Providing HR & employment law support

Joanna Atkinson

Practice Director and Solicitor

Email, Mobile 0(+44) 7540 706135, Office 0(+44) 1252 821792

Joanna formed JMA HR & Legal in 2009 with a background which includes over twenty five years’ specialist employment law experience as a practising solicitor and practical hands-on HR experience. Joanna works with organisations of all sizes and across all industry sectors ensuring that her clients are well equipped to respond to day- to-day employment issues as and when they arise, as well taking a pro-active approach to managing their HR responsibilities.

Joanna is often praised by her clients for her pragmatic and approachable style. She is commercial and yet compassionate when dealing with their HR and employment challenges. She qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and a fully trained Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England. She has been a partner of a leading law firm in Oxfordshire and worked in the City prior to joining an HR consultancy as its Head of HR and Legal. She set up JMA HR & Legal in 2009.

Over the years, Joanna has advised small and medium sized businesses, large multi-national organisations and those operating in the charity and public sectors on the full range of employment law and HR issues. She has also continued to act for employees, in particular those at senior and director level, advising on individual matters of employment law, including Employment Tribunal claims and settlement agreements.

Joanna is also a regular speaker at seminars and runs practical workshops on current HR and employment law matters.

In her spare time, Joanna enjoys photography, keeping fit, travel and the great outdoors. She is also a trustee of Peer Productions, an award winning youth arts charity specialising in combining high quality arts practice with peer education.

Sonia Bhola

Consultant Solicitor

Email, Mobile 0(+44) 7515 735517, Office 0(+44) 1252 821792

Sonia is a highly experienced solicitor with over twenty years’ experience advising across all areas of employment law matters.

Sonia has spent over ten years working for a City practice and a number of her previous roles have included managing teams of junior employment solicitors as well as acting as a Head of Department. Mostly the practices that Sonia has previously worked for have been considered in the top 200 Law firms in England. Sonia is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Her expertise spans over a broad range of industries and has included advising small owner managed business, satellite offices where the main company is based in Europe/America, large blue chip companies as well as charities and the voluntary sector.

Sonia has devised and delivered workshops and seminars which are bespoke to organisational needs, as well as working in collaboration with other organisations such as ACAS, HMRC and ACCA.

Sonia has been described by clients as providing sound pragmatic advice which is considered and encompassing the commercial realities of a situation. She has a no nonsense approach always trying to find the right solution for her client.

Sonia enjoys spending time with her young family and in the little spare time she has left she likes to practice meditation, yoga and pilates.

Tsige Berhanu

Consultant Solicitor

Email, Mobile 0(+44) 7930 444862, Office 0(+44) 1252 821792

Tsige has over ten years’ experience in the practice of UK immigration law with particular emphasis on corporate immigration and private immigration work. She is a commercially aware and very able practitioner with proven track record in the field.

Tsige provides tailored immigration assistance to employers including applications for Sponsor Licence, Sponsor Licence management, renewal of Licences, as well as advising on immigration compliance policies and processes. She also advises and assists with UK visa and leave to remain applications in all the points based system categories (Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5) for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors, as well as students.

Tsige’s expertise also extends to assistance with applications for sole representatives of overseas businesses, EEA nationals, as well applications for family members of British Citizens and UK visa holders.

Outside of work Tsige enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and travelling as well as trips to the Royal Opera House to enjoy opera and ballet performances.

Sarah Bettin

Office Manager

Email, Office 0(+44) 1252 821792

Sarah is PA to the team here at JMA and runs the office, dealing with everything from our marketing and social media communications to our office administration, including bookkeeping. She also helps run our training events and assists with the preparation of employment tribunal documentation, contracts of employment and HR and employment policies and procedures.

In her spare time Sarah has a small flock of Hebridean sheep, ducks and chickens which keep her busy.  When the weather allows she also goes flying in her hot air balloon.