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Our Team

Excellence is our hallmark and we vigorously pursue this endeavour through our team of lawyers who are experts in their field and share a combined experience exceeding 60 years.

Managing Partner & Founder Of J Benson Solicitors

Juliet Benson is the Managing Director/Solicitor of J. Benson Solicitors in the UK. She is a reputable qualified solicitor with over 28 years of practicing experience. Juliet is a highly accomplished solicitor of the firm and has left an indelible mark in the legal profession. With a career spanning several years, amongst other areas of law, Juliet has excelled in two areas in particular, Family & Child law as well as Conveyancing, earning a reputation as a trusted legal expert in these domains.

With her managerial experience, Juliet is renowned for her unwavering dedication and relentless drive to achieve excellence. Her astute leadership has played a pivotal role in guiding the firm to new heights, setting a benchmark for the legal practices in the region. Juliet has consistently demonstrated a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards while providing legal solutions that cater to the unique needs of each client. 

Juliet takes pride in the contribution she made whilst working at the Ministry of Justice where she had a lead role in establishing the Proceeds of Crime Act 2003 and its implementation in England and Wales. Juliet wrote and published the best practice guidelines for processing legal aid applications for Her Majesty court Services for all Magistrate court staff in the UK, which was referred to as the legal aid bible, while working in the Ministry of Justice.

Juliet is an innovative lawyer experienced in developing case strategies and writing persuasive briefs. She is an exceptional negotiator who is familiar with litigation and case management. This is exemplified in her recovery of several overdue loans and active involvement in Asset tracing on behalf of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) as well as her work with other banks.

Juliet is also a member of the following:

  • Member of the Nigerian Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales UK
  • Association of Mediators Law Society
  • Accredited Family Lawyer Prison Law
  • Association International Bar Association


David Thomas

David is a Senior Solicitor and Manager at the firm.

David graduated with a law degree from Queen, Mary College University of London, and has been a practising solicitor since 2000.

While his extensive knowledge and experience covers a broad range of expertise in the law, his focus tends to be in the areas of Criminal & Civil litigation and Sports & Entertainment law.

David is highly motivated and dedicated to achieving the best possible results for his clients.

He has a very approachable style and is always willing to take that call.

David’s work has been reported in the national press on multiple occasions – be it the acquittal achieved in the U.K.’s biggest drugs case of the year or his successful representation of a footballer in the English Premier League.

Dr. Kelly Ivanics

Dr. Kelly Ivanics, graduated in Law in Italy, she obtained a PhD in the Magistrale in Giurisprudenza Course and a Master in Law in Spain . Kelly is a highly qualified lawyer in International Civil Law, with extensive experience in Italian citizenship. She has 19 years’ experience in citizenship processes and in addition, Kelly is polyglot speaking in Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish. She is a professional with an unblemished reputation that ensures to each and every citizen the protection and recognition of their rights and causes an immediate impact, given the quality and effectiveness in the exercise of her profession. While applying equity practises, basic principles of law and its vast experience to achieve the desired claim. Obtaining favourable judicial decisions in most cases, negotiating agreements to avoid the Courts.

Approved by the following Bar Associations:

  • SRA Registered Foreign Lawyer  
  • Doctor in law LMG Italia SIENA
    Solicitor by Ilustre Colegio de Madrid Espana
  • Lawyer from Porto Portugal
  • Lawyer registration OAB 64119 Brazil
  • Lawyer Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe
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Maryam Addams

Maryam is a Solicitor at the firm.  She studied law at the University of West London and qualified as a solicitor in 2019.  She has worked as a Legal Practitioner in reputable law firms in London.

Maryam is an experienced and devoted Solicitor who specialises in all aspects of family law, including domestic abuse, children’s private and public law matters, child abduction and enforcement of consent orders.  She joined Juliet Benson Solicitors in 2023.

Maryam is a confident advocate of excellence and is highly motivated.  She undertakes the majority of her own advocacy ensuring continuity and representation at Family Court relating to Domestic Violence, Child Arrangements, Care Proceedings and Transfer of Tenancy cases.  She has empathy and is well-liked by her clients for her professional and approachable manner. 

Mariam Ezzeddine

Mariam is a solicitor at J Benson Solicitors, renowned for her dedication, expertise and client-centered approach. She began her legal career at the firm as a paralegal in 2019 and after completing her training contract, she qualified as a solicitor in November 2022. Mariam specialises in family & child law as well as residential conveyancing. Mariam also provides legal advice and assistance on commercial transactions, consistently demonstrating excellent time-management skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure. Fluent in both Arabic and English, Mariam’s bilingual abilities enhance her capacity to serve a diverse client base.

Mariam’s passion for assisting the vulnerable is evident in her commitment to making a difference in their lives, regardless of the nature of their vulnerabilities. Her unwavering determination and compassion have driven her to build an impressive portfolio of legal aid cases, actively striving to bridge the gap and help provide access to justice.

Clients admire Mariam for her empathetic approach, attention to detail and has an acquired the status of a trusted solicitor in her field of expertise.

In addition to her legal prowess, Mariam is highly regarded for her strategic thinking and ability to devise innovative solutions to complex legal issues. Her loveable character and genuine care for her clients endear her to all who work with her, fostering long-lasting relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Mariam’s holistic approach to legal practice, combining professionalism with a personable touch, ensures that her clients feel supported and understood throughout their legal journeys.

Outside of work, Mariam enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Jordan Jules

Jordan joined J Benson Solicitors Ltd in April 2022. He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2022. His main primary area of law which he assists on is Conveyancing (Leasehold and Freehold Transaction), Crime, Prison Law and Family law notably non-molestations orders.  Jordan is currently apart of pro bono service called Lawyers in the Soup Kitchen which is based in Brixton and led by Twanieka Alcindor.  Jordan has shown great skills in adapting to clients’ needs and going above and beyond to ensure that they are satisfised.

Niamh Forkin
Paralegal Apprentice

Niamh Forkin joined J Benson Solicitors in November 2023 as a paralegal apprentice. Niamh’s journey into the legal field began during her A-level studies, where her fascination with law ignited a passion that continues to drive her today. Motivated by the diverse opportunities and dynamic nature of the legal profession, Niamh finds fulfilment in continuous personal and professional growth.


Niamh mainly aids in family law cases, utilising her proficiency in this field. Additionally, she possesses a keen interest in residential conveyancing, where she enjoys delving into the intricate details of property law.


Outside of the firm, Niamh finds enjoyment in the captivating world of psychological thrillers, often immersing herself in thrilling narratives through reading. She also cherishes quality time with family and friends, frequently going on exciting day trips together.


With her passion for the law and commitment to client satisfaction, Niamh looks forward to assisting you with your legal needs at J Benson Solicitors.