Joel Wallace

Call 2015

Joel Wallace


Joel’s legal interests centre on three jurisdictions: employment law, commercial/insolvency law and sports law.

Since joining St Philips in 2017, post-pupillage, Joel has undertaken work in a number of forums, including the High Court (in both its appellate and first-instance jurisdictions), the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and before sports arbitral panels/commissions. Joel also sits on the CFA Disciplinary Panel.

Advocacy and trial strategy formed the keystone of Joel’s training. Under the tutelage of David Maxwell and Amit Gupta.Joel observed and assisted in a range of disputes, including restraint of trade, derivative actions, Human Rights Act civil claims, discrimination claims, bankruptcy petitions, and directors’ disqualifications.

At university, Joel was a keen moot competitor and had considerable success: he placed second in City Law School’s BPTC moot despite being a GDL student, and competed in the Telders Public International Law Moot as a member of the UCL team.

Joel’s personal interests are diverse. Joel cooks Peruvian, speaks Norwegian and frequents Scotland. He undertakes volunteer work and, when time allows, enjoys playing five-a-side football.

Scholarships and Awards:
  • Middle Temple – Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple’s most prestigious scholarship)
  • Middle Temple – Blackstone Exhibition
  • BPP – BPTC Excellence Award
  • BPP – Advocacy Scholarship


Joel frequently attends employment tribunals and civil courts to act for a range of litigants, including white-collar corporations, retail chains, franchises, social clubs, and charities. Joel is also instructed by claimant employees and workers.

He has appeared in multi-day trials involving a number of issues, from race, religion and disability discrimination to bonus pay claims . Joel is also equipped to advise and act in employment and commercial matters that arise from breach of contract, restrictive covenants, employer insolvency, service-provision changes, and business M&As.

Recent cases include:

  • Successfully appealing a tribunal decision to disallow amendments to the ET1.
  • Acting for successful parties in multi-day breach of contract and bonus pay claims.
  • Successfully defending in a whistleblowing detriment claim against a social care and housing provider.
  • Successfully defending a franchisee against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.
  • Acting for and advising a local authority on a series of TUPE-based claims.
  • Advising an administrator on litigation strategy and the effect of RPO claims.
  • Successfully obtaining deposit orders on a series of claims for a national grocery firm.
  • Advising company directors on the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
  • Defending a financial consultancy against a civil claim for non-payment of a consultant’s fees.
  • Successfully defending a whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal claim against a local authority in a two-week trial.
  • Acting for a national retail-chain in the two-week trial of a race and religion discrimination claim.

Business and Property

Under Amit Gupta’s supervision, Joel assisted in bankruptcy matters, winding-up petitions, debt claims and directors’ disqualifications during pupillage. He continues to be instructed in bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters. Joel is also involved in the broad range of work undertaken by St Philips’ commercial group, including restraint of trade, commercial contract disputes, finance, hire-purchase agreements and consumer rights law.

Contextually, Joel’s commercial work is varied. Joel has advised and acted for and against, professional football clubs, a sports regulator, a beauty and skincare company, a high-end jeweller, a large social media company, business consultancy firms, care service providers, construction companies and banks.

Further, Joel brings employment law experience and knowledge to his insolvency practice. He has advised and acted in a number of employment issues that have arisen as a result of corporate insolvency, administration and liquidation, including redundancy pay and the application of TUPE.

Recent cases include:

  • Advising on sums due under a share-purchase agreement.
  • Advising a sports regulator in a player contract dispute.
  • Appearing before a player dispute resolution commission.
  • Acting for a marketing consultant in a commercial dispute against a Football League club.
  • Defending a Football League club in a vendor dispute.
  • Acting in a High Court springboard injunction.
  • Advising company directors on the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
  • Defending a financial consultancy against a commercial claim for non-payment of a consultant’s fees.
  • Advising an administrator on litigation strategy and the effect of RPO claims.
  • Acting in numerous bankruptcy and winding-up petitions.


GDL (City)
BA Theology (Nott) – First-Class Hons

Appointments and Memberships

The FA’s CFA Disciplinary Panel

Member of Middle Temple