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Pre-lockdown, we were delighted to welcome Ian Walker to the Howells team. Based in our Swansea office, Ian is a Senior Associate in our Private Client department, helping clients of all ages put plans in place for later life and for when they pass on. As a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly, Ian has an empathetic attitude and approach when working with older clients.

We met with Ian (socially distanced) to find out more about him when in work and at home. More...

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It has been reported by BBC news that approximately 4.7million people were waiting for routine operations in England in February. 388,000 people were waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery. This is a staggering amount when there were just 1,600 waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery before the pandemic began.

In Wales, over 115,000 patients have been waiting more than a year for an operation. The number of patients waiting over 36 weeks was 200,000 higher than the same month in 2019.  

Understandably, the pandemic has put a lot of pressure on the NHS. There was a need for all non-essential procedures to be cancelled to free up NHS resources to care for and treat coronavirus patients. This has led, in some instances, to unavoidable delays to operations. For patients waiting for those operations, it will be a frustrating and upsetting time with many experiencing ongoing pain and discomfort.

NHS England has created a £8.1billion plan to speed up the delivery of operations and non-urgent services in order to help recover services to patients. There is some evidence that those patients waiting for operations should have some confidence that the NHS will be able to get operation waiting times back under control, but it will take some time.

Following the first wave of the pandemic, the average waiting time for non-urgent surgery dropped by almost 40% when services resumed in the summer. The NHS is beginning to increase the number of non-urgent operations it does. More...

When a person dies without a will, this is known as ‘dying intestate’. In some instances, sorting out who inherits their estate is simple enough and it will pass on to the next of kin under certain criteria, known as ‘intestacy rules’.

However, for others without any known immediate family, administration is more complicated. In this case, the estate may pass to the Crown. HM Treasury would be responsible for administration in these cases. 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 (
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes