Find our more about our expert Team members below.

David Meathrel

David Meathrel

Director

David is responsible for the implementation of the firms strategy and business plan. He ensures the business runs smoothly and takes care of all non-legal matters including the financial management of the business. He has a background in Financial Services having held senior management positions with Commercial Union Plc (now part of Aviva Plc) and Scottish Life (now part of the Royal London group).

David has previously owned a successful Management Consultancy which includes FTSE 100 companies within its client list.

David is also a Director and joint owner of COYR Limited a commercial property company.

He jointly owns Kleyman & Co with Stephanie Kleyman.

Stephanie Kleyman

Stephanie Kleyman

Director

Stephanie is a commercial solicitor with over 25 years experience from small claims through to the Court of Appeal. Having worked in both private practice and in house, she combines a variety of legal knowledge as well as a good understanding of how businesses really work. Famous for her ability to explain issues in straight forward language and to deliver advice and support with both compassion and a sense of humour, Stephanie has built up a loyal following of regular clients, mostly small businesses who need a wide variety of assistance and has a strong team of assistant solicitors and support staff around her to provide legal services at all levels.

Stephanie’s passion is to help new businesses get it right from the start, helping them develop policies and procedures for the recruitment, training and retaining of staff. She also advises on company and partnership matters.

Through the recession Stephanie has also focused on helping companies manage their cash flow by assisting them in implement effective contracts, terms and conditions and debt collection policies. She is also no stranger to the Court process, helping clients bring and defend claims of all levels, although she is a big advocate of mediation and negotiation to avoid the uncertainties of litigation.

Stephanie and her team also work on commercial property matters, as well as some personal legal issues such as probate claims and building disputes.

For further information, and an informal chat with Stephanie please do not hesitate to contact her.

Andrew Needleman

Andrew Needleman

Solicitor

Andrew has over 45 years’ experience in the law, primarily in High Court Litigation, Personal Insolvency, Matrimonial, White Collar Crime, Patent and Copyright and all things litigious.

Amongst his more well-known cases include: the 3 Kray trials; the Thalidomide; as head of an alternative team re: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi Lockerbie; R v Jelen & Katz – phone taps; Shadows v Arrows Formula 1. Andrew won his first case in the House of Lords in 1976; numerous Court of Appeal cases including the leading case on estoppel (City of Westminster & Lever Finance), two leading cases on market licence and various cases in the Privy Council.

Post-qualification he was duty solicitor at Marylebone and Hampstead Magistrates Court and was his firm’s supervisor on the Serious Fraud Panel.

Meg Pennycook

Meg Pennycook

Barrister

Meg is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience in Employment Law.

She has worked in both private and public sectors: for Abbey Legal Protection Ltd, the London Boroughs of Ealing and Camden, and as a self-employed Employment Consultant and Barrister. This has given her broad and in-depth experience of all areas of Employment Law, including TUPE, discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.

Meg has successfully represented many parties in the Employment Tribunal. She has acted for employers (ranging from small companies to international companies such as H&M) and employees (pursuing their claims against companies of all sizes, including Addison Lee, Jigsaw and Betfred).

Meg has specialist expertise in restrictive covenants, issues relating to Employment Contracts and disputes between directors. Meg has a good standard of spoken and written French, and has acted for a number of French speaking clients taking action in England and Wales.

Shivani Varma

Shivani Varma

Solicitor

Shivani joined Kleyman & Co. Solicitors in December 2014 as a solicitor. Prior to joining the firm, she was involved in and managed a high profile group litigation claim in the High Court consisting of over 4,000 clients. Shivani specialises in Civil and Commercial Litigation and acts for both individuals and companies in a variety of disputes.

She has dealt with numerous claims ranging from County Court to High Court claims but is also a big believer of mediation and avoiding the costs of litigation if a satisfactory settlement can be agreed between the parties. Her litigation experience includes breach of contract claims, employment disputes, inheritance claims, enforcement proceedings, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings and various debt recovery procedures.

Whilst Shivani has a depth of knowledge within the above fields, she is also instructed in relation to companies and partnerships. Shivani advises on and drafts various paperwork in order to ensure all security measures are in place to avoid any issue in the future. Shivani has experience in drafting shareholders agreements, directors’ duties agreements, terms and conditions as well as retainer contracts.

Peri Hassan

Peri Hassan

Solicitor

Before going into law Peri obtained a 2:1 degree in History from De Montfort University and then went on to complete his Graduate Diploma in law and Legal Practice Course.

Peri has a broad experience in property dealing with most areas of both residential and commercial property law, including the purchase and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, lease extensions, renewals and variations, the purchase and sale of small businesses and unregistered land.

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid

Solicitor

Andrew studied law at Edinburgh University, graduating with First Class Honours in 2013 before completing his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew trained with one of the top four Scottish firms and spent his second year in the firm’s Legal 500 tier 1 ranked dispute resolution department where he gained experience dealing with a wide range of commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, insolvency litigation and debt recovery.

Andrew has acted on contentious and non-contentious matters for both private individuals and commercial clients, including two of the Big Four British banks, and always seeks the best form of resolution depending on each client’s circumstances.

Andrew is Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland.

Simone Barton

Simone Barton

Solicitor

Before commencing a career in law, Simone obtained a Marketing and Public Relations degree and then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in law and Legal Practice Course.

