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Based centrally in Hanover Square, near Oxford Street, in the West End of London, Montecristo is a specialist firm of solicitors, regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, providing legal services in property, family law, commercial, employment law, litigation, mediation, and immigration,

With over thirty years' experience, we provide reliable, expert advice and assistance at highly competitive rates. We have a team of specialist solicitors, each respected in their field, to assist you.

As our client testimonials demonstrate, we are a friendly, supportive and reliable firm to deal with. Our clients come first. We never act at the edge of our capacity so we always give you and your case the time and attention it deserves.  We provide expertise in a full range of property, family, commercial, employment, litigation, mediation and immigration services. We relish a complicated case so if you need an expert, come to us. Our team is here to help with comprehensive professional assistance.

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Ardeshir Matini

Partner - Solicitor
Property​ Commercial Private Client

Ardeshir set up Matini Montecristo in 2007. The firm's ethos has always been to provide the most efficient service to the client in a friendly and approachable manner.
He heads the firm's property department and, specialises in both residential and commercial property transactions, acting for individuals and companies and, landlords and tenants, alike. He has dealt with hundreds of cases and deals from basic residential conveyancing to complex residential development projects and commercial transactions including refinancing etc.
He enjoys attending scientific lectures, martial arts and, when he can, watching Arsenal play at the Emirates.

Qualified as a solicitor in 1999.

Email: amatini@montecristollp.com

London Immigration Solicitor, London Property Solicitor, London Employment Solicitor

Durand Hart

Partner - Solicitor

Durand is an experienced solicitor and advocate who has specialised in the area of immigration and nationality law since 2006, and has over 12 years experience in the area. Prior to working in this area Durand obtained an MA in Human Rights from the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Durand holds Civil Higher Court Rights of Audience and has extensive advocacy experience at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. Durand also acts as a professional witness in disputed nationality and statelessness cases and gave evidence in the Country Guidance case of ST (Ethnic Eritrean - nationality - return) Ethiopia CG [2011] UKUT 00252 (IAC).

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Michelle Bird

Senior Family & Childcare Associate

Michelle started specialising in family law in 2000 and has considerable experience in dealing with issues that arise from the breakdown of a relationship, including the financial consequences of a divorce and or separation, and resolving arrangements for children, as well as cases involving their relocation both in the UK and abroad. She has a keen interest in complex international cases which often involve cross-border disputes with medium to high net worth assets and has supported many families returning to the UK to reside permanently or assisted parties with their plans to move abroad. With her extensive experience of taking cases to court where required, she is also known for her conciliatory and pragmatic approach and desire to settle cases wherever possible. Michelle has many years of expertise advising parties prior to marriage with the drafting of pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements, and often compares the process to taking out an insurance policy with the hope of avoiding the potential risks of a messy and unnecessary separation or divorce. She is a keen supporter of the non-fault divorce campaign and has supported Resolutions outside the Houses of Parliament to promote ongoing campaigns to seek a very much needed change to the divorce process. As well as being a member of the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme, where she is recognised by the Law Society as an expert in her field, she is also a member of Resolution, an organisation which campaigns for improvements to the family justice system.
She has extensive experience in domestic violence and child protection and has for many years supported on a pro bono basis many local women's refuges, women's groups and Citizens Advice to help protect the vulnerable. She also supports young adults and the elderly in applications under the Court of Protection in respect of both welfare and financial issues.
Interests: In her spare time, she enjoys walking with her dogs and socialising with friends and family.

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Charlotte He


Following the completion of Master's Degree in Law, Charlotte worked in Dubai and Japan for large construction projects. Prior to joining Montecristo LLP, she worked in Magic Circle firms for a number of years in Dispute Resolution and Compliance. Since joining the firm, Charlotte supports the Property Partner and team in property transactions involving oversea investors in the UK and currently assists in a range of cases. Charlotte is a bilingual in Mandarin and English. She has been participating with the Law Society Legal Walk for the past 5 years.

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Benson Lau

Trainee Solicitor

Benson Lau is a trainee solicitor in the Property department. He currently specialises in dealing with off plan residential purchases throughout England for Chinese and Hong Kong investors, especially to answer clients enquires to various contracts. He has completed the Legal Practise Course at BPP University and holds a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property from Queen Mary University of London. He is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

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William McKay

Consultant Solicitor

William (Bill) McKay is a solicitor with experience in conducting employment law and civil litigation cases. Bill qualified in 2000, after completing the Legal Practice Couse with commendation at Nottingham Law School and having completed his training contract with P.R Hanna. Solicitors in New Malden, Surrey. He then headed up an employment and civil litigation team at that firm and has conducted a variety of employment law matters. Since then he has acquired extensive experience in providing legal training and is co-author of 'Legal English', second edition (McKay, Charlton & Barsoum), published by Pearson Education (Longman). He has undertaken mediation training at Pepperdine University in California and worked for several months in a trial lawyer's office in California, USA. He has been with Montecristo since 2017.

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Nataliya Burns

Chartered Legal Executive

Nataliya is a Chartered Legal Executive and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. She has a wealth of experience having worked in immigration and asylum law since 2001.

Nataliya deals with a wide range of asylum and human rights cases and has extensive experience in complex asylum and human rights cases, including those involving extradition in different jurisdictions, in particular concerning cases of clients from Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.

Nataliya also deals with business immigration under the Points Based System, EEA applications, entry clearance applications, nationality applications, deportation appeals and applications for bail. This involves challenging decisions directly with the Home Office, within the immigration tribunals and higher courts and also by Judicial Review.

She has gained solid experience in working on detention cases, in particular relating to claims for unlawful detention

Nataliya speaks Ukrainian, Russian.