Team Members

Vanessa Lloyd Platt

Vanessa Lloyd Platt is a director of Lloyd Platt & Co Ltd. Vanessa graduated from University College London with a LLB Hons in Law after initially studying Philosophy. She completed her training in the legal profession with a media orientated practice in Central London. Vanessa specialises in developing strategies for matrimonial cases from the most modest to very high net worth financial cases. Together with other members of the team Vanessa has developed new principles of law all of which have led to Lloyd Platt & Co having a whole host of quoted legal cases.

Vanessa regularly appears as an expert contributor on all news channels and in several documentaries, radio stations etc as well as contributing as a freelance journalist.

She is a member of Resolution, a member of the Family Law Panel, Mediator with the MA and a member of the Law Society.

Her hobbies are swimming, writing, theatre, music, cooking, dancing and regularly seeing friends and family.

Vanessa Lloyd Platt
Gary Conway

Gary studied History at Liverpool University in 2000 following which he successfully completed a law conversion course at the College of Law London and completed his legal practices course (commendation level for both).

Gary has been in private practice for 9 years where he has dealt predominantly with all aspects of Criminal defence work from the Police Station through to the Court of Appeal.

Gary has developed a keen interest in serious financial crime specialising in advising clients in cases involving allegations of serious financial impropriety including money laundering, insider dealing, bribery,  corruption and fraud. 

He also advises clients on employment related matters particular in the context of a criminal investigation and has experience of Matrimonial law. 

Gary has a reputation for outstanding client care and achieving extraordinary high acquittal rates. He regularly has legal works published in broad sheet newspapers. Most recently he was interviewed and had works subsequently published by Cosmopolitan magazine in relation to the laws relating to cyber crime.

Nominated by chambers for Super Lawyers UK 2014.

Cases of Note.

1 R vM- large scale conspiracy to supply class a drugs and possession of prohibited firearms (7 handed case)

2. R v L- conspiracy to supply crack cocaine (8 handed case)

3. R VM- conspiracy to defraud HMRC of circ £1.6 million by means of assisting with the application of bogus crisis loans (16 handed case)

4. R v P- large scale credit card fraud circ £2.2 million

5. R v C- conspiracy to cheat HMRC circ £3.8 million (importation of counterfeit cigarettes) 

6. R v B- false accounting/money laundering and tax evasion 

7. R v D- Attempted Murder/GBH- gangland stabbings in Harlesden and Islington 

8. R VW- conspiracy to defraud – transport for London £3.8 million by means of producing and distributing fraudulent rail cards.

Advised clients arrested for conspiracy to commit one of largest mortgage frauds in UK history. (no prosecutions brought) 

Hobbies

Sports in particular football, cycling and swimming.  

Gary Conway
Matthew Durman

Matthew has specialised solely in family law since 1993.  He deals with the full range of family law cases, mainly in the Principal Registry of the Family Division and the High Court. 

Matthew has developed a particular expertise in financial cases, often involving substantial assets.  His case load frequently involves consideration of private and public companies, business partnerships, off shore trust structures, international law and complex tax issues. He often works closely with actuaries, forensic accountants, foreign lawyers and other experts to achieve the best results for his clients.    

He has dealt with worldwide 'Mareva' injunction orders, applications through the Child Support Agency, pre nuptial agreements, enforcement of orders, cases under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and cohabitant cases under TLATA 1996 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.  

Since 2000 Matthew was has held accredited specialist status with the family law organisation Resolution, in the fields of financial cases and children cases. 

Matthew has a degree in Psychology from University College London.  He converted to the law via the Common Professional Examination and the Law Society finals, in which he obtained First Class Honours.

 

Matthew Durman
Samantha Ellis

Samantha studied Law at the University of Westminster, Central London, taking professional exams at the College of Law, Chancery Lane. She completed her training in London, qualifying in 1990 and becoming an assistant solicitor, then partner with a West End Law firm. She has broad legal experience.

Samantha has three children and returned to practice with enthusiasm, specialising in family law. She realises her clients need support and good advice and offers both.

She is a member of Resolution, the largest organisation of family Lawyers in the UK, and is committed to good practice. Her approach is constructive and effective.

Samantha deals with a wide spectrum of cases, carrying out all forms of family work. She is keen to enable her clients to deal effectively with relationship breakdown and its associated issues, and thus to move on with their lives.

Samantha Ellis
Felicity Mittleman

Felicity was educated at Willesden County Grammar School and Pitmans Secretarial College. She worked for several years as a secretary both in the legal profession and publishing, during which time she sold advertising space for Music Week and Radio and Record News where she also assisted in advertising production.

Working side by side with Vanessa Lloyd Platt and wishing to expand her legal career, she studied to become a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives, first at Barnet College and then at the University of Westminster.

She became a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1996 and works closely with Vanessa Lloyd Platt in building client confidence in a whole range of matrimonial cases. Felicity is an avid cinema and theatregoer and enjoys jive and tango, bridge, all kinds of music and surfing the net.

 

Felicity Mittleman
Belinda Strange

Belinda graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an LLB (Hons) in 1995 following which she began working for the Crown Prosecution Service before undertaking her post graduate training at the College of Law in London.

Following admission in 1999 Belinda worked in high street general practice where she encountered a diverse range of legal problems and built a solid understanding of all areas of general practice before electing to specialise in Family Law.

Belinda's area of focus is dealing with high net worth ancillary relief cases. As a member of Resolution she is keen to encourage parties to reach a compromised agreement however Belinda is a well practiced and experienced litigator who has represented a range of clients throughout their divorce and financial arrangements and is well versed in securing pragmatic solutions to complex arrangements.

When not working Belinda enjoys cooking (but mainly eating) and spends her weekends chauffeuring her young son about, gardening and practising Hatha yoga

 

Belinda Strange
Simon Wolman

Simon obtained a Law Degree from De Montfort University in 2000 and was called to the Bar in October 2001. He was a non-practising Barrister-at-Law until his qualification as a solicitor in 2007. Simon also attended Brunel University at the Centre of the Child, the Law and the Family and obtained a Masters in Child Law and Policy. Simon assists and leads cases in both high-worth ancillary relief matters involving high profile companies, forensic investigation and applications concerning the children of the family.

His legal work experience includes working with all the senior chambers in London together with Marshalling for a Judge of the High Court Family Division as well as working for the Family Law Contract Centre in Leicester whilst attending University. He is heavily involved in undertaking legal research for the firm in all areas of family law both here and abroad.

His interests outside of work include swimming, cooking, travel, current affairs and being an avid fan of Formula 1 Motor Racing. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.

Simon Wolman

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