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Our Team

Sheata Karim

Sheata Karim

Senior Partner

Sheata is the Principal Solicitor, Solicitor-Advocate and Managing Partner of Grayfords.

Sheata has an expert knowledge of all areas within family law and has a successful record of representing both high net worth individuals and their spouses, often in cases with international jurisdiction issues. She specialises in complex financial assets cases and international children cases within divorce and family breakdown. Her direct, transparent, approach with her clients coupled with both the ongoing empathy and tenacity required for her clients going through life-challenging times, has gained her a reputation for achieving the best possible results in a highly cost-effective manner.

Sheata has developed her in-depth experience from working across a range of reputable niche family law firms before founding Grayfords. She is passionate about delivering tailor-made, unique, cost-effective advice to each client all whilst ensuring there is absolute transparency on probable case outcome or settlement. Sheata either advocates in court herself for her clients, or assigns the most relevant expertise and compatible barrister. She has worked with the most well-respected and successful barristers and can quickly identify the best barrister to achieve the required result at well negotiated fees.

Sheata is also a recognised family law expert within the media and has written articles for both local and national newspapers.

Neil Scott Graham

Neil Scott Graham

Partner

Neil studied at Christ Church, Oxford and Guildford College of Law, before completing his legal training at Farrer & Co.  He brings decades of family law experience to Grayfords, having previously been a Director at Vardags Law, as well as having previously worked for Fiona Shackleton at Payne Hicks Beach in Lincoln’s Inn.

Neil is hugely experienced in family law.  He has particular expertise in cases involving large or complex assets and those with an international dimension or proceedings in more than one country.  He was involved in the reported cases of Sorrell -v- Sorrell [2005] EWHC 1717 (Fam),  Bentinck -v- Bentinck [2007] EWCA Civ 175 and NG -v- KR (Pre-Nuptial Contract) [2008] EWHC 1532 (Fam), for example, and has similarly been involved in some of the most complex unreported cases.

He is a seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience and excellent technical skills.  With an eye for detail, yet able to see the overall picture he is also an advocate of resolving cases amicably, rapidly, and with as much dignity as possible, especially where children are involved.  His enviable experience combined with his hard and soft skill sets makes him immensely capable of meeting client’s needs.  

In addition to Neil’s wealth of knowledge he is known by clients for his high degree of empathy, compassion and fastidious attention to detail which he brings to each of his cases.

Neil has a working knowledge of French and Italian.

Ashleigh Spencer

Ashleigh Spencer

Associate Solicitor

Ashleigh’s alternative approach, together with her sensitive but assertive nature, has allowed her to become a proactive solicitor, demonstrating her hunger, ability and passion for justice in achieving many successful outcomes for her clients.  Having spent years perfecting her eagerness and methods she leaves no stone unturned in fighting her clients' causes with a clear and thoughtful approach.

Ashleigh has many years’ experience specialising in Family Law representing International Family Law clients across a broad spectrum of Family Law cases, including Divorce, Civil Partnerships, Financial Matters.  Ashleigh also has extensive experience in Children’s Matters arising from separation, including Child Arrangements, Adoption and Special Guardianship, including International Children’s cases to determine where children should live.

Ashleigh has comprehensive experience in drafting and advising on Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Post-Nuptial Agreements and Separation Agreements.

Ashleigh has also taken the lead previously in a Domestic Violence One Stop Shop advising and representing clients relating to Domestic Violence Injunctions and Occupation Orders.

Ashleigh has wide ranging experience and has practised in Firms both in Central London, the South East and Wales.

Her pragmatic approach is highly valued by her clients.  

Megan Bennie

Megan Bennie

Solicitor

Megan works closely with the Principal and Senior Associate solicitors on complex matters, providing invaluable assistance. Additionally, under supervision, she has conduct of her own caseload which includes divorce, children and financial matters.  Since qualifying as a solicitor in July 2016, Megan has undertaken work involving a number of international jurisdictions, complex financial matters and Family Law Act injunctions dealing with domestic abuse and the occupation of property

 

Megan has a calm, analytical and empathetic approach which is greatly valued by clients.

 

Megan also undertakes commercial work and civil litigation and has been involved in disputes regarding property, company ownership/investment and debt recovery.

Cian McCann

Cian McCann

Paralegal

Cian works in the family law department. He is a paralegal with several years’ experience in a wide range of practice areas including family law, wills and probate, civil litigation, human rights and criminal law.

Cian has assisted in case preparation and research at all senior court levels and tribunals of inquiry. He has a particular interest in cases with an international dimension, the interaction between legal systems and conflict of laws.

Cian read law at Trinity College, Dublin and King’s College London and recently completed the Bar Professional Training Course.

Cian McCann

Cian McCann

Paralegal

Cian works in the family law department. He is a paralegal with several years’ experience in a wide range of practice areas including family law, wills and probate, civil litigation, human rights and criminal law.

Cian has assisted in case preparation and research at all senior court levels and tribunals of inquiry. He has a particular interest in cases with an international dimension, the interaction between legal systems and conflict of laws.

Cian read law at Trinity College, Dublin and King’s College London and recently completed the Bar Professional Training Course.

Linda Hayes

Linda Hayes

Practice Manager

Practice Manager Linda is responsible for the daily running of the firm and ensures the highest level of service for our clients. She has responsibility for human resources, procurement, accounts and has overall responsibility for legal secretarial services.

