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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 previously played a leading role in organising conferences that have attracted high profile speakers and national interest. Joanne has addressed a number of conferences and seminars, on a wide range of employment law topics. Joanne also develops and delivers regular legal workshops and bespoke training programmes for a number of clients.

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 and a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. Joanne is also the Chair of the Professional Services Panel for Cumbria LEP.

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’

‘Baines Wilson are fantastic and have supported me so much since joining’

‘Jo Holborn adopts a very hands-on pragmatic approach to every situation. She knows our systems and policies and is able to comment on when updates are needed to fit in/adapt to our situations. Tom Scaife also offers this, and is very thoughtful and detailed in his replies. He has a very logical brain which always considers the outcome required’

‘Joanne Holborn is accessible and gives a detailed response to issues’

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

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