Joan Casson
  • Joan Casson

  • Attorney

Education/Qualifications:

I attended university and law school in my home state of Indiana, USA obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and Doctorate of Jurisprudence, respectively.  I sat and passed the state bar exam in my last year of law school.  When I emigrated to the UK, I took the Law Society Finals course and passed the Law Society Finals exam first time.

Legal Qualifications:

  • Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis – Doctor of Jurisprudence 1987
  • Law Society Finals (1992)

Year Of Admission:

1987 (Bar of State of Indiana, USA)

I was admitted to the Bar of the State of Indiana in 1987 and, since I now work in England, am on inactive status.

Career History:

During law school I worked as a legal clerk providing advice and preparing reference materials to state court judges at the Indiana Judicial Center (USA) and continued that role once I qualified as an attorney.

After passing the Law Society Finals, I volunteered for local Citizens Advice Bureaux providing from 1993 general advice and from 1995 employment advice. I was employed by the CAB in 1995 as a guidance tutor and later as an employment adviser.

I have worked as an employment lawyer at Tilly Bailey & Irvine since 1998.

Experience and Expertise:

I have carried out most aspects of non-contentious and contentious advice and representation on employment matters for both employers and employees.

I have also advised on some more specialist areas such as the national minimum/living wage, business immigration and fitness to practice cases conducted by the Teaching Regulation Agency and Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Career Highlights:

I have advised multiple claimants in collective redundancy, transfer of undertaking and discrimination cases.

Professional Memberships:

Bar of State of Indiana (inactive status)

Pro Bono:

While at law school, I provided legal advice to and represented welfare clients as part of an internship at the local legal services commission.

After emigrating to England, I volunteered for my local CAB providing general advice and expanded into providing specialist employment advice and representation at Employment Tribunals. Since 2016, I have been the employment law adviser in a team of business advisers offering free business support services for Teesdale businesses.

Over the years, I have presented free employment law seminars on a variety of topics to employers and employees and to businesses and charitable organisations.