Joan Pettingill > Gunnercooke LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Gunnercooke LLP
10-12 East Parade

Work Department

Employment Law




Joan is a highly experienced expert in all areas of employment law.

Approachable, friendly, and unstuffy, Joan delivers winning solutions placing you in the very best negotiating position for your situation. She often advises on matters where reputational issues need careful management.

Joan is a trusted adviser both with ongoing strategic projects and with one-off matters and day-to-day ad hoc advice.

Having worked in-house in financial services, Joan has a very commercial no-nonsense approach that keeps the client’s objectives at the fore. She also advises leadership teams on their terms of entry to a business via an MBO or in relation to their exit arrangements including restrictive covenants.

Joan is extremely experienced in restructuring workforces, whether through redundancies, reorganisation of roles, changing job descriptions, contract terms, or changing working practices. She is experienced in all kinds of staff change management in particular where there are TUPE issues on business transfers including service provision changes.

Joan has particular experience assisting employers where there may be particularly difficult issues of suspected criminality such as fraud or potential abuse of others by staff or where there may be a safeguarding or professional disciplinary angle to also take into account.

Previous Law Firms

  • Wake Smith Solicitors (Director & Head of Employment & HR Services 2020–21)
  • Lupton Fawcett LLP (Partner, Employment Law Team 2014–20)
  • HLW Keeble Hawson LLP (now Knights plc) (Partner, Employment Law Team 2007–14)
  • Gordons (Solicitor 2001–07)


  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • ILM-qualified Trainer
  • ILM7 Executive Coach & Mentor
  • Chair — Sheffield & South Yorkshire Advancing Leaders Peer Group


  • Northumbria University (LLB Law (Hons))
  • Legal Practice Course

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

(Firms to watch)

gunnercooke LLP‘s Yorkshire employment team has experienced significant growth. Jo Tindall re-located to Yorkshire from the firm’s Manchester office while Simon Brian joined the group from Flint Bishop LLP in March 2022. Other key arrivals include Mini Setty from Langleys Solicitors LLP and Joan Pettingill from Wake Smith Solicitors Limited. The group acts for both employers and employees on a variety of matters, including whistleblowing, redundancies and issues of discrimination.