Joelson Wilson

Joelson Wilson

About Us: 

  • An established UK law practice with a strong reputation for acting for entrepreneurs, management teams and established operators in the gaming and gambling space.
  • Joelson has been a leading specialist firm in licensing and gambling law since the 1960’s.  The firm was closely involved in the shaping of the new alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment licensing regime under the Licensing Act 2003 and the new gambling laws under the Gambling Act 2005. It has been at the forefront of advisers to the remote gaming industry since the mid-1990s.
  • The firm provides regular legal advice pages for industry focused publications including Imbibe and Betting Business, as well as those targeting the professional sector, such as the Estates Gazette and World Online Gambling Law Report. 
  • Joelson is regarded by many – both in Great Britain and abroad – as the UK’s leading firm of lawyers in the area of licensing and gambling law. Each of The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession consistently place Joelson in the top ranks of law firms in the field of licensing/gambling, describing it as:

“a steady firm that will deliver consistently high results”, “truly proactive practitioners” and “maintaining their impressive reputation as a national player”.

  • Joelson is a commercially focused firm with offices in central London and the founder member of ELN, an international network of like-minded law firms with representation in the major cities of Europe, USA and Mexico.

Specialist Areas:

  • Gambling, regulatory and licensing
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Property
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property.

Why Joelson?

  • A partner led pro-active service.
  • An entrepreneurial solutions driven approach to transactions.
  • An internationally renowned reputation and reach.
  • Commitment to ensuring that the services provided are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Close working relationship with other professionals involved on a transaction.

Gambling Advice:

  • Partner Niall McCann has been described as “articulate” and complimented for his ability to explain issues in a “succinct manner”. Similarly David Clifton and Suzanne Davies, Consultants to the Licensing/Gambling Law team, have received numerous plaudits over the years.
  • When top-ranking the firm in both the Liquor Licensing and Betting & Gaming fields of work in its most recent Guides, Chambers said: “A thoroughly reliable team,” “this value-for-money practice provides an excellent level of service”, and "an incredibly nice team that conducts itself in a courteous and old school way".
  • The Legal 500 has also top-ranked the firm stating: “Joelson Wilson LLP’s service is exceptional, detailed and professional” and describing it most recently as “quick and efficient” and “competitively priced”.
  • Clients of Joelson benefit from the firm’s established international contacts, a particularly important factor with the rise of the global online gambling industry. It works closely with carefully selected lawyers specialising in licensing and gambling law in other jurisdictions. It has entered into a strategic alliance with Cooper Levenson, leading US gaming law attorneys based in Atlantic City. 

Corporate Advice:

  • Entrepreneurs: The team has a long history of advising early-stage businesses, start-ups, and serial entrepreneurs and has extensive experience of helping businesses deal with the different challenges facing them at the various stages of their evolution.
  • Capital Raisings: substantial experience of SEIS, EIS and other capital raisings including VC, Private Equity and other institutional investments. 
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: we have extensive experience of advising on the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses across a broad spectrum of sectors and a wide range of deal size.
  • Joint Ventures: We advise clients on a range of joint ventures and collaborations both domestic and international.
  • Capital Markets: The team has advised corporate clients on wide range of AIM IPOs, secondary listings, reverse takeovers and institutional and private placings and acts for a number of AIM listed clients with international operations.

Commercial Services:

  • Simple Commercial agreements: terms and conditions, website and app terms of use, privacy policies and data protection issues.
  • IP agreements: all forms of IP licensing, trade mark licensing and advice on IP commercialisation.
  • IT arrangements from procurement to, hardware infrastructure and outsourcing arrangements.
  • IP protection in relation to trade mark applications in the UK and Europe
  • Share Option schemes – ESS (employee share schemes), CSOP (company share option plans)LTIPS and other incentive schemes
  • General commercial contract advice when dealing with third parties

Other Services:

  • Simple Commercial agreements: terms and conditions, website and app terms of use, privacy policies and data protection issues.
  • IP agreements: all forms of IP licensing, trade mark licensing and advice on IP commercialisation.
  • IT arrangements from procurement to, hardware infrastructure and outsourcing arrangements.
  • IP protection in relation to trade mark applications in the UK and Europe.
  • Share Option schemes – ESS (employee share schemes), CSOP (company share option plans) EMI Schemes (Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme), LTIPS and other incentive schemes.
  • General commercial contract advice when dealing with third parties.

Joelson’s Licensing and Gambling Team:

  • Joelson’s Licensing/Gambling Law Team is known nationally and internationally for its work in all aspects of this field of law. It also advises clients on associated compliance & regulatory matters, including planning, food safety, health & safety, noise and litter issues, fly-posting and trading standards prosecutions.
  • The Team is able to assist start-up businesses through to multinational operators, providing a tailor-made personal service to meet each client’s specific needs when guiding them through the legislative red tape which affects the whole of the leisure industry. 
  • Clients include celebrity chefs and leaders in the pub/bar, hotel, restaurant, nightclub, cinema, music festival, table-dancing, casino, bingo, betting, AGC, lottery, remote/online gambling, prize competition and gaming machine fields. Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession has referred to clients of the firm recommending the Team for “steering our business and giving us an excellent assessment of our needs” and for its “proactive and strategic approach” and “meticulous eye for detail” and for having “an enviable list of high-profile clients”.
  • Members of the team have had longstanding active involvement in the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and the International Association of Gaming Advisors. 
  • In addition to undertaking all aspects of licensing/gambling and associated regulatory law, Niall McCann handles litigious matters and specialises in advising on the impact of insolvency in respect of licensed premises.  
  • This is supported by Consultants David Clifton and Suzanne Davies who both have many decades of experience, together with a team of paralegal staff, headed by Corinne Holloway (Client Support Manager). 
  • The team is often called upon by leading City law firms which do not have a specialist licensing/gambling law department to assist in major transactions, due diligence and corporate recovery processes. It has also advised two of the UK’s leading trade organisations in the leisure field, which has resulted in involvement in the drafting of national licensing legislation and membership of working parties on licensing and gambling law reform. 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Niall McCann (Partner) – niall.m@joelsonlaw.com
Phil Hails-Smith (Partner) – phil@joelsonlaw.com
David Grossbard (Partner) – david.g@joelsonlaw.com
Richard Williams (Consultant) – Richard.w@joelsonlaw.com
 

30 Portland Place 
London W1B 1LZ 
T: (+44) (0)20 7580 5721 
W: www.joelsonlaw.com

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