Joseph Giret QC’s practise is a blend of Advisory, Drafting and Court appearances through litigation. He has been described in Court as an “Iron fist in a velvet glove”.
With 35 years of experience building his skills, Joseph puts his clients’ best interests front and centre. He is a problem solver and delivers sensible and appropriate solutions whilst being “one of the most approachable and friendly QC’s we have had the pleasure to instruct”.
Joseph enjoys a formidable reputation for his civil and commercial expertise. His expertise covers:
- Business and Commercial law, including Intellectual Property and Company and Partnership Disputes
- Chancery commercial
- Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation
- All Litigation: embracing all stages from preparation to trial proceedings
- Civil and Criminal Fraud investigations / allegations including FCA instituted proceedings
- Professional Discipline and Negligence
- Sports disputes of every type and nature.
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Joseph is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.
Joseph has lived and worked in the offshore jurisdiction of Bermuda which operates under an American style fused profession model. While in Bermuda, he has worked closely with attorneys from the USA and with very high net worth company representatives.
Notable recent cases:
FCA -v- R.M - Advising and acting for client charged with contravention of financial regulations in an action brought by FCA on behalf of shareholders. £5M claim.
HM -v- OL - Shareholders dispute and breaches of Directors duties arising from a residents’ management company and association.
W.I + S.I -v- TW - $20M claim for repayment of investment sums obtained by fraud, in respect of a high net worth building project in Brazil that failed. Linked Claims filed in USA.
P Ltd and S.T + B.M - Claim against former employee, and Iraqi national for restoration of monies taken as part of a sophisticated fraud on Iraqi employer; monies hidden in 40 separate accounts including a number in Iraq.
N.M -v- Crystal Palace FC - Claim by former Education supplier to young and aspiring academy players for breach of employment contract.
D.H + N.H -v- S+HB+P Ltd - Family business / shareholders dispute over entitlements and construction of shareholders agreements.
Acted on behalf of the Bermuda Royal Gaming Commission against former whistleblower employee. Injunction obtained to be served out of the jurisdiction [USA]; object to prevent further disclosures in contravention of employment contract; high level Governmental concerns about highly confidential information being made public and wrecking a scheme to bring Casinos to Bermuda.
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Joseph is a specialist commercial law Barrister with an emphasis on insolvency law and company law. He enjoys a formidable reputation for his civil and commercial expertise and is recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading commercial silk. Joseph has particular experience advising and representing clients in a wide range of high value commercial disputes, breach of contract, trademark disputes and franchise agreements. His experience also extends to advising and representing legal and financial professionals in claims for liability.
Joseph welcomes instructions across the following areas:
- Company and Partnership Disputes
- Insolvency & Bankruptcy
- Trademark Disputes
- Franchise Agreements
- Professional Liability claims
Joseph frequently undertakes drafting and advisory work in multi-million pound claims including:
A claim brought by a Hong Kong based company, in a dispute over the construction of a profit sharing contract and franchise agreement;
High value claim by a firm of solicitors against a former partner and director for breach of fiduciary duties under both common law and statute as a company director;
Acted for a partnership of Medical professionals in an acrimonious dispute over the terms of their partnership agreement.
2nd Sep 2016
Joseph Giret QC analyses whether an acceptance by conduct overrides a requirement for signature in a contract
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Joseph's experience includes all types of regulatory disputes: advising on regulatory aspects of sports law, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and The GMC. He has had the conduct of disputes with HMRC offences (VAT, Company Act and Tax issues), insider share dealings, as well as fraud, bribery and corruption allegations. He is a highly experienced yachtsman with experience in marine law issues.
Recent disputes include:
Acting for the Defendants £1.5m claim brought before the Queens Bench Division by the HMRC in a claim for under-declared profits and siphoning off cash into property purchases. The matter was successfully resolved before commencement of a 15 day trial by negotiating a satisfactory compromise and settlement.
He leads legal teams in lengthy and complex trials, acting at every tribunal level.
Joseph also acts for parties involved in mediation and arbitration.
The Legal 500 Bar Directory 2014 recommends Joseph as a leading commercial silk.
Legal 500 recommended commercial silk, described as an "Iron fist in a velvet glove" and "Assertive, succinct and shrewd". “He puts people at ease exceptionally easily”.
“Exemplary technical and analytical skills”
“Excellent choice of barrister for sensitive complex commercial litigation”
“His skills in presenting the case were sublime… assertive, succinct and shrewd”
- Bar Council
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- British Association of Sports Lawyers
- Association of Military Court Advocates
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Joseph Giret QC is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information