Below are profiles of our legal team.
I studied law part time at DeMontfort University and managed to graduate with a 2.1 degree. I then did the Law Society Finals in 1992, and was awarded a commendation which put me in the top 15% nationally. I went to a local firm, Jones & Duffin for my training contract. I qualified there in 1995, aged 35, and stayed with until 2000 when I came to Frisby & Small.
I became a partner here in 2003, and in 2011 Justin Crowson and I took the firm over from the retiring partner, RIchard Whiting.
Areas of work
I have had a long-standing interest in housing and landlord and tenant law. Before became a solicitor I worked in the environmental health department of Leicester City Council, dealing with private sector landlords and tenants. I managed a legal aid housing franchise while at Jones & Duffin, and then moved into housing association possession work at Frisby & Small.
My training and first legal experience was in family work. I studied family law as a specialism at university and on my Law Society Finals, and then worked in a busy legal aid firm doing a high volume of family work. I continued to cover family work when I came to Frisby & Small, and although most of my time has been in commercial and private dispute resolution I have maintained my interest in family work.
I have been lucky to have been involved in court cases at every level, from the small claims court to the Court of Appeal. I have done trials in front of benches of magistrates, and hearings before employment tribunals. I reguarly appear in the county court before all levels of judges. I am a confident and experienced advocate, and I think that I can quickly understand the key issues that will decide a case at trial. Like most solicitors who specialise in dispute resolution, I have developed the key skill of being able to assess how a case will look to a judge.
My approach to your work
I happen to be interested in the law, but I don't think that many other people, even most solicitors, share that interest. Generally if someone is involved in a case that could go to court, they do not want to know about the law; they want to know what is likely to happen, how long it will take and how much it will cost. They also want to feel that their lawyer is 100% on their side, and able to use the law and the court procedures to get them the outcome that they need. I always try to be that kind of lawyer. So if you do see me, you are not likely to get a law lecture (unless you happen to want one) or, (I hope) a pompous lawyer who seems to want you to feel grateful that he has taken on your case. You will get a solicitor who will listen to you, explain the options that the law gives you, and then carry out your instructions promptly and efficiently.
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Identified in the Leicester Mercury as one of Leicestershire's Rising Stars of 2012, Justin became a partner in 2011, having been with the firm for more than 5 years.
Born and bred in Leicester, he studied law at Leicester University and worked as a licensed conveyancer at another local firm before joining Frisby & Small in 2006, where he qualified as a solicitor, specialising in Property Law.
He offers clients his skills and experience in areas such as landlord and tenant disputes and evictions, debt collection, business lease renewals, the purchase and sale of small businesses, commercial property work and residential conveyancing. Justin is one of the few local solicitors with experience of defamation claims.
Outside his work, Justin is a serious kickboxer, who has won all his professional fights as a super-heavyweight, although he is delighted to say that he has recently dropped down to the heavyweight category!
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Robert worked for over 20 years as a solicitor before taking the decision to leave the profession in 1990 to concentrate on his first love of classical music, joining a professional choir in Birmingham and also working as a soloist in opera and oratorio. Throughout this time however, he kept his hand in working as a locum conveyancer for a number of local firms, finally deciding that family commitments meant he should accept a permanent position at Frisby & Small in 2004.
Now working mainly at the firmís Broughton Astley office, as a conveyancer, in his spare time he still enjoys choral singing, watching and encouraging his sonsí musical careers, and gardening.
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Having initially obtained a degree in French and Spanish and spending some years administering English Language schools in London, Fiona returned to university to study Law at Nottingham Trent, and qualified at a Cambridge firm in 1999.
Moving with her family to Leicestershire in 2006, Fiona then joined Frisby & Small’s Wills and Probate Team on a part-time basis.
“As a working mother with elderly parents, I can often empathise with the circumstances of many of my clients and use my personal experience to provide not just legal but practical advice for the situations they are facing”.
Having initially trained in a predominantly matrimonial firm, Fiona is experienced in dealing with Wills for clients who are separated, divorced or who have remarried, particularly where there are children from more than one relationship. She is also experienced in administering complex Estates for example, those which are insolvent or where beneficiaries are missing, and she can also provide advice and assistance to older clients without any immediate family to manage their affairs as their ability declines.
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Anjali qualified as a barrister and was called to the bar in July 2007. She developed her own litigation work, traveling to courts all over the midlands on behalf of national and local solicitors. She would commonly have a dozen hearings a week.
In 2011 she decided to requalify as a solicitor. She has been with us since December 2011 and succcesfully qualified as a solicitor on 15 August 2012.
Anjali's specialism remains in civil litigation - problems over land or money that could end up in court.
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After successfully obtaining a Masters degree in Law at East Anglia University, Stuart returned to his home county of Leicestershire to train as a solicitor at a firm based in Hinckley and Nuneaton.
He then spent over seven years at a Midlands law firm in Coventry specialising in a wide range of Private Client matters, before joining Frisby& Small.
Stuart can advise clients how to make the right choices for their Wills or Powers of Attorney, and is particularly experienced in dealing with the Court of Protection on behalf of those who failed to sign a Power of Attorney before losing capacity. He can also guide the newly bereaved through the seemingly complicated estate administration process. As part of his all-round service, Stuart can also handle any linked conveyancing matters that may arise.
Stuart enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, playing badminton and fencing with Hinckley Fencing Club. He also enjoys catching up with family and friends around the BBQ Ė whatever the weather!
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