Our people


Simona Hamblet

Managing Director & Solicitor

Simona has over 19 years’ experience as an employment law specialist. She has worked in several law firms as solicitor in the South East, during her career. She was a Partner at her previous firm, giving her personal experience of also being an employer.

Simona’s reputation is well known for supporting her clients beyond their legal needs. She is very much aware that even with matters such as Settlement Agreements, whilst these documents may be commonplace, they can be life changing for anyone involved.

Simona’s extensive experience includes working with business owners, financial directors, management teams, in-house HR, executives & individuals. Simona has strong track record working with small and medium sized businesses and regularly has work referred to her from clients (employers & employees), solicitors, barristers & even opponents! Simona has recently chosen to focus on Settlement Agreements and no longer works full time.

External HR


Annalise Brooks

HR Consultant

Annalise is a chartered MCIPD HR professional and has over 16 years of generalist HR and project management experience.  She adopts a collaborative and pragmatic approach to working with clients, both individuals and companies of all sizes.  Annalise aims to swiftly understand the immediate and long term challenges and goals, whilst identifying solutions which can quickly add value. 

Annalise thrives on the variety of challenges she handles and is passionate about delivering a professional service and valuable support


Sam Swinstead

HR Consultant

Sam  works  to  provide strategic  HR  consultancy,  and  hands  on  HR  Support,  as  well  as effective training to meet a broad spectrum of development needs across a range of industry sectors.
Sam  is  a  dynamic  and  innovative  professional  who  offers  a  rich  mix  of  unusual qualifications  and  over 15 years of experience. This together with a keen focus on realistic and effective outcomes, enables her to work in partnership with clients. Sam holds a Masters in Organisational Psychology and Diploma in Coaching.

External Specialists


Helen Smith

Business Immigration Solicitor

Helen is an experienced and versatile immigration lawyer of over 15 years, with a broad commercial experience at North Star Law.

Helen advises investors, business owners, entrepreneurs, private individuals and corporates. Her experience includes immigration appeals, discretionary applications and global mobility programmes. More recently Helen was recommended in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500 and regularly contributes to well known resources for lawyers.


Joanne Kerr

Immigration Tax Chartered Tax Adviser

Joanne is a Senior Tax Manager in the Guildford office, Global Tax Network Ltd. She has spent the last ten years working in expatriate tax dealing with a wide range of issues from personal taxes, small businesses and multinational corporations. Joanne is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and Chartered Institute of Taxation, and previously worked for Ernst & Young in London.
Joanne has a multi skilled background having broad management experience, an accredited legal base and is an examinations marker for the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Association of Taxation Technicians.