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Steve MorrisSenior Partner, Solicitor, Crime

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Steve MorrisSenior Partner, Solicitor, Crime

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Steve is our Senior Partner and Head of the Criminal Team. Steve worked closely for many years with our founding Partner, Brian Dodds.

Steve has over 30 years’ experience and is a highly regarded Criminal Advocate and Accredited Duty Solicitor representing clients at the Magistrates’ Court and police station and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of Criminal Law. Steve is also our Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP).

When Steve isn’t in Court he follows Leicester City Football Club and has been a supporter and Season Ticket holder for many years having also played local rugby for Stoneygate and supported the Tigers.

Manjit ObhiSenior Partner, Solicitor, Family Care

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Manjit ObhiSenior Partner, Solicitor, Family Care

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Manjit is our Senior Partner in the Family Care Department and joined Dodds in 1988 after qualifying as a Solicitor in 1987.

Manjit has vast experience as a family care solicitor and was admitted to the Law Society Children’s Panel in July 1991 when she began to specialise in family care law. Not only does Manjit head up the family care team she was appointed to the First Tier Tribunal in June 2001 as an Immigration Judge and to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in June 2018. Manjit also became a Civil Deputy District Judge in July 2005 and has a ticket for private and public family law.

In Manjit’s spare time she enjoys running and has participated in the Leicester Half Marathon and Rothley and Swithland 10k and also enjoys yoga.

Ashwin TopiwalaSenior Partner, Solicitor, Family, Mediation

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Ashwin TopiwalaSenior Partner, Solicitor, Family, Mediation

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Ashwin qualified as a Solicitor in 1993 and joined Dodds in 2002 and is one of the Senior Partners in the Family Department.

Ashwin is an accredited member of Resolution dealing with children’s issues and domestic abuse. Ashwin deals with cases regarding injunctions for protection of individuals, children and financial assets.

He specialises in the financial implications of divorce/relationship breakdown and has dealt with many high net worth cases involving businesses, pension issues and property and assets abroad.

Ashwin has been an accredited family mediator since 1999 and a member of the Family Mediation Council.  Ashwin is also an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator with ADR Group.

Outside of work Ashwin enjoys music and has been a musician in a band and likes keeping fit and has taken part in marathons.

Carly HorwellPartner, Solicitor, Family Care

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Carly HorwellPartner, Solicitor, Family Care

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

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 has been 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 Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in January 2007. Carly became a partner at Dodds Solicitors on the 1st April 2012.

Nikki AdamsPartner, Solicitor, Family Care

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Nikki AdamsPartner, Solicitor, Family Care

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Nikki joined Dodds Solicitors in 2012 and became a Partner on 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.

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.

Sarah SpencePartner, Solicitor, Litigation, Civil & Commercial Mediation

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Sarah SpencePartner, Solicitor, Litigation, Civil & Commercial Mediation

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Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 and joined the Dodds family in July 2000. Sarah later in 2006 became an Associate and in January 2020 made Partner. Sarah also qualified as an accredited civil and commercial mediator in March 2019.

Sarah deals with all types of disputes including property ownership and Wills and inheritance and has dealt with a number of high value disputes. Sarah specialises in advising couples who have been living together and have separated. Sarah will be able to advise you as to the best way to try to resolve matters with advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Sarah also deals with personal injury claims and has helped hundreds of clients to obtain compensation to put their lives back on track following unexpected injuries and accidents.

When Sarah isn’t litigating she enjoys reading and going to the gym.

Reena JohlAssociate Solicitor, Family

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Reena JohlAssociate Solicitor, Family

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Reena qualified as a Family Solicitor in 2002 and joined the Dodds family in 2003. Reena started her Dodds journey as an Assistant Solicitor as part of our family team and went on to become an Associate Solicitor in July 2009. She also qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2014.

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 and post-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 and speaks fluent Punjabi. Reena also deals with the firms undertakings and is a qualified supervisor.

When Reena isn’t preparing her cases for Court she likes to keep active by running and cycling and winding down with yoga or a good book.

Faye DarlisonAssociate Solicitor, Crime

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Faye DarlisonAssociate Solicitor, Crime

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Faye qualified as a Solicitor in August 2009 and joined the Dodds family in November 2009 and became an Associate Solicitor in April 2016.

Faye is experienced in all areas of Criminal Law and regularly represents clients at the Magistrates Court and at the police station and also became Duty Solicitor Accredited in 2011.

When Faye isn’t at Court she likes to spend her spare time going to the gym, swimming and likes to travel.

Claire CousinAssociate Solicitor, Family Care

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Claire CousinAssociate Solicitor, Family Care

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Claire joined the Dodds family in May 2019 as an Associate Solicitor in the Family Care department.

Claire qualified in 2010 with a focus on issues relating to children and has been a member of the Law Society’s specialist Children Panel Accreditation Scheme since 2013. Claire has experience of complex cases relating to non-accidental injury and death, sexual abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues, forced marriage, parental alienation and neglect.

In Claire’s spare time she is a keen baker and enjoys yoga to relax.

Philpa VermaAssociate Solicitor, Family Care

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Philpa VermaAssociate Solicitor, Family Care

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Philpa started her Dodds journey as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified as a Solicitor in April 2012 working in the Family Care department.

Philpa was admitted to the Children Law Accreditation Scheme in 2015 and covers parent/guardian and local authority work. Philpa has experience of complex cases relating to non-accidental injury and death, sexual abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues, forced marriage, parental alienation and neglect.

Philpa speaks Gujarati and Hindi and in her spare time enjoys cooking, watching films and exercising.

Alvia MalikSolicitor, Family Care

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Alvia MalikSolicitor, Family Care

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Alvia qualified as Solicitor in May 2015 and joined the growing Care Team at Dodds in October 2019.

Alvia has specialised in representing parents and family members involved in Care proceedings since qualifying. She has experience of dealing with complex cases featuring honour based violence, substance misuse, radicalisation, non-accidental injuries and has represented parents who have faced learning difficulties and mental health issues.  Alvia aspires to expand her expertise in the law relating to children and is working towards obtaining the Children Law Accreditation.

Alvia is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. Outside of work, Alvia enjoys baking and eating out with family.

Nisha KaypeeSolicitor, Family Care

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Nisha KaypeeSolicitor, Family Care

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Nisha qualified in August 2009 and forms part of our expanding Family Care department as a Solicitor joining us in September 2019.

Nisha trained in private practice and moved to the Local Authority in 2010 and has specialised in care matters ever since. Nisha has worked for three Local Authorities and also lectures at a local university. Nisha has experience in complex cases relating to non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues, FGM, jurisdictional issues and neglect. Nisha is working towards her Children Law Accreditation to expand her expertise.

Outside of work Nisha enjoys travelling and eating!

Ajay DhainSolicitor, Family

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Ajay DhainSolicitor, Family

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Ajay qualified as a Solicitor in April 2016 and joined the Dodds family in November 2012.

Ajay started his Dodds journey as a Paralegal in the family department and now as a qualified solicitor deals with a wide range of work to include Divorce, Children Act proceedings and Care proceedings. Ajay also speaks fluent Punjabi and Hindi.

When Ajay isn’t busy with his heavy caseload he enjoys going to the gym, reading fiction novels and follows Liverpool Football Club.

Helen MorrisSolicitor, Crime

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Helen MorrisSolicitor, Crime

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Helen qualified as a solicitor in August 2010 and joined the Dodd’s family in November 2016, having trained and worked in London.

Helen is experienced in all areas of Criminal Law and regularly represents clients at the police station and Magistrates Court. Helen is an accredited Duty Solicitor and also has Higher Rights of Audience allowing her to represent clients at the Crown Court.

When Helen is not at work she enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and following Leicester City Football Club.

Hannah PallettSolicitor, Family Care, Crime

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Hannah PallettSolicitor, Family Care, Crime

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Hannah Pallett is a Solicitor in both our Family Care and Crime departments.

Kate NieldSolicitor, Crime

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Kate NieldSolicitor, Crime

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Kate qualified in 1995 and joined the Dodds family in May 2018.

