Meet the team: Joanne McHale-Young.
Q: What is your role at Archers Law?
I am an Associate Solicitor in the employment team.
Q: How long have you been at the firm and a little about your career journey so far – how did you study/ train too etc?
I have been with the firm since 2012. I undertook my LLB and LPC at the University of Northumbria with my final year being Employment Law focussed including leading on a complex constructive dismissal/ pregnancy and maternity discrimination claim in the student law office.
This led me to choosing my area of law, before even starting my training. Due to my results in my final year, I was recommended to a firm in Newcastle and after graduating I started there and dealt with personal injury litigation. However, throughout my time at the Newcastle firm I knew that I wanted to relocate closer to home (living on the border of the Tees Valley and County Durham) and to specialise in Employment.
Just by chance, I came across an advert for the post of Employment and Litigation paralegal at Archers. I was told I was the last to apply and last to be interviewed but I got the post. I spent a year dealing with both employment and litigation before starting my training contract, during which, I was always focussed on specialising in Employment Law. Upon qualification, I was appointed as an Employment Law solicitor and within 2 years was promoted to Associate. I am proud to say that I still have clients who have been with me since I was a paralegal 8 years ago and who trust me to be their advisor, year on year.
Q: What did you want to be when you were younger?
I remember being in the middle of a debate in English class and my teacher telling me that I would make a good lawyer as I don’t back down when I have a point to make! It stuck with me and here I am!
Q: What made you want to pursue a career in law?
I have been pretty set on a career in law all of my life with nearly all of my studies being legally focussed from the age of 16.
Q: Have you always lived in Teesside and what is your favourite thing about the Tees Valley?
I live on the border of the Tees Valley and County Durham. I love this part of the North East, from its beaches to the many amazing walks in the countryside. There are also so many exciting things to look forward to in the Tees Valley with the regeneration of the Airport and the new Freeport to name but a few.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time, hobbies etc?
I have 3 boys so they take up all of my spare time! My 2 eldest sons play football, so almost every night and all weekend you will find me on the side-lines cheering on my boys and their teams. When we have some time off from football, we love going for long walks with our cockapoo, Winston.
Q: One fact/ thing people may not know about you!
I have met a former president of the United States.
Q: Are there any funny laws you have come across?
There are plenty funny laws out there (for example the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 states it's illegal to beat or shake a mat, carpet, or a rug in the streets of London after 8am) but for the employment team, our legal landscape is so fast paced that we are continuously having to learn new areas of law. This has especially been the case over the past year with the introduction of the coronavirus act and the new area of furlough leave, which prior to March 2020 did not exist.
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