Firm Profile > Sydney Mitchell LLP > Birmingham, England

Sydney Mitchell LLP
B2 5TJ

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Sydney Mitchell LLP has a thriving contentious probate department, which works closely with its busy private client department. It has recently witnessed a significant increase in the number of estates where there is a dispute relating to the ownership of private companies. Team head Kamal Majevadia is well-known for his expertise in advising on estates with cross-border assets, complex commercial and company share issues.


The team is experienced in contentious probate matters and is easy to deal with. They know their stuff‘.

Excellent team with an all-round attention to detail and a commercial, pragmatic approach‘.

Kamal Majevadia is a strong lawyer, practically astute and is always sensible and willing to reach a pragmatic solution‘.

Kamal Majevadia is very thorough and personable‘.

Kamal Majevadia applies a sound commercial approach to this litigation’.

Hayley-Jo Lockley is experienced in this field and applies a good pragmatic approach to her cases‘.

Chloe Bolton is a very promising junior member of the team. Diligent, and a pleasure to work with‘.

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Sydney Mitchell LLP has an excellent collaborative law practice, with it fielding three fully-qualified collaborative lawyers. Its group is well regarded in complex and high value financial remedy matters, complicated Children Act cases, as well as other areas, such as protective injunctions. It also has expertise in asset preservation by way of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Karen Moores and Mauro Vinti jointly lead the team.


The team is unique in its ability to cut to the chase and focus on the outcome, but in a way that keeps clients constantly at ease‘.

The family team is extremely hardworking and conscientious. It works cohesively and all members are helpful in handling your case or query efficiently‘.

Karen Moores is beyond capable. She has a knack for seeing the issues, seeing the necessary outcome and executing a strategy to get there – but delivered in a highly personal, relaxed and ease setting manner‘.

Karen Moores is more than a solicitor she has been amazing in helping me through what has been one of the most difficult times of my life‘.

Karen Moores is an extremely capable and totally dedicated solicitor. Her clients are left in no doubt that her total focus is upon them and their case. She retains an infectious sense of enthusiasm for her work and goes the extra mile for each of her clients‘.

Amanda Holland explains things well at the beginning of the process in a clear way which really helps her clients‘.

‘Amanda Holland approaches cases on a collaborative basis but when needed can be a tough negotiator and litigator. She is very thorough in her case preparation and is able to get to the crux of the issue quickly‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Sydney Mitchell LLP's team has a wealth of experience of a wide range of private client matters, such as advice on succession planning for individuals and families (including small to medium-sized business owners). It has also recently had a significant increase in mandates from elderly clients, for whom the scope of the work includes advice on continuing health care (assessments and appeals), care placement and care funding. Tracy Creed leads the team.


What a great team! ‘.

Tracy Creed is very thorough‘.


Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence claims, including cases involving negligent treatment and delays in diagnosing cancer. Other matters stem from cosmetic surgery, brain surgery and gastric bypass surgery. In addition, other claims are connected with laparoscopic cystectomy, dentistry and gynaecology. It predominantly represents local clients in claims against local hospitals. The head of the team is Mike Sutton.


The team is extremely thorough‘.

David Lydon is the most diligent and understanding solicitor I have ever met‘.

Adam Hodson is an outstanding lawyer who has an impressive legal brain coupled with exceptional emotional intelligence‘.

Debt recovery Tier 3

Sydney Mitchell LLP's debt recovery disputes work is handled by Birmingham- based Leanne Schneider-Rose and Kamal Majevadia, who works from the firm's Shirley office. Schneider-Rose acts on matters relating to personal and commercial bankruptcies, while Majevadia is experienced in both insolvency and corporate recovery.

Key clients


West Bromwich Commercial Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Sydney Mitchell LLP provides comprehensive advice to lenders, insolvency practitioners and trustees on a range of insolvency and bankruptcy issues, including the recovery and sale of assets and claims involving transactions defrauding creditors. Leanne Schneider-Rose is the key member of the practice.


‘A balanced approach and quality legal advice.’

‘Leanne Schneider-Rose will always respond quickly, giving accurate and concise advice.’

‘Leanne Schneider-Rose works really hard for her clients and is focused on getting results. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very proactive, knowledgeable about insolvency and good to work with.’

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) Plc

West Bromwich Building Society

Dains LLP

Poppleton & Appleby

FRP Advisory LLP

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 4

Sydney Mitchell LLP's skillset in litigation centres around contractual disputes and fraud claims. Dean Parnell - 'a lawyer that you want to be on your side rather than against you' - jointly leads the team and has broad experience in commercial litigation, with notable expertise in search orders. Fellow practice head Kamal Majevadia focuses on contentious trusts and estates.


