there is no need for a solicitor, the EEAfp is about 17 pages long, most of which is fluff, because its over and above the legally required information.as soon as possible. did your friend do the form or did she get a solicitor. also did she send wedding photos, bank statements, wage slips etc.
as long as you are not an A2 national, and you can provide proof of your identity, his identity and that you do live in the UK, the granting of the EEA/fp is a legal requirement. I assume your hubby is coming from tunisia, and i would suggest that in that situation he does apply for the EEAfp, but if he were to be in the EU and then travelling to the UK (as we were) you can point blank refuse to apply for one and they must by law grant entry and residence if you have proof of identity, marital ties and residence in the other EU state.
which is what the Home Office are mighty pissed at me for telling people, and if they don't get off my back i will post their OWN instructions to immi officers on what immi stamp they put in the passport cos my husbands got one, which PROVES the above to be LEGAL FACT, and that the HO are acting illegally by instructing the visa database provider to NOT put that information available for people to FORCE them to apply for non mandatory eeafp's
im in fighting mood about this sorry!