Firm Profile > Harold Benjamin > Harrow, England

Harold Benjamin

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Harold Benjamin’s commercial property team handles property developments, secured lending, real estate investments and leasing matters, especially in the retail and leisure sectors. The team is also known for its experience in working with a number of luxury brand owners. The practice is headed by Ray Oshry and other names to note include Vijay Parikh, who was made managing partner in January 2019, and retail specialist Robert Souber.

Practice head(s):

Ray Oshry

Other key lawyers:


Reliable, easy to communicate with anyone, even at partner level‘.

Always there to help, protect our interests and offer valuable advice‘.

Key clients

HCUC (being a merger of Harrow and Uxbridge Colleges)

Alexander McQueen


Pride ViewDevelopments

Mackenzie Homes

Bright Little Stars

American Drycleaners

One Savings Bank t/a Kent Reliance

Ladbrokes Coral

Shanly Homes

Planning Tier 3

Harold Benjamin's planning work is a core part of its property development practice. The firm assists with the planning aspects (including planning agreements and section 106 work) of high-value residential and commercial development projects. Practice head Huseyin Huseyin specialises in planning and development aspects of social housing and affordable housing schemes.

Practice head(s):

Huseyin Huseyin

Key clients

Groveworld Ltd

East London Regeneration South (ELRS)

Martin Grant and Taylor Wimpey

Consortium – Berryfields Aylesbury

Trustees of Derby Hall Christian Assembly

Europa House

Kaz Hotels

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

The Harrow-based dispute resolution and litigation team at Harold Benjamin is particularly well versed in property litigation and deals with commercial litigation, insolvency, real estate, employment and estates disputes. The practice head is Jonathan Mahony, who focuses on hotel and construction work. Jeremy Lederman and senior associate Alim Shariff are other key litigators.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mahony

Other key lawyers:


‘Strengths are response times, expert knowledge, direct and easy accessibility to qualified resources‘.

The lawyers have successfully married professionalism with being pragmatic and approachable‘.

Alim Shariff and Jon Mahony are extremely attentive. In real terms, no client question is too simple, or irrelevant for them‘.


Key clients

Michael Wolf

Chill & Relax Ltd

Global Steel Holdings & Mr Pramod Lakshmi

USA Fashion (UK) Ltd

Lionwalk Ltd



Property litigation Tier 4

Harold Benjamin's property litigation team is 'efficient and responsive to both clients and counsel'. It has a wealth of experience of matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, rent arrears, dilapidation claims, lease renewals, construction disputes and boundary disputes. Jon Mahony is the practice head.  Richard Budd is 'a tenacious and methodical litigator'. Another name to note is Keith Boddy, who has expertise in lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mahony

Other key lawyers:


I would not hesitate in recommending Harold Benjamin’s Property Litigation team; it has a clear depth of experience‘.

I appreciate Richard Budd’s ability to give clear and considered instructions under time-pressured circumstances; he clearly articulates the needs of the client but also manages expectations‘.

Richard is also a strong and insightful negotiator, with a poker face to match. He is extremely tactical in mediations and willing to walk away from the table if it is commercially and practically in his client’s best interests‘.

Key clients


Ladbrokes Coral Group

Nitin Shah

Acre-Heathrow Ltd



Chill & Relax Ltd

4C Hotels

Property finance Tier 7

Property specialist Harold Benjamin acts for borrowers and lenders, particularly banks, building societies and high-net-worth individuals, and is noted for its secured lending expertise. Areas of strength include the residential, commercial, hotels and leisure, and healthcare sectors. The team is led by Ray Oshry and managing partner Vijay Parikh.

Practice head(s):

Ray Oshry; Vijay Parikh

Key clients

Jaysam Contractors

JMK Group of Companies

KMP Group of Companies

Jenga plc

Reliance Finance Corporation

One Savings Bank (t/a Kent Reliance)

At Harold Benjamin, we live, work and deliver real estate, business and private client legal services to our clients.

Our award winning firm is home to a team of friendly, dynamic, diverse and talented professionals and support team.  Founded in 1953, we have a long history of delivering commercially focused and grounded legal advice.

We have always operated with a prominent physical presence in the North West of London.  Our West End and Harrow offices work in tandem to deliver services across a broad range of clients from individuals and SMEs through to large corporations, be they family businesses or house-hold names, in the UK and abroad.

Today, we are a partnership of 17 with varying levels of in-depth expertise and years of service.  Supporting the partners are 54 legal professional and support staff colleagues.

We are extremely proud to be able to boast a truly diverse professional team who hail from a wide range of backgrounds, communities and circumstances.  We feel that this truly adds value to the employee experience and internal culture at Harold Benjamin as well as being positive and beneficial for our clients.

Our client service is friendly, down to earth and pragmatic.  Whilst we operate in a traditional, partner-led manner, we are committed to delivering clients high value investment from our advice.  We continually strive to gain our clients’ confidence by ensuring our advice is easy to comprehend and clear to navigate.  Rest assured, our partners will always bring in more junior colleagues as and when they need to in any case or transaction.

We take an active role in being a Corporate Socially Responsible citizen.  We are always looking at ways to act sustainably and reduce our carbon footprint.  The firm also regularly holds events each quarter to raise funds for nominated charitable endeavours.


