I work closely with architects, planning consultants and surveyors and have given presentations on developments in planning law to members of the RICS in Ipswich and Chelmsford.
It’s quite unusual nowadays to have two distinct specialisms, especially two like Planning and Employment which aren’t in any way related. They do, however, have one thing in common. They are both highly technical areas of the law in which you need to be able to think and express yourself clearly.
Graduated from London University. Senior Partner since 2001 and Managing Partner between 1996 and 2001.
I spent the first 16 years of my professional life working for local authorities in London specialising in Planning and Employment and was Deputy Borough Solicitor at Wandsworth Council before joining Gotelee.
Since 1989 the firm has won several substantial local authority tenders both in this region and in London and the firm’s strong reputation for planning work, which encouraged me to join, has been consolidated.
With regards to employment, in 1991 I set out to offer a specialist employment law service at a time when it was not fashionable to do so. Our employment team has now expanded to include three lawyers, two of whom are partners and one is an associate, as well as two legal assistants. It has been recognised in Chambers 2009 as being “well-run” and “extremely able”. Chambers were particularly flattering in their other comments, describing me as “extremely intelligent, with the capacity to deal with very complex issues”.
Legal 500 commented that I “provide excellent advice and value”. I have presented an annual employment law update for the Institute of Directors and for many years I have also presented an annual update on behalf of ACAS to CAB employment advisers. Since 2002 I have also been a part-time Employment Judge in the Employment Tribunal.
I am identified by the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for both planning and employment work. With regards to planning, I have been described as a ‘strong leader’ and ‘excellent negotiator’, with ‘real strength in depth and industry knowledge’ and ‘best in the local area’. The Chambers Directory described me as “extremely perceptive and thorough”. Chambers also commented that local authorities rated my advocacy skills in a practice which “is consistently of the highest standard”.
When not at Gotelee, I am particularly keen on promoting reading. I have chaired the Suffolk Book League for over a decade and brought a number of well known writers to Ipswich, as well as promoting a love of literature to schools, colleges, hospices and even prisons. I believe everyone can learn from identifying with the experiences of others.
"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."
"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"
"I have used Tracey Hammond at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."
- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd
"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"
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