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We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to eleven of our solicitors:

  • Laith Khatib, Sarah Cash and Hayley Rees - private client
  • Gemma Bailey and Bethan Southcombe - employment
  • Rhidian Hobbs - commercial property
  • Richard Scott, Jayne Hunt and Amanda Wood - family department
  • Sue Edwards and Thomas Stride - personal injury

Each of the named individuals and their respective departments received glowing reviews and endorsements from the publisher of the Legal 500 guide based on their own research and feedback received from Howells clients.

For some of our team this is the first time they have been included in the Legal 500, whilst for others they have continued to be featured due to the high standards they consistently maintain.

Commenting on this milestone achievement, Mark Hobbs, our Managing Director said:

“It’s not only a fantastic achievement, but it is also the most solicitors we have had named in one edition of this prestigious industry guide in our firms’ history. I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating all those named and their departments.”


What is The Legal 500?

For those who may be unfamiliar with The Legal 500, it is an organisation that has for 33 years been annually analysing the capabilities of law firms across the globe to then rank the strongest law firms for that year.

According to The Legal 500 website, it compares ‘the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions,’ based on the feedback from 300,000 clients. These 150 jurisdictions are discovered through the use of in-house lawyers; including roundtables and client insight reports.


Testimonials Taken from The Legal 500

Contentious Trusts and Probate

‘Excellent client care, case analysis and preparation at a reasonable price.

Laith Khatib is a standout solicitor in south Wales. He manages client needs and expectations impeccably.

Laith Khatib was able to explain how he would approach each part of our case and always came across as calm and organised.

What makes Laith Khatib unique in the market is that he is predominantly a non-contentious private client lawyer with a strong knowledge of contentious trusts and probate law. That makes him ideally suited to acting as an independent administrator.’


Family Law

‘The firm provides an outstanding service from a well organised, very conscientious, experienced and highly competent family team which is skilled in all family law matters, including high-net-worth divorce cases.

The empathetic and approachable Richard Scott is a very intelligent, experienced, highly competent and accomplished lawyer. He displays impeccable judgement and provides excellent advice in a very clear, practical and concise manner.

Richard Scott is a solicitor who you would want to have on your side as he is tenacious and determined but very calm under pressure. He is a tough negotiator, devoted to his clients and focused on obtaining the best result for his clients, whether that is by settlement or by contested hearing.’


Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate

‘The team provides an excellent, knowledgeable service at a reasonable cost.

Laith Khatib is one of the few truly excellent private client lawyers in south Wales.’



‘Gemma Bailey is superb for claimant work.’


Commercial Property

‘A very friendly and down-to-earth approach with practical advice.

Rhidian Hobbs is very helpful and knowledgeable.’


Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury: Claimant

‘The thorough and competent team is very client friendly, will go the extra mile  and is always very well prepared.

Susan Edwards is a very talented and experienced personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer. She is sensible and reasonable and handles a large number of high-value complex claims.’


Howells – A Law Firm with a Multi-Award Winning History

For those new to the company, we have over the past seven years won a total of 26 industry awards. These are listed on our website in the About Us section and some can be found in the following posts:

We pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality service and responding to our customers on an individual level to ensure their needs are met. We believe this to be the main reason for our continued success and ability to win so many awards.

To conclude Mark added:

“We have such a great team of individuals working for us and are glad that their efforts are being recognised by others. We continuously aim to improve our company and are hopeful that we can progress further in The Legal 500’s ranking, next year.

Moreover, although we are pleased with our recognition in so many departments, we will not stop there! We will remain persistent, when improving our legal services, and ensure that we are constantly creating new goals and objectives, to better our business.

Once again, well done to all involved and lets all work together to make further advancements moving forward.”


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