Joseph Giret QC

Year of Call: 1985
Year of Silk: 2010
Email Address: Joseph.Giret@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: joseph.giret@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 0207 583 8055

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Overview

Joseph Giret QC is a Chancery, Commercial and Business law barrister.  His practice covers a wide range of civil litigation, specialising in:

  • Commercial litigation and arbitration, including company and partnership disputes
  • Intellectual property and franchise agreements.
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Insolvency [personal and corporate]
  • White Collar crime with an emphasis on complex corporate issues.

He enjoys a formidable reputation for his civil and commercial expertise.

Regulatory Disputes 
In addition to the above his 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.

He leads legal teams in lengthy and complex trials, acting at every tribunal level.  Joseph also acts for parties involved in mediation and arbitration.

For more information, please see www.giret.co.uk.

Expertise

  • Commercial
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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  

    Recent disputes:  

    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.

    Publications

    • 2nd Sep 2016

      Joseph Giret QC analyses whether an acceptance by conduct overrides a requirement for signature in a contract

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  • Public and Regulatory
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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.

  • Sports
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    Joseph Giret QC’s concentration on Sports Law stems from a lifetime of involvement in sporting activities at all levels, from gaining three England Junior Rugby Union caps and making the British Junior Decathlon Squad during his teenage years, to competing in the Haute Route Challenge in 2012 – a 700km cycling event through the Alps – which he raised money for Parkinsons UK; a charity close to his heart.

    Joseph prides himself on his thorough preparation, eye for detail and the commitment to each individual case. He is well qualified to represent athletes in all sports and situations, and understands the stakes are often unimaginably high.

    Joseph undertakes advisory work and specialist advocacy in all aspects of sports litigation, with a particular interest on cases involving accusations of doping, contractual disputes and disciplinary proceedings.

    He is particularly adept at representation in sporting body tribunals on behalf of athletes, where alleged on field indiscretions and off field doping issues. These areas of Sport Law require the very best of analytic skills, testing of the allegations, and client case presentation from a position of real knowledge and understanding. As Queen’s Counsel, Joseph is readily able to offer such expertise.

    He has successfully represented an Elite British Lions rugby player accused of committing GBH on a fellow player during a game. He was acquitted on all charges by a jury in Crown Court proceedings and was as a result enabled to carry on with his career in Elite rugby with an unblemished reputation.

    Non-contentious work includes advising lawyers, sports clubs and individuals on the subject of Equality and Diversity, in addition to providing assistance in obtaining the necessary standards to enable continued funding through the Club Mark regime.

    Further Information: 

    Outside of his work as a barrister, Joseph has been an avid campaigner for Parkinsons UK, and has completed a number of high profile cycling events on behalf of the Charity.
    During 2012 Joseph wore the Parkinsons colours at five separate events in Europe, culminating with the Haute Route and Alpine Challenges during the late summer. The charity is close to Joseph’s heart, and a cause he is genuinely proud to represent. Training for these events while performing the duties of a full time QC has been no mean feat for Joseph, and has required tremendous determination and on-going discipline. The Haute Route Challenge which covered a distance of over 700km could easily be considered the peak of Joseph’s cycling achievements during 2012, but the level of support gained throughout, both behind the scenes from Parkinsons and from the individuals that sponsored Joseph was phenomenal.

Recommendations

The Legal 500 Bar Directory 2014 recommends Joseph as a leading commercial silk.

Professional bodies

Bar Council
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
British Association of Sports Lawyers
Association of Military Court Advocates

Direct Access

Joseph Giret QC is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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