About the Small Firms Network

We represent and support sole and small firm practitioners by providing you with practical advice on the latest regulatory changes, business and financial guidance, and connecting you with your peers.

What we do

We give members the opportunity to discuss issues of concern, make their views heard, and network and connect with peers.

The Small Firms Network supports engagement with sole and small firm practitioners.

What you'll benefit from

How to join

Membership is free and there's no registration or enrolment process.

You're automatically part of the Small Firms Network community if you're a solicitor in a one-to-four partner firm.

Sign up to My LS

My LS gives you the latest news, events and resources relevant to your interests.

You can follow the Small Firms Network in My LS and receive our newsletter by:

  • using the green sign-up button at the top of this page, or
  • adding 'small firm' or 'sole practitioner' to your favourite My LS topics

Meet the Small Firms Network committee

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

Parvien Akhtar (vice chair)

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

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

Samuel Bass

Samuel Bass is a white man with short dark hair. He is smiling and wears a navy suit, white shirt and bright red tie.Samuel is a solicitor associate at Newfields Law who manages its government contract work.

As an immigration and public law specialist, Samuel has been recognised as a Rising Star and Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500.

He has a longstanding commitment with Asylum Justice, providing pro bono advice and assistance to vulnerable clients.

Samuel is an associate lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University and has been appointed to our National Board for Wales. 

Nazmin Choudhury

Nazmin Choudhury is a woman of Bangladeshi heritage with short, wavy brown hair. She is smiling and wears red and yellow patterned traditional dress with a red beaded necklace.Nazmin, born in London but of Bangladeshi heritage, is one of the first in her generation to attain a law degree.

After qualifying in 1992, she set up NC Law in 2010 – a few doors from her father's restaurant, which is named after her. The practice deals with conveyancing, commercial and residential, civil litigation, and wills and probate.

Nazmin is zealous about the rights of sole practitioners, especially their exclusion from many lenders' panels.

Priya Dhokia

Priya Dhokia is a woman of South Asian heritage with long, wavy brown hair. She is smiling and wears a black dress.Priya is a partner, head of family and private wealth at Freedman Green Dhokia, a boutique law firm.

She advises on complex cases, often with an international dimension, generally for high-net worth clients, involving complex offshore trusts, tax issues and corporate structures.

She is a member of Resolution, an association of specialist family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Jennifer Dougal

Jennifer Dougal is a white woman with medium-length, straight light hair. She is smiling widely and wears a black and white striped shirt.Jennifer is the head of operations at Hudgell Solicitors, a legal firm specialising in areas such as medical negligence, personal injury and accidents abroad.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 2009, Jennifer spent 10 years leading operations as a member of senior management teams and at board level. She has successfully led and implemented transformational changes.

Jennifer specialises in all areas of personal injury, but has a particular interest in niche high-value work.

Anthony Earl (chair)

Anthony EarlAnthony is a solicitor-director at Earl and Crocker Solicitors, a general high street practice he has managed for over 20 years. The firm has three offices in Cornwall.

Anthony specialises in commercial and residential property.

He was Cornwall Law Society president in 2015/16, and president of the Association of South Western Law Societies for 2017/18.

Emma Egerton-Jones

Emma Egerton-Jones is a white woman with long, straight brown hair. She is smiling and wears glasses, a beige suit and a white shirt.Emma is an award-winning solicitor and founder of Egerton-Jones Consulting.

She is a highly regarded consultant specialising in client experience and business development for legal services.

Emma is committed to supporting law firm owners. She is driven to ensure strategy coaching and business development training is accessible to small firms nationwide via her business, the Legal Development Hub.

She is passionate about upskilling junior lawyers, access to law and wellbeing in the profession, regularly donating her time to these causes.

Donna Goodsell

Donna Goodsell is a Black woman with medium-length, dark afro hair. She is smiling and wears glasses, pearl earrings and a black top.Donna is the director of Goodsells Family Law, a boutique family law practice established in Clapham in 2009. She has over 25 years' experience as a family law solicitor.

Donna sits on the Resolution Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Dispute Resolution committees.

She is a Resolution-accredited specialist in complex financial disputes and children law.

Shazia Khan

Shazia Khan is a woman of South Asian heritage with long, wavy dark brown hair. She is smiling and wears a floral patterned black dress and a silver necklace.Shazia is a recognised leader by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in the field of employment law.

She has over 20 years' experience, having dedicated her legal career to fighting for employee rights and litigating discrimination claims.

Having worked at a medium-sized and a Top 20 national firm at partner level, Shazia co-founded Cole Khan Solicitors LLP in May 2021, a boutique firm specialising in employment law and professional discipline.

The firm established itself as a key player in the employee and senior executive market, and featured in the Times Best Law Firms 2023.

John Moreland

John Moreland is a white man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses. He is smiling and wears a dark pinstriped suit, white shirt and a dark red and gold striped tie.John has a multi-disciplinary contentious practice at a Legal 500 high street firm in Kent.

His practice largely consists of publicly funded work, with a particular emphasis on criminal defence.

John is a firm believer in the high street law firm model, and is passionate about promoting access to justice for people on low and medium incomes.

Nick Woolf

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

Nick has over 40 years' 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).


OneAdvanced Legal is a supporter of the Small Firm's Network and they're inviting member's of the network to an exclusive webinar

Register now

Maximise your Law Society membership with My LS