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Disputes Team


Simon Parrott

I have lived in Bedfordshire for all my life, and studied at Bedford Modern School. I qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and have practiced in Bedford since then. I now lead our commercial team and deal with commercial property transactions and also disputes for private and commercial clients.

My experience covers the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial properties and advising on development sites. I also deal with agricultural land matters and agricultural leases. As far as disputes are concerned, my main specialisation is dealing with disputes involving property, particularly landlord and tenant disputes in relation to both residential and commercial properties. I regularly give talks and presentations on property topics to property owners.


Jonathan Copper

For many years I predominantly practised family and civil law. I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997 and in 1999 qualified as a solicitor.

I have experience of all types of litigation including housing, commercial, dispute resolution, disputed wills and probate, insolvency and debt recovery.

I have successfully concluded a case in the Supreme Court, which clarifies the law surrounding harassment: Hayes v Willoughby.

My main area of practice now is non contentious probate advising upon the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for family and dependants) Act 1975 and disputes in relation to trusts.


Julie Fryer

I qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and have worked in private practice ever since, both in London and later in a regional practice where I became a partner and head of the litigation team.

I have experience of all types of litigation including contractual and commercial disputes, negligence actions, property litigation and disputed wills and probate. I joined Sharmans in May 2018 where I act for both individual and commercial clients and also advise on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.


Anna Jenkins

I am currently out of office on maternity leave and will be returning next year.

I studied Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury and graduated in 2012. I then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury in 2014.

After working at Sharmans as a paralegal, I went on to complete my training contract with the firm and gained a wide range of experience in various departments.

I qualified as a solicitor in January 2018 and specialise in both Dispute Resolution and Family work. I deal with a broad range of family matters including divorce and separation, financial issues and children matters. In disputes, my experience covers landlord and tenant litigation and residential possession claims, along with various other forms of Dispute Resolution. I regularly take part in the Sharmans’ Letting Forums to bring awareness of updates in the law to Landlords and Letting Agents.

My aim is to provide a professional and friendly service for my clients.


Nastassia Khilkevich

I qualified as a Legal Executive in 2013 and in 2016 qualified as a solicitor.

I advise and represent businesses and private individuals in areas involving property disputes, landlord and tenant disputes and general litigation.

I spent the first part of my legal career in local government where I specialised in civil and regulatory litigation. I made a move to private practice in early 2018 and have never looked back.

I have a broad experience of civil and commercial litigation matters including property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant, residential landlord and tenant, housing, contract disputes and debt recovery.

I have a pragmatic and down-to-earth approach and aim to settle disputes at the earliest opportunity.

Prior to embarking on a career in law, I completed a degree in economics and international business which helps me bring a commercial dimension to the advice I give.