People

It’s not the firm, it’s the people.

 

Daniel Freedman

Daniel Freedman
Partner

020 7871 8601
  • Founded Freedmans Law in 2008
  • Qualified in Scotland (1995), New York State (1996) and England & Wales (2003)
  • Previous experience with Burness Paull and Dundas & Wilson CS (London, now merged with CMS)
  • Legal 500 Commercial Property Legal Expert, Thomson Reuters “Super Lawyers”
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who
  • Legal Week’s IT Achiever of the Year 2002
  • Speaks a little French, German and Hebrew
Merter Hilmi

Merter Hilmi
Partner

020 7659 0345
  • Founded Hilmi + Partners in 2007
  • Specialises in investment and development work
  • Qualified in England & Wales 1999
  • Previously with Jeffrey Green Russell (London, West End) from 1999 to 2007
  • Quoted in the Legal 500 as being ‘totally unstuffy and technically brilliant’ and ‘bright, very hardworking, and streetwise’
  • Speaks Turkish (Cypriot)
Julian Johnstone

Julian Johnstone
Partner

020 7659 0343
  • Qualified in England & Wales 1996
  • Joined Freedman + Hilmi in January 2020 having worked with Freedman + Hilmi and its clients for a number of years beforehand
  • Specialises in property related litigation, dispute resolution and property law advisory work
  • Previous experience with S J Berwin, Ashurst, Dundas & Wilson (London, now merged with CMS) and Druces
Lisa Mantle

Lisa Mantle
Partner

020 7871 8604
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2001
  • Trained and spent first 8 years PQE with Nabarro (now merged with CMS)
  • Previous experience as a Partner in West End property boutique and regional firms
  • Specialises in investment and development work
  • Speaks German and a little French
Habib Ullah

Habib Ullah
Partner

020 7871 8603
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2000
  • Real estate finance, acquisition finance and Islamic finance
  • Previously a Partner at Nabarro (London, now merged with CMS), Taylor Wessing and Addleshaw Goddard
  • Previously worked in-house as General Counsel in the investment banking industry and managed the 2018 London Stock Exchange listing of Aston Martin Lagonda to the Premium Segment of the Main Market, with a valuation of £4.33 billion
  • Previous roles included head of banking Middle East and head of Islamic Finance
Ben Jones

Ben Jones
Partner

020 7290 3605
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2007
  • Previously joint head of corporate and commercial with a regional firm
  • Transactional experience includes acquisitions, disposals, asset sales/purchases, joint ventures and company restructuring
  • Advises clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including company/partnership formation and partnership/shareholders agreements
  • Advises on employment issues
Robert Wilford

Robert Wilford
Partner

020 7290 3606
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2015
  • Previously a partner at a regional firm
  • Experience in a wide range of real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on acquisitions and disposals and landlord and tenant matters
  • Speaks a little French and Spanish
Dr Robert Davy

Dr Robert Davy
Legal Director

020 7659 0342
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2004
  • Specialist in conventional and Shari’ah compliant banking, debt capital markets, real estate finance, commodity finance and asset backed finance in Europe, the Gulf and Africa
  • Previous experience with Clyde & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance
  • Previous in-house experience with Standard Chartered Bank, Lloyds Bank and Bank of London and The Middle East
Geraldine Gallagher

Geraldine Gallagher
Managing Associate

020 7659 0344
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2007
  • Graduated from University College London with a First Class Honours degree in Geography
  • Previously at US firm White & Case (London and Hong Kong Offices) before joining Hilmi + Partners LLP in 2009
  • Broad real estate experience acting for both landlords and tenants with particular emphasis on estate management for landlords
Raza Anjum

Raza Anjum
Senior Associate

020 7871 8606
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2013
  • Trained with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and previously with a city law firm
  • Has a Masters in Law (LLM) from University College London and has undertaken legal secondments to Dubai and Bahrain
  • Advises on wide-ranging commercial property matters including acquisitions, financing matters, landlord and tenant work and disposals
  • Acts for various clients including property investment companies, lenders, high-net worth individuals, corporates and property funds
Miranda Bradley

Miranda Bradley
Associate

020 7871 8608
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2017
  • Trained with Trowers & Hamlins LLP
  • Previously with a regional firm
  • Assists in all property matters at Freedman + Hilmi
George Charteris

George Charteris
Associate

020 7871 8605
  • Qualified in England & Wales 2020
  • Previously with a large regional firm in the Midlands and more recently with a well-established London firm
  • Experience across a range of Real Estate matters, to include landlord and tenant work, ongoing estate management as well as acquisitions and disposals
Lucy Begbie

Lucy Begbie
Trainee Solicitor

020 7290 3600
  • Graduated from the University of Strathclyde with honours in Scots and English Law
  • Graduated from the University of Law with a Distinction in her LPC and LLM in 2020
  • Interned at an International law firm in Hong Kong
Mike Wood

Mike Wood
Trainee Solicitor

020 7290 3601
  • Graduated from Northumbria University with a Masters in Law in 2018
  • Worked as a Capital Markets and Finance paralegal with Clifford Chance
  • Undertook secondments with Citi, Clydesdale Bank and Kensington Mortgage Company
Ryan Corr

Ryan Corr
Trainee Solicitor

020 7290 3602
  • Graduated from Leicester University with a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2021
  • Interned at Herbet Smith Freehill’s Dubai Office
Will Sutcliffe

Will Sutcliffe
Trainee Solicitor

020 7290 3604
  • Graduated from University of Nottingham with Honours in History
  • Graduated from BPP University with a Distinction in his LLM in 2022
  • Previously with a regional firm
Elias Al-Alawi

Elias Al-Alawi
Paralegal

020 7290 3603
  • Graduated in 2022 from the University of Westminster with Honours in Law
  • Worked within the Real Estate department as an Administration Assistant at a National Firm
  • Most recently had experience at a Global firm working with US securities assisting the New York office
Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter
Office Manager and Finance Director

020 7871 8602
  • Manages administration of the firm and PA to Daniel Freedman
  • Office Manager and Finance Director of Freedmans Law since 2012
  • Manages the accounts system
  • 30+ years’ experience in legal firms in the City, West End, Oxford and Hertfordshire
Fay Adedayo

Fay Adedayo
Practice Manager

020 7659 0347
  • Manages administration of the firm and PA to Merter Hilmi
  • Practice Manager of Hilmi + Partners since 2007
  • Associate Member of CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives)
  • Currently working towards becoming a Fellow of CILEX