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Mark Hobbs
Mark Hobbs
Managing Director
Solicitor

COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice)
Cardiff Office
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Name: Mark Hobbs
Position: Managing Director / Solicitor / COLP
Qualified: 1980
Education: Mark attended Ratcliffe College Leicester and then graduated from University College, Cardiff being awarded an LLB (Hons) and the Craddock Wells Scholarship
Experience: After qualifying Mark specialised in Commercial Property transactions. He was a partner in the firm of Hallinans before establishing Howells in 1996.Mark has more than 30 years of experience in his chosen field.

Mark’s work encompasses the following:
  • Mark heads the firm’s volume conveyancing and remortgage divisions.
  • Mark acts as Managing Partner and so oversees the firm’s activities and is responsible for the implementation of strategy.
  • Mark’s work includes site acquisitions and assembly, complex investment and lease back transactions.
  • Mark and his team have been responsible for some very substantial commercial property deals across the firm’s six branches.
Professional Membership:
Mark is a member of the Cardiff and District Law Society.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404033
Philip Howell
Philip Howell
Co-founding Director
Solicitor

Branch Manager/Conveyancing
Swansea Office
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Name: Philip Howell
Position: Co-founding Director / Branch Manager / Solicitor
Qualified: 1979
Education: Philip was educated at Caerphilly Grammar School and graduated from Cardiff University where he obtained a degree in law LLB(Hons)
Experience: Philip has over 34 years experience of new build, general residential and re-mortgage conveyancing

Philip’s work encompasses the following:
  • Philip’s teams handle high volumes of a wide range of conveyancing transactions including shared ownership for the firm’s significant South and West Wales client base.
  • The new build teams also handle sales for a number of major developers.
Professional Membership:
Philip is the only solicitor member of the New Homes Marketing Board, a new body representing the needs of developers across Wales and supported by key players such as Lovells, Wimpey, Redrow, Persimmon, Westbury, Llanmoor Homes, Barratt Homes and Bellway.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 01792 657479
Laith Khatib
Laith Khatib
Director
Solicitor
Head of Wills, Probate & Asset Management

COFA (Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration)
Cardiff Office
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Name: Laith Khatib
Position: Director / Head of Wills, Probate & Asset Management / COFA / Solicitor
Qualified: 2008
Education: University of Wales, Cardiff.
Experience: After graduating with a degree in business management, Laith worked for a leading bank in its investment division. Having gained several years’ banking experience he decided to re-train and pursue a legal career. Since qualification as a solicitor his practice has focused on wills, trusts and estates, with a particular emphasis on litigation in those areas. He has also dealt with cases of negligence against other professionals in relation to will/trust preparation and pension advice.

In the 2015 & 2016 editions of the prestigious Legal 500 publication Laith is noted as a ‘leading individual’ in the field of contentious wills, trusts and estates.

The publication notes that he is ‘intelligent, sensible and practical’ and provides an ‘exemplary level of service’ and is ‘well liked by clients, lawyers and courts alike’. Clients are said to be ‘lucky to have him on side’.

Laith’s work encompasses the following:
  • Dealing with complex and high value trusts and estates.
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Probate claims i.e. challenges to the validity of wills due to lack of capacity/undue influence etc.
  • Trust disputes, including claims under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustee Act 1996.
  • Disputes between executors, trustees and beneficiaries.
  • Court of Protection applications and disputes.
  • NHS continuing healthcare claims.
Professional Membership:
  • Law Society.
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (full member).
  • Solicitors for the Elderly.
  • Trustee of Age Concern Morgannwg.
  • MENCAP recommended expert for wills and trusts.
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Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404034
Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Director
Solicitor

Conveyancing
Bridgend Office
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Name: Michael Smith
Position: Director / Solicitor
Qualified: 2004
Education: Michael studied for his law degree at the University of Southampton and LPC at Cardiff Law School
Experience: Michael has over 8 years experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing

