Joanna Scally > Greenwoods GRM > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Greenwoods GRM
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Partner and Head of Greenwoods GRM’s Education Sector



As a senior employment lawyer and head of our Education Sector, Jo successfully leads our employment law services in Cambridge and specialises in all aspects of employment law.

Jo qualified as a solicitor in September 2001 and is a leading lawyer in the employment field in Cambridge.  Jo excels at building strong client relationships and has significantly grown our Cambridge team’s client-base as a result.

Jo has been recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for several years now and has been described in the Legal 500 2020 rankings as ‘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.’

‘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 acts for national and local companies and organisations both in and around Cambridge as well as wider afield.  Jo carries out work for clients in a variety of sectors including education as she leads Greenwoods GRM’s Education Sector team, as well as working with long-standing technology and media clients. Jo has for many years advised a number of independent schools, as well as over half of the Cambridge Colleges on their thorny HR issues.  Jo also has public sector experience, being the go-to person for a large Borough Council on any complicated Tribunal claims and employment issues.

As well as working on contentious matters, Jo enjoys getting her teeth into complicated non-contentious matters, such as large-scale business reorganisations, change programmes and redundancy situations.

Jo is also a confident litigator and has considerable experience defending a wide variety of complex Tribunal claims and continues to impress with her advocacy and mediation skills.

Jo and the team enjoy providing bespoke training to clients and other organisations and deliver a number of popular and impressive training events including ‘Employment Law Now’.  More recently, Jo has presented webinars to clients, which have been well received.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Greenwoods GRM increasingly acts for well-known national charities and major education institutions; among its clients are Pembroke College and The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust. Victoria Robinson leads the charity sector group from Peterborough, calling on the expertise of senior associates Ann-Marie Clow and Claire Banks for advice on real estate transactions, and corporate and commercial matters respectively. Employment partner Joanna Scally in Cambridge recently assisted Emmanuel College with matters concerning a long-serving employee with a disability.

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

(Next Generation Partners)

Joanna ScallyGreenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has ‘an amazing friendly team that is always very willing to help‘. The firm has one of the largest employment practices in East Anglia, which acts for household name employer clients across the region and further afield, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. John Macaulay, who is ‘always on hand with good, honest practicable advice‘, leads the practice from Peterborough, where Robert Dillarstone and the ‘pragmatic and realistic‘ Keith Williams are key partners. In Cambridge, Joanna Scally (who provides ‘very clear, practical, concise advice‘) and senior associates Natalie Wiliams and Siobhan Thomson are the main contacts.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

(Leading individuals)

Joanna ScallyGreenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM supports education institutions with safeguarding, corporate and governance matters, HR, property developments, contracts, regulatory issues and data privacy work. The firm is counsel to numerous Cambridge colleges, schools and academies, as well as local councils. Practice head Joanna Scally and senior associate Siobhan Thomson provided several Cambridge Colleges with support on employment issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, and assisted Emmanuel College with changing the terms and conditions of the contract of a long-serving employee with at least one disability. In Peterborough, Robert Dillarstone advises on employment matters and associate Claire Banks provides corporate support.