The firm can trace its roots back to 1890 when Robert Baldwin set up a solicitors practice in Nelson, Lancashire. Eight years later Frank Roberts established his practice in the town and in 1932 the two firms merged to become Frank Roberts, Sons and Baldwin. The firm moved from Russell Street to its current premises at 20 Carr Road in Nelson in 1962, and in 1973 the firm’s name was changed to Roberts and Smith.
The partners in the firm, David Naylor and Allan Barrowclough, have each been with the firm for over 30 years and they are supported by a team of loyal staff, most of whom have also been with the practice for many years. The firm has always been a ‘private client’ practice dealing mainly with Conveyancing, wills, Landlord and tenant matters, immigration cases, powers of attorney, dealing with the affairs of elderly clients, and helping clients with probate and other issues following a death in the family. Most of our clients come to us through personal recommendation, either from other clients, or from professional contacts such as estate agents, insurance brokers and bank staff.
David lives in Burnley with his wife Tracy and they have one daughter. David was educated at Burnley Grammar School. He then obtained a degree in law and economics from London University. David attended the College of Law in Chester and qualified as a solicitor in 1980 after completing a two-year training contract with Roberts and Smith. David became a partner in 1987 and he deals mainly with property transactions, wills and probate. David is a committee member of Burnley and Pendle Law Society and he has been a keen supporter of Burnley Football Club since childhood.
Allan has always lived in Nelson. He is married to Janet and has two children. Allan attended Edge End High School in Nelson, he gained an honours degree in law from the University of Manchester and completed his legal education at the College of Law in Chester. He served his two year training contract with Roberts and Smith, qualifying as a solicitor in 1980. Allan became a partner in 1989 and specialises mainly in the areas of conveyancing, wills and probate. Allan has been associated with St Paul’s Church in Nelson all his life and is currently a governor of St Paul’s Church of England Primary School. He is also a trustee of a local furniture recycling charity.
Nadeem is a past pupil of Edge End High School in Nelson. He obtained an honours degree in Law from Manchester Metropolitan University. After completing his legal practice course he completed his two year training contract with Roberts and Smith. Nadeem qualified as a solicitor in 2003. He specialises in property related matters – acting for the sellers and buyers of houses and business premises – and immigration cases, but he also handles some criminal injuries compensation claims for clients. Nadeem, his wife Rukhsana and his three children live in Nelson where Nadeem is a local councillor. He is an Urdu and Punjabi speaker.
Susan was brought up in Nelson. She was educated at Edge End High School, Nelson and now lives with Noel, her husband, in Colne. Susan has two children. On leaving school she worked as a legal secretary. Returning to work after having her children, Susan trained as a legal clerk with Roberts and Smith. Susan has been with the firm for over 25 years, she deals mainly with conveyancing, wills and probate matters.
Nicola was educated at Westholme School in Blackburn and has always lived in Burnley. Since leaving school in 1994 Nicola has worked in estate agency, and since 2002 she has been involved solely in dealing with residential lettings and property management. Nicola’s interests include horse riding, walking and mountain biking.
Nazema lives in Nelson with her husband and two children. She attended Walton High School and Nelson and Colne College. Nazema then obtained an honours degree in law from Manchester Metropolitan University. She completed her legal practice course in Manchester and joined Roberts and Smith as a trainee solicitor in 2006. She qualified in January 2010. Nazema deals mainly with conveyancing matters as well as immigration, wills and probate cases. Nazema also speaks Urdu and Punjabi.
Duncan joined Roberts & Smith in August 2013 after moving from Waddington & Son Solicitors in Burnley. He began his legal career at Donald Race & Newton in 1985 after completing his BA at the University of Keele. From there he joined Waddington & Son Solicitors in 1988, becoming partner in the firm in 1994. Duncan lives in Worsthorne with his partner and family, he is an active member of the local community and is currently chair of the planning committee on the parish council.