted updated compliance information for the Network

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 28th October 2019

PMS agreements, employees and restructuring

GP providing services via a limited company held to be a worker

In the recent case of Community Based Care Health Ltd v Narayan the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) were asked to decide whether an out of

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 22nd October 2019

The coaching coincided with a turbulent time in the organisation and the tools and skills given to me, by Joan, helped me overcome obstacles and ended with me receiving a promotion and a more senior role in the new structure.

Global beverage company executive

Joan has enabled me to focus my mind on personal development. She has harnessed my professional experience. I am now fully focused on opportunities for development.

University business executive

Joan is a highly skilled coach who is able to offer a range of coaching exercises to encourage self-reflection and problem solving. Working with Joan has greatly improved my personal impact and reflect on my interpersonal relationships at work.

Medical charity leader

Joan is a fantastic coach having the ability to bring out the best in people.

Education strategy executive

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


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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