Terms of business

Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

As a UK limited liability partnership is a body corporate, we are entitled to refer to ‘members’ of the LLP rather than ‘partners’.  However, we have decided to retain the traditional title of ‘partner’.  When in these terms of business or otherwise we refer to an individual being a ‘partner’, we use that title to refer to a member of the LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications.  We refer to the LLP below as the firm.

Our Aim

We aim to provide value for money, which means charging a reasonable cost for high quality legal services.  The firm seeks to offer all clients an efficient, responsive, proactive and friendly approach.  To help achieve this, each client has a nominated Client Partner to provide a regular and familiar point of contact and who has ultimate responsibility for the client’s affairs within the firm.  The Client Partner may involve other partners to deal with your individual matters according to the areas of specialist advice required.

Conduct of your Work

Each matter undertaken for you has a Matter Partner assigned to it.  The Matter Partner is responsible for the management and supervision of the work to be carried out.  Matter Partner and Client Partner may be the same person and the Matter Partner may enlist the assistance of one or more assistant or trainee solicitors or other members of staff (qualified or not) whom we consider to have the requisite expertise.  If involved, they will be familiar with the file and can be contacted in the event of the Matter Partner being unavailable for any reason.

We shall assume, unless you advise us to the contrary in writing, that we have your authority to conduct your matter in such a way as we consider appropriate.  This authority extends to instructing counsel (a barrister) and expert witnesses, and incurring all disbursements (expenses we incur on your behalf).  We aim to keep you informed in advance about disbursements incurred on your behalf.  All fees arising out of such instructions and all disbursements are payable by you.

Sometimes conveyancing, probate or company work involves insurance products or investments.  This firm is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  We are included as an Exempt professional firm on the Financial Services Register (accessible via the FCA website www.fca.org.uk selecting Firms from the menu bar and then under Registers and Systems the option Financial Services Register).  This enables us to carry on insurance mediation activity, which is broadly the advising on selling and administration of insurance products.  In relation to investments, we may refer you to someone who is authorised to provide any necessary advice.  However, we can provide certain limited services in relation to investments, provided they are closely linked with the legal services we are providing to you.  In relation to these parts of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Unless otherwise agreed, our work will be limited to advice on English Law and will not extend to accounting, valuation or (unless we are specifically instructed on this) taxation advice.  We would always stress however, the importance of taking specialist advice on your tax situation, as this could have a significant influence on the structuring of the matter.  We can liaise with your other advisers, or could recommend advisers to you.  In circumstances where you instruct other professionals to be involved in your transaction (eg accountants, financial advisers or valuers), it is your responsibility to provide us with the terms of retainer of those professionals, if you wish us to check the scope of their retainer so as to avoid the risk of gaps in the advice being given.

You should be aware that in conveyancing transactions where we believe that a misrepresentation of the purchase price or mortgage fraud may have occurred we are obliged to notify the lender of the true price paid for the property.  This may include us notifying the lender of any discounts or incentives offered by a developer or seller.

Your Personal Data

In order to deal with your instructions we need to obtain personal data from you.  Further details are set out in the separate privacy notice which will be issued with these terms and conditions and any separate retainer letter which we send to you.

General Communication: We shall communicate with you by whatever method is appropriate to the urgency or circumstances at that time.  You should advise us of any special instructions you may have in regard to communications (for example, you may wish to restrict types of communication or the people with whom we communicate on your matter).

Email Communication:  Often, in order to speed progress on your matter, we may communicate with you and others involved in it, by email.  Those communications may contain confidential information. The emails we send you are encrypted by our email service provider and decoded by the recipient’s email service provider. However, as email is not a totally secure means of communication, this means that information which is received by someone other than the intended recipient, could be read by that person.  By agreeing to our terms, you are also consenting to our use of emails in this way unless you specifically exclude your consent by notice to us in writing.

Outsourcing: Sometimes we ask other companies or people to do certain work on our files to ensure this is done promptly, for example photocopying or serving documents.  We will always seek a confidentiality agreement with these outsourced providers.  If you do not want your file to be outsourced, please tell us as soon as possible.  In addition, certain companies or people that we use for other critical services have access to information about our files, for example companies who store files externally, our Information Communication and Technology Consultants and our office cleaners and maintenance workers.  Again, we will always seek a confidentiality agreement with these outsourced providers.

Smartsearch: The firm takes its responsibilities under the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing legislation seriously. We use an external company called Smartsearch to undertake anti-money laundering checks and verification of identity checks against clients and some other persons (for example parties sending money to us). The cost to you of these checks varies depending on whether the searches are against an individual, company or business resident in the United Kingdom or overseas. Please refer to the letter of engagement for details of these costs. In some cases we may need to carry out more than one type of search.  Depending on the results of the checks, we may need you to provide further information to us before we can continue to act for you.

Charges

Calculation:  Unless otherwise agreed with you or it is a fee for storage of deeds/photocopying of your file, our charges are based primarily on the time we spend in dealing with a matter, including meeting with you and perhaps others, time spent travelling, considering, preparing and working on papers, correspondence and making and receiving telephone calls and other communications.  We record time electronically on a system which rounds up to six minute units.  Charges may be adjusted to take into account a number of factors in addition to time spent such as the matter’s value, urgency, importance and complexity.

Hourly Rates:  Details of current hourly rates initially applicable to your matter will have been provided to you in a separate letter.  Please note that they do not include disbursements, VAT, photocopying or international telecommunication charges which will be added (where appropriate) to all invoices.  In the autumn of each year we will review the hourly rates (to take account of various factors which include changes in our overhead costs) and notify you in writing of any increased rate.

Estimate of time:  It is often difficult to estimate how much time will be necessary to complete a particular matter or any particular stage of it.  Any estimates of charges which we give you will not be binding upon us.  Estimates may change as the matter proceeds and it becomes clearer how much time is likely to be needed to complete it.  We shall advise you if the amount of time we expect to have to spend will materially exceed that previously estimated.

Sometimes in dealing with courts or a particular Government department, through their own errors or protracted delay more of our time might be incurred than ordinarily expected.  In such circumstances and where there is no fault attributable to our part, you will be liable to pay for that extra time incurred.

Limits on costs:  You may if you wish agree with us a limit on the charges which may be incurred without further reference to you.  This means that you must pay charges incurred up to the agreed limit and we will inform you when it appears that the limit has been or is soon to be exceeded.

Funds held on account:  Because solicitors are expected (and in some circumstances required) to ensure that they have cover for their fees and disbursements, we are likely to require a sum on account of our charges and anticipated disbursements before we start work and as matters progress we may at any time, particularly in contentious matters (litigation) before any hearing or trial, require further sums to be paid on account.  Sums held in this way are like a deposit and are not an estimate of the charges you will incur.  We may at any time require further deposits at appropriate points throughout the transaction so as to ensure there are always sufficient funds to cover the next anticipated stage.  The firm does not accept payments in cash other than amounts which are de minimis.

Any payment on account of charges (including disbursements) may be credited against interim invoices (see below).  If any interest has been earned on your money held on account, it may be retained and offset by the firm against any outstanding invoices.  Otherwise interest will be paid to you in accordance with our policy made in compliance with the Solicitors Accounts Rules 2011, details of which are available upon request.

We will supply you with our client account bank details when we start acting for you and they will not change in the course of the transaction.  Any email appearing to come from the firm which seeks to notify of changed bank account details will be not be genuine.  As we will not accept liability or responsibility if you transfer money into an incorrect account, it is recommended that before you transfer money electronically, you telephone us and speak to somebody known to you to check that you have the correct account details.

All transfers and transmissions of your funds are made at your risk and we shall not be liable for any loss, damage or delays which result other than through gross negligence on the part of members of staff of the firm.  We will pass on to you as a disbursement what the bank charges us to transfer or transmit your funds directly to your own or any other requested bank account and charge you a small administrative fee.  It is unlikely that the firm will ever be held liable for losses resulting from a banking failure.  Your funds will be held in the firm’s client account(s) which will be maintained with one or more financial institution(s) authorised by the FCA as deposit takers.  We can tell you which these are if you ask us to.  The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) applies to certain deposits belonging to clients who are individuals or small businesses up to a limit (the “Limit”) set from time to time under the FSCS per client per institution.  Therefore, if a client holds other monies in institutions with which we bank at the time of a collapse, the total for that client under the scheme remains the Limit.  Be aware that financial institutions trade under various different names and you should check either with your bank, the FCA or a financial adviser if you are in any doubt.  You agree to the firm disclosing your details to the FSCS in the event of a bank failure.

You agree to be responsible by way of reimbursement for any charges deducted by your or a third party’s bank when transmitting funds to the firm which result in our receiving less than the required amount in relation to your matter.

Please note that in certain circumstances (such as where funds for purposes connected with the subject-matter of our instructions emanate from other jurisdictions) we do have to satisfy regulatory requirements and may have to raise enquiries with you for that purpose.  It is a term of this retainer that you will deal with any such enquiries immediately and to the best of your ability.

Uncompleted work:  For a variety of reasons some matters do not complete.  In such circumstances a charge will normally be made in respect of the work that has been undertaken and any disbursements incurred.

Invoices

Timing:  We shall either deliver an invoice at or near the completion of a matter or invoice you on a regular basis.  Our invoices will be either interim or final statute bills.  This means that we can sue you if you do not pay them when due and you can obtain from the court an order for detailed assessment of our costs.  To obtain such an order, you must apply to the court within one month of delivery of the invoice.  The timing of invoices may be agreed with you but any such agreement will be subject to our entitlement to deliver invoices at earlier intervals in appropriate circumstances.

Delivery:  We will deliver invoices by email.  If you need or wish to receive a hard copy invoice, you must ask us to send you one.

Payment:  Invoices are due for payment when they are rendered, and will include VAT (if chargeable) at the rate applicable as on the invoice date.

Interest:  We reserve the right to charge interest at a rate equivalent to that awarded by the High Court on judgment debts on all invoices which remain unpaid after 30 days.  In the event of any invoice remaining unpaid after such period, interest will be charged from the date of the invoice compounded at monthly intervals thereafter.

Non-Payment:  If any invoice is not paid when due, or if funds are not paid on account within seven days of a request, we reserve the right to give notice to you to decline to act further and to deliver an invoice for the full amount of work carried out to that date.

Complaints:  If you are not satisfied with the amount of our invoices, you are entitled to complain about them in accordance with our Complaints Policy:  see below section entitled CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS.

Payment of Fees by Third Parties

Notwithstanding that an agreement may have been reached in a particular matter that a person other than you is to be responsible for the payment of our fees on your behalf, you nevertheless will remain primarily responsible for our fees.  If necessary, we shall endeavour to ensure that the other person makes payment by way of reimbursement to you as the client.

Litigation – Order for Costs: Unless agreed between parties, costs are assessed by the court.  Assessment is complex.  Whilst we endeavour to recover for you the maximum from the paying party, you should assume that the amount assessed by the court will be less than your total liability to this firm.  Furthermore, whether you succeed in recovering from the paying party depends upon their ability to pay.  You as the client will be responsible for the payment of our fees as and when invoices are rendered.

In the event of you winning the case or otherwise being successful, we may be able to claim interest on “assessed costs” from the date on which the Order for costs was made.  To the extent that any of our invoices have not been paid in full, we reserve the right to retain such interest up to the amount of any outstanding sum.

Concerns/Complaints

We very much hope you will be satisfied with our service.  Please contact the fee-earner dealing with your matter as soon as you have a query or any concern.  The person with hands-on knowledge of the file is best placed to deal immediately with any concerns.  Thereafter, should there be any aspect of it with which you are still unhappy, dissatisfied or simply unsure do not hesitate to discuss it with either the Matter Partner or the Client Partner at the earliest opportunity.  On the rare occasions that we do get complaints, we have always found those raised quickly can be most easily solved.  If after such discussion you still feel aggrieved please write to the Senior Partner, who will investigate the complaint and aim to respond substantively in writing within 7 days of completion of that investigation.  A copy of our Complaints Policy is available upon request.  The firm usually has 8 weeks to resolve your concern through its internal procedure.  If it ends up that we are unable to resolve the problem you may be entitled to complain to the Legal Ombudsman at the conclusion of our complaints process by writing to: The Legal Ombudsman at PO Box 6806 Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ (enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk) (telephone no. 0300 555 0333).

Not all clients are eligible to pursue the Legal Ombudsman route and so you should check the Legal Ombudsman’s website www.legalombudsman.org.uk for the relevant detail.

If eligible, you normally have 6 months  from  our telling you our final response to your complaint to refer it to the Legal Ombudsman.

The Legal Ombudsman can then investigate complaints referred to them no later than one year from either:-

(a)      the act or omission you are complaining about; or

(b)      when you should reasonably have known you had cause to complain.

The Legal Ombudsman does have a discretion to extend the one year time limit for specific clients if, on the evidence, it was fair and reasonable to do so.

Note that the Legal Ombudsman may not deal with a complaint about an invoice if you have applied to the court for assessment of it.

If you are unhappy with our behaviour apart from the handling of your complaint the Solicitors Regulation Authority may be able to help.  This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

Visit their website to see how you can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor/.

Contractual Arrangements

We will write to you as soon as possible after receipt of initial instructions referring to these terms of business and giving further information relevant to our acting for you in relation to the particular matter.  Your continuing instructions in this matter will amount to your acceptance of these terms of business.  Even so, we will ask you to sign and date a copy of the letter accompanying these terms and return it to us immediately.  We can then be confident that you understand the basis on which we will act for you.

All disputes in relation to these terms and the services we provide to you shall be determined by the courts of England and Wales which shall have exclusive jurisdiction.  English law will govern these terms.

Your file on the matter will be made available for external inspection as part of audit or other statutory or regulatory requirement purposes or  (unless you inform us otherwise) for external quality mark or accreditation reviews during the course of the retainer or after its expiry.

We use the information you provide to us primarily for the provision of legal services to you and for related purposes including: updating and enhancing client records, analysis to help us manage the firm, statutory returns and legal and regulatory compliance.

Our use of that information is subject to your instructions, data protection legislation and regulations and our duty of confidentiality.  Please note that our work for you may require us to give information to third parties such as expert witnesses and other professional advisers.  If you are a client who is an individual, you have a right of access under data protection legislation to the personal data that we hold about you.

We may from time to time send you information which we think might be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive that information please notify us in writing.

Limitation of Liability

You agree that the following provisions will govern the extent of the firm’s liability for loss or damage which you may suffer arising out of this engagement.

The firm’s liability will be limited to that proportion of loss and damage which is just and equitable having regard to the extent of your own responsibility and that of any other party who may also be liable to you in respect of it.

The firm’s aggregate liability in respect of all claims by addressees of the retainer letter shall be limited to any amount specified in that letter or, if no amount is specified there, to £20 million or the firm’s professional indemnity insurance cover from time to time, whichever is the greater.

Cancelling Your Instructions

If you are a consumer (so, an individual acting for purposes wholly or mainly outside of your trade, business, craft or profession) and your instructions to the firm were not given at a face to face meeting, you will be entering into a contract to which the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations”) apply.  Under the Regulations, you have the right to cancel this contract if you wish to do so without giving any reason.  You must exercise that right within 14 days from the day you receive the firm’s client care letter, otherwise the right is lost.

In order to exercise your right to cancel the contract, you need to deliver or send to us a cancellation notice (that is, a written and clear statement that you wish to cancel the contract between us e.g. a letter sent by post, fax or e-mail).  The cancellation statement or notice should be delivered or sent by post or email to info@cartercamerons.com.  You can use the cancellation form provided with the firm’s client care letter, but you do not have to do so.

To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

We cannot provide any services before the end of the cancellation period unless you have made an express request to that effect.  By signing and returning the firm’s client care letter, you are giving that express instruction to us to start work on your behalf straight away and we do not have to wait for the cancellation period to expire.

However, please note that if you do ask us to begin the performance of services during the cancellation period and then subsequently seek to cancel the contract, you will be liable to pay us an amount which is in proportion to what has been performed until the time that you have communicated your cancellation of this contract.

If you cancel this contract within the relevant period, this will end both your and our obligations under the contract and we will reimburse all payments received from you.  We will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel this contract.  The reimbursement will be made using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of the reimbursement.

Termination

You may terminate your instructions to us in writing at any time.  We are entitled to keep certain of your papers and documents whilst there is money owing to us for our charges and expenses.  We will decide to stop acting for you only with good reason and on giving you reasonable notice.

Storage of Papers and Documents

After completing your matter, we are entitled to keep certain of your papers and documents whilst there is money owing to us for our charges and expenses.  This is known as a lien over your papers and documents and it gives us a form of security that we will be paid.  We will keep the file on your matter (except for any of your papers which you ask to be returned to you) in accordance with our data retention guidelines which for a client file is between 80 months and 90 months after closure of the matter.  Copies of letters and documents on your file may be stored on removable media and the originals destroyed after a reasonable time.  We will make a reasonable photocopying charge for producing a copy of the documents to which you are entitled, if they are later requested.

Title and other deeds and original documents which you ask us to deposit in safe custody we will charge you for storing, at an annual charge of £25 plus VAT per year if you subsequently ask us to return such deeds and documents to you or new solicitors acting for you.  No annual charge will be imposed where you ask us to retrieve stored deeds or documents in response to continuing or new instructions to act for you.

The cost of retrieval of a past file (which is stored off site) is £1.00 plus the cost of sending it which can vary according to weight and if sent by the DX system or by courier, which in turn depends upon the urgency.  The delivery cost will usually be no more than £25 plus VAT but when a request is made to retrieve a substantial number of boxes the delivery charge may be more.

Client Satisfaction Questionnaire

We may send out a client satisfaction questionnaire to you from time to time. We would be grateful if you could complete this and send it back as soon as you have completed it.

Edition Date: 1 April 2023

Meet the team

Team Assistant/Paralegal - Property

Alexandra joined Carter Lemon Camerons LLP in 2022 as a Team Assistant in the Litigation department where she assisted Solicitors with their cases, including preparing bundles for Court hearings, mediation and arbitration, as well as meeting and supporting clients throughout the litigation process. Alexandra is now in the Property department and has gained more legal experience in supporting secured lending by drafting legal charges, board resolutions and arranging movement of funds as well assisting Partners and Solicitors with commercial property transactions and completions.

Alexandra gained an LLB (with Hons) in Law at the University of Kent and is working her way towards qualifying as a Solicitor.

Before joining the firm, Alexandra worked at a Mayfair based private equity firm supporting the Partners and investment team and managing the firm’s investment pipeline.

Outside of work, Alexandra can be found performing live music in London, playing a variety of sports and collecting records.

020 7406 1000 - AlexandraGrigorian@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Employment

Andrew Firman is a partner in our corporate & commercial team. His corporate practice concentrates on buying and selling mainly owner-managed SMEs and associated advice on contractual and banking documentation work.  His employment practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work for both employers and employees. His charity practice majors on compliance and amalgamation matters.

Transactions

In his work, Andrew looks for proactive and pragmatic solutions derived from a proper understanding of the client’s perspective and against the background of the commercial constraints.

Career highlights include

  • running a David v Goliath style battle for a former employee of a US based bank related to the late vesting of share options following that employee’s termination at a time when the US markets were in freefall
  • negotiating, finalising and drawing down for an off-shore SPV borrower at £310M facility to buy a group of companies which owned, as an investment, the London HQ of a multinational corporation
  • reaching settlement terms on a long running shareholders’ dispute concerning a company running a niche members’ gym in a close knit area of London

More recently, Andrew has advised upon

  • the purchase of owner-managed companies across a number of different sectors by a leading SME investor, incentivising existing management via equity and loan note positions in the purchasing entity
  • sale by owner managers of a London based estate agency business with multiple sites, whilst preserving the sellers’ ability to continue business activity in the sector
  • sale of SPV off shore companies holding UK property assets
  • multi facility refinancing of a major UK specialist facilities maintenance company with asset based receivables, property, cashflow and recovery loan scheme elements
  • the negotiation and documentation of departure terms for the CEO pioneer of a cutting edge national charity
  • the position of a charity trustee in connection with disqualification proceedings and interim manager appointment by the Charity Commission in respect of two charitable trusts

Andrew has over the years enjoyed advising many owner-managed SMEs on the range of their needs for commercial, employment and dispute related legal advice, something for which the firm has received increasing recognition through awards, repeat and new business which in turn goes to the depth of the relationships the firm has with its clients and its target market in terms of size of business clients.

Andrew was educated at Nailsea School and holds degrees in law from Manchester and Leicester Universities.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He is a co-author of a Practical Guide to Drone Law.

Away from the office Andrew, married to a local GP and of occasional use to his three children, enjoys running and cycling and being involved in various ways in his local church and the fantastic community that is SE24.

020 7406 1000 - AndrewFirman@cartercamerons.com
Paralegal - Property

Becky joined CLC in December 2017 as a Team Assistant in the firm’s Property department, supporting the team with both residential and commercial property matters. In October 2018, Becky became a paralegal at the firm, specialising in residential property and secured lending transactions.

 

Becky has gained experience in varied areas of residential conveyancing and secured lending and is able to run residential sales, purchases, transfers of equity, financing, and refinancing. Becky has also worked on the property side of corporate transactions (acquisitions and disposals of SPV companies) as well as de-enveloping of properties on behalf of overseas corporate clients and assists in commercial property transactions. She has travelled to Asia a number of times to see clients and contacts face to face and is highly regarded by clients from SE Asia and the Arabian Gulf.

