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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

MINERVA HOUSE, 5 MONTAGUE CLOSE, LONDON, SE1 9BB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7593 5000
Fax:
Fax 020 7593 5099
DX:
156810 LONDON BRIDGE-6
Email:
Web:
www.wslaw.co.uk
London, Manchester, Oxford

Jo Keddie

Tel:
Work 020 7593 5157
Email:
Web:
www.wslaw.co.uk/
Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Work Department

Employment

Position

Partner: Head of employment, Jo specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment and partnership law. She has a wealth of experience in providing strategic, pragmatic and commercial advice to a wide range of UK businesses, partnerships and individuals. Jo focuses on providing solutions driven and incisive advice to her clients within clear timescales. She maintains a focussed and realistic approach to her clients’ objectives and has a strong reputation for achieving the best outcome for clients through perseverance and skill in a broad range of complex and contentious workplace issues. She has substantial experience of representing clients in the High Court and Employment Tribunals where she works closely with clients to devise litigation strategies to meet their aims and objectives. Jo acts for a number of corporate employers and professional partnerships covering all of their employment and partnership needs. She regularly advises on boardroom disputes; restructuring and redundancies; performance, discrimination and departure issues; and employment policies and procedures.

Career

Trained Dawsons; qualified 1990; solicitor Dawsons 1990-95; partner 1995-2010; partner Winckworth Sherwood 2010-date.

Member

Law Society of England and Wales; Employment Lawyers’ Association; Association of Partnership Practitioners; London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Education

Southampton University.


London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership

Within: Leading individuals

Jo Keddie - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Within: Partnership

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team is 'a force to be reckoned with' when it comes to partnership disputes, which are the focus of the practice. It is instructed by clients in the spectrum of specialised industry and regulated sector clients that utilise partnerships, including real estate, investment funds, accountancy and law firms in addition to individual partners. Possessing 'an almost telepathic understanding of issues that commonly arise', the 'sharp' Jo Keddie  'marshals her team superbly'; she heads the practice with transactional partnership expert Richard Tinham. The group recently represented a real estate sector LLP in a complex partner exit involving multiple detriments and alleged perpetrators of discrimination, but resulting in a significantly reduced settlement. 'On the ball' senior associate Louise Lawrence is another key practitioner. 'Excellent' Bettina Bender joined the group from CM Murray LLP in June 2018 and has an interest in cross-border partnership issues, with a particular focus on companies based or headquartered in Germany with UK operations.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's 'first-class' senior executive practice is 'by far and away one of the most professional, assertive and informed in the field' with 'guidance that is realistic and reasonable, deep technical knowledge and a genuine interest in getting the best outcome for the client'. The group is experienced in exit negotiations, whistleblowing issues and discrimination claims and also handles TUPE and restructurings, transactional issues and disputes for an expanding employer client roster. Jo Keddie, who is 'totally on the ball and able to apply the law in a practical and commercial way', leads the department, which also fields the 'highly knowledgeable' Susan Kelly, the 'brilliant' Andrew Yule and Anita Rai, who is 'very professional and has good insight into the processes of the law'. Bettina Bender, who 'picks up the key issues in cases very quickly', joined from CM Murray LLP in 2018.

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