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Greenwoods GRM

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Joanna Scally

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Greenwoods GRM

Work Department

Employment and Employee Benefits





Jo’s personable approach and down-to-earth attitude enable her to explain clearly the legal complexities of all aspects of employment law.

As a specialist employment law solicitor with over 15 years’ experience, Jo is a safe pair of hands and an experienced member of the firm’s employment and employee benefits team who effectively leads its employment law services in Cambridge. 

Jo primarily acts for national and local companies and organisations’ in and around Cambridge. Although she carries out work for clients in various sectors including the media, food, technology and manufacturing sectors, she is a key member of the Greenwoods GRM Education Sector and has extensive experience of providing employment advice to clients in the education sector including many of the Cambridge Colleges. She also acts for clients in the public sector.

With an MA in Politics, Jo understands the complexities of the employer and employee relationship and clients comment on how commercial her approach is

She is well known for her practical approach to advising clients to achieve high quality and innovative solutions.  She is dynamic, has a great ability to look at the bigger picture and is results-driven.

Jo is an excellent negotiator, a skill she puts to good use when negotiating termination packages and undertaking mediation.  Jo is also a confident litigator and deals with all aspects of employment law ranging from tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and breach of contract to more complex claims of TUPE, Working Time Regulations and discrimination.  In addition, Jo spends a lot of her time advising her clients on non-contentious matters, such as large scale business reorganisations and redundancy situations, TUPE, changing terms and conditions as well as updating essential contractual documentation.

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Greenwoods GRM is ‘very strong in the employment law area‘ and ‘advice is always pragmatic and timely‘. The firm has one of the largest employment and employee benefits practices in the region, and it is led by the highly regarded John MacAulay, who regularly advises clients on large-scale business reorganisations and difficult TUPE transfers. Managing partner Robert Dillarstone is still actively engaged in fee-earning and clients describe him and associate Keith Williams as ‘very good at coming up with the pros and cons of a situation such as the benefits of a textbook approach versus a pragmatic approach'. ‘Very approachable‘ newly promoted partner Joanna Scally in Cambridge is highly recommended for her ‘clarity of advice and reliable service'. Scally and senior solicitor Siobhan Thomson recently advised Bedford Borough Council on the employment aspects of its move to a digital operating model by 2020, which includes a major staff restructure and more than 250 proposed redundancies. The practice has many strong associates including Suzanne Wrench who has experience in TUPE transfers and tribunal proceedings; Vincent Galea who handles senior hires and departures, and post-termination restrictions; and Natalie Wiliams who is known for complex tribunal litigation.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

At Greenwoods GRM ‘the level of service is very high, responses are swift and the team has good business knowledge and good depth‘. The firm has a long track record of advising high-profile clients in the education sector including a growing number of Cambridge Colleges and large independent schools. The firm's academies schools team regularly advises on setting up multi-academy trusts. The multi-disciplinary team includes employment law, which is a key part of the firm’s education practice and associate Joanna Scally is ‘very approachable and knowledgeable in her subject both generally and particularly relating to education‘. She recently acted for Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on the restructuring of its front-of-house and catering team. Managing partner Robert Dillarstone  also advises on employment matters. Head of corporate  David Woods, associate Victoria Robinson, property partner Stephen Illingworth and associate Kelly Peck are all key players in the practice.

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