Joelson > London, England > Firm Profile

2 Marylebone Road

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Joelson's disputes expertise covers IP and IT matters, along with employment-related claims. The 'particularly impressive' Jo Gregory leads the practice, in which Jennifer Maxwell- Harris is increasingly active in contentious employment work involving cross-over shareholder and director issues.

Practice head(s):

Jo Gregory; Jennifer Maxwell-Harris

Other key lawyers:

Jayneil Amin; Reema Jethwa


‘Great strength in mid-market claims, bringing considerable expertise to such disputes.’

It is a very well coordinated team, in which work is always conducted at the appropriate level, and optimal from a costs perspective.

‘Jo Gregory is a very hands-on partner and has a great manner with clients.’

‘Jo Gregory is particularly impressive.’

‘Jo Gregory is of a far higher quality than one would necessarily expect from a firm of this size. She provides excellent litigation advice to high-profile clients, and is as likeable as she is competent and tenacious.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is exceptional in defending her client’s interests and ensuring the best outcome for them, even in the most challenging situations. She is measured, calm under pressure and great to deal with.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris has real insight into the law, and how to use it for achieving practical goals.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is an absolute standout. She’s wonderful to work with. She’s smart, detailed, committed, sensible, highly persuasive, and reasonably priced.’

Key clients

Addison Lee

Delaware Consulting

Oakleaf Partnership

Iceland Seafood

Lemon Pepper Holdings

Work highlights

  • Representing actor Antonia Kinlay in her claim against J K Rowling’s production company Bronte Film and Television for pregnancy- related discrimination.
  • Assisting a global food and drinks brand in relation to a dispute with one of its international distributors.
  • Assisting a leading media company with a defamation claim by an industry leader.

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.

The firm: From its offices at 2 Marylebone Road, Joelson advises clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including food and drink, hospitality and leisure, media, tech and financial services. The firm offers a range of top-ranked legal services spanning corporate, real estate, employment, litigation, licensing, immigration, property litigation, construction and planning.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate and commercial:
a highly-regarded team 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 fundraising through to pre-IPO. 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.

Employment: the team 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 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. 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).

Immigration: 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.

Commercial Litigation: the team 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.

Real estate: The team 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.

Real estate 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.

Construction: The team is highly rated and dynamic providing commercially focused advice in both non-contentious (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.

Clients: Joelson acts on behalf of leading multi-national companies, including Addison Lee, Innocent Drinks, Itsu, Little Moons, Elvie, Eat Natural, Remoteli and Sustainable Ventures.

International: Joelson has well established relationships with firms throughout Europe 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.

Managing Partner - Corporate Paul
Managing Partner - Corporate Phil
Real Estate Andrew
Real Estate Farrah
Real Estate Litigation Daniel
Corporate David
Real Estate David
Disputes & Employment Jennifer
Disputes Jo
Corporate Matthew
Construction Myles
Chairman Sheldon
Paul Chiappe photo Paul ChiappePaul is Managing Partner and Co-Head of the Corporate Team with over…
Andrew Clissold photo Andrew ClissoldAndrew advises on a broad range of commercial property transactions including the…
Sheldon Cordell photo Sheldon CordellSheldon works alongside many well-known CEOs of public and private businesses. He…
Jo Gregory photo Jo GregoryJo is a Partner at Joelson, which she joined in 2006 to…
David Grossbard photo David GrossbardDavid has extensive experience in a broad range of corporate & commercial matters, as…
Phil Hails-Smith photo Phil Hails-SmithPhil’s main practice areas include a broad range of UK and cross…
David Hershkorn photo David HershkornSince qualifying in 1997, he has worked in both London’s West End…
Myles Levy photo Myles LevyMyles is a specialist in all areas of UK construction law, contractual…
Jennifer Maxwell-Harris photo Jennifer Maxwell-HarrisJennifer advises companies and employees on all aspects of employment relationships including…
Matthew Overton photo Matthew OvertonMatthew practices across a broad range of transactional and advisory work for…
Daniel Swimer photo Daniel SwimerDaniel is a partner and the Head of Property Litigation at Joelson. He…
Farrah Tejani photoMs Farrah TejaniFarrah is an outstanding, solutions-focused, expert real estate lawyer who drives transactions…
Partners : 12
Associates & Solicitors : 22
Other fee earners : 11
Support staff : 14
Farsi (Persian)
The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
London & Partners

