Find out 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 30 years experience in law, 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, making sure that they 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.

Over her years in law, Stephanie has also helped a wide number of clients with family related matters.  This has included volunteering at the CAB centre at Families Court in Holborn, drafting pleadings, applications and witness statements, and appearing in court on behalf of clients.  Stephanie also supports a number of local family related charities, often attending events to give legal advice.  Although people might think that family law and commercial law are worlds apart, Stephanie believes there are many similarities.  A dispute between co workers, company directors, clients and spouses all require careful handling and negotiations.  It is not simply a question of knowing the law, but also of understanding how emotional some disputes can be, and the need to guide clients through the process in the most practical and cost effective way.

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 represented many parties in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She has acted for employers (ranging from small companies to international companies such as H&M and charities such as Barnardo’s) 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, Scotland and Wales.

Shivani Varma

Shivani Varma

Head of Commercial Law

Shivani began her legal career in 2012 at a firm in Chelsea and joined Kleymans in late 2014.  She made outstanding progress in the litigation department and was promoted to Head of the firm’s Commercial Department in January 2019. 

Shivani and her team focus on Civil and Commercial Litigation (including Group Action work) and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Prior to joining the firm, she was involved in and managed a high profile group litigation against a bank in the High Court consisting of over 4,000 clients.  Her expertise in Group Litigation has recently seen her involvement in a highly publicised case involving Universal Wealth Preservation.  Shivani’s case has most recently been reported in the Times and aired on BBC’s Rip Off Britain where she gave an interview about her efforts in recovering those funds.

Click here for the Podcast discussing Shivani’s group action

Click here for a TV clip discussing Shivani’s group action

Shivani and her team also act for both individuals and companies in a variety of disputes involving contract disputes, debt recovery (private/commercial), employment law, professional negligence, bankruptcy and insolvency, property litigation disputes (commercial/residential), land disputes and joint ownership/cohabitation disputes.

Shivani deals with claims in both the County Court and High Court and is also a big believer of mediation and avoiding the costs of litigation if a satisfactory settlement can be agreed between the parties.  Please contact our Head of Commercial if you would like to discuss how we can help you. 

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.

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 joined Kleyman & Co in Autumn 2017 when he qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

He predominately focuses on commercial litigation where he has significant experience. He has won trials involving complex financial and business disputes in the County Court and manages group actions through the High Court. He is knowledgeable on court processes and mechanisms but has an emphasis on minimising costs for his clients. He can offer flexible answers and options to difficult problems but can be robust when required.

Fred acts for many clients in the well-publicised case of Universal Trustees and the Longs. He leads the team from the property side and assists clients in transferring trust assets back into the control of the rightful owner. If you have been affected by the Longs, please get in contact with Fred who will be able to help.

Fred also has experience in employment law where he has enjoyed success at the employment tribunal against a very large organisation and in negotiating settlement agreements acting for either employers or employees.

Despite a focus on contentious work, Fred has extensive experience in general commercial and corporate work and can assist you by reviewing and drafting contracts and tending to your business needs. He has acted for large companies in corporate transactions and is a sophisticated and rational negotiator.

Satinder Johal

Satinder Johal

Solicitor

Satinder graduated from Leicester in 2011 and completed her LPC at Nottingham Law School where she achieved a Distinction. She then commenced her legal journey within Residential Conveyancing for 2 years before securing her training contract at Stephensons Solicitors LLP. She completed her traineeship in both London and Manchester. Satinder completed seats in Conveyancing, Court of Protection, and Corporate and Commercial and Litigation.

After qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2018, Satinder joined Kleyman & Co Solicitors Limited.

Satinder works mainly in the Commercial Litigation and Corporate team. Satinder has had successful victories in landlord and tenant possession claims, has entered into excellent settlement terms for clients in a complex software dispute matters, and other business disputes. Satinder is good ensuring that the costs are kept as minimal as possible for clients but also ensures that she offers a range of answers and options to difficult problems.

Satinder also has dealt with employment cases, acting for either the employee or the employer and has been able to successfully settle on such cases without having to go to the employment tribunal. So, if you have any queries regarding any employment dispute then please do not hesitate to contact her.

