I am a Partner and Head of the Employment Law department. I advise small business owners and HR teams from larger companies on reducing their risk and managing the employment relationship. I offer specialist assistance with contracts and policies, grievances and disciplinaries, restructures and restrictive covenants as well as exit strategies and settlements. I have experience across a broad range of sectors including charities, education, healthcare, legal services, financial services and retail.
I specialise in bringing and defending Employment Tribunal litigation which makes me ideally placed to shape the best strategy for any type of employment dispute. If you need to resolve disputes with your employees or enforce your employment rights after having been treated badly at work, I will talk to you honestly about your chances and the reality of your choices.
I have always been interested in fairness and problem solving and find it immensely satisfying to be able to help people during some of the most challenging times of their lives.
My clients know me for being practical, straight talking, efficient and thorough.
If you need to track me down, you might find me in the crowd at Lords watching test cricket, drinking coffee in cafes or spending time in the south west with my family.
Head of Employment Law at Hodge Jones & Allen – February 2019 to present
Partner at Hodge, Jones & Allen – August 2018 to present
Senior Associate at DAS Law – April 2015 to August 2018
Employment Litigator at DAS Law – February 2013 to April 2015
Employment Litigation Assistant at Prolegal –September 2011 to February 2013
“Joe has instructed me on a number of cases over recent years. Some have been of exceptional complexity involving multiple causes of action and I have always been very impressed with the quality of instructions to me as counsel. I have been able to quickly understand the issues and each party’s respective position. Joe is a master at positioning his client’s case into one of strength. His preparation of the client’s case is first class.”Jason Searle, Counsel & Head of Employment at St Johns Chambers
“It goes without saying that we could not have done this alone and we are extremely grateful for the fantastic level of support that we have had from you. In particular I would like to thank you for your ceaseless energy and attention to detail on the case.”HR Director for commercial technology business defending an ET claim
“Joe has frequently instructed me on a wide variety of employment cases. I have always found both Joe and his instructions to be diligent, thorough and to the highest professional standards. He has a keen eye for detail and is well organised, making him a pleasure to work with. From experience with lay clients, they are full of praise for Joe and his ability to reassure and inform clients of what to expect, but at the same time gives pragmatic advice, even if it is not necessarily what the client wants to hear.”James Bromige, Counsel of Queens Square Chambers
I highly recommend Hodge Jones and Allen. Made all legal details clear and easy to understand. At a most stressful time I felt supported and most of all the advice given was clear and well explained. I am so grateful for all they did and they care about how you are. Compassionate and understanding.
Securing an exit for a high profile director at a UK PLC.
Successfully defending dismissal and discrimination related claims for a national, charitable organisation.
A major education organisation defending a claim for discrimination and whistleblowing lasting 3 years and valued at over £1.2 million which included a multi-day employment tribunal and subsequent appeal to the EAT.
A senior executive of a tele-communications company, advising and negotiating an exit package.
A pregnant woman who achieved a six figure pay out following unlawful treatment by her employer.
It’s that time of the year again – the office Christmas party. A strange social and work event which can sometimes get out of hand with plenty of opportunities for people to forget that while it may be a party, you’re still technically at work and something you do at the party could then come back and haunt you later. Here’s a list of suggestions to help you navigate the minefield:
For many, making plans for retirement is about looking forward to that free time, to play a bit of golf, learn a new language or spend time with your grandchildren. The need to plan your finances and how to start using that pension that you’ve been paying into for decades makes the timing important.Retirement also means bringing your career to an end, often leaving a workplace that has given you many happy memories and friends over the years, therefore, planning the timing and way in which you retire has to be right for you.