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Alongside her breadth of County Court and High Court litigation experience, which includes bringing and defending urgent applications for injunctive relief and the speedy trials which often follow, her ability to quickly establish the facts and then provide calm, professional advice means that she is regularly instructed to resolve disputes in the following practice areas:
- Business sales and contract disputes
- Partnerships and joint ventures
- General company law (including directors’ duties, fiduciary obligations and minority shareholders’ rights)
Joanne provides ongoing litigation support to the firm’s intellectual property team and she is also experienced in large-scale cross border litigation.
Her links with the business community have been recently strengthened by taking up the post of chair of the Hereford and Worcester branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD). She has been active within the branch for some years and volunteers on the regional board of Young Enterprise, encouraging links between young entrepreneurs and the IoD.
She has encouraged links with Young Enterprise within the firm in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, the South West and West Midlands.
Before qualifying as a solicitor, Joanne worked in industry. Joanne believes that the commercial experience that she gained during her previous career assists in her work as a solicitor because it provides her with a valuable insight into clients’ business needs.
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I have been using HCR for many years in my various businesses.
Some of the time specific HR or property lease advice is required, but most of the time one needs practical advice on day to day issues that can arise in any business.
I have been working with Jo Hodgetts for a number of years now and she has helped me with everything from serving notices to agreeing dilapidations, as well as dealing with employee issues and resolving contract disputes. I have no hesitation in picking up the phone to Jo (or corralling her at a networking event) to just run a problem by her.
In my view, Jo knows the law but more importantly has a practical business understanding approach and happy to find solutions without the feeling of ‘clock watching’. She is a great alley to have when in business and I can highly recommend her to other business owners.
Director Rethink Printing Ltd & Relocation PA Ltd
Central Roofing and Building Services Ltd is one of the leading flat roofing contractors working in the public, commercial and industrial sectors. With 50 years of experience under its belt from time to time the business experiences issues with customers failing to pay on time and contractors failing to keep their promises. I have worked with Jo to resolve a number of problems now and we’ve built up a good relationship.
The first case which Jo dealt with was collecting a debt of over £200,000. Within 48 hours of Jo making a demand for payment an agreement had been reached and the money was in our bank account within 2 weeks. I haven’t ever experienced another solicitor deal with customers in the same way as Jo. The sensitive and pragmatic approach taken and Jo’s willingness to just pick up the phone, meant that Central Roofing and Building Services Ltd also preserved its trading relationship with the customer. We still do a great deal of business with that particular customer now.
Our relationship is such that it has got to the point whereby I know that if I mention passing the unpaid bill to Jo at Harrison Clark Rickerbys any outstanding debt will probably be paid!
Easy Storage Network provides a number of self-storage sites across the UK. Over the years, the way that the Company has traded has evolved and this has given rise to a certain amount of friction between would-be competitors and customers who have it in mind to exploit any goodwill shown to them. Jo has robustly “seen off” IP as well as internet based claims, and she has expertly dealt with contract disputes on our behalf. We like Jo’s no-nonsense approach and that the fact that she works with us as a much valued extension to our team. We’d recommend Jo to any Hi-Tech company with a business problem.
Guy Drummond, Director
Manydown Family Fun is, as the name suggests, a family orientated activity farm which offers a variety of activities ranging from animal handling and sheep racing through to tractor rides and adventure play. As with all businesses, very occasionally it has issues with suppliers or customers. It is paramount that in a family orientated business, problems are resolved sensitively and quickly in order to ensure that the farm continues to run smoothly and that its reputation is preserved. Jo is the first person that we turn to when there is a problem because she understands our business needs and she is always contactable. All contractual, regulatory or reputational issues referred to Jo received a swift response and they were resolved both quickly and commercially. We’d recommend Jo to any family business in need of a helping hand.
Mark Drummond, Director