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Joelson

30 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1B 1LZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7580 5721
Fax:
Fax 020 7580 2251
DX:
83301 WEST END-2
Email:
Web:
www.joelsonlaw.com
London EC2Y, London W1B

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Joelson

The team at Joelson primarily acts for clients in the food and drink, leisure and gaming, media and resources sectors, including Innocent Drinks, Leon Restaurants, Ash Gaming, Real Good Food, Mumsnet and Richland. Phil Hails-Smith and Paul Chiappe jointly lead the practice; Hails-Smith advised the management team of Clarion Events on the £600m sale and reinvestment in Clarion in relation to its acquisition by Blackstone, and Chiappe acted for Healthy Kids (trading as Little Dish) on its £17m sale to Chicago-based private equity firm Profile Capital. Other noted members of the team are Sheldon Cordell, who advised May Capital on the £1.8bn acquisition (along with partner Patron Capital) of Punch Taverns, and Philippa Sturt, who acted for Schawk, a subsidiary of Matthews International, on the £10.25m acquisition of VCG (Holdings) and its subsidiaries from LBI ehf.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

Joelson

Joelson's expertise includes betting, gaming and lotteries law, regulatory matters and licensing, and clients include a wide mix of nightclubs, casinos, lotteries and betting companies. The licensing and gaming practice is jointly headed by Niall McCann and recently promoted partner Richard Williams. The team recently advised Stakers, a remote platform developer and international remote gaming operator, with applications for UK remote betting, casino and software licences; acted for a Malta-based client on an Irish remote bookmaker’s licence; and assisted More Tech Group Limited with an application for a remote betting. Other notable clients include Fitzdares, a high-end members-only online betting platform, and Condor Gaming, a multinational online betting and casino operator.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Joelson

Joelson¬†has a strong presence in the alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment fields, advising on the full gamut of license applications including new premises licences, variations to existing licences, reviews and interim authority notices. The practice is praised for being ‚Äėa very good all-round licensing practice covering gambling and alcohol/entertainment work‚Äô. Key figure¬†Niall McCann¬†regularly appears before courts and local authorities in contentious licensing matters; recent highlights include acting for the Dulwich Picture Gallery in respect of an application for a large outside summer pavilion in its grounds. Richard Williams¬†has notable expertise in remote and land-based gambling and cryptocurrency. He recently defended B&M in successfully obtaining highly contested premises licences and also defending health and safety, food safety and product safety prosecutions. Williams also advises on taxi and firearms licensing, and has handled alcohol licensing matters for both national and off-license retailers.

Leading individuals

Niall McCann - Joelson

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Joelson

Joelson's 'response times are extremely good and business acumen and industry knowledge are very impressive'. The practice's contentious expertise includes corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence, shareholder issues, IP matters, insolvency, property claims, and contentious construction. Jo Gregory is 'a stellar partner with incredible client-handling skills'. Other experienced litigators include Niall McCann and Myles Levy.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Joelson

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Joelson

As 'an exceptional firm that devotes itself fully to the cause with excellent service levels', Joelson 'treats every client with extreme professionalism' and has 'a refreshing approach that separates it out from others in the market'. The 'impressive' David Greenhalgh heads up the group, which also includes 'complete star' Jennifer Maxwell-Harris, who has 'a real talent for communicating constructively and persuasively with opponents to great effect'. The group's work for employers and senior executives spans employment disputes, relocations, senior exits, restrictive covenant issues and workforce restructuring issues with notable expertise in the financial services, technology and food and drink sectors. The team recently advised Healthy Kids on new service agreements for its co-founder and CEO and is assisting Larry King with restrictive covenants issues.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Joelson

The team at Joelson 'works tirelessly for its clients' and 'always provides thorough advice within impressive timeframes'. Headed by Myles Levy, the department is especially acting in the London leasing space, where it is instructed by high-profile restaurant operators and various other corporate occupiers. David Merson is also recommended. Key clients include Regus Managed Office Solutions and Remedy Bars, which the team assisted with a lease of a Soho premises. Further, the firm has invested heavily in its property department, having recently brought on four new solicitors including associates Tegan Cummins and Kerry Coleman, who joined from DLA Piper and Ashley Wilson Solicitors respectively. Laura Bushaway left for Bircham Dyson Bell.

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