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Joe Nicholls

Partner, Head of Employment

Joe Nicholls

Partner, Head of Employment


Joe Nicholls has specialised exclusively in employment law since 2011 and brings commercial experience and insight to his role.

Clients recommend him for his energy, attention to detail and flexibility as well as his clear advice, compassion and understanding. Joe has a reputation for being immensely personable, explaining the law in a way that is calm and reassuring.

Joe has a successful track record in employment disputes, representing both individuals and businesses in all types of Employment Tribunal litigation.

He regularly negotiates exit strategies for senior executives, particularly in the financial services industry, but also across the media, charity, education, legal services and technology sectors.

Joe also works with start-up companies and SMEs, providing draft contracts and policies as well as delivering HR support, advice and training to business owners, front line managers and HR teams.

Joe says: “The emotional and financial impact of an employment dispute can be highly damaging to both individuals and businesses. Not only does a specialist solicitor provide representation to enforce or defend legal rights, they also provide objective, clear and comprehensive advice about the options available.

“My role is to ensure that clients understand these options so they can make well informed decisions. My clients regularly tell me that during challenging, emotional and stressful times, they find my approach gives them both confidence and reassurance.”

Examples of his work include:

Employment Tribunal litigation – bringing and defending

  • Representing individuals and businesses in everything from wages and unfair dismissal claims to multi-party discrimination, TUPE and equal pay claims.

Exit strategies

  • Securing an exit for the director of a UK public limited company in the media and telecommunications sector;
  • Negotiating the resignation of a director of an international charity.

Whistle blowing

  • Successfully representing a care worker after she was dismissed for reporting the abuse of vulnerable service users.

Disability discrimination

  • Successfully representing a man whose employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to his working environment.

Harassment and victimisation

  • Defending a small business against claims from a former employee that she had been forced to resign from her job following poor treatment which she alleged related to her age.

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination and family rights

  • Negotiating a high value settlement for a woman side-lined and effectively demoted following her return from maternity leave.


  • Successfully arguing that the proposed changes to an employee’s role, following a transfer to another business, were unlawful.

HR advice and support to SMEs

  • Achieving a satisfactory resolution for both employer and employee in a dispute around flexible working.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Qualified as a Solicitor in 2015
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Specialised in Employment Law for many years

Supervised by Elizabeth Fry

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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

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Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP