Small firms

About the Small Firms network

Our Small Firms network is dedicated to meeting the needs of smaller legal businesses, including sole practitioners.

What we offer our members

We offer a community to share expertise and information on:

  • business development and marketing
  • practice management
  • financial management
  • changes in regulation affecting small firms and sole practitioners
  • career development, recruitment and retention


  • Four newsletters a year
  • Webinars and podcasts
  • Access to our LinkedIn community
  • Regional workshops on running a small business

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Meet the Small Firms committee

Our committee promotes the interests of the community and helps us provide effective support for solicitors working in the sector.

Emma Macpherson

Emma MacphersonEmma set up ELM Solicitors in 2009 and has been growing the practice since then but always keeping the service highly personal and client focused.

Emma is a member of Resolution and a trained collaborative lawyer. Emma is a former chair and trustee of the charity MATCH (Mothers Apart from Their Children) and has taught family law part time at Ruskin College in Oxford.

Marcus Hayes

Marcus HayesMarcus is director at niche commercial law firm Mason Hayes. He is a seasoned litigator, advising in the most complex and high-value disputes, and also has a specialist interest in increasing diversity within the legal sector. 

In 2009, Marcus formed the Mason Hayes Charitable Trust supporting potential entrants to the legal profession through mentoring, financial support, an award-winning work experience programme and sponsored awards.

Satpal Roth

Satpal RothA busy mum of two, Satpal set up her own practice, Kher Solicitors Ltd, after qualifying in criminal litigation in 2003. She then joined the CPS, gaining her higher rights of audience, and became a solicitor advocate in 2007.

Satpal worked in business crime and regulatory and in 2010 took the brave move to set up her own practice.

Satpal is a well-known regional practitioner having won awards and been recognised for her work. She now specialises solely in criminal litigation and regulatory law. Her firm holds a crime legal aid contract and in 2017 was awarded Lexcel accreditation.

Sally Azarmi

Sally AzarmiSally founded city law firm Azarmi & Company Ltd in 2012 after 18 years of practising as a solicitor and partner in large law firms.

Azarmi & Company specialises in immigration, employment, and international trade and shipping, and has an international client base. Clients include other law firms and professional partnerships in the UK and overseas.

Robert Banner

Robert BannerRobert is the executive director of Banner Jones Ltd, a firm he has managed for over 20 years.

During that time, the firm has grown from three partners to 19 directors (subsequent to incorporation) and from one office to six throughout Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. He is currently chair of the Law Management Section.

Linda Felton

Linda FeltonHaving started her legal career in local government, Linda set up Fortune Green Legal Practice in 2011.

The firm is a niche practice specialising in providing advice to homeowners and property developers on all aspects of town and country planning law.

Huw Bowden

Huw BowdenHuw has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in white collar crime and complex fraud. He is a solicitor advocate and represents individuals and companies across the UK.

Bowden Jones Ltd, which he established with Stephen Jones in 2003, is based in Cardiff, recognised by Legal 500, as a Tier 1 firm and Huw as one of Wales’ leading individuals.

Nick Woolf

Nick WoolfNick is the director of Nicholas Woolf & Co, a niche international commercial and family law practice in Chancery Lane, formed in 2011, specialising in shareholder, director, partnership and estate disputes.

Nick has over 40 years of experience in small firms or as a sole practitioner. He is a member of Resolution, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association (POCLA), Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) and on the executive of the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG).

Anthony Earl

Anthony EarlAnthony is a solicitor-director at Earl and Crocker Solicitors, a firm he has managed for over twenty years. The firm is a general high street practice and has three offices located in Cornwall.

Anthony specialises in both commercial and residential property and was Cornwall Law Society president in 2015/16, and president of the Association of South Western Law Societies for 2017/18.

Parvien Akhtar

Parvie NakhtarParvien is the founding director of Bright Legal Solicitors in Leicester. She qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has over 20 years of experience in litigation.

In addition to running her law practice, Parvien is also involved in property development and investment. Parvien is also a committee member of the Leicestershire Law Society.

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