Whilst working on contentious matters, Satinder also has a very good understanding and experience in general commercial and corporate work and would be happy to assist you with the drafting of any documents such as contracts, NDA’s, terms and conditions, or any other commercial document. Satinder has acted for large companies and smaller businesses in corporate transactions and is an exceptional negotiator.

Satinder also has exceptional knowledge in both residential and commercial property matters. She has acted for landlords, tenants, sellers, buyers, licensors, licencees etc in both individual and corporate clients. She has dealt with all types of transactions such as sale, purchase, plot sales, drafting a licence, drafting and approving of agreements such as section 106/38/104 Agreements, deeds of grant, wayleave agreements etc. Therefore, if you have any property related queries then either drop Satinder an email or give her a call to discuss.

William Couchman

William Couchman

Solicitor

William graduated From Canterbury Christ Church University with a degree in History and Legal Studies. After graduating, and working for a year as a Commercial Litigation paralegal in Hammersmith, he went to complete his LPC at BBP Holborn focusing primarily on Commercial and Litigation fields of study and pursuing these subsequently in practice.

William worked and trained at the London office of a large and reputable nationwide law firm in the Commercial Litigation department where he gained invaluable experience representing corporations, charities and individuals, both at home and internationally. During his time there William was involved in defending a £4million Defamation and Intellectual Property claim, successfully bringing an action for breach of data protection, representing a company shareholder in shareholder dispute, advocating in County Courts and the High Court before Judges and Masters as well as making numerous successful applications to set aside judgement in default.   

Throughout his career William has undertaken instructions to represent clients in a variety of Commercial matters including:

  • being the lead solicitor in a company purchase transaction, including boarding kennels;
  • negotiating long leases for commercial premises;
  • reviewing and negotiating complex and high value contracts for both private companies and public bodies; and
  • preparing and negotiating a range of commercial agreements including Shareholder Agreements, Service Agreements and Terms of Business.

William also has extensive Litigation experience, taking instructions from both Claimants and Defendants in High Court and Tribunal matters including the Business and property Court, Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Health Care Professionals Tribunal Service.

William prides himself on delivering a high quality, efficient and proactive service for all of his clients and is proficient in negotiating and advising on commercially sensible options and alternatives to both commercial matters and dispute resolution where possible.

William joined Kleyman & Co upon qualifying as a solicitor in January 2019. 

Michael Fox

Michael Fox

Solicitor

Michael qualified and was admitted to The Roll of Solicitors in June 1972.

Shortly afterwards he became a Partner in a small West End firm of Solicitors where he remained for nearly 10 years, first as a general practitioner, then specialising in Commercial and Residential Property Law.

He was then appointed Company Solicitor to one of the UK’s leading Franchise Companies, where he took charge of all corporate matters, property acquisitions, franchise agreements, including managing franchisor/franchisee relationships, and advising franchisees on legal matters arising in the running of their businesses.

In 1992 he returned to private practice and in 1994 formed the legal firm of Wachtel Fox & Co in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, where he remained as Partner until April 2009, once again specialising in Commercial and Residential Property Law.

Michael joined Kleyman & Co in 2019 and continues to specialise in Commercial and Residential Property Law.

David Nezri

David Nezri

Solicitor

David graduated from Swansea University with a First Class Honours degree in law before completing the LPC at BPP University in London, Holborn. He qualified as a solicitors in England & Wales in December 2019.

He predominantly focuses on commercial and civil litigation being involved in some high profile and complex disputes, including assisting Shivani in her Universal Wealth Preservation group action.

David’s litigation experience is extremely useful when he is drafting and reviewing agreements as he appreciates what needs to be included and incorporated in order to protect his client as best as possible.

David also has significant experience in insolvency proceedings, successfully recovering debts and winding up companies. He recently made an High Court application for an injunction and was successful in preventing the issuing of a winding up petition against his client. 

Andrea Panayiotou

Andrea Panayiotou

Trainee Solicitor

Andrea graduated from City University London with an Upper Second-Class Honours in Law. Andrea then proceeded to obtain a commendation in the Legal Practice Course from BPP University in 2017.