Michael’s work encompasses the following:
  • Michael handles large volume of residential conveyancing including freehold, leasehold and unregistered purchase and sales transactions as well as shared ownership transactions, Transfer of Equity and Re-mortgaging and New- build property transactions.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 01656 641061
Mick Fallon
Mick Fallon
Director
Solicitor

Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Mick Fallon
Position: Director / Solicitor
Qualified: 2006
Education: Mick studied his law degree and LPC at the University of Glamorgan. Mick also holds a BA in History and English from National University of Ireland Galway
Experience: Mick has over 8 years experience

Mick’s work encompasses the following:
  • Mick has experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold, leasehold and unregistered purchase and sales transactions as well as shared ownership transactions, Transfer of Equity and Re-mortgaging.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404038
Rhidian Hobbs
Rhidian Hobbs
Director
Solicitor
Head of Commercial Property

MLRO (Money Laundering Reporting Officer)
Cardiff Office
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Name: Rhidian Hobbs
Position: Director / Head of Commercial Property / MLRO / Solicitor
Qualified: 2006
Education: Rhidian studied law at Exeter University and the College of Law London
Experience: Rhidian has over 8 years experience in dealing with all aspects of Commercial Property transactions.

Rhidian’s work encompasses the following:
  • Rhidian is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Commercial Property. He is involved in all aspects of commercial property work including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals and all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant work.
  • Rhidian works on both commercial and residential property developments, assisting developers with site acquisitions, the development documentation, infrastructure, statutory and planning agreements, any associated construction documentation and advising clients on the disposals to contract.
  • Rhidian also deals with Company Commercial matters and specialises in the sale and purchases of business as going concerns as either asset or share shares. Rhidian also deals with Company formations, reorganizations and shareholder agreements.
Examples of work recently undertaken
  • Acted on behalf of a Landowner in granting an Option and Collaboration Agreement to a developer over 117 acres to be allocated for residential use within the forthcoming Local Development Plan;
  • Share sale of a Residential Nursing and Care Home in Swansea for circa. £1.75m.
  • Purchase of a former RNLI Lifeboat station for conversion into residential use which included the purchase of part of the unregistered freehold sea bed from the Crown Estates Commissioners.
  • Acting on behalf of a private investor in the purchase of a 250,000 sq ft industrial unit, in Newport, South Wales for circa £2.75m
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Contact details:
Direct dial:02920 404027
John O'Connell
John O'Connell
Consultant
Solicitor

Cardiff Office
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Name: John O’Connell
Position: Consultant / Solicitor
Qualified: 1977
Education: St Illtyds Grammar School
Experience: John is able to benefit his clients and colleagues with over 44 years experience across many disciplines of the legal system. John has worked in general practice dealing with residential and commercial conveyancing, wills, trust and probate matters, crime, family matters and personal injury litigation.

John’s work encompasses the following:
  • John handles complex property and other financial affairs of persons who lack capacity.
  • Matters are referred to John by the office of the Public Guardian and local firm of solicitors.
  • John also deals with other private client work which involves assisting in the writing of wills, the creation of lifetime trusts, planning Inheritance tax mitigation, property preservation, the management of private trusts, estate administration.
Professional membership:
John is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and since its inception John has been on the Court of Protection’s panel of professional deputies, handling complex property and other financial affairs of persons who lack capacity.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404034
Alun Rosser
Alun Rosser
Partner
Solicitor

Conveyancing
Bridgend Office
Andrea Coombes
Andrea Coombes
Partner
Solicitor

Branch Manager/Conveyancing
Talbot Green Office
Claire Davis
Claire Davis
Partner
Solicitor

Cardiff/Newport Office
David Lewis
David Lewis
Partner
Solicitor

Employment / Sports Law
Cardiff Office
Helen Shamo
Helen Shamo
Partner
Solicitor

Conveyancing
Bridgend Office
Jacky Jones
Jacky Jones
Partner
Solicitor

Commercial Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Cardiff Office
Jayne Hunt
Jayne Hunt
Partner
Solicitor

Branch Manager/Family Law
Caerphilly Office
Lisa Newman-Davies
Lisa Newman-Davies
Partner
Solicitor

Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office
Paul Lindsey
Paul Lindsey
Partner
Solicitor

Private Client Department
Cardiff Office
Richard Scott
Richard Scott
Partner
Solicitor

Head of Family Law Department
Cardiff Office
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Name: Richard Scott
Position: Partner and Head of Family Law Department
Qualified: 2003
Education: LLB (Hons) University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Cardiff Law School
Experience: Richard has over 10 years experience in his chosen field of family law.

