Firm Profile > Joelson > London, England

Joelson
30 PORTLAND PLACE
LONDON
W1B 1LZ
England

Employment: senior executives Tier 3

The 'friendly, sensible, and reliable team' employment team at Joelson acts on behalf of senior executives at a range of well-known multinational organisations, as well as a roster of household name corporates. Practice head David Greenhalgh has a track record in advising bluechip clients and senior executives on restrictive covenants and defending injunctions; he also deals with high-value High Court claims. Other key players include 'superstar' Jennifer Maxwell-Harris, who 'has a fantastic manner with clients and a wise head on her shoulders', as well as the 'extremely competent and professional' senior associate Reema Jethwa.

Testimonials

‘A really friendly, sensible, and reliable team. Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is a superstar. Her fantastic manner of dealing with clients, the wise head on her shoulders, and her tough but charming way of handling opponents more or less guarantees a good result every time.’

‘David Greenhalgh has a proven track record and is a very knowledgeable, straightforward and right-thinking lawyer who applies his commercial knowledge very effectively.’

‘Reema Jethwa is an excellent employment lawyer, experienced, extremely competent, professional, pragmatic and highly personable.’

‘Reema Jethwa is a responsive and commercially minded employment lawyer, providing a highly professional and personal service, with good communication – a rising star.’

Licensing Tier 3

Joelson's licensing team works in the restaurant and hospitality and leisure sectors, while also carrying out licensing work for other city law firms. Niall McCann and Richard Williams now lead the team as consultants.

Testimonials

‘They are focused, commercial and very responsive.’

‘Joelson have both depth and breadth when it comes to advice on licensing law, an area which many law firms don’t cover.’

‘Their knowledge and experience of the industry sector and, crucially, the licensing authorities is invaluable when applying for a new licence.’

‘Niall McCann is very good indeed. Excellent licensing knowledge, commercially astute and a good strategic thinker.’

‘Niall McCann is our go-to lawyer. He’s very approachable and accessible and gives good practical, commercial advice.’

‘Niall and the team at Joelson will always be my first port of call when legal advice is needed.’

Key clients

Gunnersbury Estate

B&M Retail

City Pub Company

Vapiano

Brewhouse Kitchen

40Ft Brewery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Grind & Co

Dover Street Market

Mosaic Group

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

 is best known for working with entrepreneurial individuals and teams, as well as management. Key sectors include food and drink, leisure, media and professional services. Paul Chiappe serves as co-head of the practice, and focuses on acting for management teams on private equity-backed transactions, as well as acting for large corporates in the food and beverages sector. Fellow co-head Phil Hails-Smith's focus is on acting for management teams on management buyouts and buy-ins and supporting their growth through strategic acquisitions.

Testimonials

Highly commercial, understand what we care about. Fees are transparent and fair

Philippa Sturt is an outstanding deal lawyer who understands what makes her clients tick. No nonsense, yet commercial in her approach and commands your complete trust

Key clients

AllPlants Ltd

Wentworth Resources Plc

Tantillus Synergy Limited

Valtech SE

Pasta Evangelists Limited

Wynn Resorts Limited

WARC Limited

Tailsco Limited

Hazlems Fenton LLP

Westleton Drake Limited

Employment: employers Tier 6

The 'friendly, sensible, and reliable team' employment team at Joelson acts on behalf of senior executives at a range of well-known multinational organisations, as well as a roster of household name corporates. Practice head David Greenhalgh has a track record in advising bluechip clients and senior executives on restrictive covenants and defending injunctions; he also deals with high-value High Court claims. Other key players include 'superstar' Jennifer Maxwell-Harris, who 'has a fantastic manner with clients and a wise head on her shoulders', as well as the 'extremely competent and professional' senior associate Reema Jethwa.

Testimonials

‘A really friendly, sensible, and reliable team. Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is a superstar. Her fantastic manner of dealing with clients, the wise head on her shoulders, and her tough but charming way of handling opponents more or less guarantees a good result every time.’

‘David Greenhalgh has a proven track record and is a very knowledgeable, straightforward and right-thinking lawyer who applies his commercial knowledge very effectively.’

‘Reema Jethwa is an excellent employment lawyer, experienced, extremely competent, professional, pragmatic and highly personable.’

‘Reema Jethwa is a responsive and commercially minded employment lawyer, providing a highly professional and personal service, with good communication – a rising star.’

Key clients

Marex Spectron

Itsu Limited

Innocent Limited

Real Good Food

Addison Lee Limited

Clarion Events Limited

Le Pain Quotidien

Wentworth Resources Limited

Be At One Limited

Finatal Limited

Brewhouse & Kitchen Limited

Snowflake Gelato Group Limited

Oliver Maki Limited

Ottolenghi

Territory Studio Limited

Future Workshops Limited

CG Restaurant (Holdings) Limited

Miles & Partners

Situation Publishing

EOC Partners LLP

Larry King Limited

Currell Residential

Saddlery Brands International UK

Engie Global LNG

May Capital LLP

KDS (part of AMEX)

Wordflow Limited

Valtech SE

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Joelson 'has a boutique dispute resolution team that dedicates all its efforts to a case'. It has expertise in disputes involving corporate and commercial law, professional negligence, shareholder issues, IP, insolvency, property litigation, judicial reviews and construction matters. Disputes head Joanne Gregory and Myles Levy are the key advisers.

Testimonials

Joelson punches well above its weight, with high-profile clients and a very personal yet professional service‘.

Joanne Gregory is a tenacious and accomplished litigator, who combines charm with a very highly skilled mind‘.

Myles Levy delivers steadfast advice‘.

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 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 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 fundraisings 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, which boasts two high-profile partners, David Greenhalgh and Jennifer Maxwell-Harris, 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).

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.

Licensing and 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 and Richard Williams, both of whom have 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.

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.

Property: 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.

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.

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 and others.

INTERNATIONAL:
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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Paul Chiappe paul@joelsonlaw.com
Corporate Phil Hails-Smith phil@joelsonlaw.com
Corporate Philippa Sturt philippa.s@joelsonlaw.com
Employment David Greehalgh david@joelsonlaw.com
Employment and Immigration Jennifer Maxwell-Harris jennifer.mh@joelsonlaw.com
Property David Hershkorn david.h@joelsonlaw.com
Property Andrew Clissold andrew.c@joelsonlaw.com
Property Litigation Daniel Swimer daniel.s@joelsonlaw.com
Licensing Niall McCann niall.m@joelsonlaw.com
Gambling Richard Williams richard.w@joelsonlaw.com
Litigation Jo Gregory jo.g@joelsonlaw.com
Construction Myles Levy myles.l@joelsonlaw.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Barnett  photo Richard Barnett
 Paul Chiappe  photo Paul Chiappe
 Andrew Clissold  photo Andrew Clissold
 Sheldon Cordell  photo Sheldon Cordell
 David Greenhalgh  photo David Greenhalgh
 Jo Gregory  photo Jo Gregory
 David Grossbard  photo David Grossbard
 Phil Hails-Smith  photo Phil Hails-Smith
 David Hershkorn  photo David Hershkorn
 Myles Levy  photo Myles Levy
 Jennifer Maxwell-Harris  photo Jennifer Maxwell-Harris
 Niall McCann  photo Niall McCann
 Matthew Overton  photo Matthew Overton
 Philippa Sturt  photo Philippa Sturt
 Daniel Swimer  photo Daniel Swimer
 Richard Williams  photo Richard Williams
Partners : 17
Assistant solicitors : 20
Other fee earners : 13
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