Kate practises in all areas of crime including work at the Police Station and Magistrates Court and is also duty accredited.  Kate is qualified in advocacy for the vulnerable – both as witnesses and defendants and has dealt with many vulnerable clients and has previously dealt with mental health tribunals.

When Kate isn’t busy representing at the Magistrates Court her personal interests are running, reading and baking.

 

Samuel MasonSolicitor, Family

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Samuel MasonSolicitor, Family

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Samuel joined the Dodds family in August 2017 and qualified as a Solicitor in October 2019. He studied at the University of Leicester where he obtained his LLB Law Degree and at De Montfort University where he attended the Legal Practice Course.

Samuel started as a Paralegal in our Family Law department and has been guided by a wealth of experience from the solicitors in the firm.  During Samuel’s period of recognised training he completed seats in our Family, Criminal and Conveyancing departments. Samuel now works as a Solicitor in our Family Law department where he will continue to specialise, advising clients in a wide range of legal matters, including both private and public children cases, divorce and finance, and cases involving domestic abuse / private injunctions.

When Samuel is not advising clients in the Family Court he likes to spend his spare time travelling and enjoys going to concerts.

Kellymarie QuinceyTrainee Solicitor, Family Care

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Kellymarie QuinceyTrainee Solicitor, Family Care

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Kellymarie joined the Dodds family as a Paralegal in our Family Care Team in April 2018 and as of 1st September 2019 has become a Trainee Solicitor.

Kellymarie assists all solicitors in our family care department on a day to day basis and has vast experience in care proceedings and assisting in representing a number of Local Authority’s and parents. Kellymarie has completed her Legal Practice Course and Masters alongside her employment and graduated in November 2019.

When Kellymarie isn’t busy at Pre-Proceedings meetings and Case Conferences she is a keen reader and a big Harry Potter fan.

Donna PlumbLegal Clerk, Crime

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Donna PlumbLegal Clerk, Crime

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Donna joined the Dodds family in 1996 and forms part of our Criminal Department as a Legal Clerk.

Donna predominantly deals with matters in the Crown Court and has dealt with a range of complex cases including Murder, crimes under the Modern Slavery Act and historic sexual offences. Donna also qualified as an Accredited Police Station Representative in 2017.

In her spare time Donna enjoys cooking, eating out and exploring cities with her family and friends.

Patsy LittAssociate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Conveyancing

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Patsy LittAssociate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Conveyancing

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Patsy joined the Dodds family in May 2012 and forms part of our residential conveyancing team.

Patsy has worked in many areas of legal practice so has extensive knowledge of the legal working environment. Patsy is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has worked in private legal practice in excess of 19 years.

Outside of work Patsy enjoys walking, cycling and spending time with family.

Claire BrownSolicitor, Wills & Probate

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Claire BrownSolicitor, Wills & Probate

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Claire qualified as a solicitor in May 2015 and heads up our Wills & Probate team joining us in March 2020.

Claire is experienced in and can assist in both simple and complex Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship and other Court of Protection Applications, Inheritance Tax and Trust advice and dealing with estates after death including obtaining Probate and also handling intestate estates where no Will has been made.

Claire prides herself on offering a professional yet approachable and personal service and is a certified dementia friend.

In Claire’s free time she enjoys the gym, walking and reading.

George NealFellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Wills & Probate

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George NealFellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Wills & Probate

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George joined the Dodds family in April 2015 and is part of our Wills and Probate team.

George is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and has over 30 years of experience working in the legal profession. George advises clients on a range of issues, such as Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates.

Harvinder MannLicensed Conveyancer, Conveyancing

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Harvinder MannLicensed Conveyancer, Conveyancing

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Harvinder joined the Dodds family in August 2017 after qualifying as a Licensed Conveyancer in January 2016.

Harvinder studied Law as her undergraduate degree at De Montfort University and studied her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham. Harvinder has over 7 years’ experience in Conveyancing and is able to handle a wide range of transactions including unregistered, leasehold, shared ownership and new build properties.

Outside of her conveyancer duties Harvinder enjoys going to the gym and eating out.