 

Having completed her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2016, she is currently studying towards her Solicitors Qualifying Examination, with the aim of becoming a qualified solicitor with a passion for property work and property related advice and projects.

 

In her free time, Becky enjoys going to the gym and reading.

020 7406 1000 - BeckySmith@cartercamerons.com
Paralegal - Immigration, Company Commercial

Carmen is a paralegal with over 7 years’ experience in immigration. Her calm and efficient manner ensures matters are dealt with as quickly and cost effectively for clients as possible.

Carmen provides general support to fee earners and Partners within Company Commercial and Immigration teams. She assists in the day-to-day functions of the Immigration team including all aspects of casework and assisting in the preparation of applications. Under direct supervision, Carmen acts as a caseworker on straightforward cases, and supports solicitors in more complex matters. She reviews client queries and drafts responses for review by solicitors and prepares documentation for application under a wide range of visa routes with great skill. As part of the Company Commercial team, she has reviewed share purchase agreements, drafted escrow agreements, prepared bundles for mediation and recently attended a successful mediation meeting over a contract dispute.

She holds degrees in Airline and Airport Management (First-Class Honours), and International Politics and Economics (2:1).

Outside of work, Carmen plays the piano, enjoys trying new activities (the latest being paddle boarding) and is an active church member.

020 7406 1000 - CarmenLoke@cartercamerons.com
Senior Associate Solicitor - Private Client

Cheryl joined Carter Lemon Camerons in November 2023 as a Senior Associate Solicitor.

She started her career as a Technical Adviser/Case Worker for HM Revenue & Customs Inheritance Tax. Following a career break she commenced a second career, which now spans over 20 years, working in Private Client departments in Regional law firms.

She specialises in the preparation of and advising on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Non-Contentious Court of Protection Applications, Trusts, the Administration of Estates and associated taxation.

Cheryl has extensive estate administration experience including obtaining Grants of Probate/Representation in both non-complex and complex estates, not limited to but including, the estates of nondomiciled individuals and resealing foreign Grants of Probate in the English Probate Registry.

Away from the office Cheryl enjoys family life and is a yoga enthusiast, a passionate follower and player of tennis, an ardent Arsenal supporter, and a keen miniature dachshund walker.

020 7406 1000 - cherylthompson@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Commercial Property

Chris Picardo is a partner in the Commercial Property team specialising in transactional property work and property management advice. Chris advises investors, developers, business occupiers and individuals on a variety of commercial property transactions including acquisitions, disposals, property finance, the negotiation of business leases and portfolio management. Chris is regarded by a number of clients as a member of their team. He adds value for those clients by retaining a knowledge of and an interest in their portfolio of investments, and their business needs, so that he can efficiently see ways to get results for them.

Recent projects include:

  • acting for the buyer on the purchase of a chemical plant in North London, with involvement from the initial bidding process until occupation of the site, working throughout with the client’s environmental consultants
  • leading the commercial property due diligence on the disposal of the shares in a group of investment and development companies owning in excess of £30m of office, retail and industrial property
  • the sale of London industrial premises to a global drinks manufacturer
  • representing a leading global shipbroker on the relocation of its London headquarters
  • acting for a City of London investment management company on its exit strategy from leasehold premises and its acquisition of more than 23,000 sq ft of leasehold premises in Bishopsgate

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Chris graduated in Law from the University of Reading and studied the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford.

Chris was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 and joined Carter Lemon working in the Commercial Property team.

In his free time Chris enjoys travel abroad (more recent destinations including Peru, Chile, Argentina, San Francisco and the South of France), reading, running and spending time with his family.

020 7406 1000 - ChrisPicardo@cartercamerons.com
Trainee Solicitor - litigation

Christina currently works on legal disputes within our Litigation Team.  

Although originally getting her BA in Philosophy from York, Christina completed her LPC in London, taking an elective on ‘Advanced Commercial Litigation.’  

Before joining Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, she worked as a Product Expert for a leading legal AI company, driving sales and usage of their technology. Her clients varied across ten different countries. 

Christina previously worked on a project entitled ‘using technology to promote gender balance within the legal profession’ and remains passionate about the subject. 

In her time off, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking. She also loves exploring London’s newest restaurants and going to see shows at the theatre.  

020 7406 1000 - ChristinaMatjilla@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Commercial Property

Eleri Jones is a partner in the Commercial Property department at Carter Lemon Camerons, having joined in December 2019 from another City-based law firm.

She specialises in commercial property matters relating to the charity sector in addition to acting for a full range of commercial clients.

Eleri is experienced in acting in the sale and purchase of commercial and residential property, Development Agreements, Commercial Lease renewals and Licences, as well as advising on compliance with the Charities Act, charity governance documentation, the transfer of properties to CIO and the development and disposal of school land.

Amongst her notable cases, she negotiated and drafted a development agreement for a large residential development with leaseback to the freeholder, including provision of development by the purchaser and provision for overage. Eleri also acted on a large-scale financial restructuring of a care home business.

Eleri qualified as a solicitor in 1993.

 

020 7406 1000 - elerijones@cartercamerons.com
Team Assistant/Paralegal - Private Client

Eloise began her relationship with Carter Lemon Camerons LLP as a student in August 2015 and has returned regularly ever since to help CLC where she can. In March 2022, Eloise began the role of team assistant/paralegal within the Private Client Team.

Eloise is a conscientious and attentive individual who intends to make her future in legal practice. She supports the Partners and fee-earners with drafting and reviewing Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, acting as the first point of contact for clients and making appointments for those with whom she works.

Eloise was educated at Brentwood School in Essex, where she studied A-Levels of French, History and English Literature. After leaving school, Eloise moved to New Jersey, USA to become a live-in au pair for a busy family and particularly enjoyed travelling to different regions and learning about a varied culture. Currently, Eloise is studying part-time for her LLB at the University of Law. Outside of work she enjoys playing tennis, learning new languages, and going out with her friends.

020 7406 1042 - eloisemcilwraith@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Commercial Property

Fotini joined Carter Lemon Camerons in July 2023 and is a Partner in our Commercial Property team. She acts on behalf of landlords and tenants, and also looks after all aspects of commercial property; from sales and purchases to negotiating Leases and accompanied deeds and discussing strategies with clients to assist them achieve their objective.

Fotini also acts for lenders and bridging companies as their advising solicitor on various lending deals ranging from small loans to multi-million-pound deals and refinancing portfolios.

Using critical thinking as well as a common sense is what distinguishes Fotini’s approach when solving, or avoiding problems for her clients.

Career highlights include

  • Completing a bridging finance of over £5 million on behalf of a lender where the borrower was three separate offshore companies, secured over three high-value residential properties in West London
  • Overseeing the refinance of a portfolio of 13 properties, acting for both the borrower and the lender
  • Completing the purchase of seven commercial properties in South London on a back-to-back contract with a longstop date, which was eventually completed with the aid of bridging finance over the purchased properties.
  • Negotiating the lease and contract for a commercial unit in Brunswick Square in Central London for a luxury patisserie company.
  • Sold six properties on behalf of a lender where power of sale was exercised

Fotini, who is a member of the SRA, has LLB Hons Degree and an LLM in International Commercial Law and began her career in 2011 as a Paralegal before becoming a Trainee Solicitor in 2015. She started as a Conveyancing Solicitor in 2017 at her previous firm where she was promoted to Partner in 2018.

