Jones Day donates office to ex-partners for start-up

Jones Day is helping two of its former IP partners to launch their own practice by offering them rent-free space in the firm’s London office.

The firm has given former legacy Gouldens partners Charters Macdonald-Brown and Simon Chalkley 5,000sq ft for a rent-free period of 18 months. Jones Day is also providing the pair with administrative and technical support for the same period.

Additionally, Jones Day has agreed mutually acceptable arrangements regarding the handling of work, including a two-way referral relationship.

Macdonald-Brown, who had been the head of IP at Gouldens since 1997, left the firm with Chalkley on 30 June to begin new specialist IP practice Redd & Co (first reported on, 30 June).