Top 100 law firm Keystone Law has hired five talented senior lawyers to join its Corporate and Commercial teams. The experienced lawyers come from a range of backgrounds including in-house for Shell, and leading law firms such as Burges Salmon LLP and Ince & Co.


Christopher Gabbitas (joins from Clintons)

Christopher has extensive in-house experience, having advised Grammy Award-winning group The King’s Singers, which he was a member of from 2004 to 2018, on a range of issues. He works with performers, musicians, management companies and record labels on the legal aspects of touring, performance and recording. During his time working in the music industry, Christopher has acted for several high-profile songwriters and performing artists in negotiations with record labels such as Universal, Decca and EMI Records. He also advises photography and other creative agencies on all aspects of their contractual relationships.

Tim Deacon (joins from Burges Salmon LLP)

Tim advises businesses across the sport, retail and food and beverages sectors on complex commercial projects and commercial contracts. He regularly advises businesses on a cross-section of operational matters, including licensing arrangements, marketing contracts, advertising compliance, sponsorship arrangements, commercial joint ventures, collaboration and partnering arrangements, distribution arrangements, warehousing and logistics contracts, terms and conditions (including consumer-facing terms), and services agreements.

Amy O’Connor (joins from Ince & Co)

Amy specialises in the aviation and travel sectors, and has acted on many transactions involving the financing of new aircrafts. She has experience acting for airlines, lessors, operators, banks, and tour operators, advising on aircraft leasing and financing, terms and conditions, charter agreements and disputes. Amy has also advised on the start-up of a new UK airline.

Intellectual Property and Commercial

Jon Moorhouse (joins from Shell International)

Much of Jon’s experience has been providing in-house legal support to senior leaders at global corporations. Jon has a keen focus on the energy sector, having advised Shell for over a decade on IP compliance, IP risks and opportunities, IP due diligence, and IP sharing and licensing. As well as advising on the full spectrum of intellectual property law, Jon also advises on commercial matters such as confidentiality, supply, procurement and secondment arrangements.

Corporate and Commercial

Charles Frank (joins from Parker Bullen LLP)

Charles advises businesses, shareholders, directors and investors ranging from start-ups to listed companies on broad range of corporate and commercial matters. His specialisms include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, reorganisations and joint ventures. Charles also regularly advises on non-transactional matters, such as shareholder/partnership agreements, business succession and a wide range of commercial agreements.

James Knight, CEO and founder of Keystone Law said:

Each of these lawyers brings with them their own distinct specialisation in the areas of corporate and commercial law. We are delighted to welcome them and I am sure that we will see their practices continue to thrive as they join these excellent teams.