Joel Semakula



Joel joined Landmark Chambers in 2020 following completion of pupillage during which he was supervised by Richard Turney, David Nicholls, Galina Ward, Simon Allison and Justin Bates. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Prior to starting pupillage, Joel worked in the global litigation team of an oil major between 2018 and 2019. During that time, he advised on various matters including enforcement proceedings, bilateral investment treaty claims, environmental and decommissioning claims, JV disputes and general commercial disputes in various upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors.  He also gained experience in institutional arbitration under the LCIA, ICC and LMAA rules.

Following his legal studies, Joel was the Judicial Assistant to Lady Justice Gloster (as she then was) and Lord Justice David Richards at the Court of Appeal from 2017 to 2018 where he assisted on cases covering commercial, chancery, public and international law. He also prepared research for lectures on a range of legal topics including international arbitration, which was a key interest of Gloster LJ.

Before commencing legal studies, Joel was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York. He worked on a range of deals including M&A, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt offerings and recapitalisations for healthcare companies. Joel, therefore, brings a wealth of commercial experience to his practice at the Bar.

Away from the law, Joel can be found performing on a comedy stage or volunteering with initiatives that support social mobility.



Planning, Environmental Law, Human rights, Housing, Landlord & Tenant, Commercial, Public


German, Luganda