Joanne May (Jo)
Role: Managing Partner
Jo started with DF Legal in October 2016 as Practice Manager with her role looking after the 4 branch offices and its employees. In January 2018 Jo was promoted to Managing Partner and welcomes the challenges that lie ahead.
Jo deals personally with the full HR remit for both staff and partners at DF Legal including welfare, training, recruitment and benefits. She also maintains and manages the Firms office policies and procedures, including the renewal or maintaining of legal memberships and auditing of various accreditations and standards. Jo is the point of contact to external representatives including suppliers, contractors and authorities.
At the point of joining DF Legal it was Jo’s first role working in the Legal sector, however she has over 25 years experience of working in an office environment. Her wealth of experience is taken from all levels of Office Roles from sales administrator and PA to Directors, to Office and HR Manager for Medium or Large businesses. Jo feels her specialisms are simple – people skills, organization and support, because we are at work too many hours a day not to enjoy it, so aims to reduce stress and support her staff in all areas. Clients and Legal Professionals alike appreciate the requirement of a smooth and efficient company to facilitate their legal requirements or instructions, and as Managing Partner that is what Jo strives to deliver every single day .
Jo trained at secretarial college in Gloucester in 1993 and went straight into the office environment as a Sales Administrator. Progressing to Personal Assistant level over the next few years. Her roles were always more than your standard PA and in 2006 qualified in accounts and finance to AAT level. She became Office Manager and PA to the Chief Executive of a large Urban Regeneration Company, working with 25 Board Members ranging from local group committee members to high profile Civic and Religious leaders across the County. On a personal level Jo enjoys fitness and running and has taken part in numerous events including 4 half marathons.