The Team

Jason Poole“thinks outside the box to solve complex issues” Legal 500

Jason is the Senior Partner of JG Poole & Co LLP and founded the firm in June 2013. He read law at the University of East Anglia and Commercial and Corporate law at the London School of Economics. He qualified as a solicitor in 1994. Prior to founding JG Poole & Co LLP, he was a partner at two of the country’s leading education law firms (Eversheds LLP and Mills & Reeve LLP).

Jason specialises in major strategic projects such as PFI/PPP and outsourcings. He has advised on university student accommodation projects since the late 1990s, when this first started to develop as a new asset class. Many of his projects have been market leading or introduced new structures to the market.

Jason also regularly advises universities on strategic joint ventures and collaboration arrangements.

Jason is ranked as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 who identify him as “a leading light in the student accommodation sector” and describe him as “really approachable, extremely pragmatic and prepared to work collaboratively”.

Jan Harris“Practical advice and invaluable expertise” Legal 500

Jan started her career working in university departmental administration at the University of York. She then read law at the University of Essex (graduating top of her year) and qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds LLP in 1992.

Prior to becoming a founding partner in JG Poole & Co LLP in 2013, she worked in senior roles at both Eversheds LLP and Mills & Reeve LLP. Jan has had extensive experience of advising the higher education sector over the last twenty years.

A litigator by background, Jan has advised higher education institutions on a wide variety of student matters including claims of discrimination, discipline issues and complaints by students to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (the OIA). Jan has a particular interest in OIA matters, as when the OIA was set up, Jan drafted the rules and procedures to which the OIA was working. Jan also advises on student/pupil discipline, policies and procedures and contractual terms and conditions.

Jan advises regularly on matters of HE governance. Her work in this area includes advising on updates and amendments to constitutional documents, including liaising with the Privy Council as part of the approval process. In addition, Jan’s area of expertise also covers information law and she provides advice in respect of matters of compliance with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information regimes, including internal and external appeals.

Jan is ranked by Chambers and Partners who say “she has a wealth of expertise in higher education and has the ability to help you find sustainable solutions to issues”.

Helen Bolton“A recognised specialist in structured finance” Legal 500

Helen is a banking and finance lawyer and is a structured finance specialist. She read law at the University of London and qualified as a solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP in 1997. Helen worked for some years at Clifford Chance gaining extensive experience in project finance, senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt, together with related security, intercreditor and derivatives packages.

After leaving Clifford Chance, Helen worked for Mills & Reeve LLP for a number of years in their banking and projects teams, regularly working with Jason. Following a period as a partner at another major regional practice, Helen joined JG Poole & Co LLP in 2014.

Helen advises on all aspects of banking and finance, including bond issues and EIB funding.

Helen has significant experience of advising on forward funding developments, funding of student accommodation projects in the university sector as well as the financing of renewables to energy.

Katherine Souter“The lead on construction procurement and state aid” legal 500

Katherine trained as a solicitor at ARM Limited and qualified practising intellectual property and commercial law. In 2010 Katherine moved to Mills & Reeve LLP to practise construction, public procurement and state aid.

For almost 8 years Katherine has been advising on the legal aspects of construction, engineering and FM projects as well as the specialist areas of state aid and public procurement. Her practice has a particular focus on the education and third sectors. She can assist and advise from start to finish, from planning initial contractual and procurement strategy, to preparing or reviewing procurement documents, construction/engineering/FM contracts and consultant appointments, dealing with clarifications, reducing the risk of challenges, advising on running a compliant process, procurement best practice and then putting in place the resultant construction contract or consultant appointment (including warranties, third party rights and security). Katherine has also prepared and advised on many OJEU compliant contractor and consultant framework agreements as well as carrying out due diligence for contracting authorities calling-off under construction frameworks. Katherine also advises on State aid compliance for the purpose of public funding applications (from the perspective of either the applicant or the public body) and the complex arena of public procurement and State aid in land developments and can provide pragmatic and straightforward advice on project structures in the context of complying with State aid rules and the exemptions and exceptions to the State aid rules.

Ginny Colman"Feisty, clever and a tenacious lawyer" CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS DIRECTORY

Ginny has been practising all aspects of family law in Norfolk for the last 16 years. For 11 years Ginny worked for Birketts LLP as the Norwich family team leader before joining JG Poole & Co LLP to launch the private client division of the firm in 2019.

Ginny advises high net worth individuals on all their divorce needs as well as all aspects of relationship breakdowns. She has also carved out a niche in helping cohabitees bring applications for lump sums, settled property, school fees and periodical payments for children. Ginny has acted for a multitude of clients over the years from artists, footballers and television presenters, to farmers, business owners and lawyers. Ginny is more than happy to deal with complex issues, but will not overcomplicate a case that does not warrant it.

Ginny is also a trained collaborative lawyer and will always encourage working in an amicable and mediated manner where possible. Chambers and Partners Directory say Ginny prides herself with "professional prowess with an approachable, accessible manner."


Margaret is a very experienced private client solicitor, having worked both in London and Norwich before joining JG Poole & Co LLP in 2020 as head of Wills, Trusts and Probate. A well-known and highly regarded lawyer in the region, Margaret is very experienced in all aspects of private client work including wills, succession and tax planning, probate and powers of attorney.

