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

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 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.

Satinder Johal

Satinder Johal

Solicitor

Satinder completed her LPC at Nottingham Law School and then worked 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.

Satinder recently qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2018.

William Couchman

William Couchman

Solicitor

William has experience in representing corporations, charities and individuals, both at home and internationally. William prides himself on delivering a high quality and proactive service for all of his clients and is proficient in advising on commercially sensible alternatives to dispute resolution where possible.

William read History and Legal Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University before graduating in 2012. He then studied at BPP Law School in London where he completed the Legal Practice Course with a predominant focus on commercial work. William gained valuable and extensive experience working at the London office of a large nationwide firm in the Commercial Litigation department prior to commencing his Training Contract. During his training William undertook instructions to represent clients in Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence, Defamation and Intellectual Property matters.

William qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in January 2019 and then joined Kleyman & Co.

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.

Andrea Panayiotou

Andrea Panayiotou

Trainee Solicitor

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

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 of 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.

Evelina Gurtskaya

Evelina Gurtskaya

Trainee Solicitor

Evelina completed a dual BA program in Human Rights and Criminal Justice, with minors in International Relations, Global Justice and American Studies at the University of Malmo (Sweden) and James Madison University (USA). In 2017, she graduated from the University of Exeter with an Upper Second-Class Honours and then went on to do her LPC at BPP University. Her elective modules during the LPC included Private Acquisitions, Advanced Commercial Property, and Commercial Law and Intellectual Property. She has a particular interest in commercial, property and corporate law. Languages: English and Russian.

Catherine Bates

Catherine Bates

Senior Paralegal

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.