Richard’s work encompasses the following:
  • Richard Scott is a Partner in Howells Solicitors who have 6 regional offices based in South Wales.
  • Richard has over 10 years experience in his chosen field of family law and is mentioned in the Legal 500 as well regarded for cases involving substantial assets, including offshore trusts.
  • Howells are the only Welsh firm of Solicitors to be recommended by the South Wales and Gwent Police Federations to represent Police Officers in divorce cases. Richard heads up this team and due to his vast expertise in Police Pensions and Financial Splits, a large proportion of his work is from long serving Police Officers going through a marriage breakdown and divorce.
  • As a leader in his chosen field, Richard has been selected by a prestigious film and advertising company and has started filming divorce advice segments which will be appearing shortly on youtube.
  • Although Richard specialises in high net worth divorce work, Richard continues to practice in all aspects of family law including cohabitee disputes, children law as well as cases involving domestic violence.
  • Richard is an accredited specialist in the field of family law and is on the Family Law Panel.
Professional membership:
Richard is an accredited specialist in the field of family law and is on the Family Law Panel.

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Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437477
Sara Miles
Sara Miles
Partner
Chartered Legal Executive

Conveyancing
Swansea Office
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Name: Sara Miles
Position: Partner and Chartered Legal Executive
Qualified: 2004
Education: GCSE, A Levels and Swansea College CILEX
Experience: Sara has worked in the conveyancing field for over 10 years.

Sara’s work encompasses the following:
  • Sara’s current role as a fee earner requires her to manage the day-to-day running of the conveyancing files.
  • Sara is also responsible for maintaining good relationships with key contacts and to attract new business to the firm.
Professional membership:
Fellow of the Legal Executives

Contact details:
Direct dial: 01792 657472
Stephen Hiscocks
Stephen Hiscocks
Partner
Solicitor

Commercial Property
Cardiff Office
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Name: Stephen Hiscocks
Position: Partner / Solicitor - Commercial Property
Qualified: 2007
Education: Stephen obtained a First Class Degree in Law from Glamorgan University in 2004.
Experience: Stephen has dealt extensively with Commercial and Residential Property since qualifying in 2007

Stephen’s work encompasses the following:
  • Stephen is an Associate Solicitor in the firm’s Commercial Property Department.
  • Stephen undertakes a variety of commercial and residential property work with a particular emphasis on commercial freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, together with acting for landlords and tenants in connection with the grant of leases, lease renewals, surrenders and assignments.
  • Stephen also advises on sales and purchases of businesses as going concerns.
  • Experienced with residential property developments, Stephen has assisted developers with site acquisitions, the development of documentation, infrastructure agreements, statutory and planning matters and associated construction documentation.
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Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404027
Genette Jones
Genette Jones
Senior Associate
Solicitor

Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
Richard Thornton
Richard Thornton
Senior Associate
Licensed Conveyancer

Conveyancing
Caerphilly Office
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Name: Richard Thornton
Position: Senior Associate / Residential Conveyancing Department – Caerphilly Branch Office
Qualified: April 2004
Education: Richard grew up and was educated in Cumbria before moving to South Wales and qualifying as a Licensed Conveyancer
Experience: Richard is a highly regarded lawyer with over 20 years’ experience of Residential Conveyancing work.

