Find our more about our expert Team members below.

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.

David Meathrel

David Meathrel

Director

David is responsible for ensuring that the business runs smoothly and takes care of all non-legal matters. 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).

For the last ten years, David has run a successful Management Consultancy which includes FTSE 100 companies within its client list.

David is also a Director of COYR Limited a property company.

He jointly owns Kleyman & Co with Stephanie Kleyman.

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.

Giulia Sinibaldi

Giulia Sinibaldi

Solicitor

Giulia completed her law degree at Nottingham Trent University in 2013 before completing her LPC at BPP in Cambridge in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Giulia worked in law firms both in Central London and Buckinghamshire gaining experience in a broad range of civil and commercial litigation matters, commercial property and real estate law.

Giulia has experience in commercial contracts, company/partnership disputes, landlord and tenant matters, property (including possession), neighbour disputes and debt recovery assisting both companies and individuals.

Giulia is a keen negotiator and believes in alternative dispute resolution as a means of settling cases to avoid costly and often time consuming court litigation.

Having lived in Italy for 7 years, Giulia speaks fluent Italian.

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.

Angela Ainsley

Angela Ainsley

Solicitor

Angela graduated in 2012 from the University of Dundee with honours in both English and Scots Law before completing a Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. Angela completed her traineeship at a busy Glasgow Litigation firm with seats in debt recovery, reparation and commercial law, qualifying in 2015. She then moved to a role at one of Scotland’s oldest firms with a focus on commercial disputes and debt recovery before joining Kleyman & Co in 2017.

Angela takes a straightforward, commercially focused approach for her clients, insuring the swift resolution of disputes. She also has a special interest in the protection of vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection and has successfully dealt with numerous contentious and non-contentious cases.

Angela is admitted as a solicitor in Scotland.

Parisa Faridi

Parisa Faridi

Trainee Solicitor

Parisa completed her law degree in 2014, before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Parisa works alongside the Solicitors and provides support on various legal matters. Since joining Kleyman & Co, Parisa has already worked on a number of interesting Litigation cases.

Ulugbek Gomes-Pessoa

Ulugbek Gomes-Pessoa

Paralegal

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.

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.

Kayla-Marie Scarlett

Kayla-Marie Scarlett

Legal Secretary

Kayla-Marie provides administrative and legal secretarial support to the fee earners. Prior to joining Kleyman & Co Solicitors, Kayla completed an LLB at the London South Bank University. Whilst at University she studied elective modules that include; Civil and Criminal Litigation, Medical Law and Ethics, and Business Law.