Our Real Estate expertise is dominant throughout the firm.  Three quarters of our professional team work within some form of real estate.  As a result, you can expect a high level of knowledge and understanding in this field from those who practice.  Their prime goal is to ensure your property deal be it commercial or residential is handled with the utmost care, efficiency and on budget.

The specific departments we operate in this sector are:-

Property Development & Planning: Our team are involved in the acquisition, planning and sale of building and land sites for redevelopment; strategic land acquisition, plot / new build sales, joint venture and consortium agreements.  We act for a number of recognisable London and International companies.

Commercial Property: Our commercial property team cover a number of specialist areas including, acquisition, sales, auctions and advisory services.  Landlord and tenant matters including pre-lets and conditional leases, property investment including portfolio acquisition and disposal, sub-sales and forward commitment.  The Secured Lending department act on refinancing for both lenders and borrowers against a range of securities.

We have a dedicated retail and leisure division that works with iconic and high-end brands and luxury maisons with specific experience in gaming, cinemas, fashion, premier real estate and letting agents, food and beverage, multi-outlets, professional services and hotels.

Commercial lease renewal services are a specialty.

Residential Property: Our Residential  Property team look after purchasers, vendors and mortgage lenders, rights to buy and shared ownership and where necessary transfers of equity in real estate for flats, houses and new builds for both freehold and leasehold properties.

The team’s expertise extends to lease extensions and enfranchisements.


Our Business Law team aim to deliver our clients’ business objectives in a modern and commercially astute manner.   They are experienced in working under strict time deadlines and varying levels of complexity.  They understand the need for businesses to meet their objectives.  The nature of support we can offer your business could include company corporate or employment advice through to debt recovery support.   You can be assured we have your business covered and here is a brief guide to our business law sections:-

Our team covers Corporate / Commercial including mergers and acquisitions, company secretariat, commercial contract, information technology, intellectual property, information law, and data protection.

All aspects of Employment Law for both employer and employee for both non-contentious (including agreements and contracts) through to contentious issues (Employment Tribunal representation).

Our specialist Dispute Resolution & Litigation team work on real estate, construction, commercial and insolvency disputes.  We also offer an experienced Arbitration capability with both local and international reach.  We can also offer the expertise of a specialist contentious estates unit.


Harold Benjamin has a long-established and trusted Private Client team who have been assisting individuals and families to protect their heritage and assets for many years.

Our professional team deploy the utmost discretion, privacy and sensitivity when dealing with your personal matters.  They understand the importance of having your private affairs in order no matter the size of your estate.

Our team are frequently involved in drafting, updating and amending Wills and Powers of Attorney through to obtaining probate and distribution of estates.  They work with Independent Financial Advisors and Tax Accountants to ensure you have in place the right structure for your set of circumstances.

For more complex structures they can work with you to set up Trusts or any other necessary provisions including providing advice on charitable donations and making provision for artwork.

Supporting our core Private Client team are our Dispute Resolution & Litigation team who are experienced in dealing with Will and Probate disputes and applications to the specialist courts.

Please see our website at to explore more about our services and the professionals that may be able to assist you.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Vijay Parikh 0208 422 5678
Property Development & Planning - Head Huseyin Huseyin 0208 422 5678
Property Development & Planning Chris Batty 0208 422 5678
Property Development & Planning Jonathan Rose 0208 422 5678
Property Development & Planning Farrah Tejani 0208 422 5678
Property Development & Planning Chris Snodin 0208 422 5678
Commercial Property - Head Ray Oshry 0208 422 5678
Commercial Property - London Head Robert Souber 0207 224 0888
Commercial Property Sarah Paul 0208 422 5678
Commercial Property Mina Kakkad 0208 422 5678
Commercial Property Varsha Sood 0208 422 5678
Commercial Property Andrew Farnell 0208 422 5678
Employment / Contentious Estates - Head Marina Vincent 0208 422 5678
Dispute Resolution / Litigation - Head Jonathan Mahony 0208 422 5678
Dispute Resolution / Litigation Keith Body 0208 422 5678
Dispute Resolution / Litigation Jeremy Lederman 0207 224 0888
Private Client - Head Jonathan Dorman 0208 422 5678
Lease Extensions / Enfranchisement Andy Finkel 0208 422 5678
Residential Property Adam Fidler 0208 422 5678
Business Development / Marketing Director Briget Harrison 0208 422 5678
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Keith Boddy  photo Mr Keith Boddy Partner
Mr Jonathan Dorman  photo Mr Jonathan Dorman Head of Private Client
Mr Andrew Farnell  photo Mr Andrew Farnell Partner
Mr Andy Finkel  photo Mr Andy Finkel Partner
Ms Mina Kakkad  photo Ms Mina Kakkad Partner
Mr Jonathan Mahony  photo Mr Jonathan Mahony Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Mr Ray Oshry  photo Mr Ray Oshry Partner – Head of Commercial Property
Mr Vijay Parikh  photo Mr Vijay Parikh Managing Partner
Ms Sarah Paul  photo Ms Sarah Paul Partner
Mr Jonathan Rose  photo Mr Jonathan Rose Partner
Mr Chris Snodin  photo Mr Chris Snodin Partner
Ms Varsha Sood  photo Ms Varsha Sood Partner
Ms Farrah Tejani  photo Ms Farrah Tejani Partner
Ms Marina Vincent  photo Ms Marina Vincent Partner
Partners : 17
Lawyers : 21
Trainees : 4
Paralegals : 11
Managers : 3
Support Staff : 31
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