Meet The Team

Lindsay Healy

Founder | Partner | Lawyer

Lindsay founded Aria Grace Law at the end of 2018 and is a corporate lawyer having spent the last 20 years at Norton Rose and latterly at CSC/Xchanging as the general counsel. He has undertaken a wide variety of work including on contractual matters, policies, procedures, training and in engaging with external stakeholders (including auditors and regulators). He has grown Aria Grace Law within 3 years from 2 corporate clients to 300+ corporate clients and over 40 lawyers. He has been featured in several publications including The Times, The Lawyer, The Law Society Gazette and The Global Legal Post. Email: Lindsay@aria-grace.com

Alison Hastie

Partner | Lawyer

Alison is a highly experienced commercial and technology lawyer with 15 years of in-house experience at FTSE 15 companies. In that time Alison has undertaken a wide variety of work including IT and business process outsourcing, business to consumer advice, regulatory issues (including FCA, Ofgem, ICO, Trading Standards and ASA), public sector tendering, business to business sales contracts and litigation management. Alison provides pragmatic solutions to her clients and takes pride in her straightforward approach. 

Email: Alison.Hastie@aria-grace.com

Beata Dunn

Partner | Lawyer

Beata specialises in providing legal advice in several areas of banking and finance including on financial regulation, financial derivatives, prime brokerage, structured finance (including securitisation, project finance and structured finance). She has more than 20 years professional experience and has worked in 4 different cities – Bratislava, Prague, Washington D.C and London. She has advised many financial institutions, wealth managers, funds, firms and corporates (large and small) across many jurisdictions. She is a dual qualified lawyer in England & Wales and in Slovakia and has spent more than 12 years with Baker & McKenzie and Allen & Overy. Email: Beata@aria-grace.com

Emmanuel Vranakis

Partner | Lawyer

Emmanuel is a technology and data privacy lawyer working with businesses that are using technology to innovate. Deals he works on include major IT projects, software licensing, SaaS and cloud hosting. He works with corporates like Apigee (Google), Wm Morrisons plc, Pentaho Corp., WorkForce Software LLC etc. He also conducts worldwide trade mark applications including brand clearance searches, objections and oppositions. He helps businesses with data privacy compliance and making sure data can be gathered and exploited legally. His work also includes advising start-ups on formation, IP, launch, operations, and fundraising. He is a Stanford Technology Entrepreneurship alumnus and sits on the Advisory Board of several tech start-ups.
Email: Emmanuel.Vranakis@aria-grace.com

Gemma Cullis

Partner | Lawyer

Gemma has over 20 years' experience gained in private practice (including 8 years at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) and later in-house (Sky, Centrica/British Gas). She is a general commercial lawyer with specialist experience in intellectual property, advertising and marketing law and sponsorship law, having looked after the British Swimming sponsorship for British Gas during an Olympic year. Gemma's strengths lie in seeking pragmatic and commercial solutions to legal problems and in capturing them in concise and clear language
Email: Gemma.Cullis@aria-grace.com

Ilya Kazi

Partner | Lawyer

Ilya is a qualified litigator, EPO Opposition and Appeal specialist and has handled over 4000 European patent applications from medical tech through physics to IT.  He has been noted as a world leading IP expert including Legal 500, Chambers, IAM Strategy 300, IAM 1000, MIP IP Stars. After 24 years helping another UK firm grow approximately sevenfold from almost unknown to about 200 people, it was time to take what he learnt from the journey to bring a fresh approach to the world of IP.