‘A very good reputation as one of the better dispute resolution teams in the West Midlands. They place great importance on client service and making sure the right person is selected for the job.’

‘A good combination of specialist intellectual property knowledge and general litigation experience.’

‘This firm is regarded locally as punching well above its size, largely due to the expertise and personality of Dean Parnell.’

‘Dean Parnell is an exceptional lawyer, but more importantly, he is an exceptional problem-solver. He is highly motivated, a clever tactician and a brilliant lateral thinker who can find a way through the most impenetrable of legal problems.’

‘Dean Parnell would run a marathon for you if he felt it could make a difference.’

‘Dean Parnell is definitely a lawyer that you want to be on your side rather than against you.’

‘Dean Parnell is a highly respected dispute resolution solicitor. He is intelligent, engaging, commercial, thinks outside the box and always goes that extra mile.  He does his utmost to achieve the best result possible.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Sydney Mitchell LLP advises local clients on matters involving very minor injuries (as a result of minor road traffic accidents) to accidents resulting in very serious injury. Practice head Mike Sutton is skilled at representing clients who have suffered injury as a result of accidents at work, on the road or any other public place.


David Lydon stands out as a very experienced, hands on and pragmatic practitioner who is very well able to handle substantial and high value claims across the range of personal injury cases‘.

Adam Hodson is very thorough and fights hard for his clients. He leaves no stone unturned and has superb attention to detail’.

Professional negligence Tier 4

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles a wide range of cases, including those involving  negligence by solicitors, surveyors, accountants and architects. Other matters concern negligent advice by valuers on property transactions. The team, which is co-led by Sundeep Bilkhu and Kamal Majevadia, advises individuals, companies and financial institutions.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

Sydney Mitchell LLP assists Midlands-based private individuals, lenders, property developers and corporate occupiers with acquisitions, leasing, secured lending and development matters. Energy and leisure are among the practice's sector expertise. Richard Cox joined as a consultant from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in November 2018.


‘The team is always engaging and looking for solutions in an easy-to-understand way.’

‘The quality and scope of the work covered is excellent.’

Employment Tier 5

Senior associate Emma-Louise Hewitt joined Sydney Mitchell LLP in September 2018 from Standley & Co Solicitors to become the new department head. Hewitt's team handles a mix of claimant and respondent matters, with recent work including whistleblowing cases, unfair dismissal claims, and matters involving disability discrimination and sexual harassment. Dean Parnell is another key member of the group, which acts for companies and senior employees.


Responses were immediate and professional‘.

The firm gives practical no nonsense advice. It is not so big that its clients are just another number‘.

Dean Parnell is very knowledgeable, commercially minded and quick off the mark. He is a really tough negotiator and always gets the best deal for his clients‘.

Dean Parnell is a brilliant lawyer who naturally commands respect. He is analytical, a master tactician and a very bright individual. He has excellent attention to detail and is a very effective negotiator‘.

Emma-Louise Hewitt was very quick at putting my mind at ease on a very complex case’.

Emma-Louise Hewitt is an outstanding employment lawyer. Emma is not only a great technical lawyer but one who has great empathy and compassion for her clients and I feel that she always go the ‘extra mile’ for them‘.

Emma-Louise Hewitt is conscientious, diligent and always keen to get the best result for her clients‘.

Emma-Louise Hewitt gives me practical advice that I can understand’.

‘Emma-Louise Hewitt was brilliant in helping me achieve what I wanted out of my case‘.

Property litigation Tier 5

At Sydney Mitchell LLP, associate Sundeep Bilkhu advises landlords and tenants on a range of commercial and residential property issues, such as neighbour disputes, adverse possession claims, dilapidations claims against, repair covenants, unlawful evictions and collections of rent arrears. Kamal Majevadia handles trespass claims and fraudulent transfers of property.


Sydney Mitchell has an efficient litigation practice. They are able to handle legally and factually complex matters

The firm gives clear direction for the client’s benefit

Associate Sundeep Bilkhu is always well prepared and thorough. He gives a full range of alternatives so the client can take appropriate action, explains legal terms to inform the client and gain understanding, and is able to hold strategic information until the appropriate time to gain maximum impact

Sydney Mitchell Solicitors is a leading regional firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services to regional, national and international clients. The firm continues to win legal awards (Birmingham Law Society – Law Firm of the Year 5 to 16 partners – won in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2008) and is seen by many as being one of the strongest medium-sized firms within the Greater Birmingham and Midlands region.

