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About Us

Porto Bella Solicitors seeks to provide an approachable, accommodating and client focused service, putting you at the heart of our business.

Our mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, reliable and tailor-made advice to suit their individual needs.

Calling on our pool of extensive knowledge and expertise, we create a service that is as unique as your personal circumstances.

We want you to experience a relaxed and “at home feel” from the outset. This is demonstrated in our comfortable environment, with our friendly and approachable team.

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We provide:

  • Transparency in costs and advice from the outset
  • Fixed fees, so you will never find yourself with an unexpected bill
  • Free initial legal advice (20 minutes)
  • Assessment of eligibility for legal aid
  • Integrity in providing honest and unbiased advice
  • Compassionate and sensitive support during difficult and emotional times
  • Hands on advocacy approach, endeavouring to conduct as much advocacy in house
  • Skilled professionals with an analytical approach to problem solving
  • Flexibility and adaptability in emergency situations

Meet the Seniors

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Fariha Akhtar

Senior Partner

Fariha Akhtar has a (BA Hons) Law and IT degree and was admitted as a solicitor on 2 June 2008. Fariha is a specialist in all areas of family law, including divorce, finances, child abduction, care proceedings, domestic abuse, and private children matters. Fariha is a keen advocate and conducts much of her own advocacy.

Fariha is a family law panel member and aims to be a member of the children law panel in the next 12 months….watch this space!

Fariha is head of wills and probate department, including lasting powers of attorney and applications to the Court of protection.

Fariha supervises the conveyancing department.

Abid Bashir

Conveyancing

Abid Bashir is a part time consultant conveyancer at the firm.

He has 18 years’ experience as a conveyancer, after obtaining his qualifying Law Degree in 1998 from the University of Bedfordshire. He has worked with notable firms such as Lupton Fawcett Solicitors and Magic Circle firms such as DLA Piper, where he received his conveyancing training.

He brings many years expertise from the finance and legal sectors from multi professional backgrounds and specialises in property law and conveyancing. Abid has extensive knowledge of property law, conveyancing, banking, community interest organisations, legal regulations, public and private sectors. He regularly updates his skills and knowledge by attending accredited CPD courses.

Abid is supervised by Fariha Akhtar, senior partner of the firm.

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Nadhia Sultana

Legal Assistant

Nadhia obtained her (LLB Hons) Law degree in 2001 and completed her LPC in 2003.
Nadhia has previous conveyancing experience after completing her LPC and then decided to
take a break from Law, focusing her attention on teaching Kumon to younger children.

She ran her own successful Kumon franchise for over 6 years and has decided to enter back into the legal world. She assists Fariha with her casework and has a particular interest in
conveyancing. Nadhia is supervised by Fariha Akhtar.

Rhiannon Cawthorne

Office Manager

Rhiannon has a (BA Hons) business management and IT degree. She also has a (BA Hons) in media production and in French. Rhiannon has been a paralegal in intellectual property from 2011 to 2017. 

She is the firm’s office manager and has gained a wealth of experience managing people and services over a variety of industries. Rhiannon assists Fariha with the financial management of the firm and with the accounts. She is also the firm’s bookkeeper.