Jo qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and is a partner at Joelson. She joined Joelson in 2006 to set up the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team. Jo heads up that team and also heads up the Retail & Fashion team.
The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team has grown from strength to strength since Jo joined and is now top ranked in the Legal 500.
Jo has been individually recognised in the Legal 500 in recent years:
…” highly regarded” 2017
…” a stellar partner with incredible client-handling skills” 2018
The team is also recognised:
….. “response times are extremely good and business acumen and industry knowledge are very impressive” 2018
Jo undertakes a wide range of high value and complex disputes both in the UK and internationally for high net worth individuals and corporate entities. This expertise covers a range of industry sectors, including: hospitality and leisure, food, gaming, retail and fashion, IT, commodities, financial services and regulatory, film and entertainment, and the creative industries.
Jo has a particular specialism in the field of contentious Intellectual Property built up over many years. This includes Trade Mark infringement; passing off; copyright infringement; registered and unregistered design rights and reputation management for clients.
Key matters include
Advising a major PLC in the gaming sector in relation to defending several highly complex, multimillion pound cases, involving breach of warranties, indemnities and contractual issues. Successfully defending all cases, achieving very favourable settlements and judgments.
Advising a leading casino operator in connection with several judicial reviews, all successfully prosecuted or defended, including to the Court of Appeal.
Advising overseas large commodities client in connection with a London arbitration.
Acting on behalf of a well-known IT provider, defending a claim for software copyright infringement and successfully settling the same.
Successfully mediating a multimillion pound defective product liability matter on behalf of a leading company in the transport sector.
Obtaining Judgment for client in a multimillion professional negligence matter against an insurance broker.
Negotiating a successful settlement agreement on behalf of a leading global beverage brand in connection with the termination of an agreement with an overseas distributor.
Advising leading provider of a pharmaceutical product in connection with disputes arising out of various distribution agreements worldwide and settling the same on favourable terms.
Advising a leading export market management company in connection with a lease dispute and option in the Court of Appeal, coupled with a professional negligence claim against its previous advisers and negotiating a successful settlement in relation to the same.
Advising a leading overseas security risks management company in connection with the outcome of a tender against a major PLC leading to a successful negotiated position for the client.
Advising a well-known company in the entertainment sector in connection with a dispute with the Financial Conduct Authority.
Advising various leading brands in the retail and fashion sector in connection with various Intellectual Property disputes and successfully negotiating various settlements in relation to the same.
Advising institutional leaders in the fashion industry both in the UK and in Europe.
“For me, it’s the commercial creativeness and ability to think outside the box, which makes the employment team at Joelson a joy to work with.”
Meera Ferguson, Head of Legal