The firm: Founded in 1763 by Richard Chattock, Sydney Mitchell Solicitors has been serving the West Midlands community for over 250 years. The firm is identified as a top-tier firm in The Legal 500 and is recognised for most of its practice areas within this publication. It also has both Lexcel and Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation. Understanding clients and their businesses is the cornerstone of the firm’s success and this approach ensures the various teams provide specialist advice and support that is tailored to the needs and objectives of their clients. The firm is able to offer a more personal service to clients regardless of the value or complexity of the instruction and it prides itself on being able to offer a first-class service that is often partner-led.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate and commercial: Sydney Mitchell has built a strong reputation in supplying innovative legal solutions for businesses of every size, from start-ups to listed companies with global brands. In January 2016 the corporate team was identified as one of five finalists in the Birmingham Legal Awards where the other four finalist corporate teams were from national and international law firms. The team has acted on a variety of complex high-profile commercial transactions including a multimillion pound financial agreement involving commercial property and commercial aspects, European data protection processes connected to a listing on NYSE, and a US supply agreement.

Litigation and dispute resolution:  the firm is recognised as a top-ten litigation practice within Birmingham. It is able to undertake most areas of commercial disputes and is very experienced in dealing with complicated big ticket disputes. Recently experience includes appearing before the Court of Appeal on three separate matters, securing injunctive relief against one of the main political parties in relation to the suspension of one of its members and has acted in a high profile fraud matter valued in the region of £15m. The team regularly acts for organisations involved in multimillion pound disputes and has built up an expertise in SWAP claims. It is also very experienced in ADR/mediation and has a qualified mediator who has led over 50 commercial mediations. The team is also able to offer a supervising solicitor to oversee the execution of search orders.

Employment: the employment team act for a broad range of companies and businesses in relation to both non contentious and contentious employment work. The team are able to offer flexibility in terms of fee structures which also include an annual retainer product called Employment Armour. This is a fixed fee employment law advice and assistance service which will provide practical support to employers when they have to deal with employment law issues within the work place. The employment team also regularly act for directors and senior employees (of both private and public limited companies) in relation to contentious employment matters such as the negotiation of a termination package as well as employment tribunal claims.

Private client: the firm is particularly strong in this sector. The department continues to grow and has seen a marked increase in the quantity and complexity of new instructions. As part of an ongoing commitment to elderly client services the firm supports private clients with care funding and continuing healthcare assessment processes. The team has built up a formidable reputation for contentious probate work and it is now seen as a leader for this practice area within the Greater Birmingham area.

Personal injury: the firm operates a specialist PI team that is very experienced in claimant work covering general personal injury, clinical negligence claims and work-related accident claims. A high proportion of work undertaken is multi-track work carried out for local clients who come to the firm on recommendation from former clients.

Family law: the firm has an excellent reputation in family law. Whereas many larger firms have changed focus away from family law, Sydney Mitchell has always seen it as part of its core offering and is now highly regarded in the West Midlands, advising on multi-million pound and international divorces.

Property: residential and commercial property has always been an important part of the firm’s services and despite all the changes in the property market over the years, the team is flourishing and undertaking high-end work.

Insolvency: the insolvency team has had success advising in administrations, liquidations and has seen an increase in work surrounding the appointment of receivers. It has also had success in advising lenders on the restructuring and recovery of loans and has handled contentious insolvency work in respect of claims against directors.

Immigration: our immigration team is very experienced in explaining and guiding clients through the immigration process by simplifying the legal procedure and offering clear and honest advice.  As a result of politics and ever changing world events, immigration rules and laws change frequently, sometimes without notice. Our team’s expert and up to date knowledge  ensures that our clients do not go down the wrong path.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner and Head of Family Law Karen Moores
Company and commercial Fahmida Ismail
Litigation Dean Parnell
Litigation Kam Majevadia
Private client Tracy Creed
Family Mauro Vinti
Conveyancing Adam Oleskow
Restructuring and Insolvency Leanne Schneider-Rose
Finance Sarah Archer
Immigration Andre Minnaar
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sundeep Bilkhu  photo Sundeep Bilkhu
 Roy Colaba  photo Roy Colaba
 Emma-Louise Hewitt  photo Emma-Louise Hewitt
 Fahmida Ismail  photo Fahmida Ismail
 Kamal Majevadia  photo Kamal Majevadia
 Andre Minnaar  photo Andre Minnaar
 Dean Parnell  photo Dean Parnell
 Leanne Schneider-Rose  photo Leanne Schneider-Rose
 Melissa Southall  photo Melissa Southall
 Mike Sutton  photo Mike Sutton
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45
Chinese (Mandarin)