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Claire Davis, Partner at Howells Solicitors in their Newport office has been accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), a leading lawyer training organisation. Claire has been recognised for her expertise in Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) and the Older Client Law in Practice (OCLP) after passing examinations in both. The accreditations further endorse Claire’s qualifications, and are further evidence of her commitment to offering expert legal services for the elderly.

Solicitors For the Elderly

Claire is Vice Chair of Solicitors For the Elderly, and part of the senior management team of the organisation responsible for upholding and improving the quality of the legal care available to the older population in the UK.

The main areas of law covered by the organisation are: More...

Finding that you are reaching the end of your life can be difficult. The initial shock and disbelief may make it difficult to think clearly and you may need time to deal with the news.

Although it is not possible to know how long you have and the future is uncertain, it is important to consider putting your affairs in order.

Writing a Will may help put your mind at ease regarding what will happen to your possessions and loved ones after you have gone. It could give you the reassurance that you have done your best to take care of the people you love. Making a Will may spare them having to make painful decisions, as well as financial difficulties that could occur if your wishes are not made clear.

In order to help you at this difficult time, Howells Solicitors has put together a brief guide to writing a Will. More...

Our honest, transparent approach to the home conveyancing process really does make us different to the majority of our competitors. In a recent survey of conveyancing firms conducted by TM Group, over 60% of respondents refused to give quotes over the phone, the majority failed to follow up the call and almost a quarter failed to provide their phone number on their website!

Howells Solicitors are in the minority of the 100 firms mystery shopped who provide an ‘Advanced’ service

Howells Solicitors was included in the survey and found to provide positive / favourable replies to the majority of the questions asked by the mystery shopper.

In addition to this, Business Development Executive, Lauren Cubitt, who answered the call, was complimented for her ‘very polite and friendly’ manner.

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Children can be very accident-prone, but on most occasions there is no harm done. Unfortunately, however, there are also times when an accident is down to negligence, or occurs when your child is in the care of somebody else i.e. school or nursery.

Figures from the Child Accident Prevention Trust estimate that the cost of treating child accidents in the UK is in excess of £275 million per annum. It can cost as much as £250,000 to treat one severe bath water scald.

These figures, do not, however, accurately reflect the long-term costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, nor do they reflect the cost of the pain and suffering to both the child and their family. Often, when accidents happen, people simply dismiss it as ‘one of those things’ when this is not always the case. Where an accident is caused by negligence on the part of another party, you have the legal right to make a claim for compensation. More...

Prenuptial agreements are commonplace in the US and Europe, but while couples in the UK are able to set up this type of agreement before they marry, they’re not always recognised in court.

So what is a prenuptial agreement? And what is its legal status in the UK? Howells Solicitors examines this much debated issue, to give you the overview you need to make an informed decision before you get married.

What is a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is an agreement entered into by a couple who plan on getting married that details what would happen to their financial matters in the event of their divorce. They are used as a means of protecting wealth should a marriage go wrong, particularly in cases where one partner brings more in the way of assets to the marriage than the other.

Prenuptial agreements have only recently entered UK law, following a four year legal battle involving a German heiress, Karin Radmacher, worth £100million, and her ex-husband, academic Nicholas Granatino. In 2010, at the end of their divorce case, the court ruled in favour of Miss Radmacher protecting her fortune according to the prenuptial agreement signed by Granatino before their marriage. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com