Delicious result for James Legal and local smokehouse entrepreneur

Jason Rowe is the creator of such delights as the ‘Yorkshire Pudding Pot Pie Pizza’ and the ‘Yorkshire Pudding Sunday Roast Burrito’, which have built up a huge viral following on social media.

Not to mention a string of restaurants across the UK, in Nottingham, Birmingham and Newcastle, in addition to recent appearances on TV programmes such as Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

And Hull-based lawyers James Legal had the privilege of supporting the owner of Beverley’s Rebels’ Smokehouse on his rapid journey to becoming a successful ‘food-preneur’.

It all started when Jason got in touch and asked James Legal to represent him in a dispute with his former business partner. They’d stopped seeing eye-to-eye and the firm helped Jason take full ownership of the business through a process that included fighting his corner in Court.

And Simon Young, James Legal solicitor and commercial litigation specialist, said one of the secrets to Jason’s success was putting the case in their hands while he got on with running his business.

“I won’t go into the technicalities of the case as, clearly, those are quite sensitive,” said Simon. “However, the way Jason handled it should be an inspiration to anyone in business.

“All disputes are very emotional by nature, but he managed to rise above that, stay calm and see the bigger picture. As Jason appreciated that as a great businessman, he must concentrate on his core business and that the legal matters were best dealt with by us lawyers.”

“He invested his trust in us to complete the work of interpreting and acting on the letter of the law, and forming a strategy and argument to secure him a successful outcome.

“He could not have achieved that if he’d let himself become too embroiled in the argument, or let his personal feelings and grudges take hold”, added Simon.

In a recent James Legal blog, Simon describes the importance of keeping calm when it comes to business disputes, of which Jason is a perfect example.

Jason is Managing Director of Rub, alongside business partners Luke Billingham and Sean Singer.

The trio have been together since Rebels’ Smokehouse days, to deliver on what they describe on their website as ‘a passion for food, drink and creating a party atmosphere’. They are committed to producing ‘#EpicFood and entertainment’.

Rub is a BBQ restaurant inspired by southern American food. They source their meat from trusted local butchers and smoke it all themselves in their own smokers, ‘Hank and Marvin’, after marinating it in their own secret rubs spices blend.

Jason has been working with food for over a decade, starting out with his own event catering company, followed by the highly rated fine dining food concept in Beverley called Dine on the Rowe, and then the smokehouse. He also runs his own Anlaby-based brownie business, called Brownie Heaven.

He said: “I can’t thank Simon enough for all of his personal and professional help throughout this matter. Simon worked tirelessly on my behalf, and his dedication, knowledge of the law and commitment to staying one step ahead on my case not only achieved a great outcome for me in my business dispute.

Jason added “It’s not always easy to take a step back and discard the emotions that are wrapped up in situations like this, but thanks to the brilliant legal and practical advice that I had from Simon and the James Legal team, I was able to concentrate successfully on my core business and more importantly move things forward.”

“I had such absolute faith in him, I could hand the matter over to him and know that it would be dealt with to the highest professional standards. As a result, beyond the legal result itself, he and James Legal gave me the platform I needed to see the bigger picture and achieve greater success with my business than I’d ever imagined.”

If you fear you may be heading for a fall-out in your business, you can get in touch with James Legal at or via (01482) 225566.


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