Prior to joining the firm, Simone worked in law firms in Greater London gaining a broad range of experience in family law matters including contested divorces, setting aside matrimonial consent orders and complex cross-jurisdictional children matters.

Simone specialised in family law during her training contract and has a broad range of experience in various private family law matters. She advises on all aspects of family law including divorce and financial settlements, cohabitation and children disputes.

Fred Kenyon Shutes

Fred Kenyon Shutes

Solicitor

Fred graduated in Economics from Newcastle University in 2013 and went to Law School in Guildford where he studied for two years completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. He completed his traineeship in a busy regional firm based in Surrey and Berkshire. He completed seats in Property, Corporate and Commercial and Litigation.

Fred qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2017 before joining Kleyman & Co.

Nick McEwen

Nick McEwen

Solicitor

After Nick graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2013, having obtained a degree in Law, he proceeded to complete his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London.

Nick joined Kleyman and Co shortly after qualifying as a solicitor in January 2018. Prior to joining Kleyman and Co, Nick completed his training contract at a city law firm where he developed his skills in civil litigation, specialising in sports and media law, insolvency law, commercial law and corporate law.

Nick also has a large amount of experience when it comes to drafting commercial agreements, ranging from sponsorship agreements (between football clubs and kit providers), franchise agreements, partnership agreements, shareholders agreements and general terms and conditions.

Nick is both ambitious and experienced when it comes to advocacy – having appeared before numerous Judges in both the County Courts and the High Courts.

Whilst Nick is a formidable litigator, he is also an avid negotiator, and is always keen to explore settlement options to ensure his clients avoid the undesirable expense of litigation.

Parisa Faridi

Parisa Faridi

Solicitor

Parisa Faridi joined Kleymans as a paralegal in 2015 .  Having proved herself to be a reliable and hard working member of the team, she subsequently won a training contract, where she gained hands on experience in litigation, family and property.

We are delighted that she qualified into the family team in June 2018 where she specialises in assisting individuals on a wide range of family law issues, with a particular focus on divorce and financial matters as well as children matters.

Parisa strives to achieve the best outcome for her clients whilst dealing with matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

Parisa also deals with a wide range of residential and commercial property matters on behalf of her clients.

Michael Haeems

Michael Haeems

Solicitor

Michael is a solicitor in our Property Department. After completing a Degree in Law and Accounting, he went on to complete the Legal Practice Course and qualified as a Solicitor in 2007. Michael is also a member of the Securities Institute.

Michael has a broad experience in property dealing with all areas of both residential and commercial property law, including the purchase and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, lease extensions, renewals, deed of variations, licences to alter and landlord and tenant matters.

He has previously advised clients in property purchase, rental, investment, development and auction purchase.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael had a successful career in capital markets, as part of in house legal departments, with several Investment Banks. More recently, Michael has extensive experience as a Property Developer in Prime Central London.

Michael has a passion for property in particularly the varied London market.

David Nezri

David Nezri

Trainee Solicitor

David graduated from Swansea University with First Class Honours degree in law before completing the LPC at BPP University in London, Holborn. He has a particular interest in corporate and commercial areas of law and provides the solicitors with assistance on a variety of legal matters.

Ulugbek Gomes-Pessoa

Ulugbek Gomes-Pessoa

Paralegal (On Study Leave)

Ulugbek completed his Law degree from the London School of Economics in 2015. He has a background in financial services and a deep interest in commercial law. Having been born and lived in Kyrgyzstan for 10 years, Ulugbek speaks fluent Russian.

Andrea Panayiotou

Andrea Panayiotou

Paralegal

Andrea graduated from City University London with an Upper Second Class Honours in Law. This was prior to her completion of the Legal Practice Course at BPP University in 2017.  The electives she studied were employment, family, commercial and intellectual property law. She is particularly interested in employment law and has a long-term goal to become a solicitor. Andrea provides paralegal assistance to the fee earners at Kleyman & Co.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill

Paralegal

Brendan completed his LLB Law degree at the University of Manchester in 2013. He then went on to complete his master’s in Public International and European Law at the University of Amsterdam in 2015. Most recently he completed his Legal Practice Course at London Metropolitan University. The electives he studied were employment law, commercial law and alternative dispute settlement. He is interested in corporate and commercial law and has a long-term goal to qualify as a solicitor. Brendan assists the solicitors on a variety of legal matters.

Dominic Coleman

Dominic Coleman

Paralegal

I graduated from Southampton in 2017 with a 1st in Law before completing the Legal Practice Course in 2017 at the University of Law in London. I have a particular interest in both property law and litigation.

Yoanna Gospodinova

Yoanna Gospodinova

Legal Secretary

Yoanna provides administrative and legal secretarial support to the fee earners. Prior to joining Kleyman & Co Solicitors, Yoanna completed a Masters degree in Law and Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Catherine Bates

Catherine Bates

Legal Secretary

Catherine graduated from University of Central Lancashire in 2017 with an Upper Second Class Honours in Law with Mediation. Once graduating she went on to study the Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law. During the Legal Practice Course, she picked Employment and Family Law as two of her electives. Her dream is to become a solicitor. Catherine provides administrative and legal secretarial support to the fee earners.