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Meet our team
Fiona Smith LLB LLM
Head of Residential/Commercial Property Team
Fiona was born in Hartlepool and now lives in North Yorkshire. She is married to Andy and has three children.
Fiona studied at University of Wales Aberystwyth where she studied at degree level and subsequently obtained a Masters Degree in Business Law. She studied for her professional qualification at Chester College of Law, before commencing her training in Hartlepool.
Originally MSP Legal Services LLP was Malcolm Smith & Partners. Fiona is the daughter of founding partner Malcolm Smith who had practiced in Hartlepool since 1974. Malcolm returned from retirement on Fiona qualifying and the foundation of MSP was born. Sadly, we lost Malcolm in 2015, but his memory will forever live on in the Practice and our business ethos.
Outside of work, Fiona loves being with her family (even when misbehaving!!) and is a keen baker (Great British Bake Off remains an ambition). Previously, Fiona was a rower having done so from an early age. Unfortunately, being married to Andy and having two boys, she had no choice but to develop two interests in rugby and football and spends many a Sunday morning on the touchline. Her daughter has a keen interest in musical theatre and performing arts, so there is many a time when “the touchline” is replaced by a proud member of the audience!
Andy Jones LLB (Solicitor Advocate)
Head of Private Client Team
Andy is a proud “Valley’s Boy” having grown up in a small mining village in South Wales, hence his usual comment “You can take the Boy out of the Valley. But you will never take the Valley out of the Boy”
Andy joined the firm in 2004, having previously worked at two leading law firms in the North East.
He qualified at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and received his professional qualification through the College of Law Chester. In 2006 Andy qualified as a Solicitor Advocate when he specialised in litigation work, which involved a broad spectrum of cases in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.
Having practiced in litigation for over 15 years, Andy decided to take a work-type change now specialising in Private Client work, involving wills, tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Elderly Client planning advice.
Outside of the practice, Andy is married to Fiona (yes – the same Fiona as the Managing Partner) so he too has three children. Andy was a keen rugby player having played to semi- professional level before moving into coaching. Andy’s son has now taken up the mantle!
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MSP Legal Services LLP
Havelock House, 24 Victoria Road
Hartlepool TS26 8DD
T: 01429 232 204