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Joanna Dodd

Legal Director

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"An excellent lawyer who strengthens the team with her knowledge, gravitas and ability to get to the nub of an issue quickly." Clients add that she "has a real commercial edge about her." (Chambers UK)

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Dodd, Joanna

An experienced litigator within our Employment Team, Joanna regularly deals with complex employment tribunal claims for her clients, including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whilstleblowing throughout Yorkshire, the North of England and UK wide.  In Chambers and Partners 2013 Joanna was recognised as an 'Associate to Watch".

If you have a question for Joanna please drop her an email - joanna.dodd@clarionsolicitors.com

“I work closely with my clients, predominately the larger employers, dealing with a wide range of employment matters. I am also frequently called in to assist our Corporate and Commercial teams with the employment aspects of business and share acquisitions. Recently seconded to a large national company to assist them with a major acquisition, I helped successfully integrate the new business into their existing model. I pride myself on providing practical, creative and, importantly, commercial legal advice to clients’. In addition to advising and assisting with on-going employment issues, I always have an eye on what can help them as they develop, giving regular training sessions and legal updates to their management and HR teams”.

Career Path

2003 - University of Durham - LLB (Hons) 
2004 - College of Law, York - Legal Practice Course 
2004 - Clarion - Trainee
2006 - Clarion - Associate
2013 - Clarion - Senior Associate 
2019 - Clarion - Promoted to Legal Director

Joanna Dodd has a professional, friendly manner, but when required her approach is no nonsense. She is very organised and cuts straight to the chase.

Legal 500 2019

Jo is quiet, methodical advocate who has phenomenal attention to detail.

Chambers UK 2019

She gives you an overview of where you stand and makes it clear what your chances are.

Chambers UK 2016

Working with Clarion has enabled us to focus on training issues for our HR team and improved the extent of work we are now able to do internally. When facing a large acquisition Joanna worked on secondment with us and enabled us to integrate the business far more quickly, she continues to feel like one of the team although she has returned to Clarion. Over the last two years our activity and use of Clarion has changed as we now have over 11,000 employees spread across 350 sites around the UK. Clarion assists the Group with our HR issues across all sites and it is refreshing to have partners who have a joint focus on value for money services and commercial resolution.

Jacolyn Fergusson, The Priory Group

Joanna was great to work with - intelligent, practical, commercial, experienced, straightforward, efficient - I felt like I had great support

Jo Young, Express Group Limited