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Olephant Solicitors is a City based law firm specialising in commercial litigation and employment law. Situated in the heart of London's legal district, a stone's throw away from the High Court, we have earned a strong reputation for high value and complex commercial claims, both in the UK and offshore. With clients from all over the UK and across the globe, we work predominantly to protect the business interests of high net worth individuals, as well as companies.

Our expertise covers a wide range of issues including disputes involving contract, fraud, minority shareholders, partnerships, IP and employment issues. As trusted business advisors, our skill set has developed to enable us to advise our clients on non-contentious matters in these areas as well. Our focus is to provide our clients with exceptional legal solutions.

This is reflected in our commitment to deploying the best team, with the right specialisation for each case. We understand that our people are instrumental to our business success.
Highlights

read more › Established in 2002, Olephant is the brainchild of founding partner Jan Mugerwa. With a wealth of experience acting on commercial litigation matters, Jan set about combining these skills with a business model and structure that puts the client at the heart of what we do. We know that the litigation process can be daunting, complex and challenging. Our aim is to give our clients the best chance of a successful outcome. This stems from a belief that it is the relationship with our clients that matters.

read more › Our fees are based on the time we spend dealing with your matters. Time spent on your affairs will include meetings with you and others; any time spent travelling; considering, preparing and working on papers; correspondence; and making and receiving telephone calls. We will also charge for all disbursements incurred including (but not limited to) counsel's and expert's fees and court and tribunal fees. We will provide you with an estimate of our fees and expenses at the outset of your matter and as the matter progresses.

read more › In Chambers UK it was said of founding partner Jan Mugerwa that he "demonstrates unbelievable hard work and persistence in complex litigation". This ethos permeates through to all our team members working alongside any client, no matter what size case we take on. For us it is simple. We select the appropriate talent within the firm to take on the complexities of our clients' issues. We all strive for the simplicity that so often follows complexity! Chambers UK's independent assessment also recognised Jan as being a "pragmatic and resourceful operator".

read more › Olephant Solicitors advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious commercial matters. Our aim is, where possible, to assist clients to avoid the pressure and risk associated with litigation. However, where litigation is unavoidable, we pride ourselves on assisting our clients with strategic and pragmatic advice that ultimately leads to a prompt and successful outcome, be it by way of settlement or judgment. We have particular experience in shareholder disputes. Cases we have had conduct of include the first case in England in which it was decided that it was permissible to bring a double derivative claim in the High Court (Re Fort Kilkicker Ltd [2013] Ch 551).

read more › Olephant Solicitors advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. On the non-contentious side, our services include providing general employment law and human resources advice, drafting and reviewing employment contracts and workplace policies, and advising on the terms and effect of settlement agreements. Olephant utilises the expertise of a highly rated barrister who is also a part time Employment Tribunal Judge, to work on the firm's employment law cases. With extensive and detailed knowledge of employment, discrimination and commercial law, this resource strengthens our ability to support and advise business owners and Human Resource departments dealing with employment matters.

read more › He oversees the team and has over 25 years experience practising law, with extensive experience acting on commercial litigation matters in the Higher Courts in England and internationally. He also has an impressive track record of working on high value and complex litigation, particularly in shareholder disputes and fraud claims. He is a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500. Jan is also a qualified life coach. This is more than a skill. It is a way of being that pays great dividends in building and maintaining the client/lawyer relationship in negotiations and in managing the teams that are often required in complex litigation.

read more › Will has a broad commercial disputes practice, with a focus on corporate and shareholder disputes, and has particular experience in obtaining (and policing) freezing orders and dealing with complex enforcement proceedings. Will is instructed on matters in the High Court and the County Court, and has appellate experience in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He also recognises the role that alternative dispute resolution can play in achieving clients' objectives and has advised on a number of mediations that have resulted in the parties reaching an agreed resolution.

read more › Margherita is a dual qualified solicitor in England and Wales and Canada, specialising in employment law, commercial litigation and art and luxury assets. She has experience in acting for a wide variety of clients, ranging from companies to high net worth individuals, on contentious and transactional matters. Whilst in Canada, Margherita practised in insurance, property and employment litigation, appearing regularly before the Canadian courts, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

read more › Our expertise is built on the range of talent we employ. We continue to look at the quality of staff we wish to employ, so that we can continue to grow. We strive to keep our practitioners passionate about what they do. This helps to meet the needs of our existing and future clients. We do not take calls from recruitment agencies. However, if you are an individual interested in joining us, please send a c.v. in the first instance to Penelope Gin at pg@olephant.com.

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