Joanne Kavanagh

Partner, Head of Department


01737 854 573

Joanne joined Morrisons as Head of Employment in February 2011, bringing to the employment team expertise in advising across a wide range of employment law issues. She became a partner in November 2012 and the team is ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners and 2016 edition of the Legal 500 for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Joanne advises directors of local companies as well as nationally recognised businesses, and also provides advice to private clients.

Her specialisms include drafting contracts, Director’s service agreements and Company handbooks, advising on the employee implications of business sales/purchases and on employment tribunal proceedings.

Joanne advises on day-to-day issues relating to disciplinary and grievance proceedings, discrimination, bullying and boardroom disputes; she regularly negotiates termination/severance packages, and advises on the content of compromise agreements.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Joanne worked as an HR manager in the NHS and other public and private sectors. This background gives a commercial edge to the advice she provides to HR managers, company directors and employees. Joanne’s expertise is particularly useful for her work in the Healthcare sector team.

Joanne is regularly invited to contribute articles on topical employment law issues to newspapers and business publications. She also holds popular seminars and workshops for businesses, and has taken part in radio interviews on specific employment issues.

Joanne is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is ranked as a ‘leading individual’ by Chambers & Partners 2017.

She is noted for her "good sense of humour, very clear advice and forthright views when required." 

Chambers & Partners