About Us

Based centrally in Moorgate, in the City of London, Montecristo is a specialist firm of solicitors, regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, providing legal services in property, litigation, immigration, commercial law, mediation and employment law.

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 customer 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 a full range of property, commercial and immigration services and litigation expertise. 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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Meet the Team

London Immigration Solicitor, London Property Solicitor, London Employment Solicitor

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

Jonathan Hendry

Partner - Solicitor

Jonathan is a solicitor and Law Society accredited Senior Caseworker with over seventeen years' experience specialising in all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law as well as EU law. He has 11 years' Post-Qualified Experience as a solicitor and was called to the Bar in 2003.

He has dealt with literally thousands of cases in immigration matters over his career and is an expert in complex cases in the gamut of immigration, from Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneurs, to appeals and asylum. He spends approximately 90% of his time on immigration matters and 10% supervising the motor law and crime department.

Respected for his meticulous attention to legal detail and superlative legal knowledge, he is an outstanding practitioner in business immigration, Entrepreneurs and Investors with an extensive corporate and high-net-worth clientele. Jonathan has worked for leading immigration firms in the course of his career and has gained an excellent reputation owing to his rigorous professionalism and client care.

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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).

London Immigration Solicitor, London Property Solicitor, London Employment Solicitor

Lin Lin Zheng

Partner -Barrister, non-practising
Immigration and Property

Linlin is a Fellow member of Chartered Institution of Legal Executives since 2018. She was admitted into The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in 2011 and was Called to the Bar in 2016.

She has over 7 years of experience in both corporate and private client work, specialising in Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur and Property as well as assisting Chinese companies to move their staff around the world and in supporting High Net Worth private clients as they relocate families and assets. She has dealt with thousands of cases in immigration and property matters, especially complex matters on Entrepreneurs and Representatives of Overseas Business in her career. She has worked in leading law firms and gained trust and respect from her clients for her professionalism and client care.

Linlin is also a qualified translator and interpreter and is a member (MCIL) of Chartered Institute of Linguists. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law in London and graduated with a Masters in Law and Finance at University of London and has another Masters in Mass Communications at University of Leicester.

London Immigration Solicitor, London Property Solicitor, London Employment Solicitor

Simia Zolfaghari

California Attorney At Law

Simia holds an LLB with distinction from the Islamic Azad University and an LLM in US law and policy from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She passed the California Bar in 2015 and is also completing her QLTS (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme) exam to become a qualified England & Wales solicitor.

Simia has worked for the Dispute Settlement Council (Court of Arbitration) in Tehran and is currently working with Montercristo LLP on US and British Immigration law. Additionally Simia has experience in the education recruitment and consulting sectors.

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William McKay

Employment Mediation Litigation

William (Bill) McKay is a solicitor with experience in conducting employment law and civil litigation cases. He focusses on representing employers and employees in employment law matters and clients involved in litigation, as well as offering a mediation service to help parties resolve such disputes 'out of court'.

Bill is a committee member on The Law Society's influential Employment Law Committee. This committee is actively involved in reviewing and promoting reforms and developments in employment law and practice and in the tribunal system as well as in promoting the role of solicitors practising in employment law.

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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Fernando Lanza

Senior Legal Consultant

Fernando is a Senior Legal Consultant and a qualified project manager with extensive experience in the legal sector. He holds an LLM Master of Laws degree at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to attending law school, he earned his Diploma in Paralegal Studies and is a member of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals with expertise within the practising areas of immigration and mental health.

Fernando is a trustee of a London-based immigration organisation and a member of the management committee of an association striving for equality within the legal profession.

Fernando is a native Spanish speaker.

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Jing Yuan

Marketing Operations Manager

Jing Yuan is an experienced Business Development Manager, specialising in the design and implementation of marketing strategy and social media implantation for both UK and Chinese business. She has strong knowledge and background in both UK immigration and property investment. With years of experience with HNWI clients, she continuously strives to deliver fresh perspectives for development, planning and execution of Montecristo's marketing strategies. In her free time, she enjoys photography and diving. Jing is fluent in English and Mandarin.

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Cheryl Ma


Cheryl is an experienced immigration paralegal, training for her Law Society Senior Caseworker Accreditation. Having worked for the UK Visas and Immigration International Contact Centre for several years as an adviser, she has a valuable 'inside knowledge' of the UKVI working process. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, oral and written, providing excellent case and client support for our English-speaking and Chinese-speaking clients.

Cheryl has successfully completed the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme(IAAS) as an accredited Assistant Caseworker under the Law Society.

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Hoyee Chan

Trainee Solicitor

Hoyee Chan is a Trainee Solicitor in the Property Department. Hoyee has over 4 years experience in property conveyancing and she provides tailored advice to clients purchasing properties. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Hoyee enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures around the world as well as enhancing her language skills. 

Email: hchan@montecristollp.com

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Charlotte He

Trainee Solicitor

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 in 2017, 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 4 years.

Email: che@montecristollp.com

London Immigration Solicitor, London Property Solicitor, London Employment Solicitor

Benson Lau


Benson Lau is a paralegal in the Property department since 2017. 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 in 2017.
He is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Email: blau@montecristollp.com

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Neil Sargeant

Head of Motor Law

Neil is the head of our motor law team and has over 10 years' experience in private client work defending motorists nationwide and specialising in drink and drug related allegations. This is the only are of criminal law Neil has worked in and has helped countless motorists retain their driving licence.
Neil graduated from Liverpool, John Moores University in 2005 with a Ba(Hons) in Law and Criminal Justice. He initially started work at the Crown Prosecution Service before moving to one of the largest road traffic firms in the country where he embarked on his career as a defence lawyer in 2008 and joined Montecristo in 2018.
Neil is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having passed every module he has sat with either a distinction or merit. He is due to become a Fellow of the Institute in 2021

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Lin Li

Business Development Manager

Lin graduated from Durham University with a Master Degree in Corporate Law. She also achieved the Lawyer's Licence in China. Lin joined Montecristo in 2018 and is currently responsible for business development and client relationship. With years of working experience in both China and UK, as well as the accumulation of network and contacts, she is capable of establishing cooperative relationships for the firm, and also providing solutions for HNW individuals or multinational companies. Lin is bilingual in Mandarin and English. She is interested in fitness, basketball and music.

Yangzhi Liu

International Trade Mark and Global Supply Chain Specialist

Yangzhi is a trademark specialist, familiar with European, North American and Chinese trademark laws, who has helped over 300 private and commercial clients from UK, China, France, Germany and North America successfully registering their trademarks and protecting their intellectual properties in different territories in the past 5 years. He is also a global supply chain expert and has strong commercial background with over 5 years in construction industry and 10 years experience working in retail industry and providing solutions to all major retail giants in the UK, Europe and USA, either online basis or brick-n-mortar. He is a graduate with a MSc in e-business Management from University of Surrey UK and MBA from Schiller International University (Florida, USA).

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Elizabeth Vass

Office Administrator

Elizabeth is an office administrator with over 30 years' experience in a variety of industries. She prides herself in her ability to liaise effectively with colleagues and clients alike, to ensure the smooth running of the office; she speaks English, French and Italian. Elizabeth's administrative acumen completes the team at Montecristo. In her spare time, Elizabeth performs with a rock band in the NW Kent area.