Based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office, Jo Seery is a highly regarded employment rights lawyer covering all areas of employment legislation.

Jo provides nationwide support for hundreds of Thompsons’ lawyers who specialise in her area of expertise. Jo also retains a personal caseload of strategic cases.

She provides advice and support to outside organisations and delivers much-acclaimed training courses to a range of audiences. Jo is also responsible for the firm’s submissions to government inquiries and consultations on employment matters.

Jo regularly writes for Thompsons’ Labour and European Law Review and speaks frequently at the Institute for Employment Rights.

She values her role at Thompsons because it enables her to test the limits of employment legislation, ensuring that courts use the full force of the law to protect Thompsons’ clients.

Jo qualified as professional support lawyer in 2008, having joined Thompsons in 1999 as a legal assistant. She qualified as a solicitor in 2002, transferring from Thompsons’ London headquarters to Manchester a year later.

In her spare time Jo keeps fit by running and practising yoga.


Jo's case experience 

  • Won a key judgment in the Court of Appeal, which decided that the ‘reversal of the burden of proof’ in race relations legislation did not extend to an allegation of victimisation. 
  • Won a case on behalf of fixed-term staff atLancaster University. The Employment Appeal Tribunal found that the university broke the law when it failed to consult collectively with staff members before making them redundant.


Professional membership

Jo is a member the Professional Support Lawyers Network, the Greater Manchester Law Centre and human rights group, Liberty.