Born in Cyprus, Fotini moved to the UK to study before settling here, Fotini is fluent in Greek and can also have a basic conversation in Albanian but is getting better at it with the help of her husband and children.

Away from the office, Fotini enjoys spending time with her family and Taco, her chihuahua. She also loves travelling and going swimming.

020 7406 1007 - FotiniLeventi@cartercamerons.com
Consultant - Litigation

The Legal 500: Recommended lawyer 2020Graham is a consultant solicitor in the litigation team and has specialised in professional negligence claims for over 20 years. He trained at Trowers & Hamlins, qualifying in 1992.

His recent successful cases include over 30 professional negligence claims arising out of an elaborate mortgage fraud, recovering over £5million on behalf of borrower/purchaser clients who have been defrauded into buying substantially overvalued “buy to let” properties.

He has also acted for a group of investors who had purchased properties ‘off plan’ in the Philippines that were either not built or were sold twice. In this case the investors brought successful claims against the negligent solicitors who failed to ensure that the purchase contracts were backed with the promised performance bonds that should have protected the buyers from default by the developer.

He has also acted in various other professional negligence matters, relating to solicitors, barristers, valuers/surveyors, accountants, financial advisors, banks and insurance brokers.

Graham takes pride in providing clear, concise and practical advice and is regularly contacted to offer expert comment on media reports relating to professional negligence and property.

He is on the register maintained by the London Solicitors Litigation Association of solicitors with experience of supervising and executing civil search orders.

Transactions:

Reported cases and cases of interest include:

  • Laib v Aravindan [2003] EWHC 2521 QBD, The Times [13/11/2003] – Claim against solicitors for loss of chance to pursue a negligence claim against a mortgage lender involving complex issues relating to limitation.
  • Vinayak v Lovegrove & Eliot [2007] EWHC 9009 – Claim against solicitors arising out of failure to advise that break clauses in leases could only be exercised by original lessee. Court held that losing solicitors could not compel disclosure of conditional fee arrangement.
  • Tavistock Repertory Guarantors Ltd v Gregory Rowcliffe Milners HQ02X2325 – Claim against solicitors who lost client the right to renew lease of theatre premises resulting in agreed damages of £2,020,000. This is believed to be possibly the highest sum ever recovered from a solicitor who has acted “pro bono.”
  • Ayton v RSM Bentley Jennison [2014] QBD Lawtel – Held defendant in fraud and negligence claim not entitled to rely on defence of tender before claim (action), which is a defence still only available in liquidated claims.

Memberships:

Professional Negligence Lawyers Association

Leisure:

Shooting, badminton, skiing and motorcycling.

020 7406 1000 - GrahamBalchin@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Private Client

Ian West is a partner in the Private Client team. He deals with a wide range of matters including commercial and residential conveyancing, will drafting, trusts and probate and powers of attorney.

Private Client Matters

As well as obtaining grants of probate for UK estates, Ian has assisted personal representatives of foreign estates in resealing foreign grants to administer UK assets held by a deceased domiciled outside the UK. He has dealt with resealing foreign grants in jurisdictions as diverse as Holland and Iran. He has also advised on domicile in respect of deceased’s estates and regularly deals with the UK estates of persons who have died domiciled outside the United Kingdom.

Property Transactions

Recent property transactions include:-

  • Acting for clients on a lifetime mortgage as part of an inheritance tax strategy.
  • Acting on behalf of a landowner in connection with the grant of an option for a lease for use of the land for battery storage.
  • Acting on behalf of a landowner in connection with the sale of land for use as an electricity sub-station in connection with a wind farm project and grant of options for related easements.
  • Acting for both landlords and tenants in respect of statutory claims for extension leases of flats.

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Ian was educated at Brentwood School Essex, Manchester University and the College of Law London. He qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and joined Metson Cross in 1982 becoming a partner in 1990.

Ian is married with two children.

As former Honorary Secretary of the Society of Old Brentwoods, Ian takes a keen interest in the affairs of the School and in various events and functions organised by the Society. He is also a keen follower of football and has an interest in classic cars. Ian is a member of the Mini Cooper Register. Ian has also been learning to play the guitar (for over 45 years!).

020 7406 1000 - IanWest@cartercamerons.com
Office Manager - Administration

Janet joined the firm in 1983 (then known as George Carter & Co, the firm which after many mergers and an LLP conversion is now Carter Lemon Camerons LLP).

Working her way up through the firm and learning on the job, Janet has gained a strong background in administration and practice management.

Janet manages the day to day running of the office and provides management support to the partners in areas such as risk management, compliance, accreditations, IT and recruitment.

Outside of work, Janet enjoys decorating and gardening.

020 7406 1000 - info@cartercamerons.com
Senior Associate - Immigration

Jarmila’s extensive and well-rounded experience in both corporate and private immigration enables her to advise and assist clients efficiently. Her detailed knowledge of the Home Office policies and her professional manner is a great benefit to clients with tight deadlines.

Her experience also includes applications for the review of public authority decisions by the court, that enable such decisions to be challenged on the grounds of illegality, irrationality and unfairness. Jarmila understands the particulars of bringing or defending a claim. She works with clients from the start to identify the core issues and gain an understanding of the key concerns, which allow her to deliver focused and clear advice. Jarmila works with her clients from the beginning and throughout the preparation to ensure the clients’ actions are lawful, or where a potential dispute arises she assists with a principled, measured and robust defence.

Jarmila receives instructions to prepare appeals to First tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chambers and has been involved in judicial review applications at the High Court.

Jarmila assists clients on HR issues and all aspects of employment law including: employment rights; discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing; termination of employment and settlement agreements; redundancies and restructures; TUPE; employment policies and employment contracts; HR process, including disciplinaries and grievances.

She has strong links in the Slovak community and cooperates with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in advising corporate and private clients about sponsoring workers as well as family visas and status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Jarmila has had articles published in the Employment Law Journal and Law Gazette for Westminster and Holborn.

She is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.

020 7406 1000 - JarmilaEntezari@cartercamerons.com
Receptionist and Administrator

As a Receptionist and Administrator, Jessica is responsible for greeting our clients with a welcoming smile and making sure they have a pleasant experience before and after meeting our solicitors.   

She also helps our Team Assistants in keeping our office running smoothly and efficiently.  

Jessica is well informed and answers our visitors’ questions quickly and accurately, always referring them to the right department where necessary.  

In her spare time, Jessica is heavily involved in her local church. She also balances her love of books with a passion for creating fashion content.  

020 7406 1000 - JessicaGomes@cartercamerons.com
Trainee Solicitor - Commercial Property

Julian joined Carter Lemon Camerons LLP after studying at the University of Cape Town and completing Law School in London. He currently works in the Property department, supporting colleagues in client matters including secured lending and commercial property transactions. 

He especially looks forward to working with commercial clients. During his Legal Practice Course, he took electives in Commercial and Intellectual Property, Private Acquisitions, and Advanced Commercial Litigation.  

Before joining the firm, Julian volunteered at a legal advice centre in West London, where he assisted clients with issues concerning debt, housing, and employment.   

He also has a keen interest in International Trade Law, having tutored at undergraduate level on the rules surrounding dispute resolution, investment, technical barriers to trade, and intellectual property.  

