Our people

A group of exceptionally able lawyers

Our team are all experienced, diligent, and smart. We have created a culture that allows us to be at our best every day. While our work is often complex and technical, we aim for practical methods to achieve your objectives.

Geoffrey Dodd Partner

I trained with an old established firm of solicitors in London and received my qualification in 1968, after which I spent three years with a merchant bank abroad, in Nassau, Bahamas. I returned to private practice in London in 1971 and founded Evans Dodd in 1975. Specialising in company and commercial work, dealing mainly with corporate mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, in England and abroad. I give clients advice on appropriate legal structuring. Born in 1944 in India, I have three adult children, my relaxation time consists of reading voraciously and enjoying the good things in life.

Mahmood Ahmed Partner

After reading law at Oxford University (Jesus College) from 1973 to 1976, I did an MBA (1978) at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, persuading them to allow me to study business at Masters level arguing convincingly that such training was vital for any truly effective business lawyer. I trained in London and Paris at Clifford Turner (which became Clifford Chance), qualifying as a solicitor in 1980, joining Evans Dodd in 1983. I act in company and commercial transactions, dealing with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and commercial dispute resolution, very often with cross-border and multi country aspects. I was born in Uganda, married Shamin in 1981 and we have two adult daughters. I have served as an Independent Member on a panel vetting UK government financial support for businesses that deliver social benefits alongside financial returns and on a charity promoting pluralism and diversity in society. I was President of His Highness the Aga Khan's Council in the UK for six years (1996-2002) and thereafter the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Uganda (2006-2016), also co-ordinating the interface of the Aga Khan Development Network with institutions of the East African Community in Arusha (2012-2016), roles which were pursued alongside my law practice at Evans Dodd. From May, 2017, I also serve as the Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) National Committee.

Deepak Manghnani Partner

I trained with Cohen & Naicker, qualifying as a solicitor in 1982. I immediately thereafter commenced practice in London, then for four years practised international law in Kenya. Returning to London in 1999, I was a partner in Radcliffes LeBrasseur before joining Evans Dodd as a partner in 2006. I specialise in company and commercial acquisitions involving commercial property, hotel and leisure complexes, retail and industrial estates, residential care homes and other commercial businesses. I was born in 1958 in Kenya. I am married with two adult children. I play golf and enjoy all sports.

James Stott Partner

I was born in Yorkshire, England in 1953. I trained and practiced with Linklaters in The City of London, qualifying as a solicitor in 1977. Before joining Evans Dodd, in 1985, I worked with two other firms in London. I specialise in commercial and international dispute resolution and commercial work including employment and insolvency work for both corporate and individual clients. I have remained with Evans Dodd for thirty years and counting. I am married with two children and, outside of my work, I enjoy London, bridge, sport and horse racing as well as spending time with my children – when they allow me.

Dave Alleear Associate

I hail from a family of well-known lawyers in Mauritius, and followed their example into the legal profession, graduating with a first class honours degree in law. I then went on to Kings College London for a masters in commercial and corporate law, followed by the Legal Practice Course and thereafter joined Evans Dodd as a trainee, qualifying as a solicitor in 2010. Whilst I am able to turn my mind to almost any area of legal practice, my preferred area is commercial property. I act for a wide range of clients, both onshore and offshore.