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Sherrards Solicitors LLP

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London, St Albans

Jean-Paul Da Costa

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Sherrards Solicitors LLP

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Head of Corporate and Commercial.


Jean-Paul originally qualified as a Barrister in Lincoln’s Inn before moving on to become a solicitor and notary public.

He has wide-ranging domestic and international corporate and commercial experience across both private practice as well as in industry, and acts as legal counsel and business advisor to a wide range of UK and international clients, including Russia & CIS based companies and private investors.

Before joining Sherrards in 2009 to head up the corporate commercial team, Jean-Paul was head of Thomas Eggar’s Corporate Commercial practice based in London. Through his science and technology background, he has particular expertise in intellectual property and IT law, and leads the firm’s IP practice.

Jean-Paul is recognised as a legal expert in the charityand Trade Association sectors, having acted for large national and international charity and not-for-profit organisations for most of his career.


Trained at Lincoln’s Inn; qualified as a Barrister 1987; qualified as a commercial mediator 2012; partner and head of corporate and commercial at Sherrards 2009 to date; partner and head of corporate/commercial (London) at Thomas Eggar LLP 2003-08; qualified as a public notary 2007; partner (corporate/commercial) Manches LLP 2001-03; partner and head of corporate/commercial at Piper Smith & Basham 1992-2001. Publications include: ‘Tolleys Guide to the Charities Act’ 2006. Current directorships/trusteeships: Maybrook Properties Ltd (Non-Exec), The London Centre for Mediation (Director), Peak People Limited (Director), Art for Living (Trustee), Masonic Charitable Foundation (Trustee).




Law Society and Notary Society.


Rossall School; Inns of Court School of Law 1986-87; City University 1985-86; Lancaster University (1982-85 BSc Hons Physics); Cambridge University 2006-07 (Diploma in notarial practice). Law Society Finals 1994; CPE 1986; Barrister, Lincoln’s Inn 1987.


Motorcycling, photography, sailing.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Sherrards Solicitors LLP fields a team of 'superb and professional practitioners' who are 'clear in their communication and effective at getting the job done'. From its base in Hertfordshire, the firm handles a range of M&A and private equity transactions for local, national and international clients, with particular strength advising owner-managed businesses. The firm has developed a strong reputation in the media and entertainment sector, where it acts for clients including Graphite Media, Earworm Music and Bestival. In an illustration of its work for international clients, Jean-Paul da Costa assisted Ofo UK, a China-based bike sharing company, with the establishment of its UK branch, which involved ensuring compliance with UK data protection laws, as well as handling UK trade mark applications. In another key mandate, practice head Leigh Head acted for Winkworth Franchising on a number of acquisitions and disposals, in addition to assisting it with commercial negotiations with franchisees. Also recommended are Geraldine Fabre, who particularly stands out for cross-border deals involving France and the UK; Kiall Bagnell, who was part of the team advising Cambria Automobiles on the £60m refinancing of the client's bank facilities; and Andrew Cooke, whose growing client base comprises private equity firms, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and public companies.

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