Adam Merali

Adam gained commercial experience in the real estate industry and has worked for companies such as DTZ, Gerald Eve and Aviva Investors. He has a track record of personal success in commercial and residential property investment. Adam then moved into law and specialises in real estate, with particular focus on residential and commercial property transactions including conveyancing, refinancing and residential development. Adam’s clients range from funds to private individuals. Adam is a founding partner of this firm and continues to look at expanding the firm’s legal services offering.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 1628
Mob: +44 (0) 7771 760 667
Email: amerali@meralibeedle.com

 
 

Nico Beedle

Nico trained at Ashurst LLP where he qualified into the Real Estate team, acting for major companies on a wide variety of commercial property matters, including purchases, sales, corporate acquisitions and landlord and tenant transactions. Prior to joining Merali Beedle LLP, Nico worked in the commercial property team at Forsters LLP for a number of years, acting for clients ranging from institutional landlords with extensive portfolios across the country to retailers expanding into the UK market.

Nico advises investment funds, companies, private individuals and family trusts on their investments and portfolios in Central London and the South East.  He also specialises in acting for landlords and retailers and office tenants on leasehold transactions. In addition, Nico currently acts for a developer of both commercial and mixed-use sites, and for a mezzanine lender on property finance transactions. 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 1626
Mob: +44 (0) 7811 213 751
Email: nbeedle@meralibeedle.com

 
 

Samantha Blakey

Samantha trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at Nabarro LLP before moving to Payne Hicks Beach LLP.  She joined Merali Beedle LLP in January 2016 and became a Partner in February 2018.

Samantha has garnered experience in all aspects of commercial property including acquisitions, disposals, leases and restructuring acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants.  She also specialises in residential property transactions throughout England and Wales including sales and purchases, leasehold matters, transfers of equity, remortgages and developments for all types of clients including corporate bodies, individuals, trusts, investors and developers. 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 1639
Email: samanthablakey@meralibeedle.com

 
 

Laura Jennings

Laura trained and qualified in a firm in Henley on Thames in 2005 and has since practised in Family Law as a Department Head both regionally and in the City. Laura has a wealth of experience, representing many City professionals and various high net worth individuals. She is a member of Resolution and a trained Mediator. Laura has a practical, sensitive approach and is relentless in the pursuit of her client’s best interests. Areas of specialism include Divorce, Finances, Pre-Nuptial and Separation Agreements, Divorce, Child Arrangements, Relocation applications and same sex family arrangements, including Co-Parenting Agreements and Parental Orders. Laura sits on an Ethics Committee for an IVF clinic and has also set up pro-bono advice clinics at regional Children’s Centres. Laura joined Merali Beedle in February 2017 and became a Partner in February 2018.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: ljennings@meralibeedle.com

 
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Alia Ali

Alia is an experienced Company and Commercial lawyer. She has worked for well-established legal firms and as a department head in the city of London.   

Alia's specialist practice areas include all aspects of company law and commercial law. She is also experienced in commercial litigation and regularly advises clients on contentious matters. She has experience with High Court claims and international disputes. 

Alia has specialist experience within the technology sector and has advised technology startups.  She advises startups at all stages, including early stage advice, attracting investment, launching and exit. 

Alia has spoken at a number of locations including the Business Funding Show, Google Campus and Wework workspaces. 

Alia is a part time teaching fellow on the MBA course at Coventry University London Campus.

Clients find Alia commercially minded, dynamic and approachable.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: aali@meralibeedle.com

 
 

Suzanne Blakey

Suzanne trained at Wedlake Bell LLP and was admitted as a solicitor in 1983, following which she worked in the Commercial Property department at Wedlake Bell LLP until joining William Sturges LLP in 2010. Her extensive experience includes a broad spectrum of commercial property transactions acting for a wide variety of clients. She currently acts for several well-known companies operating businesses in the hospitality sector.  Suzanne also carries out general residential property work, including investment and development transactions, acting for sellers, purchasers, investors and lenders.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 1639
Email: suzanneblakey@meralibeedle.com

 
 

Malcolm Davenport

Malcolm is a commercial and residential property conveyancer, experienced in landlord and tenant, leasehold enfranchisement/lease extensions, along with ancillary property litigation, and is an executive consultant of the firm. 

He joined us in May 2017, from David Conway & Co, a boutique law firm in London's west end, which he joined in September 2006.  Malcolm previously spent nearly 8 years at Howard Kennedy, heading up, during his final year, the residential property team, alongside his commercial property workload. 

He began his career in the City, in the property department of Waterhouse & Co, in January 1980, dealing with Housing Association property transactions and other, mixed commercial property letting and ancillary management transactions, before moving on in 1990.    

Outside of the office, Malcolm is a FA Level 2 football coach, and has previously coached and managed youth teams, including those at Sutton United and Carshalton Athletic, in the 6-14 age group. 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: mdavenport@meralibeedle.com

 
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Feride Gildir

Feride acts for a wide range of clients advising on private client matters, including wills, administration of estates, powers of attorney and Court of Protection issues, tax planning and trust administration. With the introduction of Lasting Powers of Attorney, she prepares many of these documents for elderly clients and also individuals who own businesses and are keen to establish succession planning for that business. Feride also specialises in cross-border probate and administration of estates.

