Lawrence Stephens

We are a *team of bright minds

Practice areas:
Expertise includes:
  • Corporate Acquisitions and Sales
  • Employment Law
Jo Says:
“I’m proud to be rated strongly by my clients and work hard to manage and mitigate business risks across the spectrum of employment law.”

Meet Jo

Jo joined Lawrence Stephens with more than 20 years PQE in Employment Law.  She is a renowned expert in all aspects of discrimination claims, TUPE and collective consultation in M&A.  Jo delivers pragmatic, business savvy solutions for her clients.

Jo is the employment lawyer on the Vanessa Feltz TV show and BBC Radio with Kate Justice.

She has been involved in multi-national acquisitions and restructures, advising on the onerous complexities that TUPE and collective consultation bring to business and directors.  She is an expert in disability discrimination and the liabilities facing employers in the Equality Act.

She has worked for SME clients and large businesses advising on claims raised by their employees.  She represents clients at Employment Tribunal and at the High Court and has worked in the European Courts.

Jo seeks to get to know her clients individually to understand how they work, meaning she can identify where their areas of risk are and support them to mitigate that risk.  By developing good working relationships, Jo has become a trusted adviser when it comes to anything employment related.

A sports fan!  Jo used to play soccer, before the UK ban on women playing was lifted.  She now coaches a junior girls’ team playing in London and Kent leagues.  She is a keen follower of our England Lionesses, and watches them play whenever she can.

Jo enjoys family time and tries to keep up with her teenage daughter.  She has also run the London marathon twice and hopes to again soon.  She runs the London 10k for Breast Cancer Now annually.

Living in London, Jo enjoys socialising, trying new restaurants and attending theatre shows and new art exhibitions with friends.

Experience highlights 

  • Advising ITEC Group in connection with the acquisition of various companies in the Print management and IT Services as part of an international growth strategy.  To include, Portrayal Limited: Time Business Systems Limited: Citrus Digital Limited: Stem Networks Limited, Reflex Digital Solution Limited; Mail A Doc Limited and Criterion IT Limited.
  • Advising the Shareholders of ITEC Connect Limited in connection with the sale of the ITEC UK businesses to Xerox (UK) Limited.
  • Advising the Shareholders of a well known construction and infrastructure group in the UK in connection with a sale to the Management Team.
  • Acting for a group of Investors in acquiring a controlling interest in Greenlight Credit Limited, a company specialising in consumer finance in the motor industry and agreeing loan facilities with outside lenders to support the growth strategy of the Company.
  • Acted for GOT Capital Limited, the B2B lending business in agreeing loan facilities with Shawbrook Bank to support the growth strategy of the Company.
  • Advising the shareholders of Bective Leslie Marsh, the established central London Estate agency business in the sale of the Company to an overseas Investor group.
  • Acting for HFMC Group, a leading Wealth and Asset Management advisory business in connection with a strategic acquisition of a competitor as part of the consolidation taking place within the financial services sector.