As a trainee solicitor whose current seat is in Family Law, Andrea has a wide range of experience in the family department from drafting divorce petitions, child arrangement orders, occupation/non-molestation orders, financial consent orders to complex high net worth financial cases, in depth pre-nuptial agreements and complex children matters. Since she started training Andrea received a fantastic result in the Family Court involving a relocation and residency matter.

Andrea has volunteered at various Family Law based charities including giving informative talks to those working at the charity’s helplines. Andrea also attends another large charity regularly, which specifically targets single father’s struggling with their legal matters and, in particular access to their children. Andrea also helps run the Family Legal Drop in Clinic every Thursday at the firm between 3-5pm. Please see link below for more information on the legal clinic.

https://www.kleymansolicitors.com/family/family-law-drop-in-clinic/

Andrea has also attended court to assist with an occupation and non-molestation order and to aid a child arrangements order. She has also attended a high net worth mediation appointment. She hopes to further her family court attendance and knowledge of family law in preparation of qualifying in June 2020.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill

Trainee Solicitor

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. As a trainee solicitor Brendan is currently undertaking various seats before qualifying as a Solicitor in August 2020. His seats are Property, Corporate and Commercial, Insolvency and Civil Litigation.

Brendan’s predominant focus is commercial and civil litigation (with an emphasis on Professional Negligence Claims). He has represented several clients in complex disputes to successfully recover damages. He also has experience in Insolvency claims where he recovers debts for clients. Brendan is knowledgeable as to the Court procedure, providing an efficient and robust service to clients.

Brendan also has a deep understanding of Trusts within the UK. He has extensive experience in creating, amending and dismantling trusts. He has assisted many clients in the recovery of various trust assets in relation to the case of Universal Trustees Limited. If you have any questions relating to the creation or management of trusts, please contact Brendan.

Brendan also provides general commercial and corporate work for various companies. He frequently drafts and amends contracts, terms and conditions, partnership agreements as well as more specialised documents such as call option agreements. Brendan works with a range of companies, although is particularly happy working with small businesses to provide cost effective solutions.

Evelina Gurtskaya

Evelina Gurtskaya

Trainee Solicitor

In 2015, Evelina graduated with a dual degree in Human Rights and Criminal Justice, with minors in International Relations, Global Justice and American Studies from Malmo University, Sweden, and James Madison University, USA. She then went on to complete an accelerated law degree at the University of Exeter and commenced her LPC at BPP Holborn Law School the following year, where her electives comprised: Private Acquisitions, Advanced Commercial Property, and Commercial Law and Intellectual Property.

Prior to joining Kleyman & Co. Solicitors in the Autumn of 2018, Evelina worked at the National Family Mediation Centre in Devon and later at the largest and highly reputable international law firm in Malta.

Evelina is currently undertaking her training contact before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2020. Her seats are Commercial, Corporate, Property (Residential and Commercial), Litigation and Private Client. She works independently and alongside other solicitors on a wide variety of cases. This year she has worked on:

  • preparing and negotiating agreements and drafting contracts and terms of business;
  • successfully securing an incredible result for a client at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service against sixteen allegations of misconduct;
  • drafting wills;
  • debt collection matters;
  • employment cases, including an unfair dismissal claim brought against a large investment association; and
  • residential and commercial property transactions.

Evelina is also fluent in Russian and a large percentage of her work includes an international element, so if you are Russian living and/or working in the UK, have business dealings in Russia, or if you simply know someone who requires legal assistance but would prefer to deal with someone who understands the Russian mentality, language and market, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and she will be able to help.

Originally from Russia, Evelina is a big travel enthusiast, and has lived in Malta, Sweden, Denmark, the USA before moving to the UK. When she’s not drafting contracts or bogged down with legal work, you can find her at the gym, exploring the local food scene or indulging in the countless music, theatre and fashion events that London has to offer.

Catherine Bates

Catherine Bates

Trainee Solicitor

Catherine is currently working as a Trainee Solicitor predominantly working on commercial and residential property matters. She has experience with the purchase and sale of freehold and leasehold properties.

She began working for Kleyman & Co in July 2018 as a legal secretary. This role was providing administrative support to the fee earners. In August 2019, she had her first promotion to Senior Paralegal where she continued to provide support to the fee earners and take on her own case load. After excelling herself in this position she was promoted to a Trainee Solicitor in November 2019.