Outside of work Julian balances his hobbies by competing in powerlifting and relaxing by painting and exploring London’s museums and galleries.  

020 7406 1000 - JulianSmith@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Corporate

The Legal 500: Recommended lawyer 2020Katarzyna (Kate) Boguslawska qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and is a Partner in our corporate and commercial department.

Kate’s clients range from start-up owners through to SMEs and some global main-players who need advice on business-related matters. These range from advice on employment and company matters to contract drafting and disputes. Kate understands her clients, their needs and goals. Her clients often praise her pragmatic approach and tailored practical advice.

Employment

In her employment practice Kate:

  • drafts contracts, handbooks and company policies
  • provides regular Employment/HR Advice
  • negotiates contracts
  • drafts and negotiate settlement agreements
  • helps to navigate through TUPE, restructure and redundancies
  • advises and represents in claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, unlawful deduction from wages, etc
  • advises on injunctive relief and restrictive covenants

Notable employment work included:

  • advising a well-known English designer in company restructure and redundancies;
  • advising employers and high net worth individuals on settlement agreements and severance packages;
  • regular HR advice to a number of company clients;
  • advising media company on contracts and issues relating to confidentiality, IP and restrictive covenants;
  • representing high earning claimants in ‘Stress at Work’ personal injury matters.

Commercial

In her commercial and company practice Kate:

  • advises on suitable business entities and company formation;
  • advises on company and directors’ duties;
  • drafts necessary company documents including amended articles and resolutions;
  • drafts and negotiates contracts and shareholders’ agreements;
  • advises on shareholders disputes.

Notable commercial work included:

  • advising and representing foreign companies establishing business in the UK;
  • advising companies on matters involving directors’ duties and shareholders’ disputes;
  • advising a Polish PLC on contract matters and negotiating on its behalf with an English PLC;
  • representing an international cosmetics company in injunctive relief and restraint of trade matters;
  • representing hauliers in representations against Border Force and HMRC in excise duty matters;
  • advising EU nationals on immigration issues, residency and citizenship applications in the UK.

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Kate has strong links in the Polish community and is recommended by the Polish Embassy in London, having co-written a Guide for Polish Investors in the UK that was published by the Embassy. She has a broad network of international connections and has been instructed by law firms in Poland to assist their clients in matters involving English jurisdiction.

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020 7406 1000 - katarzynaboguslawska@cartercamerons.com
Solicitor - Litigation
020 7406 1000 - kiranbansal@cartercamerons.com
Senior Associate - Property

Leesa joined our Property Department as an Associate in March 2019. Her interest in the Law and in particular conveyancing began over 20 years ago while working at a southeast London firm. She then moved onto a firm in Lincoln’s Inn where she qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2009 before joining a firm in Westminster acting for UK and overseas high net worth individuals and developers.

Leesa has gained a wealth of experience in all areas of residential conveyancing and secured lending with a particular emphasis on UK and non-UK based individuals and new build/redevelopment sites both within central London and across the Country.

Leesa has worked with large and small scale developers both from the UK and overseas providing a top and tail service from the acquisition of sites through to the plot sales on sites from 1-120 units.

Outside of work Leesa enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and cooking.

020 7406 1000 - LeesaGlenwright@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Commercial Dispute Resolution

The Legal 500: Recommended lawyer 2020Lisa Ginesi is a partner in our commercial litigation and dispute resolution team.  Her practice covers a wide range of commercial disputes and predominantly relates to all forms of property disputes. The clients Lisa acts for range from large corporate property developers and investors to private property owning individuals.

Lisa regularly advises on a wide variety of issues affecting both residential and commercial properties and an extensive range of contractual disputes. Lisa has particular expertise in landlord and tenant disputes, the 1954 Act, dilapidation issues, nuisance claims; boundary disputes, possession claims, construction and development contracts, party wall disputes, trespasser proceedings and all aspects of enfranchisement.

In every case, Lisa actively looks for ways to reach practical and cost-effective solutions, whether that is through negotiation, court proceedings, self-help remedies or alternative dispute resolution. She works with her clients as part of a team, often alongside surveyors, engineers and a variety of other experts.

Recent Transactions include;

  • Successfully appealing against two Party Wall Awards and securing costs for our client in a case relating to a substantial development in Shoreditch.
  • Acting for a corporate property developer in a dispute to enforce the terms of a sale and construction agreement, to enable our client to complete their development and sell a number of flats.
  • Acting for a sole trader tenant, of a commercial shop in Great Russell Street in a claim against his landlord for unreasonably delaying and withholding consent to an assignment of his lease.
  • Acting for a residential property developer who intended to carry out underpinning works and was served with an injunction obtained by the Council to stop works for alleged breach of planning regulations and starting excavation for basement works.
  • Advising on a complex lease renewal of commercial premises under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, involving; disputed terms for a new lease; unauthorised sub-lettings and breach of planning legislation.
  • Advising a client who owns the freehold of a large residential block of flats in London in relation to a number of applications to extend leases under the 1993 Act, including dealing with applications to the First Tier Tribunal. Conversely, advising a number of tenants, in a different block of flats, on their rights to extend their leases.
  • Advising on a range of enfranchisement issues, including lease extensions and purchases of freeholds under the 1993 and 1967 Acts, and rights of first refusal under the 1987 Act.
  • Acting in a number of contractual property disputes including; disputed joint venture agreements; breaches and termination of JCT contracts; claims against insurers for losses and claims for unpaid fees and defective works.

Early in her career, Lisa had the privilege of being part of the team which took a highly technical lease renewal case to the House to Lords (P&O v Graysim).

Some notable and reported cases include;

  • Sai Ventures Ltd v Compar Properties Ltd [2016] – an appeal against two Party Wall Awards in a case relating to a substantial development in Shoreditch.
  • H Waites Ltd v Hambledon court Ltd and others [2014] – landlord and tenant dispute concerning air space and extent of the tenants’ demise.
  • Anslow and others v Norton Aluminium Ltd [2012] – a GLO claim for multi million pound damages in nuisance, claimed to be caused by smell, noise and dust.
  • Delgable Ltd v Perinpanathan [2005] – landlord and tenant dispute concerning the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Act and liability to repair roof.
  • P&O Property Holdings Limited v Graysim [2005] – dispute on the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. This was a Supreme Court decision.

Judicial Appointment:  Lisa was appointed a Deputy District Judge to the South Eastern Circuit in 2020.

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Lisa was educated at Haydon Bridge High School in Northumberland and then studied law at the University of West London. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992, having trained and qualified at Carter Lemon Camerons.  Lisa is a member of the Property Litigation Association, Women in Business, Women in Property, the Association of Women Solicitors and the Law Society.

020 7406 1000 - LisaGinesi@cartercamerons.com
Team Assistant

Lyndsey joined the firm in 1984 (then known as George Carter & Co).

As the firm’s remote Team Assistant, Lyndsey brings her years’ of experience as a legal secretary so as to be able to give support wherever it is needed.  Her knowledge of the firms’ document management system and other software is second to none and means she is the go to person for formatting and presentation of documents, electronic filing and efile management.

Outside of work, Lyndsey has on occasion starred as an extra in some well-known films.  She also enjoys holidays, reading and spending time with her family.

