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Firm Profile


  • 30 Portland Place
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • W1B 1LZ

Firm profile submitted by Joelson

Number of partners: 16
Assistant solicitors: 24
Other fee-earners: 15

Solicitors at Joelson take pride in delivering a first class, partner-led service. Based at offices at 30 Portland Place and in the City, the firm advises clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including food and drink, hospitality and leisure, media, tech and financial services. The firm was founded in 1956 and has recently undergone a number of successful mergers, further strengthening its depth of expertise.

Joelson offers a range of top-ranked legal services spanning corporate, property, employment, litigation, licensing and gaming, immigration and construction.  

Corporate & Commercial: Areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, acting for private equity and VC-backed businesses, PE transactions, seed capital fund raisings, joint ventures and various intellectual property matters. The department’s clients include start-up businesses, serial entrepreneurs, SMEs and large multinational companies.


The team provides innovative, commercially-focused solutions to both corporate and senior executive clients. The team has significant experience representing employers in defending Tribunal claims and extensive expertise litigating in the High Court in relation to restrictive covenants and team moves.

The team assists with obtaining a wide range of visas, including Tier 1 Investor and Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas, Representative of Overseas Business visas - for overseas businesses which want to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK - and Indefinite Leave to Remain and Citizenship applications.

Licensing & Gaming:
The team at Joelson is highly ranked for both licensing and gaming expertise and has been a leading team nationally since the 1960s. Renowned for its in-house advocacy capability and commercial approach, the department acts for clients from all areas of the leisure sector and has a growing reputation for advising on broader regulatory matters.

The team handles 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 alternative dispute resolution.

The team’s specialist property solicitors deal with all types of freehold and leasehold property. The team provides advice on investment, development, forward-funding, financing, leasing, asset management, construction and property litigation. The team also deals with high-value residential property transactions.  

Joelson acts on behalf of leading multi-national companies, including Addison Lee, Innocent Drinks, Itsu and others.

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 and the UKTI UK Advisory Network and has been a commercial partner to London & Partners for many years.  

Paul Chiappe, Philippe Hails-Smith
Employment: David Greenhalgh, Jennifer Maxwell-Harris
Immigration: Jennifer Maxwell-Harris
Licensing & Gaming: Niall McCann, Richard Williams
Litigation: Jo Gregory
Property: David Hershkorn, David Merson
Construction: Myles Levy


  • 30 Portland Place,
  • London,
  • UK
  • Tel (020) 7580 5721
  • Fax (020) 7580 2251
  • Email : [email protected]