Our Team 2

Belinda Eriksson


Belinda is a founding partner of SW19Lawyers LLP, a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer and a member of the King’s College School Law Society Committee. She is a member of the Wimbledon Village Business Association. She qualified as a solicitor in 1990 at Freshfields and worked as a corporate tax lawyer for some years before moving to Baker & McKenzie. In 1995, Belinda moved to work at Dell Inc, based in their European, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Headquarters in the UK. During her 11 years at Dell as a Legal Director (EMEA), her responsibilities included supporting most of the business areas and, in particular, HR, employment and benefits, government relations, corporate restructuring and finance.

Belinda acts for a diverse group of both corporate and individual clients on the whole range of employment law issues. She has been instructed by both Claimants and Respondents on many Employment Tribunal Claims. She has recently successfully concluded a mediation for an individual who had a complex discrimination claim. Belinda is very experienced with providing advice on the setting up of Limited Liability Partnership agreements and has acted on a number matters relating to the expulsion/ retirement of Members. Whistleblowing and disability discrimination are two other noted areas of speciality. Belinda enjoys both contentious and non- contentious work but is focused on providing solutions that are in the interests of both parties.

Belinda is a member at the RAC and enjoys playing many types of sport – boxing and ballet are two current favourites. She loves to cook and is part of a local “cook club”. Belinda likes to travel and particularly to Sweden where she can practice her Swedish. Her French and German are not bad either!

Email: belinda.eriksson@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Telephone: +44 208 971 0414

Mobile: +44 (0) 7894 20 66 20



Mitchell Bell


Mitchell joined SW19 Lawyers in January 2015 as a Consultant. He is an experienced employment law specialist and Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer with 20 years’ expertise in all areas of employment law gained from market leading practices in the City, in-house secondments at Accenture and Telefonica O2 and most recently while working as a consultant.

He partners with his clients to provide guidance and support in relation to the full range of non-contentious and contentious matters including: outsourcings, acquisitions and reorganisations – managing all employment aspects from planning through to implementation of change programmes affecting employees; collective consultation processes; changes to employees’ terms and conditions, including pension benefits; disciplinary and grievance, long-term sickness absence and individual redundancies; and drafting of employment documentation and bonus schemes. Mitchell also acts for individuals, advising on settlement agreements, review of contracts and is experienced in advising mothers returning to work after maternity.

When not looking after his two young children, Mitchell is a keen cyclist and follower of almost all sports.

Email: mitchell.bell@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 208 971 0412

Mobile: +44 (0) 7790 00 50 48



Stacy Rahl


Stacy joined SW19 Lawyers in January 2017 as a Consultant.  She is a dual-qualified solicitor and US lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience practising commercial and corporate law.

She was formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie in London and acted as general counsel of a start-up financial services firm.  In those roles, and in her consulting work, Stacy has been involved at senior levels in a broad range of corporate transactions involving a wide range of businesses across numerous business sectors and ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals.

Those transactions have included significant private equity, M&A and capital markets transactions as well as numerous smaller business investments and combinations. Stacy frequently advises both companies and investors on seed, “friends and family” and “Series A” financings, including review and/or preparation of all relevant documentation. Stacy has drafted and negotiated commercial agreements relating to virtually all areas of a business, including non-disclosure agreements, standard terms and conditions, IP licences and assignments, IT and office services contracts and purchase and supply contracts, and has a great deal of experience with corporate agreements and arrangements, such as shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements and articles of association, as well.  She enjoys assisting clients with their company secretarial function, advising on those issues and helping to prepare board and shareholder documentation as appropriate.

Stacy also advises clients on the Bribery Act and has assisted clients in a broad range of compliance matters, such as by preparing codes of business conduct, conflicts of interest procedures and anti-bribery and corruption procedures.

When not traipsing around Southwest London to attend her children’s various sporting and school-related activities, Stacy enjoys long runs in Richmond Park with her Vizsla, CJ, as well as cooking and the theatre.

