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Joanne Lightburn

Joanne LightburnSenior Associate

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I am a senior associate in Lewis Silkin’s Employment, Immigration and Reward division based in Belfast.

I am dual qualified and advise on all aspects of employment law in Northern Ireland as well as Great Britain, having practised for 9 years at a large leading commercial law firm in Leeds, West Yorkshire.


I have extensive experience in Employment Tribunal litigation, specialising in complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. I also specialise in providing strategic advice to public and private sector clients on non-contentious matters such as TUPE negotiations and large-scale business reorganisations, often involving collective redundancy programmes. In addition, I provide practical advice on day-to-day HR matters as well as complex disciplinary and grievance issues. I also advise on aspects of public administrative law.

I act for a variety of employer clients in a number of different sectors, with particular expertise in the industrials and retail sectors, having acted for a large number of FTSE 100 PLCS. I also act for individuals on complex employment disputes and executive terminations.

I enjoy providing bespoke training on a broad range of employment matters, particularly for HR professionals and line managers on handling disciplinary and grievance issues as well as equality in the workplace.

I have been recognised in Legal 500 as an “excellent communicator”. I was also recognised in Chambers and Partners for my “dedication to the job” and for having “proven to be extremely technical and achieves successful outcomes” as well as being noted for acting “on complex TUPE work and Employment Tribunal claims”.

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