About Joanna

I head the firm’s independent schools and charities practice and I specialise in education and employment law. I advise on a range of employment and pastoral issues, in particular when the reputation of a school (or other non-school charity) is at stake. An area of particular interest for me is safeguarding and I have spoken widely on this subject at a number of national conferences and I have also written widely on this and other issues affecting schools and charities.

A major part of our practice is in relation to the management of allegations against staff as well as child-on-child abuse, including guidance on making appropriate referrals. I also advise on issues relating to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. My approach is to take a strategic overview with the client and to provide practical and straightforward advice that will enable the client to reach its objectives and to minimise any risks.


  • Education employment
  • Safeguarding