Jo read Philosophy (majoring in Ethics) at UCL, then Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her first career was in the NHS in HIV and Women’s health policy and commissioning. In 1999 she did the Postgraduate conversion course and CPE at the University of Law (earning a Commendation). She then trained in private practice with Mills and Reeve LLP, leaving soon after qualification for the Government Legal Service to specialise in Employment law across government.
Jo is an experienced litigator and advisory lawyer and has been lead lawyer and advocate at Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and at the Court of Appeal. Jo has led for clients at successful Judicial Mediation and is a skilled negotiator.
She is also a magistrate (JP) with a specialist interest in hearing domestic violence cases at court.
Jo is strongly committed to helping individuals challenge disability discrimination. Having survived breast cancer she is well aware of the issues that cancer patients and staff with other disability issues can face and will support you at every stage of the process of challenging discrimination in the workplace.
Jo has also trained HR staff and companies in employment law, to mitigate their risks of litigation by improving their practice and to help them keep up to date with case law and legislation. Jo is a member of the ELA
When not working Jo is a painter, a foodie and enjoys coaching junior soccer with girls aged under 10, having been a really good footballer as a girl (before the FA allowed girls over 12 to play football in the UK). Every year she races the London 10k as part of Team Macmillan. She is married with a daughter and a Boston terrier who keep her happy and busy.