The Dawson Radford Team

Jo Dawson - Dawson Radford SolicitorsJo Dawson
Solicitor, Corporate and Company law

Jo is a 10 years qualified solicitor, specialising in corporate and company law.  She has spent the last 12 years in a regional firm in the East Midlands undertaking acquisition work, company restructuring, and shareholder agreements.  She also deals with corporate governance, and Companies Act matters.

Jo’s loyal base of clients who instruct her because they trust her to get the deal done in a sensible and pragmatic fashion, whilst still ensuring that her clients are adequately protected. Jo takes time to explain the process, outline the risks, and enable her clients to make an informed decision.  She is particularly noted for working in a collaborative way with other lawyers, to find solutions to matters that arise, and ensure transactions complete as quickly as possible.

Good relationships with other professionals is key, and Jo regularly receives recommendations from accountants, bank relationship managers, selling agents and other solicitors.  Jo often acts for other solicitor’s practices who do not have their own corporate departments.

Jo has a reputation for health and social care work – acquisitions of care homes and day nurseries in particular.  She understands the processes and the legislation in place surrounding acquisitions in this sector.  Many of her clients are care home or nursing home operators, and this client base has grown almost exclusively through word of mouth recommendations.

She also has experience in dealing with manufacturing and engineering companies and service and maintenance providers – industries typical of the East midlands locality.

Born and bred in Sheffield, Jo is straight talking and no nonsense, often quoted as being the most down to earth corporate lawyer there is.  She lives on the outskirts of Sheffield with her partner James, and twin boys Jack and Harry.

Jean Holden
Paralegal, Corporate and Corporate Governance

Jean is a paralegal, assisting on corporate transactions and undertaking corporate governance work. She has worked for a number of well known and well respected law firms in the local area and has a wealth of experience.

Jean often assists Jo Dawson on larger corporate transactions, but also undertakes work in her own right. Jean deals directly with our clients who instruct us to deal with company incorporations, officer appointments, and other Companies House registration services.  She also assists our Commercial Property department, dealing with property searches and Land Registry registrations.

Jean has spent time travelling and working in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, including Las Vegas Strip. She is now married and has two young boys.


Joe Phelan
Consultant Solicitor

Joe is a consultant solicitor specialising in property law.

Training at a high street law firm in Wiltshire, Joe then moved to the North East where he has worked for some of the largest firms in the area.

Joe has acted for clients ranging from individuals and SME’s to NHS Foundation Trusts and large Plc’s.

Joe’s detailed knowledge and understanding of property law is balanced with his commercial and pragmatic approach.  This helps to ensure that his clients are not just informed of legal problems, but also commercial and practical solutions.

In his spare time, Joe is a keen sportsman.  He enjoys playing football, golf, tennis and snooker.

Nicole GrayNicole Gray
Business Administrator

Nicole is responsible for keeping the office functioning, and is often the first point of contact for clients. She deals with everything associated with the running of a busy office and making sure the firm’s compliance and regulatory paperwork is up to date.

In addition, she also works as secretary for the rest of the team dealing with typing, document storage and all other business admin.

Outside of work Nicole enjoys spending time with her family – her husband, two boys and black Labrador Milo.