Richard’s work encompasses the following:
  • Richard handles local residential conveyancing work, dealing with all types of transactions including Freehold and Leasehold Sales and Purchases and Shared Ownership/Equity cases.
  • Richard also deals with new build transactions.
  • Richard has also previously been a Team Leader of a nationwide volume Residential Conveyancing Department of Howells.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 867111
Alison Huggins
Alison Huggins
Associate
Solicitor

Wills, Probate & Asset Protection
Talbot Green Office
Gemma Bailey
Gemma Bailey
Associate
Solicitor

Employment
Cardiff Office
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Name: Gemma Bailey
Position: Associate / Solicitor
Qualified: June 2008
Education: Diploma in Legal Practice – Cardiff University 2005
LLB Law & Criminology – Cardiff University 2000-2003
Experience: Gemma advises both individuals and organisations of all aspects of employment law and has significant experience of providing training to HR professionals for both bespoke training programmes and CIPD recognised university lecturing. She is also a long-standing volunteer adviser for the Law Works Pro Bono Employment Advice Clinic in Cardiff.
Gemma trained with a leading law firm where she qualified as a solicitor in June 2008. During her 11 years’ service there she advised companies and organisations from the public, private and third sector, with a focus on the social housing, health, education and retail sectors.

Gemma’s work encompasses the following:
  • Gemma is experienced in handling complex disputes and has a particular interest in contentious matters. Since joining the team at Howells, she predominantly advises our individual clients on employment disputes in all aspects of employment law.
Client Testimonials
“I want to thank you very much for all your help with my case from the initial picking up of it … through to the end. You’ve been fantastic and great to deal with and kept me informed of matters every step of the way. I really am grateful to you … she is a star”
Mrs P

Professional membership:
Law Society of England & Wales
Employment Lawyers Association

Contact details:
Direct dial: 029 2040 4020
Helen Perkins
Helen Perkins
Associate
Solicitor

Wills Probate & Asset Protection/Conveyancing
Swansea Office
Joanna Ingles
Joanna Ingles
Associate
Licensed Conveyancer

Conveyancing
Newport Office
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Name: Joanna Ingles
Position: Associate / Licensed Conveyancer
Qualified: 2003
Education: Joanna graduated from Swansea University where she obtained her Law Degree LL.B (Hons)
Experience: Joanna has over 12 years experience in residential Conveyancing

Joanna’s work encompasses the following:
  • Joanna handles local and volume residential Conveyancing work dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, shared ownership/equity and newbuild transactions
Professional membership:
Joanna is a member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 01633 227968
Karis Jones
Karis Jones
Associate
Solicitor

Matrimonial & Family Department
Cardiff Office
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Name: Karis Jones
Position: Associate / Solicitor
Qualified: 3rd December 2012
Education: Karis was born and educated in Monmouth. She is a graduate of Swansea University where she obtained a 2.1 Law Degree; she then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course in Swansea University and achieved a Distinction
Experience: Karis trained as a Solicitor at Graham Evans & Partners in Swansea where she spent the majority of her time within the family department. Karis joined Howells in March 2013 and specialises in children law and domestic violence.

Karis’s work encompasses the following:
  • Karis’s main area of expertise is private and public law children matters
  • Karis has also obtained several Non Molestation Orders for those who have been subjected to or are at risk of domestic violence
  • Karis has represented parents in various complex matters where the Local Authority have issued proceedings including allegations of non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and neglect
  • Karis also has experience in dealing with cases with an international element
  • Karis offers legal surgeries on a monthly basis at the YMCA, Huggard Centre and Women’s Aid
Professional Membership:
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Law Society

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Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437478
Tania Garcia
Tania Garcia
Associate
Solicitor

Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Tania Garcia
Position: Associate / Solicitor
Qualified: 2009
Education: Tania studied Criminology at Nottingham Trent University where she obtained her BA Hons. Tania then went on to study the Law Conversion course at Nottingham Law School. Tania studied her LPC at University of West of England Bristol.
Experience: Tania has over 4 years experience.

Tania’s work encompasses the following:
  • Tania enjoys acting in all aspects of residential conveyancing including leasehold and remortgages. Tania enjoys building a relationship with clients, estate agents and introducers by providing them with clear easy to understand information and updates.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437481
Carl Smith
Carl Smith
IT Manager
Cardiff Office
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Name: Carl Smith
Position: IT Manager
Qualified: 2012
Education: Computer Science (BSc)
Experience: 10 years as ICT Specialist at international and national law firms. Followed by two years IT Management at a tier 1 medical legal firm.

