Meet the team

Penny Smith

Director & Senior Partner

Penny qualified as a solicitor in 1980. Since 1992, she has focused on private client work dealing exclusively with Wills, administration of estates, Inheritance Tax, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Trusts, and other related matters.

She was a senior solicitor with Blake Lapthorn until joining Belcher Frost as a partner in 2002. Penny took over as senior partner in 2011 to manage both her private client team and the practice. 

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Sara Lloyd


Sara has worked within the legal environment since 1984, initially inhouse and then moving into private practice as the Practice Manager for Coffin Mew in 1994. After leaving Coffin Mew in 2011, Sara worked at a large firm in London and then for Law South in Chichester.  Sara has worked with Penny Smith since 2011 and joined Belcher Frost in 2016. 

As an experienced practice manager with an MBA, Sara is involved with the day to day running of Belcher Frost, with particular emphasis on risk and compliance.

Marie-Alice Slavov

Director and Solicitor

Marie qualified in France as an Avocat in 2004. In 2011, she qualified as a UK solicitor. Alongside traditional private client work, her unique expertise lies in cross-border successions and Will planning for UK-based clients with assets in more than one jurisdiction. 

She joined Belcher Frost in January 2018 after working at Blake Morgan. Marie was then appointed as a director within Belcher Frost in January 2020. 

Keri Fairley

Solicitor & Head of Conveyancing

Keri was first a paralegal in conveyancing before qualifying as a solicitor in 2007. For 9 years, Keri worked as a local duty criminal solicitor assisting those suspected to be involved in crime. In 2016, she returned back to conveyancing. 

Having grown up in the area, Keri worked for another local firm before joining Belcher Frost in 2020 to become head of the Conveyancing team.

Lauren Kendell


Lauren qualified as a solicitor in 2019. Alongside Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, and administration of estates, two of Lauren’s specialist areas are preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney and drafting Court of Protection Deputyship applications.

After completing her training at the larger Portsmouth firm Coffin Mew, Lauren joined Belcher Frost in 2019 to focus on growing their expertise in Court Of Protection.

Rosie Jarvis

Trainee Solicitor

In 2015, Rosie completed her undergraduate Law Degree. She went on to get her LPC and Master’s Degree in Law in 2019. Rosie has worked her way up from a legal assistant and now has over 5 years of experience in residential property.  

Rosie has worked within leading law firms in and around the south coast. She joined Belcher Frost in 2021 to complete her training and become a qualified solicitor.

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