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Joe is a Consultant in the Employment team at Ward Hadaway.

Joe has specialised in employment and regulatory issues for more than 25 years. Joe’s focus is on providing advice and assistance devoted to achieving the appropriate outcome with limited exposure to Employment Tribunal litigation.

Often the cost in both management time and legal fees associated with Employment Tribunal litigation is such that the management of a dismissal, grievance, redundancy or other employment situation can only properly be described as having been successful if the result is that Employment Tribunal litigation is never commenced.


Joe is widely recognised as an expert in managing complex dismissals, grievances and discrimination matters in order to guide organisations through the legal process to avoid litigation.


Joe is regularly involved in organisational restructuring involving redundancies and TUPE transactions within and between both the public and private sector.

He has considerable experience in managing collective consultation which is necessary in large scale redundancy and TUPE matters.

Should issues result in litigation, Joe has considerable experience managing all types of cases within the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

What people say

  • Joe Thornhill earns praise for 'giving you sound advice without writing a long letter,' and is consulted for his guidance on managing redundancies.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Joe Thornhill is praised by an interviewee for his 'great sense of humour and pragmatic approach, backed up by a solid understanding of employment law. He is on our wavelength; he gets our commercial point of view'.

    Chambers & Partners
  • I've used Joe and the Employment Team at Ward Hadaway for specialist work for almost 15 years. I've always found their work and advice to be of an extremely high standard and the team have worked hard to properly understand our business to help us effectively resolve issues.

    Marie Liston, HR Director, ScS
  • Joe has provided Imprint Group with a first class service with regard to employment law guidance and support through the Ward Hadaway employment package. Having worked directly with Joe for over nine years now he has always delivered a personal first class service with integrity. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Joe Thornhill and Ward Hadaway.

    Dave Bullivant, Group Managing Director, Imprint Group
  • Joe and his team at Ward Hadaway have incredible expertise and have provided outstanding professional services to PLG for a number of years.

    Graeme Hawes, Managing Director, Peterlee Glass Co Ltd
  • Joe’s excellent business acumen ensures his advice is always balanced from a commercial and legal perspective. Our recent business transformation project would not have been as successful without Joe’s expert advice.

    Louise Bassett, HR Director, Gentoo Group
  • Joe … has that essential blend of excellent legal knowledge and practical application – always very happy to debate and discuss tricky employee relations issues rather than just delivering the pure legal line.

    Jane Holliday, UK HR Manager, Energizer- Wilkinson Sword
  • We have used the services of Ward Hadaway (and in particular Joe Thornhill) on many occasions over the last few years and found the advice and guidance given by them to be honest, pragmatic and ultimately successful in all instances. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone seeking experts in employment law.

    Gavin Wragby, Operations Director, White Bros

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