Email: stacy.rahl@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0) 7711 698 664

Telephone: +44 (0) 208 947 7997

Alan Julyan

Alan Julyan


Alan has been recognised as a leading employment lawyer for many years. He joined SW19Lawyers as a consultant in May 2017. During his career, he has advised on all aspects of employment matters and labour law for domestic and international clients.  Alan’s key areas of specialisation are advising on issues relating to the recruitment, retention and termination of senior executives. This includes advising on garden leave and restrictive covenants and the movement of key employees. He has conducted many cases involving directors of public companies.

Increasingly, the work that he has done has embraced LLP and partnership disputes.  In doing so, he is able to draw on his experience of having been the Senior Partner of a leading City firm Speechly Bircham LLP.

Alan is one of the Editors of Employment Precedents and Company Policy Documents published by Sweet & Maxwell. Previously, he edited Service Agreements, a book published by Longmans in its practitioner’s series, which focused on drafting contracts of employment for senior executives.

He has received recommendations on a number of occasions as an employment specialist in both Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories. Legal 500 described him as a “superb and tenacious consultant”. Chambers UK, 2015, wrote: “Alan Julyan... focuses on advising senior executives, with the sources calling him a ‘Signature name for individuals.’ He regularly advises City executives on restrictive covenants.” He was selected for inclusion in the Sixth Edition (2017) of Best Lawyers in the UK for Employment Law.

He is a member of the ELA and Industrial Law Society. Previously, he was also a member of the City of London Employment Law Sub Committee.

Alan was educated at Bristol Grammar School and then went on to study a BA Hons in Business Law at Coventry University.

Email: alan.julyan@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Telephone: +44 208 971 0410

Mobile: +44 (0) 7770 91 48 42

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Jane Laidler


Jane joined SW19 Lawyers in May 2020 as a Consultant.

She has a breadth of experience in employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, including discrimination and in Employment Tribunals through the full appeal process to the Supreme Court. Jane advises employers and employees on complex employment issues and has a special interest in the practical development of good management practices within the employment law framework. She is well known for showing awareness of the organisation context in proposing an appropriate legal approach to implement client strategies and as  a result, her approach to legal and strategic solutions is commercial and tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.  She has particular experience of TUPE and related issues, including cross-border transfers and acting for foreign based clients who have operations in the UK, including Embassies, High Commissions and commercial organisations and for individual clients who work in the UK for foreign based businesses.

Prior to joining SW19 Lawyers, Jane was formerly Managing Partner and then Senior Partner of GRM Law, before becoming Senior Partner of Greenwoods GRM LLP on the merger of GRM and Greenwoods GRM LLP in 2018.  Jane is the immediate Past President of the Intercontinental Grouping of Accountants and Lawyers (IGAL).  She is also a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

As a leading practitioner in the field of employment law, Jane has published articles and regularly speaks on employment law - including seminars and in-house training for clients and other service providers.

Jane was educated at Central Newcastle High School (GDST) and went on to study law at Leeds University and at the College of Law, Guildford.


Email: jane.laidler@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Telephone: +44 208 971 0410

Mobile: +44 (0) 7742 723 507

Philippa Hennessy

Philippa Hennessy

Trainee Solicitor

Philippa joined SW19Lawyers LLP in September 2020 as a trainee Solicitor.

Her academic and legal background is combined with extensive commercial and practical experience.  Prior to resuming her legal training in 2019, Philippa enjoyed a successful career in marketing, journalism and publishing. She has held management positions in large corporations, including Coopers & Lybrand and PwC, and has acted as an independent consultant for a number of organisations, such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Marsh & McLennan.

Later on in her career, Philippa founded and owned a profitable publishing business. In recognition of its success, she won the Best Franchisee award at the Business Women Awards 2016 and was a finalist in the Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2017.

Philippa’s key areas of interests are employment, immigration and family law – all for their diversity and the important roles they play in our society. She is passionate about litigation, resolving complex disputes and achieving the best possible outcome.  Philippa is delighted to be part of such a highly regarded practice that offers a perfect combination of fascinating work and interesting clients, where no one day is the same.

