MEET THE LIONSHEAD LAW TEAM
We have a range of legal and HR experts across the UK who can offer legal advice and representation. Contact one of our friendly team today to discuss your requirements and find out how we can help you.
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Belinda Lester – Find out more about Belinda
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1999 I have worked exclusively in the area of employment law. I have frequently been commended by my clients for being clear, concise, practical and solution focused whilst at the same time being empathetic and supportive.
Although I have expertise in all areas of employment law, whether that be in relation to contentious matters or simply advising or drafting, I have a real passion for dispute resolution and my background in psychology, which I studied at university before converting to law, helps me in this area.
I am a tough negotiator and (I am told) a fearsome litigator. However, whether I am representing individuals or companies in litigation or just providing advice or reviewing/drafting a contract or handbook, I will always have my client’s desired outcome at the forefront of my mind. Client care and excellent service are my top priorities. In my opinion, every client should feel like my only client and, so far, I believe I have achieved this objective.
Contact Belinda by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07808 727369
Melissa Vangeen – Find out more about Melissa
I have a wealth of experience advising in relation to employment law matters. I practice all aspects of employment law and work with both employers (large and small) and employees (senior and junior). I advise on a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious matters including disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancies, corporate restructures, all forms of discrimination, dismissals, bonus and pay issues, TUPE and post-termination restrictions. I have experience of working with businesses and individuals in a diverse range of industries and across numerous sectors. I have developed a specialism in advising employers and employees through settlement agreement discussions, including delivering advice to employee groups within large scale redundancy programmes.
I advise businesses both with existing HR support and without, offering practical and commercially minded legal solutions. Through Lionshead Law’s affiliate, Immigration Law Solutions, I also advise businesses in relation to all aspects of UK immigration and am also very experienced in assisting individuals and their family members to work and reside in the UK. I always aim to offer straightforward yet comprehensive advice that is both commercial and tailored to the client’s needs. I have been praised for my commercial approach to work and for my practical, clear and solution-based advice.
I qualified and practiced for 10 years in a City law firm, and was most recently a Partner and Head of Employment and Immigration in a London law firm. I now enjoy practising in a niche employment law setting.
Contact Melissa by e-mail at email@example.com or on 07733 889559
Omar Qassim – Find out more about Omar
I have over 16 years’ experience working as an employment lawyer and I have acted for both claimants and respondents in private practice, in-house and the public sector covering both contentious and non-contentious work.
Aside from the technical knowledge gathered over the years, I would say that my greatest strength is my proven ability to communicate with a range of clients from director level down and across varied sectors, providing well-founded advice based on a careful analysis of their particular set of circumstances and the relevant legislative provisions.
It is the ever evolving employment legislation coupled with the very real and demanding human element of this area of the law that I find both fascinating and motivating.
My track record shows that I provide pragmatic and flexible commercial advice and am a successful and skilled negotiator – whether acting for employer or employee.
I am of Iraqi and Swedish descent and was born in Madrid, where I spent my formative years. I subsequently lived in Kuwait and Sweden before completing my studies and obtaining my Law degree from the University of Sheffield. My background has enabled me to become a skilled multi-linguist, being fluent in Spanish, French, Swedish and Arabic. I believe that having lived in various countries and having experience of many different cultures certainly helps explain why I have empathy and understanding of people from all walks of life and professional backgrounds.
Contact Omar by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07540568536
Anu Kaura – Find out more about Anu
I am an employment law specialist and I originally qualified as a barrister in 1999 and in 2004, I cross qualified to become a solicitor. In 2006 I gained Higher Rights of Audience which allowed me to represent clients in the high court circuit meaning I have extensive advocacy experience.
I have over 11 years’ worth of employment law experience in private practice. I have practiced both contentious and non-contentious work ranging from protected disclosure, unfair dismissal, redundancy claims, TUPE through to specialised complex discrimination and high court claims.
Over the last decade I have successfully mediated a notable number of cases to amicable resolution in the employment tribunal, along with advising on intricate settlement agreements. I have a particularly keen interest in whistleblowing and discrimination cases and have represented clients from both the public and private sector. I have also provided a wide array of training in employment law to various organisations including the NMC and ACAS.
I have advised both respondents and claimants across all sectors and dealt with mass scale redundancies and advising on settlement agreements for large international car manufacturing companies.
I am a commercially minded adviser and offer practical solutions to my clients. I advise businesses both with and without existing HR support, offering practical and commercially minded legal solutions.
I have been able to bring this extensive wealth of experience to my role as legal adviser with Lionshead Law, continuing to offer practical no nonsense advice to clients.
Contact Anu by e-mail at email@example.com or on 07790 618687
Jodie Hill – Find out more about Jodie
Having cross qualified from a barrister to solicitor and being placed in an employment and commercial team I have a unique insight to Employment Law and HR issues and can ensure a commercial and pragmatic approach is adopted and tailored to each client for their business needs.
I deal with all aspects of employment and HR issues, including:
- Reorganisations and redundancies; TUPE and contract transfer work
- Restrictive covenants
- Shareholders and senior executive disputes
- Employment Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal
- Settlement agreements
- Tribunal representative (advocacy)
- Recruitment, employment contracts, policies and procedures
- Discrimination (sex, race, sexual orientation and disability etc)
- Disciplinary, grievance and dismissals
I provide bespoke on-site training to HR professionals and business owners, as well as being a regular speaker at a variety of seminars workshops. I also appear on local radio as part of the ‘Brexit Bunch’ and for the BBC Radio Leeds Expert hour.
I work on a Pro Bono basis with MIND and Workplace Leeds assisting employees with mental health problems stay in work. In doing so I work with the employees, the case workers and the employers providing me with a unique and in depth perspective from every angle.
I also teach Employment Law at Leeds Beckett University to postgraduate students on a master and the LPC which keeps me on my toes and up to date in a complex and ever changing area of law.
Contact Jodie by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07555 759349
Carla May – Find out more about Carla
I am an HR professional with over a decade of experience in HR strategy and implementation. My experience includes organisational structure and planning, rewards and benefits, redundancies, training and general HR operations. I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD and hold an MSc from the London School of Economics in Employment Relations and Human Resources Management. I am fluent in English, French and Arabic. I enjoy travelling and exploring the world with my family and am a board-level volunteer of a charity organisation.
Contact Carla by e-mail at email@example.com or on 07984 349160