5 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE
72B Main Street, Broughton Astley, Leicester LE9 6RD
solicitors leicester

Staff Profiles

Below are profiles of our legal team.

Justin Crowson

Identified in the Leicester Mercury as one of solicitor justin crowsonLeicestershire'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!

Email Justin at:

Fiona Fraser

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, FionaSolicitor Fiona Fraser then joined Frisby & Small’s Wills and Probate Team on a part-time basis and is now a partner.

“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.

Email Fiona at:

Darshna Dodia

After reading Law & Criminal Justice at De Montfort darshna dodiaUniversity 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.

Email Darshna at:

David Hawley

Consultant in Family Law and Civil Litigationdavid hawley

David joined Frisby & Small in early 2021 from a Legal 500 firm in Coventry to lead our Family and Matrimonial Law Department.

He has over 40 years experience in dealing with all aspects of divorce and separation, including family financial disputes and matters concerning children. He can also assist with cohabitation agreements and breakdowns, judicial separations and pre-nuptial arrangements.

David also has experience in general civil litigation matters. When not working David enjoys travelling, charity work and spending time with his large and ever-expanding family.

Email David at:

Ian DanielsIan Daniels

Ian has over forty years experience in Family Law since qualifying as a Solicitor in 1978. He has always lived and worked locally, spending over thirty years as a Partner at another firm, working mainly in Nuneaton and Hinckley. He was even working in Bedworth at the same time our own Mr Frisby ran a legal advice clinic in the town, making him the only current member of staff who knew our founder.

Ian is a well-known and respected figure within the local community. He is a past president of the Warwickshire Law Society, the Vice President of the National Association of Child Contact Centres and a member of the Nuneaton Contact Centre Committee, as well as the Chair of the Hinckley Town Centre Partnership and B.I.D.

Ian can deal with all matters relating to divorce and relationship breakdown, including high value financial settlements and resolving contact issues with children. Ian also has experience of prenuptial arrangements and cohabitation agreements. He is able to see clients at both our Leicester and Broughton Astley offices.

Email Ian at:

Enquiry Form