Phil can rightly claim to be a hot-shot lawyer, having been a member of a team that won the national clay pigeon shooting championships. He joined Joelson as a trainee in 1998 and became a partner at the firm in May 2007.

Phil has extensive experience in advising on all types of corporate and commercial transactional matters. The clay pigeons are safe now as he prefers to spend his spare time cycling, playing tennis and visiting his native France.


Phil’s main practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, acting for private equity and venture capital backed businesses, acting for management teams on private equity transactions, working with entrepreneurs and start-ups and companies looking scale up. His work ranges from seed and growth capital fundraisings through to IPO or exit.

He has extensive experience of acting for Management teams in PE or VC backed businesses with MBOs, MBIs and supporting their growth through acquisition in a wide range of sectors.

He has also developed an active practice acting for AIM listed clients in relation to IPOs, placings and reverse takeovers.

He has extensive experience of negotiating commercial contracts (such as distribution and agency agreements) on behalf of clients in the UK and those looking to expand internationally.

Phil frequently advises on acquisition finance facilities as part of the team’s overall M&A services.

Key transactions include

  • Advising the founders of Innocent on their final sale of shares to Coca-Cola.
  • Acting for a long-established client, Addison Lee, in relation to the investment by the Carlyle Group.
  • Acting for growing companies such as Ceviche, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Flexy, Ugly brands and Zeelo on seed and growth capital transactions
  • Acting for the Management team of Clarion Events on their recent transaction with a Blackstone.
  • Advising Aristocrat Technology on various acquisitions and disposals including its recent disposal of its video lottery business to Playtech.
  • Advising the management team of Ski Solutions on a secondary MBO with Mobeus.