Described in court as an “Iron fist in a velvet glove”, Legal 500 says Joseph Giret “puts people at ease exceptionally easily”. His practice is a blend of advisory, drafting and court appearances through litigation. Qualified under the Direct Public Access scheme., Joseph accepts instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients.
With 35 years of experience, Joseph puts his clients’ best interests front and centre. A problem solver, he delivers sensible and appropriate solutions whilst being “one of the most approachable and friendly QC’s we have had the pleasure to instruct”.
- “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”
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.
Areas of law
Joseph enjoys a formidable reputation for his civil and commercial expertise, which includes:
- Business and Commercial/Chancery Commercial/Company and Partnership disputes
- Intellectual Property
- Professional Discipline & Professional Negligence
- Civil and Criminal Fraud investigations
- Allegations including FCA instituted proceedings
- Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation
- Sports disputes of every type and nature
Recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading commercial silk, Joseph is a specialist commercial law barrister with an emphasis on insolvency law and company law. He 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 and 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
- A 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
Public and Regulatory
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.
- 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 the commencement of a 15-day trial by negotiating a satisfactory compromise and settlement
Joseph leads legal teams in lengthy and complex trials, acting at every tribunal level. He also acts for parties involved in mediation and arbitration.
- Leading Silk 2022 - Legal 500 rankings
- Bar Council
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- British Association of Sports Lawyers
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
- Civil Mediation Council
- Society of Mediators
Areas of Law
Joseph Giret KC is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Very experienced in the areas of:
- Public Access Accredited
- Business & Commercial Law
- Consumer Contracts
Experienced in the following additional areas:
- Professional Negligence
- Public & Administrative Law
- Land & Property
- Business & Commercial Law
- Consumer Contracts
- Criminal Law
Outside of these key areas of law, Joseph Giret KC is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Joseph direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Cases and Publications
Notable recent cases in brief [names given only by initial for privacy and confidentiality]
- FCA -v- R.M - Advising and acting for a 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 Director's 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 the 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 several 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.
- Acted for a party in group litigation brought by car purchasers against the Volkswagen Company for misrepresentation and breaches of emissions regulations, known as “emissions cheating”.
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Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
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