At Lester Dominic Solicitors, we do not employ Paralegals or Case Workers.
We believe clients instruct a firm of solicitors and expect to deal with solicitors or trainees who are on their way to becoming qualified as solicitors.
At Lester Dominic Solicitors, our lawyers specialise in their own respective areas of expertise. Our lawyers and support staff are committed, honest, friendly, pro-active and passionate about what they do.
We always strive to ensure that our clients receive a practical, personal and professional service. We believe earning the trust and respect of our clients is the key to our success.
Our lawyers understand clients’ natural concerns about costs. We provide our clients with the best possible information about costs both at the outset, and when appropriate, as the matter progresses.
Lester has been practising in the legal field in England and Wales for over 13 years, specialising in immigration, business affairs and employment law. Throughout Lester’s legal career, he has represented both businesses and individuals from over 130 countries and territories. He has also represented international companies and is familiar with cross-jurisdictional work. Lester is the senior partner and founder of Lester Dominic Solicitors.
Chief of Strategy and Finance
Arsalan is a Management Consultant and his consulting experience spans over 18 years with major firms such as Accenture and Deloitte Consulting during which time he has advised and consulted the leaderships of private and public sector organisations in business strategy, corporate structuring, process re-engineering and large scale systems implementations. He has played project management and lead roles on large multi-million dollar projects and has advised the leaderships of big blue-chip enterprises on various corporate functions such as finance & enterprise performance, I.T. strategy, supply chain automation and strategic sourcing, logistics, strategic planning and marketing. The list of international clients includes Fortune 500 names in a variety of industries such as banking, general manufacturing and industrial products, retail, and the Government.
Martin is a very experienced solicitor having run his own practice Selwyn & Company for over 35 years. His firm recently merged with Lester Dominic Solicitors and he is continuing to offer clients his expertise in Commercial Conveyancing and Commercial Litigation.
Head of Property Department
Ziba has worked in the property industry for most of her professional life and has joined Lester Dominic Solicitors as Head of Property Department. Ziba has experience and knowledge in all areas of freehold and leasehold properties in the open market and via auctions. In addition she advises clients regularly on landlord and tenant issues and acts for a wide range of clients.
Head of Family Department
Kaja Viknes has been practising in the areas of Family and Personal Injury since 2012, soon after having completed her LPC at the University of Law. She is extremely focused on the client’s needs and will always strive to ensure that she provides the best possible service.
Kaja represents clients on a range of family law matters including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, financial settlements, disputes involving child arrangements and injunctions. She has dealt with complex financial matters and high net worth cases.
Kaja has successfully won many RTA, EL and PL claims. Many of these include multi-track claims worth above £500,000. She strives to obtain the maximum compensation possible for her clients with her excellent negotiation skills. Kaja enjoys advocacy and therefore attends the majority of her own Hearings.
Head of Commercial
Farooq’s core service area sees him dealing with mergers & acquisitions and a wide range of corporate and commercial advice for SMEs for owner-managed businesses and professional practices. With experience of handling multi-jurisdictional transactions and overseeing tricky and sensitive negotiations, Farooq has experience of and has excelled at advising many international companies.
Farooq also has expertise in the Sports Sector acting for a number of football clubs on a wide range of issues including the negotiation of sponsorship and general commercial agreements and drafting employment contracts for senior management.
Head of Immigration
Kirsty began her legal education reading Law at Bournemouth University. She incorporated a placement year in industry which she completed at Lester Dominic Solicitors between 2010 and 2011. Kirsty went on to study the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Bloomsbury after graduating from University in 2012. Kirsty returned to Lester Dominic Solicitors as a Trainee Solicitor in July 2013 and qualified as a Solicitor in July 2015. Kirsty has since continued practising immigration law assisting both companies and individuals worldwide and was appointed head of the immigration department at Lester Dominic Solicitors in July 2016.