She works independently, as well as alongside solicitors, on a wide variety of cases, such as:

  • Insolvency Proceedings;
  • Drafting documents such as Heads of Terms, Contracts, Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  • Employment Settlement Agreements; and
  • Residential and commercial property transactions.

Catherine also has experience with the Court process and how it works. She has attended Court for multiple hearings, and hopes to attend further hearings in order to broaden her experience.

She is due to be admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in August 2021.

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones

Paralegal

Kathryn graduated with a 2:1 in her Qualifying Law Degree in 2018. She then studied her Legal Practice Course alongside a Master’s in Law at The University of Law in Guildford, achieving a distinction in both. Whilst she studied at Guildford, she worked part time at a local law firm, providing legal support to the fee earners. During her time there she learnt about the day to day running of a firm and developed her skills in legal research, the drafting of legal documents and professional communication. Kathryn particularly enjoyed the work she did for the family team and felt that she gained valuable experience being exposed to a range of cases. During her time at the University of Law Kathryn studied Family Law, Private Client, Advanced Criminal Law and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence as her chosen electives.

Since joining the team at Kleyman & Co as a paralegal Kathryn has continued to develop her legal knowledge and experience. As a paralegal providing support to the fee earners Kathryn regularly carries out legal research, helps with the organisation of files, drafts correspondence and prepares legal documents. Kathryn has also prepared for and attended court to assist fee earners in their cases.

Kathryn has been helping the Family Team during her time so far at Kleyman & Co and has really enjoyed working on a range of different cases such as divorce, financial, children proceedings and injunction proceedings. Kathryn is particularly interested in becoming a family solicitor but is keen to gain as much experience in all areas of practice at this early stage of her career.

Ellie Murray

Ellie Murray

Paralegal

Ellie achieved a distinction in her Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law at Nottingham Law School in 2019. In the Legal Practice Course, she studied elective modules in Commercial Law, Advanced Commercial Property and Private Client.

Prior to this, she received an Upper Second-Class Honours Law degree in 2018. In her undergraduate degree, Ellie chose electives in Commercial Law, Company Law, International Trade Law and International Commercial Law to give her degree a commercial focus. However, she also studied Sexuality and the Law, Comparative Studies of Law, and Human Rights along with the core modules.

As a paralegal at Kleyman & Co Solicitors, Ellie is gaining knowledge and experience through supporting the fee earners with their cases. She frequently drafts correspondence to the court and clients, carries out research for the solicitors and has made bundles for hearings and assisted fee earners at court and in client meetings. She also manages the company social media and helps the fee earners to organise their files.

Ellie’s goal is to become a solicitor, and she is most interested pursuing a career in commercial law, however, she is keen to develop her knowledge in other areas.

Caoimhe Leece

Caoimhe Leece

Paralegal

Caoimhe attended Keele University, where she obtained her LLB Law Degree achieving an Upper Second Class Honours in 2018. During her time at Keele Caoimhe took part in the Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) scheme, in which she acted as a court assistant and became very familiar with the court process as well as conversing with litigants. Caoimhe also built her skills in research, legal writing, and drafting by attending many extra-curricular workshops alongside her studies.

Caoimhe then went on to attend Hertfordshire University where she gained a Distinction in both her LPC and LLM in 2019. Whilst studying at Hertfordshire on the LPC Caoimhe took modules in Employment, Immigration, Business, Commercial and Property among others. Whilst studying at Hertfordshire University, she developed the skills in client interviewing and advocacy which she acquired during her time at CLOCK.

Caoimhe provides support to the fee earners at Kleyman Solicitors in her role as a paralegal whilst gaining legal experience and building her legal knowledge. She assists the fee earners in managing their files, drafting correspondence to clients, other firms and the court, conducting research into specific legal issues, serving documents at the court, and submitting various applications such as to the Land Registry.

Caoimhe’s ultimate ambition is to become a solicitor, and she is particularly interested in pursuing Immigration and Employment law, but she is equally keen to expand her legal knowledge and gain experience in a wide range of areas in her journey to becoming a solicitor.