Jo Walker

Principal Associate - Employment Law

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"Experienced employment law specialist helping clients solve both day to day HR problems and complex issues with over a decade’s experience providing corporate and M&A support.”

I joined Higgs in March 2004, having trained at a large international law firm.

I bring both legal knowledge and a commercial focus. I have advised on all aspects of employment law and assisted clients from a range of sectors with day-to-day HR matters, including disciplinary and grievance and managing sickness and absence. 

I typically advise employers, but also support senior employees, particularly in relation to termination of employment.

I am part of the Higgs corporate transactional team, supporting those buying or selling their businesses on all employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, particularly within the care sector.

I am an experienced trainer on HR and employment law matters.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a qualified mental health first aider. 

I have been listed as a Key Lawyer in the Legal 500 for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

  • I have various clients who I have advised and supported for a number of years with a variety of HR matters.
  • I was seconded to a large manufacturer one day a week for a period of approximately 18 months, working in the HR team and liaising with the senior management team.
  • I negotiated a substantially greater termination package for a senior employee than initially offered, which failed to take into account my client’s disability and ability to seek alternative employment.
  • I acted for an employer who terminated the employment of an underperforming employee, who then threatened to pursue claims for unfair dismissal and race discrimination. I lead a complex negotiation process, involving a lawyer in another jurisdiction before a settlement acceptable to both parties was reached.

More about me


I am a keen tennis player

Favourite place

Newcastle (there’s no place like home)

Childhood career goal

Paramedic or a nurse

Interesting fact

I sang in various bands for 10 years.

"The employment team at Higgs LLP provides us with an excellent service. The advice provided can not only be fully relied upon but it is timely and practical. They are completely transparent when it comes to fees. Tim Jones is exceptional at what he does."

Legal 500

"We have been a subscriber to the HR Service for over 8 years and have developed a close working relationship with Jo and the team, who understand our business and culture. This has enabled us to work together and seek to establish best practices when supporting and managing our employees and minimising risk."

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