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About Jo

Partner and head of Employment, Jo specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment and partnership law. She has a wealth of experience in providing strategic, pragmatic and commercial advice to a wide range of UK businessespartnerships and individuals. In Chambers UK 2020, she has been individually ranked in Band One in the ‘Partnerships – Contentious’ category and sources say that “her knowledge of the law is phenomenal.”

She has also been described in Chambers 2020 as “one of the hardest-working lawyers on the planet,” and  “she’s a master of her field and imbues complete confidence in her ability to provide the best advice and get the job done.” In Legal 500 2020 sources say: “Jo Keddie knocks it out of the park – she is fearless and strong, works incredibly hard and produces results” and is described as having  ‘the rare combination of a first class mind and really good instincts.’

Jo focuses on providing solutions driven and incisive advice to her clients within clear timescales. She maintains a focussed and realistic approach to her clients’ objectives and has a strong reputation for achieving the best outcome for clients through perseverance and skill in a broad range of complex and contentious workplace issues

She has substantial experience of representing clients in the High Court and Employment Tribunals where she works closely with clients to devise litigation strategies to meet their aims and objectives. She also has significant expertise in arbitration processes including expedited arbitrations where urgent cases demand swift decisions.

Jo acts for a number of corporate employers and professional partnerships covering all of their employment and partnership needs. She regularly advises on boardroom disputes; restructuring and redundancies; performance, discrimination and departure issues; and employment policies and procedures.

She also has considerable experience in acting for executives and partners in financial institutions, professional partnerships, private equity funds and insurance firms with a particular focus on handling high value discrimination claims; senior executive and partner severances; directors service agreements; team departures; whistleblowing; bonus claims; restrictive covenants; wrongful and unfair dismissal; and changing terms and conditions of employment.

Jo has also led regulatory bodies, partnerships and other corporate and education clients through complex external and internal investigations involving serious issues (often of public interest) that have required extremely sensitive, pragmatic and compliant advice as well as focussed outcomes if disciplinary and regulatory sanctions are likely to be imposed.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for several FTSE 100  C-Suite clients in respect of their high value (often seven figures) and often complex departure terms.
  • Acting for a number of City law firms, financial institutions and SMEs  in successfully defending claims for unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing, race and religious discrimination, sex discrimination/harassment and age discrimination.
  • Acting in high value team and individual moves in the professional services, financial and pharmaceutical sectors (often involving High Court proceedings or arbitral proceedings).
  • Representing individual Partners in general partnerships and limited liability partnerships in relation to discrimination, whistle blowing and bad faith situations often involving the  successful negotiation of  high value and dignified departure terms.
  • Acting for regulatory bodies in relation to investigations, internal audit and governance matters.

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Association of Partnership Practitioners
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association

Career Experience

2010 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

1995 to 2010: Partner, Dawsons

1990 to 1995: Solicitor, Dawsons

1988 to 1990: Trainee, Dawsons

“She must be one of the hardest-working lawyers on the planet…She’s a master of her field and imbues complete confidence in her ability to provide the best advice and get the job done.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

Jo is acknowledged by clients as a committed and responsive advocate, one who “sees both sides of a dispute.”

Chambers and Partners UK

Sources say Jo is “authoritative, genuinely empathetic, very assertive when required, clever and clearly hugely experienced.”

Chambers and Partners UK, 2018

She is described as “being assertive and robust” while remaining sensitive to her clients’ concerns, and is recognised as an “extremely tactically good lawyer with great client-handling skill.”

Chambers and Partners UK

“With the amount of confidence she commands,
she’s a force to be reckoned with.”

Chambers and Partners UK

“Jo Keddie knocks it out of the park – she is fearless and strong, works incredibly hard and produces results.”

Legal 500 2020

“Jo Keddie [has] the rare combination of a first class mind and really good instincts.”

Legal 500 2020

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 | Registration & lunch: 12.30pm | Start: 1.00pm | Finish: 2.00pm

HR Hour: Employment law update

Our next HR Hour seminar will cover a range of developments that have recently occurred in employment law. Topics will include: A round-up of the important case law developments over the last 12 months. Forthcoming changes. There is no charge …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB


Thursday 18th June 2020 | Registration & refreshments: 8.30am | Start: 8.30am | Finish: 9.30am

HR Hour: Discrimination essentials – focus on disability and mental health

In the first part of this key HR update session we will analyse significant developments in recent discrimination cases, including developments post-Brexit as UK law becomes de-linked from EU discrimination law. The second part of the session will focus specifically …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB


Wednesday 16th September 2020 | Registration & refreshments: 8.30am | Start: 8.30am | Finish: 9.30am

HR Hour: Disciplinary procedures in detail

This employment seminar will provide an in depth review of best practice when it comes to disciplinary procedures. It will also include interactive case studies, to identify common pitfalls and strategies for optimal outcomes. There is no charge to attend …

Winckworth Sherwood, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close. London SE1 9BB