• Frank Smith LLB (Hons)

    Frank set up the firm after working full time in the legal sector since 2001. Creating the firm was the result of his long held ambition to run his own business.

    Frank was born in Herefordshire and studied law with Italian at Cardiff University and Parma University in Italy. He has worked in Florence and Milan and is a fluent Italian speaker. Frank started his legal career at Wragge & Co (now international law firm Gowling WLG) in Birmingham before moving to Cheltenham in 2006. He was previously a partner and head of department at Rickerbys Harrison Clark LLP and Willans LLP.

    Frank is a nationally recognised legal affairs expert. Independent legal directory Chambers UK recommends him as an expert in his field, and a “much feted property lawyer who represents landowners on conveyancing, easements and maintenance issues”. Legal 500 a leading guide to law firms in the UK recommends him as someone who “provides prompt, professional and trustworthy advice” a “deal maker” and someone who is “knowledgeable, practical and pragmatic”.

    Frank can be contacted direct on 01242 801748 or by email to

  • John McDonnell BA MIoD

    John brings over 40 years of experience in IT Systems to the practice, gained in the commercial sector. The constant thread in his career has been the deployment of new technology and systems to improve productivity and customer service.

    After leaving University in Norwich John worked for Burroughs Machines in Cardiff and then ICL in Newcastle-upon-Tyne before becoming a director in a software company and eventually running his own successful company. After selling the company he joined De La Rue where he visited 20 different countries in an international business development role.

    He settled in Cheltenham 10 years ago and ran his own business advisory company before joining Frank Smith & Co Solicitors in 2016.

    John looks after the firm’s systems and procedures and ensures we provide our clients with timely and effective service.

  • Steve Tasker, FCMA, CGMA

    Steve is a Chartered Management Accountant specialising in assisting new businesses with their financial and operational processes as they grow and prosper.

    Born and educated in the southern part of Gloucestershire, Steve has over 40 years’ experience working with small to medium sized businesses in numerous sectors including Financial Services and the Legal Sector.

    Steve has been working with Frank since his first year of practice ensuring that the firm’s administrative and financial systems are fit for purpose and can cope with the rapid growth being enjoyed by the firm.

    Steve is a regulated Member in Practice of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In the words of one delegate at a recent business show in Bristol, “So, you’re more than just an accountant……” sums him up nicely.

  • Jennifer Aristide

    Jennifer has lived in Gloucestershire her whole life and has been a legal secretary since 2005 working both in Gloucester and Cheltenham.  Prior to this Jennifer worked at various offices such as CEGB, Fortis Insurance and Customs and Excise.

    Jennifer has known Frank since 2007 when she worked at Rickerbys (now Harrison Clark Rickerbys) as a legal secretary in the Commercial Property Department.  They then both moved (at different times) to Willans where Jennifer helped in Frank’s department.

    When Jennifer heard that Frank had started his own practice she was thrilled.  She considers Frank to be a top lawyer in his field and says it is a privilege to be part of his vibrant and dynamic team.

    Jennifer aims to ensure that only top quality written and oral communications are provided for our clients.

  • Sarah Kay, LLB (Hons)

    Sarah has lived in Gloucestershire all her life and first worked in law in 2006 when she worked in the Private Client department at Rickerbys (now Harrison Clark Rickerbys), having obtained her law degree through the Open University. Before training as a paralegal, Sarah worked as a legal secretary for 12 years with Wiggin & Co Solicitors in Cheltenham and before that, in-house at Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society.

    Sarah was delighted when an opportunity arose to work with Frank and his team. In Sarah’s words “I feel honoured to be part of such a professional and caring team. It is a joy to go to work every day and be part of the firm".

    Sarah's aim is to assist Frank in providing exceptional quality of service to our clients.

  • Louise Tottman, LLB (Hons)

    Louise has lived in Gloucestershire all her life and has joined Frank Smith & Co Solicitors as a Paralegal.

    Louise obtained her Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Law at the University of Gloucestershire and is delighted to now be working with Frank and his team in the heart of Cheltenham. Louise says she was drawn to work for Frank Smith & Co due to the warmth, professionalism and strong ethical values of this firm.

    Louise enjoys the variety of legal work at the firm and aims to provide first-class legal assistance to all of our varied clients.

  • Ruth Swenson

    Ruth has lived in Gloucestershire since 1989, having relocated from South Wales where she trained and started her career as a medical secretary.  After 26 years working for the NHS, Ruth embarked on a period of self-employment, before joining Frank Smith and Co Solicitors in 2018.

    Ruth is delighted to be undertaking the role of Receptionist/Legal Secretary in such a friendly and professional firm and is enjoying working in a legal environment.

    Ruth aims to assist the team by providing top quality and efficient completion of administrative and secretarial tasks. Ruth also provides a friendly and welcoming first point of contact at reception for our clients and visitors to the office.