CLIENT: Kara Rosen (Founder)
TESTIMONIAL: “Joelson is the perfect partner to support founders through all stages of a growing business. They’ve supported Plenish through several fundraises, setting up an EMI scheme, employment law and an eventual exit to Britvic PLC. Their wealth of experience in FMCG has added so much value and I’ve never met a harder working team!”

CLIENT: Chester King (Managing Director)
TESTIMONIAL: “Joelson steered us carefully through this sale, always taking the time to communicate clearly with us and outlining the options and decisions we needed to make, every step of the way. The successful outcome is not only testament to the long-term relationship we have with them but their extensive experience and enthusiastic approach. Thank you for all the hard work from Sheldon and the whole team at Joelson.”

CLIENT: Rob Quayle (CEO)
TESTIMONIAL: “Magda has guided us through three transactions over the past four years – one MBO, and two significant investments, and we wouldn’t want anyone else. Magda and Paul’s understanding of our needs shone through from the outset. Their advice went way beyond the legal issues and guided us to a successful conclusion from a personal and business perspective. We were always convinced they had our back, acting with our best interests at heart, minimising our costs, maximising our opportunity and always a pleasure to deal with. Thank you guys!”

CLIENT: Cassandra Stavrou (Founder)
TESTIMONIAL: “Joelson have now guided PROPER through two successful deals. It is a true testament to the long-term support and relationship we have with them. Paul and the team have been truly focused and attentive throughout the whole process. PROPER took nearly a decade to build and Joelson understood that finding the right partner was a major moment for me personally and the business. We are delighted and deeply appreciative of Joelson’s hard work in making this a successful deal.”

CLIENT: Alessandro Savelli (CEO & Founder)
COMPANY/FIRM: Pasta Evangelists
TESTIMONIAL: “We have enjoyed working with Joelson over the past four years since our inception, they have been with us since the start, supporting us every step of the way. Their understanding of our business and values have been instrumental in ensuring the smooth delivery of this deal. The sale is an exciting step for us and we are glad to have had Phil and his team to advise us throughout. Their in-depth sector experience, commitment and pro-active approach has been so valuable in getting this deal completed in these challenging times. We look forward to working with Joelson in the future – I would highly recommend them to any consumer business.”

CLIENT: Tania Boler (Chief Executive Officer and Founder)
TESTIMONIAL: “Paul and the team at Joelson are an excellent partner to us – because of their responsiveness, attention to detail and understanding of our vision for Elvie and the scale of our growth plans.”

CLIENT: Antonia Kinlay (British Actor)
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you to the team at Joelson for helping me achieve this fair result. I hope this inspires other actors to step forward and fight for fair treatment and not accept discriminatory practices. Jenny and Reema were attentive, meticulous, and extremely supportive throughout the whole process.”

CLIENT: Liam Griffin (Chief Executive Officer)
TESTIMONIAL: “We are delighted to have worked with Joelson again on this transaction. Having worked with them for many years they always deliver and continue to provide us with the practical, commercial advice that we need as we continue to grow our business. They are always great to deal with, responsive and always go the extra mile when it comes to supporting the key developments for Addison Lee. This acquisition will allow us to continue serving our clients with the utmost safety and comfort around London.”

CLIENT: Praveen Vijh (Co-Founder)
TESTIMONIAL: “We really wanted to have advisers who understood our business and our industry. Selling our business was such a milestone in our careers and came with significant emotional turmoil. The team at Joelson were fantastic. Knowledgeable, calm and willing to go the extra mile at all times to get us to this point. Their commercial understanding of the sector, ability to handle all aspects of the transaction and manage all the stakeholders was a key part in the success of this exciting deal. Thank you to Phil and the team.”