Carl’s work encompasses the following:
  • Carl is responsible for the management of all of Howells ICT systems.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404039
Charlene Jones
Charlene Jones
Legal Executive
Conveyancing
Newport Office
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Name: Charlene Jones
Position: Legal Executive in Conveyancing
Education: Qualified as a fellow member of the Charted Legal Executive in 2017.
Experience: Charlene previously assisted in the Residential Conveyancing department from 2012-2014. Charlene joined Howells in 2012 and commenced her training to quality as a Fellow in March 2016. Having qualified in June 2017, Charlene is working in our Residential Conveyancing department in our Newport office dealing with Newbuild transactions.

Charlene’s work encompasses the following:
  • During her time at Howells, Charlene has built up a successful working relationship with some property developers.
  • Charlene deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing transactions, including: freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, which can include new build properties and Help to Buy applications; as well as transfers of equity and remortgage matters.
Professional membership:
Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 01633 227968
Charlotte Emberson
Charlotte Emberson
Solicitor
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Charlotte Emberson
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: 2012
Education: Charlotte studied at Swansea University, 2004-2008, Law and German LLB (2:1).
She then completed the Legal Practice Course from 2008-2009 at Glamorgan University (Distinction).
Experience: Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in February 2012 and has experience in family law and residential conveyancing.

Charlotte’s work encompasses the following:
  • Charlotte deals with all areas of residential conveyancing and acts on behalf of clients in purchases, sales, remortgages, transfer of equity, purchase of freeholds and purchase of leasehold properties. Charlotte raises enquiries, prepares contracts, transfers deeds and communicates with the client, solicitors and estate agents in order to get the transaction completed. I am currently in the residential conveyancing department.
Professional membership:
Member of the SRA.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404039
Charlotte Hewins
Charlotte Hewins
Solicitor
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Charlotte Hewins
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: May 2016
Education: Charlotte Graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in law. In 2010 she went on to study the LPC in Swansea University.
Experience: After completing the LPC in 2011 Charlotte started working in the Conveyancing Department of a firm in Swansea where she was offered a training contract in 2014 and qualified in May 2016.

Charlotte’s work encompasses the following:

Charlotte specialises in dealing with all types of residential conveyancing matters including the sale and purchase of houses, flats, new build homes, shared ownership property and re-mortgages. Charlotte works closely with clients, estate agents and introducers providing them with updates to progress matters efficiently and professionally.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437489
Chris Chan
Chris Chan
Trainee Solicitor
Cardiff Office
Connor Watts
Connor Watts
Marketing Executive
Cardiff Office
Emma Cannon-Jones
Emma Cannon-Jones
Legal Executive (GCILEx)
Swansea Office
Emma O'Brien
Emma O'Brien
Solicitor
Cardiff Office
Hayley Rees-Jones
Hayley Rees-Jones
Solicitor
Wills, Probate & Asset Protection
Cardiff Office
James Horsey
James Horsey
Solicitor
Personal Injury and Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office
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Name: James Horsey
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: March 2016
Education: James was born and educated in Gloucestershire. He is a graduate of Cardiff University where he studied Law. James then completed the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University.
Experience: James trained at Leo Abse and Cohen solicitors in Cardiff, which later became part of Slater & Gordon. James worked predominantly in personal injury during his training, with extensive experience in industrial disease, trade union, employers liability and clinical negligence matters.

James joined Howells in July 2017 and works alongside the Partner of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department, Lisa Newman-Davies.

James' experience gained through handling industrial disease claims has provided him with significant insight into the working practices of claimants employed in heavy industry.

James’ work encompasses the following:
  • Catastrophic injury claims
  • Clinical negligence claims
  • Employers liability and work place accidents
  • Industrial disease claims
  • Public liability accidents
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Criminal injuries compensation authority claims
  • Claims for children
Recent Testionials

“Overall very pleased with the service and the outcome, Howells Solicitors were good at their job and easy to communicate with. I would definitely recommend them. With James Horsay everything was quick and brilliant. Thank you James.”

