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

Specialisms

Sectors that Joan is involved in:

Care Homes, GP Practices, Healthcare

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Accreditations / Awards

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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

PMS agreements, employees and restructuring

Doctor’s religious belief: incompatible with human dignity?

It is well settled law that discrimination on the grounds of religious or philosophical belief is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 22nd October 2019

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Immigration control & the GDPR

To what extent do employers need to comply with the GDPR when processing immigration data?

Pencil iconBy Ellie Leatherday on 22nd October 2019

Is posting on Facebook deemed to be during the ‘course of employment’?

Awkward Activists or Forward Thinkers?

In this the digital age everyone has the ability to make their voice heard on controversial issues, even your employees. But what happens when those

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 4th September 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 bypass a recognised Union by making a one-off offer to their employees?

A recent case had been brought to the Court of Appeal as an employer went over the head of a trade union when offering its

Pencil iconBy Joan Pettingill on 8th July 2019

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

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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