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Joanne Holborn

Joanne Holborn

Partner - Head of Employment and Employment Training

Joanne Holborn is a highly experienced Employment Law advocate and has represented both private and public sector clients in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK. Her case load has been varied and has included mass redundancy situations and workplace closures, dismissal of senior executives and settlement agreements, allegations of discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability and equal pay. Joanne has a special interest in health at work and has lectured on this topic at Nottingham University. Joanne has also developed and delivered bespoke training programmes for a number of clients.

Joanne has played a leading role in organising annual health conferences in the North East that has attracted high profile speakers and national interest. Joanne has also addressed a number of conferences and seminars, particularly on the subjects of fitness for work, managing sickness absence, stress, occupational health and health promotion at work.

Joanne is used to advising businesses on a range of employment issues and clients are able to benefit from Joanne’s practical and pragmatic approach to deal with all their HR and legal queries. Joanne believes in building close working relationships with her clients to ensure she can deliver results that best suit their needs.


Joanne specialises in Employment Law. Joanne graduated with Honours from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 1995.

Joanne completed her training in private practice with a firm of solicitors from the Tees Valley area, and continued to work in private practice, specialising in Employment Law and Personal Injury, until she joined EEF Northern Association in January 2001. Joanne was Head of the Legal Department for EEF Northern, a ‘business only’ employers’ organisation, before relocating to Cumbria to join Baines Wilson.

Joanne is a member of the Employment Tribunal User Group for the Regional Office of Employment Tribunals in Newcastle and a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Joanne enjoys sports in the outdoors including running and mountain biking.


“Joanne provided an excellent professional and friendly service, which fully met our requirements. I have no hesitation in using Joanne and Baines Wilson”

Noted for her tactical awareness and her measured and balanced approach.

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