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Number of partners: 15
Assistant solicitors: 19
Other fee-earners: 9

: Paul Chiappe, Philippe Hails-Smith, Philippa Sturt
Employment: David Greenhalgh, Jennifer Maxwell-Harris
Immigration: Jennifer Maxwell-Harris
Licensing & Gaming: David Grossbard
Litigation: Jo Gregory
Property: David Hershkorn, Andrew Clissold
Property Litigation: Daniel Swimer
Construction: Myles Levy

The Firm:
A key partner in our business’ success, we’ve been working with Joelson since our very beginnings. Smart, entrepreneurial and commercial – our favourite law firm.’— Richard Reed, co-founder, Innocent Drinks. From its offices at 30 Portland Place, Joelson advises clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including food and drink, hospitality and leisure, media, tech and financial services. Following a number of recent successful mergers, the firm offers a range of top-ranked legal services spanning corporate, property, employment, litigation, licensing and gaming, immigration, property litigation, construction and planning.

Types of Work Undertaken:

Corporate & Commercial:
A highly-regarded team, led by Philippa Sturt, Paul Chiappe and Phil HailsSmith, advising on a broad range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, for private equity and VC-backed businesses, management teams on PE transactions, acting for entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage growth companies on funding and general corporate advice on seed capital fund raisings through to preIPO. The team also advises on joint ventures and a wide range of commercial agreements to enable and facilitate clients’ ability to trade and expand. The team has acted for a number of successful start-up companies, advising on initial funding rounds, development capital through to exit. The team has also developed an active practice acting for AIM-listed clients in relation to IPOs, placings and reverse takeovers. The firm has an active role in facilitating foreign direct investment into the UK and regularly assists clients who wish to establish businesses in the UK. Its clients include start-up businesses, serial entrepreneurs, SMEs and large multi-national companies.

The team, which boasts two high-profile partners, David Greenhalgh and Jennifer MaxwellHarris, provides innovative, commercially focused solutions to both corporate and senior executive clients. Clients benefit from a high level of partner involvement. The team has substantial recent experience in acting for employers in defending tribunal claims and also has experience of litigating in the High Court in relation to restrictive covenants and team moves (the team secured a landmark victory in the case of Sunrise Brokers v Rodgers). It also acts for senior executives (including management teams on buyouts and investment runs) advising on new terms of employment and in negotiating exit terms (often complex and high-value involving deferred elements).

Joelson’s immigration team provides specialist business immigration advice and assistance and helps clients with obtaining Tier 1 Investor and Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas and Representative of Overseas Business visas for entrepreneurs, talented individuals and businesses who want to set up and/or develop business in the UK. Our team also helps employers with the employer’s sponsor licence and hiring skilled and experienced employees under Tier 2. We also help individuals and their families with EEA permits, indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency) and UK citizenship. The team works closely with accountants, tax advisers and asset management advisers, together with Joelson’s corporate and property teams.

Licensing & Gambling:
The team at Joelson is highly ranked for both licensing and gambling and has been a leading team nationally since the 1960s. Headed by individually recommended Niall McCann, it comprises five fee-earners, each of whom has over 15 years of licensing and gambling experience. Renowned for its in-house advocacy capability and commercial approach, the team advises clients from all aspects of the leisure sector including pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, off-licences, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres, online gambling operators and betting shops ranging from start-ups to international operators. Furthermore, the team has a growing reputation for acting on broader regulatory matters including food safety, health & safety and product-safety issues. With a truly national presence, the team benefits from the backing of a full-service law firm with other departments with experience in this sector.

The team, led by Jo Gregory, undertakes a wide range of high-value and complex disputes, both in the UK and internationally, for corporates and high-net-worth individuals. It has many years of experience of prosecuting and defending matters through the UK courts, arbitration and ADR. The team has extensive experience in advising on a range of commercial matters, including breach of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, commercial property disputes, infringement of intellectual property rights, debt recovery and asset tracing, insolvency and professional negligence.

The team, led by David Hershkorn, assists developers and investors in the residential, retail, leisure, industrial and office sectors with all aspects of the property life-cycle, from acquisition and funding through to development, asset management and disposal. The team also has particular expertise in property finance and acting for retail and leisure operators.

Property Litigation:
The team, headed by Daniel Swimer, covers the full spectrum of commercial and residential real estate disputes often to clients in the retail and residential development sectors. The team works closely with the firm’s real estate lawyers to minimise the risk of disputes escalating to litigation. The team’s expertise includes contested and uncontested lease renewals, dilapidations, property asset management, service charge disputes, boundary disputes, sale and purchase disputes, and enfranchisement. The team acts for developers, investors, and landlords and tenants.

The team is highly rated and dynamic providing commercially focused advice in both noncontentious (transactional) and construction dispute related matters. The team acts for developers, property investors, funders, contractors and professional consultants, and has a leading specialist practitioner in development funding transactions. The team’s commercial and pragmatic approach facilitates our clients to regularly achieve their objectives in relation to construction projects.

Joelson acts on behalf of leading multi-national companies, including Addison Lee, Innocent Drinks, Itsu and others.

Joelson has well established relationships with firms throughout Europe, China (the firm has a number of Mandarin speakers) and the USA. It is a member of the European Lawyers Network & Affiliated Firms and the DIT UK Advisory Network and has been a commercial partner to London & Partners for many years.