020 7406 1007 - LyndseyMuse@cartercamerons.com
Consultant - Family Dispute Resolution

Michael has over 40 years’ experience, including in multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Before embarking on his legal career, Michael studied biochemistry and worked in ICI Pharmaceuticals. Upon qualifying as a Solicitor, Michael and his brother Robert founded Sookias & Sookias in 1985, which merged with Carter Lemon Camerons in 2021.

Clients know that when they entrust their cases to Michael the matter will be in good hands and Michael will do more than what is seemingly possible to achieve the best outcome. Michael has a reputation for seeing beyond barriers and finding creative solutions. His talent is in pushing open doors where others see walls.

Michael is a member of The Lawyers Christian Fellowship, The London Solicitors Litigation Association, Association of Christian Law Firms and a board member of Advocates Europe and a Trustee of various Christian Charities.

Michael speaks Armenian and Farsi. He leads a weekly ‘Salt & Light’ gathering where he leads and teaches a group of people from all walks of life about the spiritual causes of broken relationships.

020 7406 1000 - MichaelSookias@cartercamerons.com
Consultant - Private Client

Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and is a consultant based in the private client department.  Michael advises on a wide range of UK and international tax issues. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners and is an expert on wealth structuring, having been responsible for this area at Barclays Wealth for 13 years. He has also been authorised under the financial services legislation since it was introduced in the 1980s and advises on investment and financial services matters.

020 7406 1000 - MichaelWoodward@cartercamerons.com
Senior Associate Solicitor - Family and Dispute Resolution Departments

Mike joined our team as a Senior Associate Solicitor in our Family and Dispute Resolution Departments in 2023.

He is well-versed in all the key areas of family law, including divorce, matrimonial finance, child arrangement, and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA) issues.

He is also a member of Resolution, which means he is dedicated to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational manner with other Family Lawyers.

Mike handles a variety of private family matters, such as:

  • Divorce and Separation;
  • Financial Disputes;
  • Matters related to Children (like child arrangements and financial provision for children);
  • Cohabitation Disputes;
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements;
  • Injunctions (like applications for Occupation and Non-Molestation Orders).

We are glad to have Mike on our team, and we know his friendly, professional approach will be a big help for clients navigating their legal issues.

Resolution

0207 406 1000 - mikedavidson@cartercamerons.com
Paralegal - Residential conveyancing

Mohammed Imran has a wealth of experience dealing with freehold and leasehold sales and purchases. As such, he supports our residential property team and conveyancing clients to ensure a hassle-free house move.

His qualifications include a master’s degree in law and he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). As an advanced paralegal, he is currently working towards qualifying as a chartered legal executive.

In his spare time, Mohammed enjoys staying active and going to the gym.

020 7406 1000 - mohammedimran@cartercamerons.com
Solicitor - Property

Nikki joined Carter Lemon Camerons in April 2023 as a solicitor in the Property Department.   She specialises in bridging finance and secured lending, residential sales and purchases, refinancing, transfers of equity and drafting and negotiating leases.

She graduated with LLB honours from London Metropolitan University, she then went on to complete the LPC at The College of Law.

Having worked for many years as a freelance property consultant, and a sales and letting agent, Nikki gained a strong commercial insight into the estate agency sector before pursuing her legal career as a conveyancer in 2018.  Nikki is fluent in Farsi.

In her spare time, Nikki enjoys yoga, swimming, skiing and spending time with her family.

020 7406 1000 - NikkiHashemi@cartercamerons.com
Trainee Solicitor - Commercial Property

Olivia joined Carter Lemon Camerons LLP in 2019 as a Team Assistant in our Litigation department. In March 2022, she began her training contract with us and is currently in the Company Commercial department.

Olivia studied Law at the University of Sussex and the LPC/LLM at BPP University in Holborn, which she did alongside her role in our Litigation team.

Prior to joining Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, Olivia worked in a global law firm in the Banking and Finance Litigation department.

Outside of work, Olivia enjoys playing piano, cycling and spending time with family and friends.

020 7406 1000 - oliviacrolla@cartercamerons.com
Solicitor - Private Client

Pami specialises in Wills, Probate and Estate Planning.

Pami assists clients in preparing Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and on applications for Grants of Probate/Grants of Letters of Administration and resealing foreign Grants of Probate in the English Probate Registry.

Pami also has knowledge of residential property which assists her to liaise with residential property colleagues when estates include properties to be transferred/sold.

She first obtained an undergraduate LLB degree at Queen Mary University of London, before taking a Legal Practice Course and a Master’s Degree in law at the University of Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2022.

Away from the office Pami enjoys travelling and reading.

020 7406 1000 - Pamiakthar@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Residential Property

Prod is a partner in the firm’s property department specialising in commercial and residential property transactions.

Prod qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1999. He joined the firm in 2008, bringing with him a substantial client base from the North London area, where he had previously worked for over 15 years.

Property Work:

Prod has considerable experience in residential and commercial conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters. His property work includes buying and selling of freehold, leasehold and new-build properties; granting and taking commercial and residential leases and tenancies; handling collective enfranchisement and lease extensions; property gifts and transfers; advising on defective titles, co-ownership arrangements and personal guarantees.

Secured Lending:

Prod has vast experience in dealing with regular mortgages and re-mortgages for homeowners as well as secured lending against high-value Central London and West End residential properties for private banks. He also acts for UK based private lenders providing short-term loans and development finance on properties and development sites across the country.

Church Work:

Prod is retained as legal counsel to a number of Christian charity organisations advising them and their associated churches on charity law and the duties and responsibilities of charitable trustees. His church work includes handling all types of property transactions on behalf of churches located in and around the Greater London area, including the purchase and sale of chapels and manses, granting and taking leases and licenses and dealing with re-developments of church land and properties.

Prod represents a wide spectrum of clients including domestic and overseas investors; developers; landlords; managing & lettings agents; surveyors; charity associations and church trustees; domestic and overseas lenders; management companies and residents’ associations; as well as a loyal following of individuals and families going back many years.

Prod is known and trusted by clients for his warm, friendly and approachable manner; for the speed and efficiency of his handling of their instructions; and for his exceptional understanding of property related matters. He is a firm believer in a non-nonsense approach to his work and the importance of using plain English when dealing with clients, professionals and others.

  • Representing church trustees on a multi-million pound church relocation and redevelopment project to create a new place of worship and Christian faith school;
  • Representing 30 leaseholders on a collective enfranchisement of a freehold residential block;
  • Acting for a number of leaseholders in the same block on individual lease extensions to their respective flats under the 1993 Act;
  • Acting on the purchase of a multi-million pound property by acquiring ownership of shares in the selling company;
  • Achieving first registration of agricultural land affected by a number of rights, settlements and trusts created over a number of years;
  • Completing a high-value purchase transaction within 10 days of receipt of papers;
  • Successfully bringing a claim to preserve and uphold a right of way thought to have extinguished many years earlier;
  • Acting for one of the largest private property investment groups in the UK in connection with the grant, renewal and surrender of commercial leases;

Prod enjoys close links to the local and overseas Greek and Greek Cypriot community and speaks the Greek language reasonably well.

Outside the office, Prod is a devoted husband and father of two, with particular specialism in home learning; chauffeuring; toy repair; football cheerleading; and sibling dispute resolution. He is a member of the governing committee of his local Greek language school, with responsibility for over 200 pupils aged between 4 and 17 years. He is also active in his local Orthodox Christian Church.