 

Jacob Meagher

Partner | Lawyer

Jacob is admitted in England & Wales, New Zealand, Australia and  Ireland. He is a full TEP member of STEP, Chartered in Banking, Quality and Management, is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, Certified Governance Practitioner, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, amongst many other professional accreditations. He specialises in contentious matters and helping clients manage risk, often advising boards. An expert in constructive and breach of trust, civil fraud, equitable remedies, offshore structures and trusts, corporate governance and proceeds of crime. He holds security clearance and works with government agencies. His advice is regularly relied on by chambers as an expert witness or advisor. Jacob is also an academic teaching at top universities and has studied at Cambridge, King’s College London, King’s Inns’ Ireland, UCL, LSE, and the Chartered Banker Institute. Often acting pro-bono Jacob is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Email: Jacob.Meagher@aria-grace.com

 

Karin Henson

Partner | Lawyer

Karin is a highly experienced and very well-regarded employment lawyer having worked in some of the largest UK firms and has over 20 years experience. Her expertise includes settlement agreements; disciplinary and grievance procedures; employment documentation including terms and conditions of employment, staff handbooks, directors service agreements, and consultancy agreements; employment law training and workshops; restructuring and redundancy; TUPE and outsourcing and tenders; discrimination, unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims. Email: Karin.Henson@aria-grace.com

Nick Bent

Partner | Lawyer

Nick is a highly experienced corporate, commercial and technology lawyer with over 20 years’ experience within private practice and in-house (including at Dewey Lebouef, Practical Law and Lexis Nexis). Nick is a dual qualified lawyer in England & Wales and South Africa, has significant international experience across the UK, Europe, US and other jurisdictions, and has an MBA degree in addition to his legal qualifications.
Email: Nick.Bent@aria-grace.com

Melissa Mape

Partner | Lawyer

Melissa is an experienced commercial lawyer with particular expertise in the technology sector. She qualified in 2003 as a commercial litigator, and advised on a range of commercial, employment and corporate disputes, before moving to a broader role at Allen & Overy advising on contentious and non-contentious employment benefits, as well as non-contentious aspects of corporate transactions. Melissa also spent 12 months seconded to the Pensions Regulator advising on regulatory and enforcement powers. In 2012 Melissa moved in-house to a technology company, during which she managed all legal affairs including its exit. Most recently, Melissa became the General Counsel and Head of HR Europe for a large USA private equity backed technology company which was successfully exited in 2019. Email: Melissa.Mape@aria-grace.com

Michael Mulholland

Partner | Lawyer

Michael is a highly experienced lawyer with over 15 years experience specialising in data protection law with experience of working across blue chip companies in diverse sectors including financial services, insurance, energy, medical and defence industries. His expertise lies in advising on data protection related topics including regulatory compliance, governance, policy drafting, establishing governance frameworks and BAU advice. Email: Michael.Mulholland@aria-grace.com

Mike Thornton

Partner | Lawyer

Mike has over 20 years banking and finance legal experience. Initially Mike worked for the sell side (JPMorgan, Citigroup and Credit Suisse) specialising in OTC Derivatives. Mike then spent 10 years advising the Buy Side (BMO F&C, Insight Investment and First State Investments) on trading documentation, regulatory reform and governance. Mike has designed trading platforms, procured IT, and built and led in house teams. Mike also has diverse experience managing business processes in the asset management sector including client on boarding, AML, KYC, sanctions and operational risk. Mike has implemented regulatory reform such as EMIR, MiFID, GDPR, Brexit and Dodd Frank in addition to conducting business process reviews and effecting organisational change to help fund managers operate and invest more efficiently. Email: Mike.Thornton@aria-grace.com

 

Nathan Vidini

Partner | Lawyer

Nathan is a leading Employment Solicitor with a specialist niche in advising Senior Executives and Directors in employment related disputes. He has a wealth of experience in providing tactical and pragmatic advice on negotiating 6-figure severance packages, enforcement of restrictive covenants and board disputes for his elite clients. Nathan also enjoys an enviable track record of success in litigating complex claims in the Employment for Whistleblowing, discrimination, redundancy and disciplinary/dismissal related issues. Nathan is listed in both independent legal directories as a ‘Leader in the Field’ of Employment Law; Chambers and Partners Directory (since 2012) and The Legal 500 (since 2015). He is a staunch advocate of individuals’ rights in the workplace and acclaimed for his holistic and empathetic approach to clients’ situations, tenacious negotiation style and sound commercial acumen.

