Commercial team

ELP is a new, not-for-profit venture from the Legal Services team of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. As such, our Commercial Law team sits within the Legal Services department at the council.

Our Commercial Law team advises on a wide range of matters relating to property and planning, procurement and contract law, major regeneration and infrastructure projects.

Commercial team

Jeremy Walling

Assistant Director - Commercial Law

Telephone: 020 8496 4451

Jeremy joined the London Borough of Waltham Forest in 1983 as an administration trainee. He started in the Legal Services team in 1984 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He has worked primarily in the commercial areas, specialising first in property law and then in contracts and procurement. These areas remain his current areas of practice alongside local government law and governance.

Jeremy holds the Law Society Diploma in Local Government Law.

Joanna West

Principle Planning and Property Lawyer


Jo qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and gained her LLB degree at Queen Mary, University of London. She joined London Borough of Waltham Forest in July 2011 and manages the Property & Planning Team. She holds the Law Society Diploma in Local Government Law.

Jo advises on all aspects of planning law and works on major site section 106 agreements for complex housing led regeneration schemes with detailed viability provisions. She also advises planning and licensing committees and works on highway agreements, planning enforcement cases and stopping up orders.

Sue Sheret

Principal Regeneration Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4715

Sue has a full range of commercial property experience ranging from high value acquisitions and disposals to multi-let offices. Sue is experienced in advising on commercial and residential development schemes from inception to completion.

This includes compulsory purchase work up to, and post, Inquiry, as well as drafting and advising on complex s106 planning development agreements.

Donya Kalantari

Planning and Property Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4763

Donya was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 15th April 2009, after completing her Training Contract in private practice. She joined Waltham Forest as a child protection solicitor in July 2013 and then moved to the commercial law team in November 2014.

Donya advises on Planning, Highways, Licensing and Property matters.

Mohsina Saleem

Contracts Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4805

Mohsina trained at Milton Keynes Council, qualifying in January 2009, and has specialised in contracts and procurement ever since.

She has worked on an array of complex and high profile commercial matters since joining the London Borough of Waltham Forest in December 2013.

Sahima Mian

Contracts Lawyer

Telephone: 0208 496 4517

Sahima is a commercial solicitor and has expertise in working in a wide variety of commercial matters associated with local authorities and advising on procurement matters.

In the past, Sahima was involved in Olympic sponsorship deals, the construction of the Ruckholt Footbridge, as well as working on Holland Mews and Albany Road affordable housing. Currently, she is assisting with the implementation of electric vehicle charge points in the borough and the Making Places project.

Ona Vrondis

Regeneration Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4680

Ona joined the team as a trainee solicitor in September 2017, working in general civil litigation, housing, prosecutions and employment law. Prior to this, Ona worked as a paralegal in the Litigation and Public Law team and the Family team, before completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School.

Ona has experience of working in the private sector, both nationally and internationally, as a legal assistant and intern, in immigration, employment and criminal law. Additionally, Ona is an active member of the Law Society‚Äôs Junior Lawyer Division. Ona will complete her legal training with us in September 2019.

Francelia Lawrence

Right to Buy Paralegal

Telephone: 020 8496 4429

Francelia commenced work in local government in 1995. She started as an administration assistant, then worked as a legal secretary, then applied for the position of a team co-ordinator responsible for the supervision of administration staff. After working in legal for many years, Francelia decided to study law in more detail and to gain more experience.

She now provides support to a team of lawyers as a paralegal, and assists with the preparation of cases. Francelia has experience in property, contracts, childcare and employment law and is a 'super user' for the case management system.

Jay Shah

Contracts Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4759

Jay works in the commercial law team, dealing with contracts for a wide range of matters as well as advising on procurement compliance.

Previously, Jay worked as a family lawyer for several years predominantly in relation to child protection cases within public law proceedings but also has a background in divorce, ancillary relief and injunction proceedings during his training in private practice. Jay has also undertaken advocacy before magistrates, district and circuit judges at a number of family courts.

Jade McKenzie-Benjamin

Contracts Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4308

Jade gained her law degree at City University London, and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Jade worked as a family law paralegal at a number of private law firms.

Jade joined the London Borough of Waltham Forest in September 2016, as a paralegal in the Commercial Law team, where she gained knowledge and experience in contracts. Jade will complete her legal training with us in September 2019.

Shirley James

Contracts Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4135

Shirley qualified as a solicitor in private practise, specialising in litigation. She has undertaken advocacy before Magistrates, District and Circuit Judges, Masters and Chancery Division Judges. She later moved to the public sector and has worked for a number of Local Authority legal teams, specialising in Contracts and Procurement.

Jane Davidson

Contracts Lawyer

Telephone: 020 8496 4710

Jane has worked as a solicitor in local government since 1993 in county councils and unitary authorities, beginning as a social care solicitor then adding education and employment litigation, and now advises in contract and procurement law.

Nehir Akici

Commercial Lawyer