Prod enjoys DIY and believes he is really good at it, having helped renovate six properties over the years. He is also a keen gardener and boasts to have a garden worthy of entry in a well-known flower show.

In contrast to his exceptionally smart appearance (dressed always in a three-piece suit) Prod is an avid sports-bike enthusiast and enjoys a daily commute to and from work on his cherished motorbike, dressed in full leathers.

020 7406 1000 - ProdShakallis@cartercamerons.com
Post Completion Assistant - Residential and Commercial Property

Rebecca has a wealth of experience in all aspects of Post Completion formalities in Conveyancing transactions and can provide a high level of support. Rebecca has completed the CILEX Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries and has also achieved the CILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice as she was keen to develop her legal knowledge. This has enabled Rebecca to provide a higher level of support within the legal environment and carry out paralegal tasks.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys travelling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family.

020 7406 1036 - rebeccamoran@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Immigration/Nationality/Commercial Property

Property

  • Commercial property transactions
  • Purchase and sales of commercial properties
  • Grants of commercial leases
  • Property aspects of M&A transactions

Immigration

  • Over 40 years working in all areas of immigration and nationality

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Robert studied Business Management before converting to Law and attending the College of Law in London. Robert qualified as a Solicitor in 1983.

Before qualifying as a Solicitor in March 1983, Robert worked as a property agent and played football at a semi-professional level.

Robert has earned himself the reputation of being both commercial and caring in his approach to clients.

He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and The Lawyers Christian Fellowship.

Robert speaks Armenian and Farsi.

020 7406 1000 / 07973 418 174 - RobertSookias@cartercamerons.com
Senior Partner - Property

Rufus Ballaster is Senior Partner and specialises in secured lending for both lenders and borrowers, within Carter Lemon Camerons LLP’s commercial property team.

Rufus’ team is able to assist lenders with putting in place effective protection for their loans, including advising on the form of security that is needed, arranging reporting systems between lawyer and lender, preparing documents, raising enquiries, examining title and making the appropriate searches.

Rufus is also experienced in assisting borrowers, advising on the risks involved in the transaction and negotiating the best possible terms.

Where appropriate, having carefully looked at professional rules governing conflict of interest, Rufus can act for both the lender and the borrower in a single transaction.

His detailed technical legal knowledge and ability to crunch numbers are great assets both transactionally and as Carter Lemon Camerons LLP’s spreadsheet obsessive.

Transactions

Recent transactions include:

  • Secured Lending Portfolio Refinance for a group of clients shifting lending from one international Private Bank to another international Private Bank with full Certification of Title across 7 Central London Properties both commercial residential (or mixed) use – aggregate value £30M approx.
  • Phased purchase with development finance of site for over 40 new homes in SW London for a group of clients which has also bought and sold many other units in the region with Rufus and his team acting.
  • Short term (2 to 18 month) lending by a Wealth Management company into a variety of development projects taking first or second charge security over those sites or collateral security elsewhere.

Career highlights include:

  • Stepping into the panel of speakers at a course for which he was understudy – at only 3 years qualified
  • Representing most of the sets of barristers’ chambers at one of the Inns of Court in lease renewals with that Inn
  • Drawing down finance to purchase a SW1 development opportunity (offices to flats) by an off shore company at a price exceeding £120M (for a group of clients for whom previous deals were at values ranging from £7M to £220M)
  • Drawing down finance to purchase a group of off-shore vehicles which owned of a City office block let to a blue chip investment bank – loan exceeding £300 million, split into senior and junior debt.

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Rufus combines client focused views of legal issues with more holistic ones.  This is clearly visible from his writing (having contributed to many journals and been a co-author of the Landlord and Tenant Factbook and more recently of a Practical Guide to Drone Law) and from his lectures and seminars on banking, commercial property, artificial intelligence and other topics.

Asked what he likes most in his work, Rufus will talk of his role as a “trouble-shooter”.  He enjoys being asked by clients and colleagues what he thinks about something and trying, with them, to work up structures or strategies achieving a desired result at the lowest sensible cost/ tax-hit/ risk.  He travels within Europe and beyond (Arabian Gulf, South East Asia, Southern Africa) to see clients and contacts face to face and says working with people he has met is always preferable to hiding behind email and telephone for client contact!

Rufus was educated at Reading School, Wadham College Oxford and Chester College of Law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1988.

Outside the office Rufus has a full and active life with commitments to two Christian Churches, family (wife and three now adult children), RBS Rugby Football Club (for whom he plays as a second row forward) and RBS Lawn Bowls Club which is more suited to his age.

020 7406 1000 - RufusBallaster@cartercamerons.com
Solicitor - Commercial Property

Sara is a solicitor in our Commercial Property team specialising in non – contentious matters.

Sara acts predominantly for property owners (both commercial and private clients) and assists them with their following affairs:

  • Buying and selling property by negotiating contracts unique to their circumstances and progressing them to completion.
  • Providing strategic advice on different elements of the transaction including where these deviate from the normal conveyancing process.
  • Negotiating additional agreements and documents where required with third parties such as with the client’s lender or with the local authority; and
  • Dealing with tenants’ requests for property alterations, assignments and renewal of their leases by advising her clients on the impacts and consequences of such.

She also has expertise in acting for domestic and overseas based companies who have commercial properties in London.

Sara also acts for a number of tenants in taking leases of buildings, commercial units and is well versed in key aspects of landlord and tenant law.

Away from the office, Sara enjoys running regularly and playing the guitar.

020 7406 1000 - SaraNazir@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

The Legal 500: Recommended lawyer 2020Seamus Smyth is head of litigation and arbitration. His practice is primarily commercial with an emphasis on arbitration, financial services and work for South African and Italian clients.

Transactions

His reported cases include RH Green & Silley Weir v BR (limitation period against 3rd party), de Bry v Fitzgerald (security for costs), Hartt v Newspaper Publishing (libel concerning a work by Michelangelo), Pearson v Sanders Witherspoon (valuation of loss of chance), Siebe Gorman v Pneupac (status of consent orders), Senate Electrical v NTL (liability of an employee for acquisition warranties) and Bendell v Smith & Others (a successful recovery action by a lender on a shared appreciation mortgage equity release – the only such case to go to trial).

Recently involved in enforcement of foreign arbitration awards, claims arising from the banking upheavals since 2007, a successful claim against a high street bank resulting from a banking error and a successful claim against estate administrators and their solicitors for wasting the estate funds on irresponsible litigation.

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Educated (BA, LLB, Wits) and first qualified as an attorney in South Africa, he requalified in England in 1977, took an LLM at UCL and a Diploma in International Arbitration at QM, and became an FCIArb. He is chairman of the British South African Law Association (for the second time), chairman of Michaelhouse UK Trust, chairman of Global Leadership Foundation (UK), a former President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and Trustee and President of Town Malling Cricket Club (established in 1827!).  He was until 2012 a Visiting Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration at London Metropolitan University.  When work and domesticity permit he plays some cricket and more golf (but – which is immediately obvious – not nearly enough).

020 7406 1000 - SeamusSmyth@cartercamerons.com
Consultant, non-practising solicitor

Stuart Brennan is a former partner and is currently a consultant, non-practising solicitor.

 

020 7406 1000 - StuartBrennan@cartercamerons.com

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