In her spare time, Philippa enjoys a range of sports and interests, which include pilates, yoga, trekking, running and skiing. She has completed five marathons, raising several thousands of pounds for a number of charities and competed in the 2019 French Championship 25 km Trail in Méribel. She also plans to do the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in 2021. And, when she can, she loves to escape to hot destinations!


Email: Philippa.Hennessy@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Telephone: +44 208 974 7997

Mobile: +44 (0) 777 263 3339

Kaoru Ito

Associate (Lawyer)

Kaoru is an associate and qualified as a UK Solicitor in May 2021. 

After graduating with a law degree in Japan, she gained experience in Intellectual Property (IP) through her role at Oxford University Press. Following her relocation to London, she completed her master degree in IP law (LL.M) at Queen Mary, University of London. She then worked full time as an associate at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, London, where she undertook financial crime compliance work, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. Whilst being in full-time roles, she also completed her part-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP. She obtained her pre-qualification legal experience in several organisations, including Compagnie Financière Richemont SA - a Switzerland-based luxury brand’s in-house IP team, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and the Financial Conduct Authority. At SW19Lawyers, she trained in employment law to build on her experience in IP and dispute resolution.

Her key areas of interests are; drafting IP licences; IP enforcement – dealing with trademarks, copyright, design and patent infringement disputes and anti-counterfeiting measures; protecting corporate reputation and brand management in the digital world; advising on IP rights and data protection in the work place; and employment dispute resolutions, in particular in the fields of financial academic and creative sectors. She also has experience in working for Japanese clients, including drafting, reviewing and translating, as well as liaising with counsels in law firms in Tokyo and experts for matters in England and Wales.

She is a member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA).

Email: kaoru.ito@sw19lawyers.co.uk

Telephone: +44 208 974 7997

What Others Are Saying

"Belinda was at all times responsive and astute in the handling of my case. SW19Lawyers know their subject matter well and provided a very friendly and supportive service."

[Magic Circle Partner]

"Stacy is very friendly, patient and accommodating. She is extremely professional, her knowledge is extensive and an asset to any client. We worked through creating thorough terms and conditions and answered any questions I had in great detail, spending many hours editing the initial draft. This was our first project with SW19 Lawyers and I will not hesitate to instruct them in future."

[A Commercial client]

“I have worked with SW19 who have always been incredibly dedicated and focused on the task in hand. They provide pragmatic and commercial advice notwithstanding the legal complexities. I highly value their high standard of client service and concern for their clients’ interests and I positively recommend them to others.”



As the director of a small tech firm dealing with very large multinational firms, I was finding it hard to find good commercial legal advice to cover both US and UK law and commercial practice. Luckily Stacy has been an absolute star, taking time to personally go into the finer details of the of transatlantic legalities and commercial realities while bringing her extensive legal knowledge and commercial experience to bear. So far she's been invaluable in moving things forward, being extremely quick to respond and diligent in her work. I look forward to continuing to work with her and can wholeheartedly recommend her services.

[W. Wilson Indefiant Ltd]

"Highly recommended and they more than lived up to expectations. They were unerringly professional, spot on with tactics, very client focused and a pleasure to work with. I would be more than happy to recommend SW19Lawyers."

[Senior executive in the insurance industry]

From my initial briefing with Stacy to the end of my project, I had complete faith in her and she put me at completely ease and hand held me through the entire process. Stacy went over and above the service I was expecting and I can not recommend her highly enough. I will return and use SW Lawyers for any future legal matters.

[A Commercial Client]

"I needed a good employment lawyer as a matter of urgency. At a time when I was upset, stressed and unsure of my rights, I found SW19Lawyers immensely helpful. They were easy to talk to, understanding, clearly knowledgeable and very experienced. Professional but approachable, they made a difficult time easier for me. Thanks SW19Lawyers. I have already recommended you to others"

[Marketing employee]

"Thank you for your support. You are our go to lawyers when required. I am very happy with everything you have done for us and know that will continue in the future."

[Client in the fashion industry]

"In a world of ever increasing complexity for employers, it's good to know Belinda has got the detail covered!" 

[Wealth management firm founder]