Having acquired a wealth of experience in the legal profession for over 30 years across a number of sectors, and in the UK, France and Spain, Feride joined Merali Beedle LLP as a Solicitor in August 2016. She is an Affiliate Member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), having passed the Advanced Certificate in Will Writing and also International Succession and Probate. She also achieved an LLM, focusing her dissertation on the effect of private international law on cross-border succession. Feride speaks English, French, Spanish and Turkish.

As part of her practice, Feride also advises clients on immigration matters. Her experience in Employment Law and Business Immigration is especially valuable to overseas clients wishing to set up a business in the UK. However she also advises UK business owners wishing to employ overseas workers and she also deals with personal immigration cases and visa applications.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: fgildir@meralibeedle.com

 
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Leyla Hamed-McLeod

Leyla is a commercial and residential property solicitor with five years’ post qualification experience in private practice and a further 10 years’ in-house experience working as legal counsel to a privately owned property investment portfolio.

After qualifying in 2001, then working in a specialist residential property firm, Leyla moved to the City office of Thomas Eggar LLP (now Irwin Mitchell LLP) to specialise in commercial property.  During her time there, Leyla acted for an assortment of clients, from investment trusts to retail chains, and for both landlords and tenants.  Leyla’s work covers all aspects of commercial property, including acquisitions and disposals, general commercial property management and landlord & tenant work, as well as residential conveyancing.

Having developed a practical, solutions-based, commercial approach to property law, Leyla was recruited to work in-house for a successful investment property company.  As sole legal counsel, her role involved not only providing legal advice and expertise, but also having a strong grasp of other legal issues involved and considering commercial realities.

Leyla joined Merali Beedle in September 2018.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: lhamedmcleod@meralibeedle.com

 
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Fiona Harte

Fiona specialises in commercial, I.T, data and related project finance and corporate matters, having worked for international city firms and as head of in-house legal for multinational organisations.  Fiona was previously a partner at Slater and Gordon, and joined Merali Beedle LLP in 2017.  

Fiona is a procurement specialist, and advises on projects in many regulated sectors from tender stage to development and operation. Fiona has advised local and central government, large utilities, energy and renewables companies as well as the banking and private sector on their procurement, tendering and sourcing practices.

She has a focus on technology, A.I., web based solutions and mobile application development, entertainment and media, including start-ups. Fiona has also advised various companies in the film, theatre and music and art industries and is a data protection specialist and up to date with GDPR, being a member of the National Association of Data Protection Officers.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: fharte@meralibeedle.com

 
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Sona Ondhia

Sona is an experienced litigation solicitor, specialising in company and property disputes.  She joined Merali Beedle LLP in 2018, from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP. 

She has been listed in previous editions of the Legal 500 for Property Litigation as a Recommended Lawyer, and was described as “extremely thorough and dependable”.  The 2015 edition notes that “Solicitor Sona Ondhia is singled out for praise as diligent, thorough and totally dependable; her disarming charm is a considerable tactical asset…”. 

Sona acts for both individuals and companies from all sectors on a wide range of matters, including debt recovery, enforcement proceedings and contract, property and company disputes of all values.  Sona offers practical, effective and commercially sound advice.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: sondhia@meralibeedle.com

 
 

Siân Owen

Siân is an experienced employment solicitor having acted for employers and employees in both the private and public sector.

Siân started her career in the City, training at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and qualifying and practising there as an employment specialist from 2000. In 2003 she moved to the employment team at Eversheds LLP and acted for a wide range of companies and public sector bodies, advising on a broad range of employment legal issues; from drafting contracts, handbooks and policy reviews to advising on contentious matters in all areas of discrimination law. She moved in-house to the Government Legal Department in 2006 where she was able to fully develop her public sector practice.

Siân’s broad and valuable experience enables her to advise on all aspects of employment law, including employee management (such as disciplinary, grievance, leave and sickness management), as well as advising on restructures, dismissals, redundancies and settlement agreements.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: sowen@meralibeedle.com

 
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Lena Thakrar

Lena trained and qualified as a solicitor at Kimbells LLP (now part of Freeths) prior to moving to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in 2012, where she specialised in commercial real estate. 

 Lena acts for a variety of clients including landlords, developers, lenders and commercial tenants and has experience across a wide range of commercial real estate transactions including acting for both landlords and tenants (single properties, shopping centres and multi let schemes); acquisitions and disposals of commercial property including anti-embarrassment and overage provisions and commercial development transactions including liaising with the wider construction and letting teams, advising on conditional agreements for lease and site assembly work.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: lthakrar@meralibeedle.com

 
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Leah Willman

Leah trained at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP where she qualified into the Real Estate team in 2003.  She worked on a wide range of commercial property transactions, including sales, purchases, commercial leases and property management work (acting for landlords and tenants), financing and large-scale infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Leah also has extensive experience in advising clients on the property aspects of corporate transactions, such as business and share sales and acquisitions. 

In 2014,  Leah left the City to join a boutique law firm, Pittalis LLP.  During her time there, Leah gained experience in residential conveyancing, acting for both companies and individuals including high net worth clients on sales, purchases, lease extensions and variations, refinancing and transfers of equity. Leah also continued to act on commercial property matters.  Leah also advises private clients on Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Leah joined Merali Beedle LLP in September 2017. 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325
Email: lwillman@meralibeedle.com