Lionshead Team

Belinda Lester – Owner & Solicitor, London

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 or on 07808 727369

Joanne Frears- Solicitor, London & Oxford

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I advise clients on commercial matters with particular focus on businesses operating in the technology and creative sectors.  Working closely with clients as in-house or external legal counsel, I specialise in finding commercial solutions to legal issues that arise from developing and using innovative technology and new ways of doing business.

I am a YouTube and Lexis Nexis professional expert and author of IP and data management precedents for various professional publications. I am lucky enough to be able to use my expertise to contribute frequently to the trade press and I have become a regular speaker on all things IP, AI, AR and Cybersecurity related.

I am a member of the Society for Computers and Law and the International Bar Association and co-author of ‘Domain Names A Practical Guide’.

Contact Joanne by e-mail at or on 07803 426946

Melissa Vangeen – Solicitor, London

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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.  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 or on 07733 889559

Jodie Hill – Solicitor, Leeds

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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 or on 07555 759349

Carla May – HR Consultant

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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 or on 07984 349160