Professional Membership
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Law Society

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404020
Jennie Read
Jennie Read
Solicitor
Matrimonial and Family Department
Cardiff Office
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Name: Jennie Read
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: October 2010
Education: Jennie completed a Qualifying Law Degree at Oxford Brooks University. She undertook her Legal Practice Course at Bristol UWE whilst working full time as a Paralegal at a reputable Family Law firm in Exeter.
Experience: Having qualified as a Solicitor in 2010, Jennie has continued to work in all areas of family and matrimonial law. In more recent years, Jennie has successfully qualified as a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Domestic Violence and Child Abduction cases. Jennie regularly advises and represents parents in complex children cases involving allegations of domestic abuse and harm, as well as in children cases with an international element.

Jennie’s work encompasses the following:

Jennie advises clients on all matters arising out of a family breakdown, including, children, financial arrangements and divorce and between non-married and same sex partners. Jennie recognises the difficulties faced by clients in these situations and adopts a problem solving approach so as to try and bring about a positive result for her clients, whilst always keeping the needs of children at the forefront of her mind. As a member of Resolution, Jennie is committed to resolving cases by agreement, however she is a confident and experienced litigator and is comfortable advising and assisting clients through the court process.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404018
Kathryn Gilman
Kathryn Gilman
Conveyancer
Conveyancing
Newport Office
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Name: Kathryn Gilman
Position: Conveyancer
Education: Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (currently applying for Chartered status); BSc (Hons) Business Administration (2:1) Cardiff University.
Experience: Kathryn has worked in residential conveyancing since 2005 and during this time has developed her knowledge and experience of residential property law whilst successfully completing the CILEx qualification part-time.

Kathryn’s work encompasses the following:
  • Kathryn handles volume residential conveyancing work dealing primarily with Freehold and Leasehold sales and purchases.
  • Kathryn enjoys working closely with clients and building successful relationships with estate agents to ensure that transactions are progressed efficiently whilst delivering high levels of customer service.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437481
Kim Rogers
Kim Rogers
Solicitor
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Kim Rogers
Position: Conveyancing Solicitor
Qualified: Qualified as FILEX October 2003 and as a Solicitor in November 2006
Education: LPC at University of Glamorgan Pontypridd
Experience: Kim has over 12 years experience in property transactions.

Kim’s work encompasses the following:
  • Kim has worked in all aspects of residential conveyancing including both freehold, leasehold, registered and unregistered, new build , re-mortgage and equity release. Kim also has experience in handling commercial property transactions.
  • Kim’s aim is to enjoy her job whilst providing an efficient and quality service to clients and estate agents to enable all transactions to conclude successfully
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437487
Kimberly Ann Matthews
Kimberly Ann Matthews
Solicitor
Cardiff Office
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Name: Kimberly Ann Matthews
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: February 2016
Education: Diploma in Legal Practice (University of South Wales). LLB Honours Law with Criminology (University of Glamorgan)
Experience: Kimberly has 4 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of commercial and residential property

Kimberly’s work encompasses the following:
  • All aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold, help to buy and shared ownership/equity transactions.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404020
Kriss Payne
Kriss Payne
Marketing Executive
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Kriss Payne
Position: Marketing Executive
Experience: Kriss’s previous experience comes from working within the Private Banking Industry. He has provided various services to the UK’s biggest High Street Banks and their most lucrative customers.

Kriss’s work encompasses the following:
Kriss plays a major part within our Marketing team, liaising with our solicitors and conveyancers, progressing conveyancing matters to instruction and ensuring all conveyance matters run smoothly.
  • Conveyance quoting
  • Contract Preparation
  • Property searches
  • Dealing with initial enquiries from potential clients
  • Leasehold Transactions
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 40 40 20
Leah Moore
Leah Moore
Solicitor
Conveyancing
Bridgend Office
Leanne Higgins
Leanne Higgins
Solicitor
Bridgend Office
Lindsey Kate Williams
Lindsey Kate Williams
Licensed Conveyancer
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Lindsey Kate Williams
Position: Licenced Conveyancer
Qualified: 2009
Education: Lindsey completed her Law degree LLB Hons in Swansea University in 2005 and became a member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers in 2009
Experience: Lindsey has over eight years’ experience working in Residential conveyancing.

