Record Year For Howells
Howells Solicitors have recruited 16 new members of staff since the beginning of the year with more appointments to follow. The new posts are primarily in the conveyancing departments of their Cardiff and Bridgend offices with other positions filled in their other four branches.
The new positions have been created following a record year for the business with turnover exceeding £6m in 2014 for the first time in the company’s history. Their conveyancing departments have been completing approximately 800 property transactions a month, and in Wales, Howells has been instructed by almost a third of all home buyers using the Help to Buy Wales scheme.
One of Wales' Largest Law Firms
Earlier this year, Howells Solicitors further strengthened their position as one of Wales’ largest law firms by completing the issuing of new Shares to three directors of the company in a six figure transaction. Rhidian Hobbs, Laith Khatib and Mick Fallon all of whom have been with the firm for some years are now shareholders in the business and will join the three founding shareholders on the Senior Management Team as they work together to manage the growth of the business and plan a long term strategy to plan for the future.
Managing Partner Mark Hobbs said:
“2014 was a fantastic year for Howells and 2015 is exceeding targets across our South Wales network of offices. We have had to recruit a combination of qualified solicitors, conveyancers and administrators to help us manage our increased workloads whilst maintaining high customer service standards. We forecast that another 10 positions will be created before the end of the summer including new posts in our Private Client and Family Law departments.
He continued, “The housing market has been particularly active which has benefitted our conveyancing departments. We have recorded a staggering 97% increase in the number of cases we were instructed on between February 2013 and February 2015. We found the market did slow a little pre-election when home buyers and sellers were waiting to see the outcome of the voting but there has already been a change of gear and the prospects for the second half of the year are very good.”
Howells Solicitors comprises 120 employees including six partners and 45 fee earners. The firm specialises in personal and commercial law and operates from six offices across South Wales.