Professionalism, Integrity, Excellence

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Suezanne King

Suezanne founded SMQ Legal Services in Oxford with the aim of providing the best possible advice to clients 24 hours a day, placing the quality of assistance as a paramount objective above financial constraints.

Suezanne is an experienced solicitor advocate who has a varied practice in law. In recent years her work includes challenging the Article 10 ‘freedom of expression’ open justice principle to prevent publication in the Appellate Courts, various personal injury and civil claims involving wrongful death, as well as a busy family law practice.
She  is an established advocate enjoying rights of audience in the Crown Court and is Duty Qualified. Suezanne is a fully accredited Police Station Representative, advising and representing clients in the Police Station, and prides herself on providing a robust defence for suspects being questioned by the police. She often attends the police stations for clients in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, London, Surrey as well other parts of the UK.

Suezanne is part of many pro bono projects in Oxford and is also a Resolutions Committee member to help raise money for children-law centres and organise events.

Suezanne’s personable approach with her clients and true understanding of their plight enables her to represent her client’s best interests at all times.

Contact number: 01865 246 991

Dr Michelle Qume

Michelle founded SMQ Legal Services with Suezanne to ensure the best possible advice is provided to to clients 24 hours a day. The quality of assistance is of utmost importance.  

Michelle has a PhD and possesses excellent management skills. She spent many years in clinical trials and data management and employs best practice methods to ensure an exceptional standard of service. Michelle both teaches and is an on-going student of accountancy. Michelle’s role with SMQ Legal Services LLP, based in Oxford, is to ensure that the firm runs smoothly and that Suezanne is fully supported, allowing her to represent her client’s best interests at all times.


Contact number: 01865 246 991

Advocates Team

Bartek Piasta

Bartek was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Febuary 2019.  He has a wealth of experience in Criminal Law ranging from representing client’s  accused from Shoplifting to Terrorism offences. 
He began his career at a small boutique firm in 2014 as a Paralegal/Police Station Representative after graduating from University with a Honours Degree in Law.  He then went onto doing his LPC/Masters in Law, in which he attained a Distinction in.
Bartek gained further professional experience and completed his Mental Health Accreditation in 2018, while also becoming professionally competent in Prison Law. Making him a very well rounded and accomplished Solicitor willing and eager to fight any case.
Bartek is also a fluent Polish speaker and has amassed a following from the Polish community, and beyond, given his greatest strength is being able to empathise with his client’s giving him the motivation rarely seen to get results for his client’s.

Brid Eve

Brid joins us with over 20 years experience in the Criminal Justice System. Appointed by the Minister of Justice to the Independent Monitoring Boards she undertook her Ministerial role in HMP YOI Aylesbury and Immigration Removal Centre Harmondsworth as Chair and vice-Chair respectively. She also was a member of the Independent Custody Visitors Panel  and is a Chair of an Independent Appeals Panel dealing with school admissions and school exclusions.

She has a first class honours degree in law from Oxford and is a member of Lincolns Inn

Parm Chandler

Parm is a UK qualified lawyer and advises on a wide range of Criminal matters.

She was admitted to the Law Society Roll of Solicitors in November 2000. Shortly thereafter, she successfully obtained CLAS accreditation and this qualification passported her onto the UK criminal court and police station duty Solicitor schemes.

Parm now has nearly 20 years of post-qualification experience in the field of criminal law and advises across a spectrum of offences including driving and road traffic, sexual offences, complex fraud and money laundering.  She has strong relationships with leading barristers on whose specialist expertise she can call as and when required.


Contact number: 01865 246 991


Shelby Keppel

My name is Shelby Keppel and I am an apprentice paralegal with SMQ Legal Services. I have been with SMQ Legal since June 2019 and am a case worker in criminal and family law cases. I am police station accredited, currently completing an honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and am also completing a CILEX apprenticeship in order to become a fully qualified paralegal.

My main legal interest is in criminal law and I am excited to work on more cases with SMQ Legal, complete my CILEX apprenticeship in order to move on to complete my GDL and become a fully qualified solicitor advocate. I also aspire to complete my master’s degree in forensic psychology and my PHD.

I thoroughly enjoy learning new things, reading and watching crime documentaries. I look forward to progressing with SMQ Legal services and becoming a solicitor with the firm.

Jennifer Arkell

I’m Jennifer Arkell and I am a junior paralegal at SMQ Legal services. I started working for SMQ in June 2020, after completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Oxford Brookes University. I focussed my research project during the GDL on Space Law in the UK, but I find all areas of law fascinating.
My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. I will be starting the Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Law, Business and Management in September with the University of Law part time whilst working at SMQ. I will also be working towards my police station accreditation during this time.

I am mainly interested in family and civil law, and I hope to be a fully qualified solicitor advocate in four years.

In my spare time I enjoy reading literature, walking and horse-riding.

Office Team



My name is Nadia, I am on my gap year before I study Mathematics at University, I am currently studying to gain an Advanced Diploma in Accounting. I work part time  in the Accounts team of SMQ and I enjoy it immensely. I am mainly responsible for management of the Legal Aid Agency Family finances and assistant to Michelle.

Contact number: 01865 246 991