- Partner, Employment Law

Joy Drummond - Employment Law Solicitor - London
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Based in: London


Employment Law


Joy has over 34 years’ experience in handling all types of employment law matters, including highly complex cases, and has been acting for trade union clients throughout her career. Before joining Simpson Millar as a Partner in 2004, Joy was a Partner and Head of the Employment Department at her previous firm. 

Joy gives strategic and legal advice to trade unions and professional associations and their members, non-union employees, managers and senior executives.  She is widely recognised and respected for her work in promoting equal opportunities, especially pay discrimination, and for her knowledge and expertise on working time issues and holiday pay, in particular.

Trade unions rely on Joy’s wide ranging advice backed by her many decades of assisting unions and their members in an industrial context. Joy gives union officials advice on how to use individual members’ legal rights to best effect, advice in support of collective bargaining, and is involved in ACAS collective conciliation and, where necessary, advises on industrial action. 

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

Joy is based in Clerkenwell, near the Barbican.  She has worked in London since 1981 and is proud of all the positive values London represents.
In October 2017, Joy gave a talk at the White Paper Industrial Action Conference, where she outlined what now needs to be included on an industrial action ballot paper following the requirements introduced by the Trade Union Act 2016.


In her spare time Joy likes to work on her allotment and enjoys wild swimming.

Quoted in Chambers and Partners UK 2017 as follows: Described by sources as "polite, friendly, and an excellent lawyer," Joy Drummond specialises in equal opportunities employment law, including indirect discrimination and equal pay. A client reports: "She kept me in the loop and was fighting my corner. She gave me fantastic support and confidence that I was getting the best outcome."

Quoted in Chambers and Partners UK 2018 as follows: Joy Drummond focuses on advising trades unions and their members, with expertise in matters concerning equal opportunities and equal pay. Clients say:"She has a fantastic ability of getting to the core of the issue and offers invaluable and pragmatic advice, support, guidance and representation." 

Joy is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 edition for her work in the employment sector. They explain "Key partner Joy Drummond has been assisting the FDA on a number of claims brought by members employed by the Crown Prosecution Service regarding holiday pay under Working Time Regulations."


Industrial Law Society and the Employment Lawyers Association.


Joy is an editor of the departmental quarterly newsletter "Employment Law Review".

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Excellent. Very helpful, clear with instructions and advice.

Joy went over and above given the employer wanted a two part agreement and completion was within 24 hours. Thank you.

Joy was available at every turn, from the ACAS early conciliation process, helping draft the group employment tribunal claim, providing case law when we hit sticking points in negotiations with the Government Legal Department, and ensuring any issued guidance was legally correct – as well as being an invaluable sounding board.

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