Skip to content

Taking care of your legal needs, call now on 0116 201 8566

Meet The Team

Not sure what you need? Call us today on 0116 201 8566

Steve Morris Partner, Solicitor, Crime

Team Member

Steve has over 30 years experience of Criminal Law and is an experienced and highly regarded Criminal Advocate and Accredited Duty Solicitor.

Full Bio »

Representing clients at the Magistrates' Court and Police Station on a regular basis he has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of Criminal Law.

Expertise

  • Duty Solicitor
  • Police Station Advice and attendance
  • All Magistrates' and Youth Court Representation
  • Road Traffic Offences (including special reasons and hardship arguments)
  • Fraud, Trading Standards and DWP
  • Breach of Court Orders
  • Money Laundering
  • Liquor Licensing

Manjit Obhi Partner, Solicitor, Family & Care

Team Member

Manjit joined Dodds Solicitors in 2000 and is currently working as a partner in the Family Department.

Full Bio »

Ashwin Topiwala Partner, Solicitor, Family & Mediation

Team Member

Ashwin joined Dodds Solicitors in 2002 and is currently a partner in the Family Department.

Full Bio »

Ashwin qualified in 1993 and is a highly regarded Family Law Solicitor.

He specialises in financial implications of divorce and relationship breakdown having dealt with complex cases involving Businesses of all types; pension issues, property and assets abroad and high net worth cases. He also deals with Pre-Nuptial and Co-Habitation Agreements.

Ashwin is also an accredited Member of Resolution dealing with children’s issues and domestic abuse having assisted in obtaining various injunctions over the years for protection not only of financial assets but also for personal protection and those of children.

He is a Resolution trained Family Mediator since 1999 and a Member of the Family Mediation Council able to undertake child consultation and all issues Family Mediation. He has also been assessed by the Legal Aid Agency to undertake public funded Mediation as well as privately funded Mediation.

Holly Cross Partner, Solicitor, Family & Care

Team Member

Holly has many years of experience in family law dealing with the legal implications of entering into and the breakdown of relationships, with particular emphasis on issues relating to children.

Full Bio »

Holly has specialist experience in dealing with complex Children Act matters relating to children’s residence, contact arrangements and to disputes arising out of parents having different views on decisions to be made for a child such as education, religion and emigration.

Holly has been a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Law Accreditation Scheme since January 2003 and has extensive experience in representing children within proceedings. Holly is committed to providing a pragmatic approach to assist a client in what is often a difficult time in their lives to achieve their objectives in a cost efficient way.

Holly is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children. She has been at the firm for 10 years having qualified in 1999 in private practice and subsequently working as a local authority solicitor.

Carly Horwell Partner, Solicitor, Family & Care

Team Member

Carly Horwell has specialised in family law since qualifying in 2007, with a focus on children, including issues relating to domestic violence.

Full Bio »

Carly is experienced in representing all parties within children proceedings, including parents, grandparents, step parents, extended family members and children.

Carly became a member of Resolution in December 2011 and is a member of the Law Society's Family Law Accreditation Scheme since May 2010 and the Law Society's Children Panel Accreditation Scheme since December 2010.

Carly has experience of representing parties within complex family and children cases relating to residence and contact and disputes relating to use of parental responsibility including change of name, permission to change schools and permission to leave the country.

Carly joined Dodds Solicitors in January 2004 as a legal secretary, after completing a Law Degree. Carly undertook her training contact at Dodds Soliciitors and qualified as a solicitor In January 2007 Carly became a partner at Dodds Solicitors on the 1st April 2012.

Blank

Team Member

    Full Bio »

    Sarah Spence Associate Solicitor, Litigation

    Team Member

    Sarah has been assisting clients in claiming compensation for all types of accidents for a number of years.

    Full Bio »

    She has helped hundreds of clients to obtain compensation to help them put their lives back on track following unexpected injuries and accidents.

    Sarah can also help you if you have a dispute over property ownership or a dispute over a will or an inheritance. Disputes of this nature can be expensive to pursue but Sarah will be able to advise you as to the best way to try to resolve such disputes.

    Sarah has been a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel since 1996. She qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and joined Dodds Solicitors in July 2000. Prior to joining Dodds solicitors Sarah had worked at another firm based in Leicester City centre since 1988.

    Reena Johl Associate Solicitor, Family

    Team Member

    Reena joined Dodds Solicitors in 2003 and is currently working as an Associate solicitor in the Family Department.

    Full Bio »

    Reena is an experienced Family Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer having qualified in 2002. Since qualification, Reena has specialised exclusively in Family Law.

    Reena has experience in all aspects of private Family Law and with particular expertise in dealing with divorce, financial and property issues including pre-nuptial agreements, matters relating to children and domestic violence issues.

    Reena is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel, a member of Resolution and the Collaborative Family Law Group. Reena speaks fluent Punjabi.

    Debra Mansfield Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property & Conveyancing

    Team Member

    I deal with property based work, both residential and commercial although not property litigation.

    Full Bio »

    I also have a background in compliance work for professional offices. I also have a background in compliance work for professional offices.

