John Collis

– Principal Solicitor

Languages: English, French

John has been Principal Lawyer at JCS since he founded it in 2003. He specialises in Corporate and Commercial law, International Trade and Maritime Law and Litigation and Arbitration.

He advises both domestic and overseas clients and institutions, and has extensive experience of international corporate and commercial activity, including: online exchanges and regulation, flotations, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate re-structuring, insolvency, contracts, complex interjurisdictional disputes.


Pierrette Faure

– Office Manager

Languages: French, English

Pierrette Faure is in charge of administration.

Attentive and reliable, Pierrette is known to provide our clients, and our team, with first class administrative support alongside a warm and ever personable manner.

Pierrette has over 25 years’ experience in the legal secretarial field. Most notably, she has worked as secretary to the legal director of Siemens, senior partners in international law firms Freshfields and Gide Loyrette Nouel, and the accounting firm BDO.

Helene Berard

– Solicitor

Languages: French, English

Helene Berard is a dual English- and French-qualified solicitor. French is her mother-tongue, but Helene also speaks English fluently. She spent 8 years working as a lawyer in Paris, before joining JCS in 2010. She has extensive experience of a wide range of Employment Law, advising HR managers on employment queries, drafting and reviewing employment documents, staff contracts and policies, and advising on the employment implications of corporate changes.

Helene specialises in Company Law, assisting French businesses who invest and trade in the UK.