Jean-Paul Da Costa > Sherrards Solicitors LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Work Department

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 charity and 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.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The St Albans team at Sherrards Solicitors LLP acts for local, national and international clients, particularly owner managed businesses, on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, as well as providing regulatory advice. The practice has a strong focus in the franchising and recruitment sectors, and frequently collaborates with the employment, litigation and commercial property departments within the firm. Practice co-leader Leigh Head deals with private equity transactions, banking, financial and corporate restructuring, while practice co-leader Jean-Paul Da Costa has expertise in IP and IT matters. Andrew Cooke handles M&A work, while Kiall Bagnell advises on franchising and recruitment-related matters.