Niamh Christina Gleeson

Partner | Lawyer

Niamh is a highly experienced competition lawyer with over 20 years' experience in competition law specialising in the TMT sector. She has great private practice and in-house experience, having worked at Slaughter & May and Bird & Bird, followed by over 10 years as an in-house competition and regulatory lawyer for major corporations: Apple, British Telecom and Three Mobile. She has a doctorate in competition law from King’s College London and she teaches cloud computing law for LLM students. 
Email: Niamh.Gleeson@aria-grace.com

Nick Gould

Partner | Lawyer

For most of his years as a lawyer, Nick has been involved in a wide range of corporate/transactional and advisory work and has become known as a deal-doing, common-sense business lawyer. He has advised companies from UK start-ups to multinational trading groups. Nick's clients (companies, partnerships and individuals) have been involved in areas as diverse as media, fashion, sports, telecoms, shipping and energy. Nick also assists in resolving shareholder disputes. Most recently, Nick was a founder member and then for 4 years chairman of SME Alliance. This high-profile support organisation helped owners of SMEs and other victims of bank fraud, lobbying on their behalf. He has represented several of those fraud victims. Nick also writes and lectures on legal issues - from the creation of start-ups to directors' duties and corporate governance. Email: Nick.Gould@aria-grace.com

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Parminder Bains

Partner | Lawyer

Parminder is a financial services lawyer with over 28 years professional experience working on a broad range of derivatives ranging from hedging for structured financing  to hedges for pension longevity risk; he has also advised on regulatory issues such as the mis-selling of derivatives to SME’s and the transition to Risk Free Rates. He has worked for legal departments of investment banks such as Credit Suisse, HSBC, Barclays and RBS. Parminder is entrepreneurial and has created a number of start-up businesses and enjoys finding solutions to problems. Parminder is an English qualified lawyer. Email: Parminder.Bains@aria-grace.com

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Puja Modha

Partner | Lawyer

Puja is a commercial lawyer and compliance officer with over 9 years experience during which she has worked at Citigroup, Société Générale, MUFG Securities plc and Smart Pension. Her expertise lies in developing compliance programs on data protection, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and anti-slavery and human trafficking. She has experience in conducting risk assessments, building governance frameworks, drafting policies and procedures, reviewing contractual relationships, preparing and delivering training as well as engaging with auditors and regulators (such as the Financial Conduct Authority, National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service). Email: Puja@aria-grace.com

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Rob Morgan

Partner | Lawyer

Rob is a lawyer, coming from a major city law firm, and has over 20 years  experience. He specialises in all aspects of non-contentious commercial property matters, working with a wide range of clients, and having advised major UK retailers, restaurants and business/industrial park owners and public bodies. He has particular expertise in landlord and tenant (including leases, licences, re-gearing and variations, security of tenure, and end of term liabilities); buildings and portfolio management; commercialisation of real estate; land and estates management; major projects; operational risk management and developing and implementing operational processes, protocols and training. Email: Robert.Morgan@aria-grace.com

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Rory Graham

Partner | Lawyer

Rory is one of the UK’s leading technology lawyers, having led practices at Baker McKenzie and Bird & Bird. Rory has acted on several hundred transactions in the UK, US and globally, with values exceeding US$50 billion. He is described in professional directories as “leading the pack” and “tough to come up against.” His practice covers corporate/commercial work, principally in the technology sector, including outsourcing/procurement deals; corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; and joint ventures. Rory’s clients include NYSE-listed tech businesses to early-stage tech companies. Rory is a law graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge.  He is also general counsel to Jersey’s Competition and Telecoms Regulator. Email: Rory.Graham@aria-grace.com

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Rowan Middleton-Leal

Partner | Lawyer

Rowan is a commercial transactional lawyer, with over 15 years' experience, both in private practice and in-house. Rowan was the General Counsel for an international charity, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and was responsible for setting-up and running its legal department. Prior to working at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Rowan was a senior manager in Accenture in their financial services legal team, as well as being part of their "market making team" which deals with the most innovative, complex and high value transactions. Rowan has also worked for Herbert Smith in their IP/IT legal team, and (what was) Lloyds TSB as an IT lawyer.  Email: Rowan@aria-grace.com