Linda also assists with administration for Principal Solicitor, Sheata Karim.

For general information about the firm or recruitment information please contact Linda.

Linda Hayes

Linda Hayes

Practice Manager

Practice Manager Linda is responsible for the daily running of the firm and ensures the highest level of service for our clients. She has responsibility for human resources, procurement, accounts and has overall responsibility for legal secretarial services.

Linda also assists with administration for Principal Solicitor, Sheata Karim.

For general information about the firm or recruitment information please contact Linda.

Molly Walsh

Molly Walsh

Legal Secretary

Molly provides both solicitor secretarial support and manages office administration. Molly trained as a Legal Secretary and Receptionist at Connect-London after completing a degree in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London.
 
To find out more about Grayfords or book your free initial consultation with any of our solicitors, please contact Molly.

 

Zia Tahir

Zia Tahir

Finance Manager

Zia manages all finances and accounts at Grayfords. He works closely with our Practice Manager to ensure all client finances are managed in strict accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority.
 
Zia is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and has a wealth of accounts and finance management skills.

Grace Seely

Grace Seely

Communications Manager


Grace is responsible for ensuring Grayfords is accessible to those seeking family law advice across a breadth of mediums including our website, digital streams and social media.
 
She has an in-depth knowledge and interest in the forefront of the ever changing case-law and legislation in international and domestic family law and ensures these changes and developments are made aware via our regular blogs.
 
Grace is a graduate with a degree in Communications, Media and Technology at New Jersey’s Institute of Technology.

Sarah Arifi

Sarah Arifi

Legal Secretary

Sarah provides solicitor secretarial support and helps with office administration. Sarah also manages our social media presence, and is a recent graduate of Balliol College, Oxford

Our Approach

Grayfords is an independent, boutique law firm located in Central London.We specialise in English and International family law matters.Over the years we have developed a reputation for quality representation, sensitivity and integrity.

A Wide Range of Experience

Grayfords’ lawyers have a wide range of backgrounds and experience. We will match you with a solicitor who has the background and experience necessary to handle the complexities of your situation.

A Team Approach

Our clients benefit from the entire team at Grayfords, not just one solicitor. Our solicitors will ensure tasks are assigned to the most appropriate person and services are provided in a cost-effective way. Whether you are seeking a simple divorce, a prenuptial agreement or any other family law service, we will partner with you to help you find the best possible solution.

Compassion and Understanding

Our solicitors approach each case with the sensitivity and compassion that our clients deserve. Family law matters are never cut and dried, but instead are accompanied by a range of emotions, from anger and resentment to hope and relief. We understand how difficult this time may be for you and we focus on securing an efficient, positive resolution.

Tailored Strategies

Every client and case is unique, which is why a one-size-fits-all strategy does not work. The tactic used in one divorce case may not be appropriate for another; the approach we took in one child matter may not be how another parent wants to handle their situation. We listen to our clients’ wishes, investigate their position and build a strategy tailored to their specific needs.

A Focus on Negotiations

Family matters do not have to be adversarial. Our solicitors emphasise amicable negotiations with the opposing party in order to avoid court. Focusing on negotiations helps you minimise court fees and you can worry less about court decisions affecting your future. Even if your situation becomes adversarial, our solicitors have experience in hostile and aggressive negotiations. We will defend your rights and promote your wishes no matter how contentious the situation.

Results-Driven

We want you to be happy with the results of your case, and we want to help you move forward with your life as soon as possible. We cannot promise a perfect ending, but we pledge to work as hard as possible to protect your rights and secure a beneficial outcome for you and your family.

An Emphasis on Transparency

We believe in keeping our clients entirely up-to-date on their cases at all times. We will never go silent or fail to notify you of changes in your case. We will consistently communicate with you through your preferred means of communication. We reply to emails and return phone calls within 24 hours. Sometimes family matters require difficult discussions and candid advice. Our solicitors do not shy away from tough topics because we want you to be fully informed about your rights and options. We are dedicated to helping you understand the best and worst case scenarios before making any decision.

Incredible
91% Success Rate*

We are intensely passionate in what we do. Our incredible 91% success rate across 2015* cases attests to our strong commitment to fight for, protect and deliver what is in our client’s best interest.

Longest Free Consultation

We are a constant and reassuring presence that takes the time to learn about you and understand your story. We understand and we offer the longest free consultation of any top boutique family law firm.

Strategy
Experts

We have a team of experienced solicitors who have rich knowledge in all areas of Family Law and have the relevant connections, so that we can give you the best chance at your desired outcome.

Lowest Fee
Structure

We have a 100% proven track record of keeping within our cost estimates. Our reasonable rates reflect the importance we place on relationships, over numbers.

Testimonials

  • Congratulations on a excellently run case. Thanks again for an excellent piece of work and brilliant result.

    MR. PLondon
  • I contacted Sheata at the worst time in my life. Within a few minutes of talking to the team, I felt better and knew I was in good hands.

    MRS. E Hertfordshire
  • Please accept my thanks and deep gratitude for all your hard work. The outcome was beyond my expectations and I am delighted.

    MR. DLondon
  • Congratulations on a excellently run case.

    MR. ZLondon

Grayfords

Our team is conveniently located in Fitzrovia, Central London.

Reach Us

Phone:0800 222 9500
Fax:0207 183 9983
Email:info@grayfords.co.uk
SRA Number:607902

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