Firm Profile > Joelson > London, England

2 Marylebone Road

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Joelson is particularly noted for its disputes expertise in gambling and gaming,  IP and food safety, along with shareholder and technology disputes. Acting for HNW individuals and corporate entities, litigation and dispute resolution team head Jo Gregory undertakes complex disputes both in the UK and internationally.

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We have found this team to be extremely professional and accessible. As a new business, we have been given lots of advice and clear instruction, timely responses and transparent pricing structures that allow us to plan ahead. The team is particularly strong in relationship building and creating brand loyalty.

Jo Gregory has helped us understand where Joelson Law can help our business and been extremely patient getting to know our unique circumstances and gently helping us understand where they can help the most. It has never been a hard sell or an opaque process. We feel safe in her hands and she is very knowledgeable, accessibly and friendly.

We commissioned Joelson Law to help us draw up contracts with external companies and Matthew Overton helped us define our goals and create a document that we felt protected us and explained in detail every step of the way.

Nimble firm that punches way over its weight; great collection of interesting clients; great depth of knowledge across the firm.

Jo Gregory – dynamic partner; brilliant with clients Simon Wallis – partner in waiting; keen brain; on top of the detail.

A friendly firm who are always willing to go the extra mile, led by an excellent Chairman who leads from the front and always stays in touch even when we aren’t doing any business. Litigation work is conducted by Jo Gregory like a rapier, quick, fast and effective with a very sharp point!

If Jo Gregory and Phil Hails Smith weren’t lawyers they would be strikers for Arsenal football club. Always scoring goals for their clients !!

Despite being a small firm, they often get involved in big scale litigation, which they manage to handle as well as much bigger competitors.

Jo Gregory is likeable, tenacious and very bright.


Key clients

BCPL Limited

Healthy Kids Limited t/a Little Dish

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. 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 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 (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 gaming: the team at Joelson is highly ranked for both licensing and gambling and has been a leading team nationally since the 1960s.  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 and 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.

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 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
Managing Partner - Corporate Paul Chiappe
Managing Partner - Corporate Phil Hails-Smith
Real Estate Andrew Clissold
Real Estate Farrah Tejani
Real Estate Litigation Daniel Swimer
Corporate David Grossbard
Real Estate David Hershkorn
Employment and Immigration Jennifer Maxwell-Harris
Litigation Jo Gregory
Corporate Matthew Overton
Construction Myles Levy
Chairman Sheldon Cordell
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Chiappe  photo Paul Chiappe Paul has built an enviable position advising London’s leading entrepreneurs. Paul’s main…
 Andrew Clissold  photo Andrew Clissold Andrew advises on a broad range of commercial property transactions including the…
 Sheldon Cordell  photo Sheldon Cordell Sheldon works alongside many well-known CEOs of public and private businesses. He…
 Jo Gregory  photo Jo Gregory Jo heads up the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, handling a…
 David Grossbard  photo David Grossbard David has extensive experience in a broad range of corporate & commercial matters, as…
 Phil Hails-Smith  photo Phil Hails-Smith Phil’s main practice areas include a broad range of UK and cross…
 David Hershkorn  photo David Hershkorn Since qualifying in 1997, he has worked in both London’s West End…
 Myles Levy  photo Myles Levy Myles is a specialist in all areas of UK construction law, contractual…
 Jennifer Maxwell-Harris  photo Jennifer Maxwell-Harris Jennifer advises companies and employees on all aspects of employment relationships including…
 Matthew Overton  photo Matthew Overton Matthew practices across a broad range of transactional and advisory work for…
 Daniel Swimer  photo Daniel Swimer Daniel is a partner and the Head of Property Litigation at Joelson. He…
 Farrah Tejani  photo Farrah Tejani Farrah is an outstanding, solutions-focused, expert real estate lawyer who drives transactions…
Partners : 12
Assistant solicitors : 20
Other fee earners : 9
Chinese (Mandarin)
Farsi (Persian)
The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

CLIENT: Richard Corrigan, Chef Patron
COMPANY/FIRM: Corrigan’s Mayfair
TESTIMONIAL: “Our progress over the last 20 years has gone hand in hand with the great work done for us by our lawyers – Joelson.”

CLIENT: Huib (Hub) Van Bockel, Founder
TESTIMONIAL: “If you are reading this, pick up the phone and make an appointment with Joelson now, you will not find a better law firm. They have that extremely important and rare combination of legally perfect, commercially savvy and fun to work with. Thanks again for your dedication. Seeing our funding round is now closed, I miss you already.”

CLIENT: Marc Jones, Co-Founder
COMPANY/FIRM: Four Quarters
TESTIMONIAL: “The Joelson team helped us and advised throughout all the stages to get the deal completed. They were always available for our many questions and talked us through the various legal stages as the drafts went back and forth. It was a pleasure to work with Joelson and I hope we can continue the relationship in the future.”

CLIENT: Rahul Khanna, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Tamarind Restaurants
TESTIMONIAL: “Joelson is a conscientious firm believing in building long term relationships with their clients. They are my go-to firm for all personal and business matters. They have helped us at various times and we have relied immensely on their guidance during important transactions.”

CLIENT: Tania Boler, CEO
TESTIMONIAL: “Paul Chiappe has been our legal counsel since I first started the company. He has a fantastic team at Joelson and together, they’ve supported us through both our Series A and Series B raises. I would definitely highly recommend Paul to any start-up out there looking for someone to lead on the legal side, especially for any fundraiser.”

CLIENT: Simon Kimble, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Clarion Events
TESTIMONIAL: “As always, Joelson went above and beyond for us and it was a pleasure to work with Phil and his team again.”