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Ryan Mackie

Partner | Lawyer

Ryan’s data protection/privacy law experience started in 2012, and over the years he has worked as a subject matter expert for multinationals such as Honda Motor Europe, Schroders, Clydesdale Bank, Credit Suisse and Pearson. His most recent role was as Managing Executive for GRCI Law where he designed and built the outsourced DPO function, expanding to a team of 9 DPOs spread across the UK & EU providing specialist Data Protection, Information and Cyber Security legal advice. He has extensive experience of mapping data processing activities, GDPR Gap Analyses, Records of Processing Activities, DPIAs, Data Protection Risk Registers, SARs, Data Breaches and Third-Party Risk Management. Email: Ryan.Mackie@aria-grace.com

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Yvonne Lazarowicz

Partner | Lawyer

Yvonne is a highly experienced corporate and commercial contracts lawyer, with a demonstrable history of working in the legal services industry internationally, both in-house and in private practice (including at Clifford Chance, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and Bowman Gilfillan) for over 15 years. She has also worked as a senior lecturer at the College of Law, London. Yvonne has a pragmatic, client-focused approach to commercial, corporate and data protection law, and works closely with clients to fully understand their commercial and legal needs. Email: Yvonne@aria-grace.com

Inga Kroener

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Partner | Data Privacy Consultant

Inga has over 14 years’ experience working in the area of data protection and privacy in relation to new and emerging technologies. She is able to translate complex data protection issues into clear and understandable language; to enable clients to make informed business decisions in relation to data protection. She has experience of working with a range of public and private sector clients, including: tech start-ups, charities, multi-national organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, and financial services organisations. Inga has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from University College London (UCL), and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy Research from Manchester University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), and is an ISO 27001 Certified Information Security Management System (ISMS) Lead Implementer. Email: Inga.Kroener@aria-grace.com

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Partner | Mediation Consultant

Roger has built up over 30 years experience working in the Lloyd’s, London and international insurance marketplace, working for companies such as Aon, HSBC and Marsh. During his career in the insurance sector, Roger has held a number of senior positions, leading technical, claims, operations and change functions, both in the UK and globally. Roger is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Sharif Hamid

Partner | Management Consultant

Sharif has over 20 years’ experience delivering risk and compliance large scale remediation and transformation programmes (e.g. HSBC, RBS, Barclays, Lloyds, Visa, GE) across the UK, US, Europe Far East and the Middle East having worked in each region. Such programmes included FCA S166 remediation, anti-money laundering (AML), global financial crime risk models and reporting, KYC international customer due diligence standards and profiles for tier one banks, and strategies for end-to-end traceability of global regulatory obligations such as MiFID2, Brexit, Volcker, CoI, GDPR, Ring Fencing and PSD2 to risks and controls for 240k colleagues in HSBC’s 64 countries. During his career he has developed regular relationships with regulatory bodies such as the FCA, PRA, OCC, OFAC, DFSA, HKMA, MAS, OSFI, AUSTRAC and BaFin.
Email: Sharif.Hamid@aria-grace.com

Arti Healy

Human Resources Manager

Arti has worked with some of the world's largest companies such as Cisco and GE and is hugely passionate about Aria Grace Law's model of delivering top quality City and global elite lawyers at exceptional value to our clients. She is service driven and adamant that the best practices are to really understand what our clients do and how they do them. It is this insight that makes Aria Grace Law a true partner and a risk eliminator for our clients. 

Mark French

Finance Manager

Mark has over 24 years’ experience in legal finance matters, with 15 of those running the European billing & revenue collection function for a major US law firm. He fully understands the mechanics behind law firm billing and always looks for the best approach to deliver this to not just the Aria Grace Law client base but the partners too.

Victoria Mills

Business Operations Manager

Victoria is responsible for the strategic planning and organisation of processes to develop vision, mission, goals and objectives, in addition to providing support to partners.  She has the ability to build successful relationships and is a firm believer in effective communication. Victoria has over four years' management experience within the legal sector and previously spent 11 years working with The British Transport Police.

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