Catriona HainesParalegal

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Catriona HainesParalegal

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Catriona joined the Dodds family in August 2017 as a Paralegal in the Family Care department.

Catriona studied Law at the University of Leicester and graduated with a First Class degree in 2017 and is currently undertaking her Legal Practice Course. Catriona currently works for the Family Law team assisting both the Public Law Team and the Private Law Team.

Outside of work she enjoys trail running, reading and travelling.

Khajal TopiwalaParalegal

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Khajal TopiwalaParalegal

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Khajal began her Dodds journey as a summer placement Legal Assistant from 2015 and became a Paralegal in June 2018. In her time as a summer placement Khajal worked in both the family and criminal department and now predominantly works for the criminal department.

Khajal specialises in handling the motoring offence enquiries, helps prepare Crown Court cases and takes initial instructions from clients and completes their Legal Aid applications. She is currently training to be accredited for police station attendance as well as her Legal Practice Course and Masters.

In Khajal’s spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and visiting new places.

Karima SakhaParalegal

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Karima SakhaParalegal

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Karima joined the Dodds family in November 2018 as a Paralegal in our Family Care Department.

Karima graduated from De Montfort University with a First Class degree in 2018 and began her part-time Masters and Legal Practice Course in 2019. Karima assists all solicitors in the Public Law team and has experience in Pre-Proceedings and Care Proceedings.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Conor FlahertyParalegal

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Conor FlahertyParalegal

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Conor is a fresh new face joining the Dodds family as a Legal Assistant in July to form part of our private family law team.

He is now part of the Paralegal team.

Conor provides support to our Family Department with matters concerning Divorce, Domestic Abuse and Private Children Disputes. Conor also achieved a Distinction in his Graduate Diploma in Law.

In Conor’s spare time he enjoys travelling, reading and powerlifting in which he has competed.

Sarah MillsPractice Manager, Accounts

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Sarah MillsPractice Manager, Accounts

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Sarah is our Practice Manager and Head of the Accounts Team and has been part of the Dodds family for over 20 years.

Sarah has worked as a Legal Cashier for over 30 years and this is how her career started with Dodds. She then progressed as Practice Manager and has now held this position for more than 10 years. Sarah is also our Legal Aid Quality representative.

Whilst Sarah isn’t organising staff and the running of the business, she is an avid supporter of Leicester Tigers and enjoys holidays in Cornwall and the Lake District.

 

Louise HillLegal Practice Administrator, Accounts

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Louise HillLegal Practice Administrator, Accounts

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Louise is one of our fresh new faces to the Dodds family, joining us in July 2019 as our Legal Practice Administrator.

Louise has worked in the law industry for over 14 years, both as a Legal Secretary and Senior Administrator, supporting in crime, family, family care and employment in both the public and private sector. Louise also holds an ILEX Certificate of Legal Secretaries. As in her previous role Louise is involved here at Dodds in marketing, social media and human resources as well as Practice Management Administration.

Outside of her administrator duties Louise enjoys Zumba, travel and days out with friends and family.

Joanne ParrishLegal Cashier, Accounts

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Joanne ParrishLegal Cashier, Accounts

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Joanne is another fresh new face to the Dodds family joining us in April 2019 as a Legal Cashier.

Joanne has worked in finance for over 20 years and after working for private finance companies is using her experience to progress in to legal accounts. Joanne forms part of our accounts team and deals with all Dodds daily transactions but has ownership of our purchase ledger accounts.

When Joanne doesn’t have her head in figures she enjoys painting, from canvases to feature walls and reading.

Naseem SaleemLegal Cashier, Accounts

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Naseem SaleemLegal Cashier, Accounts

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Naseem is a new addition to the Dodds family, joining us in September 2019 as a Legal Cashier.

Naseem has worked in legal accounts for over 15 years as a cashier in small and large firms across Leicester. Naseem forms part of our accounts team and deals with all Dodds daily transactions but has ownership of our sales ledger accounts.

When Naseem doesn’t have her head in invoices she enjoys walking, days out and baking for friends and family.

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