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


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


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


Samantha Blakey

Samantha trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at Nabarro LLP and has since garnered experience in all aspects of commercial property including acquisitions, disposals, leases and refinancing acting on behalf of landlords, tenants and lenders.  Samantha also specialises in sales and acquisitions of residential property across the country for high net worth clients, investors and developers.  Samantha worked at Payne Hicks Beach until 2010 following which she moved to William Sturges LLP before joining Merali Beedle LLP in January 2016.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 1639


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


Tessa Blunden

Tessa trained at Russell-Cooke LLP. Upon qualifying in 2007 she joined the Dispute Resolution team at City firm Travers Smith LLP, where she specialised in property litigation and advised clients on a range of landlord and tenant and development disputes from 2007-2014. In 2014 Tessa joined Practical Law as an editor on Practical Law’s Property Litigation department. She is also an associate lecturer in law at the Open University.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 1626


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


Feride Gildir

Feride specialises in advising small businesses and SMEs, and has a great deal of experience of dealing with corporate matters, including setting up companies, advising on regulatory matters in specific sectors, and negotiating the sales and purchases of companies. As part of her practice, Feride advises clients on all aspects of employment law and immigration matters. 

Feride also specialises in the areas of wills, probate and estate administration and lasting powers of attorney. She is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and has experience in cross-border estates, particularly in France and Spain.

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 in August 2016.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325


Tom Harrison

Tom trained at Forsters LLP in 2009 and qualified into the Dispute Resolution team in 2011, acting for both companies and private individuals. Tom has experience of a variety of areas including, amongst others, breach of contract claims, debt recovery work, tax disputes, rectification claims, enforcement of judgments and financial mis-selling claims. His approach centres on understanding a client’s requirements and seeking commercially sensible and cost-effective solutions to disputes. Tom has acted on numerous trials in the High Court but also on smaller matters in the County Court and Small Claims Court. Tom has also acted on appeals to the Privy Council. Tom joined the firm in February 2017.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325


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


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 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 LLP in
February 2017.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 3325


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


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