Our People

Bird-Belderbos-Mee-TeamOur Team

With nearly 50 years’ experience between them, Directors Tom Bird, James Belderbos and Abe Mee founded Bird, Belderbos and Mee in May 2014. Tom Bird and Abe Mee specialise in commercial property, while fellow Director James Belderbos is a family law expert.

The Directors’ expertise has been complemented to include company commercial and construction law with the recruitment of Lucy Bird and Matthew Duckworth at the end of 2014. Lucy Bird is a company commercial solicitor, while Matthew Duckworth specialises in construction and engineering law. The team expanded again in June 2015 when Victoria Lee joined the firm, offering private client advice and wealth planning expertise. For more information about our specialisms please refer to the relevant pages above or get in touch.

You can find out more about the team below, please feel free to contact us.

Tom Bird

Direct Dial: 01664 498997

Tom Bird

Tom specialises in funding and transactional work across the commercial, retail and residential property sectors. Tom has previously acted for the corporate and commercial divisions of most of the UK’s major clearing banks. Nowadays, Tom uses this knowledge to advise borrower clients of all sizes from owner-managed businesses to PLCs. In addition to his finance work, Tom carries out commercial property work for a number of prominent local businesses and property owners.

Abe Mee

Abe MeeDirect Dial: 01664 498996

Abe’s expertise is in investment, banking and new build development work for property owners and funders in the retail, industrial and office sectors. Abe acts for large corporate clients on landlord and tenant work and has a number of long-standing commercial portfolio commercial and residential developer clients.

James Belderbos

Direct Dial: 01664 498998

James predominantly advises on dispute resolution, employment, matrimonial, cohabitation and regulatory work. He aims to advise his clients on the most practical and cost effective way to achieve the result they seek.

Lucy Bird

lucy-birdDirect Dial: 01664 498992

Lucy is a company commercial solicitor and gained more than 15 years’ experience as a corporate finance lawyer in private practice and in a corporate/commercial role for a large IT group. Lucy assists her clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, and focuses on crafting legal documents specific to each client’s needs, steering clear of the “one size fits all” approach.

Matthew Duckworth

matthew-duckworthDirect Dial: 01664 498993

Matthew specialises in construction and engineering law. He is equally adept at dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters, and has advised a broad range of clients. Matthew’s experience includes representing clients in all forms of dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution procedures, he also advises and represents clients in relation to commercial contract disputes.

Victoria Lee TEP

Victoria LeeDirect Dial: 01664 498991

Mobile: 07384 213623

Victoria has over ten years of experience in acting for high net worth clients and families in relation to Wills, tax planning and estate administration. She has attained full membership of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners; the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations. Prior to relocating to Leicestershire, Victoria qualified into a London City practice, and now enjoys advising clients in the Midlands as well as the South East. She is well placed to deal with all private client matters, and specifically Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and wealth planning.

After gaining a Distinction on the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation, Victoria is authorised to use the STEP Will Writing Logo and is bound by the STEP Will Writing Code, a copy of which can be found at www.step.org/will-code.

Shazia Issa – Paralegal

Direct Dial: 01664 498994

Shazia has joined us as a paralegal to work alongside James Belderbos (Family Law) and Victoria Lee (Wills, Tax and Estate Planning). Shazia completed her Law degree at De Montfort University and graduated with a First, before going on to complete her Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University where she gained a Distinction. Shazia will commence her training contract with us in March.