Joy Drummond

Partner, Employment Law Solicitor


Joy joined Simpson Millar as a Partner in April 2004. She has specialised in all aspects of employment law for employeesfor business and trade unions for over 35 years.

Joy gives strategic and legal advice to trade unions and professional associations and their members, non-union employees, managers and senior executives.

Joy was again identified as a Key Lawyer in the Legal 500 2022 rankings, and the Employment Team was recognised as Tier 2.

Joy received some excellent feedback from Legal 500:

Joy Drummond is modest but few rival her in terms of knowledge and analysis.
Patient, informed and willing to respond to an evolving legal situation
Joy Drummond navigated my particular experience, bringing to bear her superior experience and practical advice in negotiating a successful uplift in the offer made to the employees.
Joy Drummond is exceptional in helping, advising and achieving the right result.

Having gained her Law degree from Durham University, Joy joined Lawfords Solicitors in London as a trainee. On qualifying in 1983, she specialised in employee, trade union and industrial law and rose to Partner and Head of Department before moving to Simpson Millar.

Joy helps clients to find the most effective way to achieve the best outcome for them and advises on when, and on what terms, to settle by agreement and when to make a legal challenge in the Employment Tribunal and/or court.

The employees she assists work at all levels across all sectors, including  the public sector, both central government departments and in quasi-governmental organisations and local authorities, finance, education, service and other industries.

Joy is recommended in Legal 500 2019 and by Chambers and Partners 2019 who say “Joy Drummond has a wealth of experience advising unions and their members on matters such as equal pay and holiday pay disputes” and that “ One client notes: "She's very responsive and almost forensic in how she's prepared to look at different angles and really dig."

She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Interests outside of work

Joy enjoys working on her allotment, and wild swimming.

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