Below are profiles of our legal team.
He worked on the shop floor of industry until, as a mature student, he took a degree in materials science. But after some volunteer work at a law centre, he started a second degree in law. He worked in Leicester City Council for eight years, first in the housing department, and later in environmental health. He got a good degree from De Montfort University and a very good Law Societies Finals result, and in 1993 started his training contract in a legal aid firm in Leicester. After seven years he felt that he had done his bit for social justice, and it was time to make some money. Brian Small was retiring from Frisby & Small, and Andrew was appointed to cover the civil litigation that he had been doing.
Andrew's career highlights since joining Frisby & Small:
- Selter v Leicester City Council – a judicial review that established “the Selter Principle” in local government law and ( more importantly) allowed our client to continue to develop his golf course in Market Bosworth
- A company takeover and shareholder dispute that linked three court cases and was settled in a 16 hour mediation, and which gave our client the cornerstone of a new phase of a multimillion pound commercial development of his company
- Court of Appeal cases that made the law – Page v Convoy Investments Ltd, and Simposh v Sharma. Cases where we lost in the local court but where our clients won in the Court of Appeal.
Why is he worth £200 an hour to you?
Andrew is not a specialist. He deals all the time with lawyers who are: specialists in property transactions, in pension law, in insolvency procedures. What Andrew gives is breadth of experience and knowledge. He has been on both sides of an anti social behaviour injunction. He has been a trade union representative and advised employers on how to use the law to avoid union recognition. He has had a mentally ill patient freed from a section order on procedural grounds, and visited clients in the cells after running an unsuccessful defence.
Because of this background and experience, Andrew feels that he can give his clients a wider view of how the law might be able to help them.
And if you are a landlord?
For nearly thirty years Andrew has been involved in residental landlord and tenant disputes. First as a tenancy relations office at the city council, then as a supervisor for a legal aid franchise in housing, and finally (and currently) as legal advisor to a number of local housing associations. He has worked with Anjali Narshi to produce a streamlined and cost effective fixed fee package for possession cases.
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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, 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 or an inheritance 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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After reading Law & Criminal Justice at De Montfort University in her home city, Darshna worked in a number of firms in Leicestershire and Nottingham as an assistant, legal secretary and a paralegal, before obtaining a formal training contract and thereby qualifying as a solicitor in 2016. Following a short period of maternity leave, she joined Frisby & Small LLP’s conveyancing department where she specialises in residential sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, transfers of equity between co-owners, purchases of new build properties and shared ownerships.
As the full-time working mother of a young child she does not really have much spare time to spend on hobbies, but when she gets the chance she enjoys days out with her family and wider family gatherings.
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Zoe works in our Family Law department providing advice in areas such as children matters, divorce, judicial separation, financial matters on separation or divorce, cohabitation agreements and disputes, separation agreements, pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements and change of name deeds. She is particularly interested in matters concerning arrangements for children. Zoe is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
She joined Frisby & Small LLP in 2017 following a move to the area with her family, having previously worked for over 25 years in and around London, Berkshire and Surrey, initially as a solicitor's clerk, then briefly as a legal secretary and subsequently in her current status as a family lawyer.
In her spare time she likes swimming, walking and cooking - to put back the calories she used up exercising!
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