She is ranked in Band 1 by the Legal 500 where she was described as having “inspired confidence” and being “kind and sensitive.”

She is also a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) as well as a member of STEP.

Jo Farrington"Exceptionally bright, able and energetic" Legal 500

Jo graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2006 with a First Class Honours Degree in French. Jo trained with Mills & Reeve LLP and qualified into the Education team in 2010. Whilst at Mills & Reeve LLP, Jo worked closely alongside Jan. Jo then moved to a leading London education firm in 2013 before joining JG Poole & Co LLP in June 2016.

Jo’s main area of expertise focuses on student issues and corporate governance. Jo also has a particular interest in the impact of consumer legislation upon the University/Student relationship and has advised a number of university clients on reviewing terms and conditions and policies and procedures including those relating to complaints, discipline and academic misconduct in order to comply with all relevant legal requirements.

Jo also regularly advises on matters of information governance and security. Jo also has considerable experience of representing university clients before the Information Commissioner and the First-Tier Tribunal.

In addition to her advisory work, Jo has also delivered training and updates to clients on a variety of legal issues.

Jo is recommended by Legal 500 who say she "has a fantastic grasp of the issues and understands the nuances of working in the HE sector".


Rebecca read law at the University of Cardiff and qualified in 2000. She spent seven years as a commercial litigator at Clarkslegal LLP before moving over to work in their commercial and projects team. In that team she specialised in providing procurement advice and assistance to public sector bodies (Education, Local Government and the NHS) and managing competitive dialogue procedures. Rebecca joined JG Poole & Co LLP in November 2013.

Rebecca advises clients in the higher education sector on a wide range of commercial matters including supply agreements, academic collaborations, research projects, software license agreements, student documentation, apprenticeships, IPR protection and NDAs. Since joining JG Poole & Co LLP, Rebecca has worked with a number of clients on a flexible secondment basis, dealing with a wide range of contracts, such as collaborations and international recruitment agreements, which has given her a unique and specialist insight into the sector. Rebecca also regularly prepares risk and liability reports on commercial contracts for clients across the public, private and higher education sectors.

Christopher Coveney

Christopher graduated from the University of Hull in 1975 and qualified as a barrister. In 1999 he became a solicitor specialising in construction and engineering law. He has an MSc from Kings College, London in construction law and arbitration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

As a solicitor he has practised in private practice and in industry. He has been involved in the conduct of international disputes. Whilst working in industry, with Thales, he was involved with PFI project dispute resolution. Whilst working with Veale Wasbrough Vizards he undertook work for the Education Funding Agency in connection with the provision of Free Schools and provided advice on estates matters to a medical scientific research organisation and university.

Christopher deals with contentious and non-contentious matters advising on consultants’ appointments, forms of contracts, warranties and all ancillary documentation in connection with projects and on disputes.

Christopher is experienced in construction litigation, arbitration and adjudication but regards early dispute resolution as the prime objective in any contentious matter.

Karen Schilder

Karen is a commercial real estate lawyer, who trained with Eversheds (working alongside Jason), qualifying as a solicitor in 1998.

Karen spent over a decade at the pre-eminent London real estate firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she gained invaluable experience and sector knowledge in the core real estate department, working on many high-profile and multi-faceted transactions, across various market sectors, including leisure, hotels, student accommodation, public sector, office, retail and industrial. Prior to joining JG Poole & Co LLP, Karen provided legal services to several top tier law firms, in a consultancy capacity, to provide on-call additional resourcing on particular real estate assignments, including Eversheds Sutherland, Trowers & Hamlins and BLP via Lawyers on Demand.

Karen has regularly acted for institutional and pension fund investors in relation to the asset management and development of their real estate portfolios. She is well versed in acting in a wide array of commercial letting transactions for both institutional landlords and private and public sector tenants. She is experienced in property acquisitions and disposals (both single and multi-occupancy) as individual assets and as large portfolio transactions. She has advised on acquisitions (including financing) of established properties, as well as new-builds, with associated construction, planning and development issues, on behalf of leading banks, financial institutions, investment funds and borrowers, and is highly experienced in corporate support and property due diligence.

Karen's recent focus has been in the educational sector, advising schools, further and higher education institutions and private sector companies involved in the provision of educational services in relation to the management of their real estate assets, including the efficient disposal of surplus land for development (with associated charity, trust and governance issues).

Lucy Poole

Lucy is a Trainee Solicitor based at our Norwich Office.

Lucy graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2018 with a First Class Law Degree, placing second in her year of 171 students. She then completed an LLM in Legal Practice (Solicitors) at BPP University Cambridge, with Distinction in 2019.

Alongside studying for the LPC, Lucy worked as a Paralegal at a Norwich law firm where she specialised in Family Law.

Chris Hoffman

Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of JG Poole & Co LLP.

He is a qualified Professional Banker, with 40 years’ experience and was part of a team that set up the Norwich Office of Handelsbanken, a Swedish Bank in the UK in May 2004 and headed up their Private Clients Team. As part of his career, he attended various International Leadership Courses in Sweden. Prior to this move, Chris was a Senior Manager with the Wealth Management Division of Barclays Bank. His initial training was at Barclays in Cambridge, where he held various Management positions before his career moved him and his family to Norfolk in 1997. He is currently a Governor at Norwich School.