Solicitor and Head of Japanese Desk
Kay read Economics at the University of London. Having worked in the financial sector for 5 years, after which she decided to embark on a legal career. Kay studied the Graduate Diploma in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2003. After having gained her legal qualification, Kay took on a two years training contract in a small city firm and qualified as a solicitor in October 2009.
Throughout all of Kay’s career, she has dealt with many Japanese corporations and individuals in the UK.
Cecilia studied a double degree at the University of Adelaide in Australia and was awarded of Bachelor of Arts in 1997 and Bachelor of Laws in 1999 before receiving a certificate of Australian Immigration Law & Practice at the University of New South Wales in 2002. Cecilia has been admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of South Australia, New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and in 2002 she registered as a migration agent in Australia. She has worked as a Senior Visa Assessor in the Business Skills Department at the Australian Consulate General in Hong Kong and throughout her career she has engaged all individuals, businesses and education providers.
Cecilia has since returned to Hong Kong where she was practicing for the Legal Services Department at a well-known worldwide investment management organisation before joining Lester Dominic Solicitors as a consultant in January 2014. Throughout her career she has practiced in a wide range of areas including immigration, family and both residential and commercial property. She is currently based in Hong Kong offering specialist legal advice and liaising with the firm’s international clients in Hong Kong, Macau and China.
Howard has been qualified as a solicitor since 2010 after studying Law at university. He trained at Selwyn & Company and after the firm merged with Lester Dominic Solicitors he has carried on practising as a consultant solicitor. He has knowledge in a wide rang of civil and commercial areas of Law with experience advising private clients and businesses. Howard’s main focus is on assisting clients with residential and commercial conveyancing.
Michael graduated from his Law degree with a first class honours before undertaking an LLM specialising in Human Rights at the London School of Economics where he graduated with Distinction. He also completed the Legal Practice Course with Distinction at BPP University.
Prior to joining the firm as a trainee in August 2015, Michael worked as a paralegal for two years working on complex and high value cases.
Michael qualified in February 2017 having conducted work in all areas of wills and probate, including complex estates with assets in foreign jurisdictions. Michael also practises immigration law, with a particular interest in human rights and asylum applications.
Michael is fluent in Greek.
Mehri graduated from BPP Law School with a degree in Law in 2015, before staring the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Prior to joining Lester Dominic Solicitors, Mehri spent time working as a paralegal in litigation and family law matters. Mehri joined Lester Dominic in March 2017 as a Trainee Solicitor.
Mehri speaks fluent Russian and has a good understanding of Turkish.
Louis studied GCSE’s and A-levels in England before reading Law at the London Metropolitan University. Louis furthered his legal education by undertaking an LLM at the University of Surrey where he graduated with Merit in 2009.
Louis also holds a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Accounting and Finance. In 2013 Louis was conferred the Master of Business Administration by the University of Sunderland.
Louis returned to Hong Kong after his legal education and has been practising law with Hong Kong law firms since 2009. In 2011, Louis joined the Duty Lawyer Service subvented by the Department of Hong Kong Government as a Court Liaison Officer sitting in the Human Rights Department. Prior to joining Lester Dominic Solicitors, Louis worked as the Legal Manager for Edward Lau, Wong & Lou Solicitors (Hong Kong).
Louis joined Lester Dominic Solicitors in November 2017 as a trainee. Louis is keen to qualify as a Solicitor of England and Wales and is now working at Lester Dominic’s Hong Kong Office.
Louis is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Claudia joined Lester Dominic Solicitors in September 2017 as a trainee, currently working in the litigation/employment departments.
She read law at Southampton University before undertaking the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Bloomsbury. Prior to joining Lester Dominic Solicitors, she was working on high profile litigation cases both in house and in private practice. She has experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and general commercial litigation including breach of contract claims and cross border property claims in Cyprus.
Claudia is bilingual, speaking both English and Bulgarian. She also has a good understanding of Russian and German.