    Before joining Dodds on 2nd July 2012, I had not dealt with residential conveyancing work as I had always acted for commercial clients.

    Nikki Adams Partner, Associate Solicitor, Family & Care

    Team Member

    Nikki joined Dodds Solicitors in 2012 and became a Partner from 1st April 2017. She deals with legal matters relating to children and families, representing parents, relatives and children in care proceedings. Nikki also deals with cases where there are disputes between parents or family members over the arrangements for the care of a child or time spent with family members.

    Full Bio »

    Nikki became a member of the children's panel in 2013 and is well suited to working with children, young people and adults with learning or communication difficulties due to her previous experience of working in schools and with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

    Nikki is well known for her empathetic manner and for always going that extra mile in representing her clients. Nikki has been described by those she has worked with as; understanding, diligent, approachable, fearless and down to earth.

    Nikki commenced her legal career in Local Government in 2005 dealing with a broad range of corporate governance and public law matters. Nikki worked for three Local Authorities and specialised in child protection upon qualifying as a solicitor in 2008. Nikki practiced in Local Government until joining Dodds Solicitors in late 2012.

    During her time in Local Government Nikki worked as legal adviser to the adoption panel and the health scrutiny committee in addition to her day to day work as a child protection solicitor. Nikki also developed and delivered training to professionals in the field of child protection and worked closely with Service managers on projects to implement changes in policy and working practices arising out of the PLO reforms and learning objectives arising out of serious case reviews.

    Faye Darlison Associate Solicitor, Crime

    Team Member

    Faye joined Dodds Solicitors in November 2009 and became an Associate Solicitor in the Crime Department on the 1st April 2016.

    Full Bio »

    Faye qualified as a Solicitor in August 2009. She gained her degree at the University of Leicester in 2006 and completed the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School in 2007.

    Since qualifying as a solicitor Faye has practiced exclusively in Criminal Defence work. She is experienced in all areas of Criminal Law. Faye regularly represents clients at Court and at the police station in relation to all types of offences. In 2011 Faye became a Duty Solicitor.

    Samantha Downs Associate Solicitor, Wills & Probate

    Team Member

    I am Samantha Downs and I head up the Wills and Probate department at Dodds Solicitors. On the 1st April 2016, I became an Associate Solicitor.

    Full Bio »

    I am Samantha Downs and I head up the Wills and Probate department at Dodds Solicitors. I have specialized in all aspects of Wills and Probate since 2006. I am a Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly having passed the exam with 90% and also a member of the Probate Section.

    I enjoy the challenge and variety of my work, as every customer is different and no two situations are the same. I see my work as giving people peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that the service and advice we give is of the highest possible standards.

    Solicitors For The Elderly

    Philpa Verma Solicitor, Family & Care

    Team Member

    Philpa joined Dodds Solicitors in July 2010 and is currently working as a Solicitor in the Family Department.

    Full Bio »

    She since went on to do her training contract with Dodds and qualified in April 2012 joining the Family Department as a Care solicitor.

    Philpa has a mixed case load and does both private and public law work. Philpa enjoys representing parents on particularly challenging cases including serious injury cases.

    Philpa speaks Gujarati and Hindi and is pleased to work in Leicester where she has an opportunity to utilise these skills.

    Blank 2

    Team Member

      Full Bio »

      Ajay Dhain Solicitor

      Team Member

      Ajay joined Dodds Solicitors in November 2012 and is currently working as a Solicitor in the family department.

      Full Bio »

      He gained his degree at the University of Leicester in 2011 and completed the Legal Practice Course at De Montfort Law School in 2012.

      Ajay speaks speaks Punjabi and Hindi and is pleased to work in Leicester where he has an opportunity to utilise these skills

      George Neal Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Wills & Probate

      Team Member

      George joined Dodds in April 2015 and works in our Wills and Probate Department as well as undertaking conveyancing.

      Full Bio »

      George is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and has over 30 years of experience working in the legal profession.

      Here at Dodds, George advises clients on a range of issues, such as Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates.

      Patsy Litt Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive

      Team Member

      Patsy is a member of our residential conveyancing team.

      Full Bio »

      She has worked in private legal practice in excess of 15 years and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive.

      Blank 3

      Team Member

        Full Bio »

        Amy Cattell Trainee Solicitor

        Team Member

        Amy joined Dodds Solicitors in October 2014 and is currently working as a trainee solicitor in the family department assisting with both public and private law cases.

        Full Bio »

        Amy gained her degree at Nottingham Trent University in 2012 and completed the Legal Practice Course at De Montfort Law School in 2013.

        Tanya Ridding Trainee Solicitor

        Team Member

        Tanya joined Dodds Solicitors in August 2013 and is currently working as a trainee solicitor in the family department. She is due to qualify mid 2017.

        Full Bio »

        Tanya completed her Law Degree and subsequently her Legal Practice Course, at the University of Sheffield in 2013 and has worked at Dodds Solicitors since completing her academic training.

        Tanya works on a variety of cases and does both private law and public law work, including issues relating to domestic violence.