Lindsey’s work encompasses the following:
A wide range of experience in dealing with residential conveyancing including freehold, leasehold and unregistered purchase and sales transactions.

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404011
Louise Powles
Louise Powles
Conveyancer
Cardiff Office
Louise Watts
Louise Watts
Business Development Manager
Swansea Office
Marlene Ramsey
Marlene Ramsey
Legal Executive
Cardiff Office
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Name: Marlene Ramsey
Position: Legal Executive
Experience: Marlene has worked in the Private Client Department of two reputable local law firms for the past twenty-five years. She joined Howells in January 2014.

Marlene’s work encompasses the following:
  • Advising on content of and drafting wills and codicils (including tax planning) and advising on preservation of assets from care home fees and re-marriage
  • Administration of testate and intestate estates including the preparation of Inheritance Tax forms, Income Tax Returns and Estate Accounts
  • Creation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Receivership Applications
  • Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404034
Nayo Kirkpatrick
Nayo Kirkpatrick
Solicitor
Employment
Cardiff Office
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Name: Nayo Kirkpatrick
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: 2012
Experience: Nayo qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has a wide range of experience in employment law, personal injury and civil litigation.

Nayo qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has a wide range of experience in employment law, personal injury and civil litigation.

A graduate of the University of the West of England, Nayo prides himself on his ability to take a balanced and strategic approach to the work he undertakes and the advice he gives to his clients.

A key member of David Lewis’ team, Nayo routinely advises both commercial and individual clients on internal grievance and disciplinary issues, negotiating employee departures and settlement agreements where appropriate as well as providing a full range of day-to-day HR support services to commercial clients.

In his spare time, Nayo enjoys outdoor pursuits, keeping fit and plays several sports. Unfortunately, he is also a keen supporter of Manchester United.

Expertise: employment law, personal injury and civil litigation

Professional Membership
The Employment Lawyers Association

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437484
Nicola James
Nicola James
Solicitor
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Nicola James
Position: Solicitor
Qualified: 2008
Education: LLB (Hons), LPC – College of Law, Chester
Experience: Nicola carried out her training in a firm in the Northwest in litigation, residential and commercial property and moved back to South Wales in 2011.

Nicola’s work encompasses the following:
  • All aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold transactions, right to buy and shared ownership.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 437492
Rachel Church
Rachel Church
Solicitor
Cardiff Office
Rhoslyn Baker
Rhoslyn Baker
Solicitor
Commercial Property
Cardiff Office
Richard Jones
Richard Jones
Solicitor
Conveyancing
Cardiff Office
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Name: Richard Jones
Position: Solicitor
Education: Diploma in Legal Practice (Cardiff University). LLB Honours Law (Swansea University).
Experience: After completing the Legal Practice Course in 2010, Richard worked for a medium sized firm in Bridgend before joining the Residential Conveyancing department at our Talbot Green office in January 2012.

Richard’s work encompasses the following:
  • Richard currently works as a residential property solicitor in Howells’ Cardiff head office.
  • Preparing registered, unregistered, freehold/leasehold sale contracts and dealing with pre-contract sale enquiries.
  • Dealing with purchase transactions relating to freehold/leasehold, new build and part-exchange properties.
  • Dealing with transfer of equity and re-mortgage transactions.
  • Richard has developed strong relationships with some of Wales’s leading housing providers, Estate Agents and New Build Developers within the South Wales region.
  • Landlord and tenant disputes acting for our investor landlord clients.
  • Dealing with boundary issues/.disputes.
Professional membership:
Member of the SRA
Member of the Junior Lawyers Division

Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404019
Rob Williams
Rob Williams
IT Systems Developer Manager
Based out of our Cardiff Office
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Name: Rob Williams
Position: IT Systems Developer Manager
Qualified: 2002 Degree – 1999 Diploma – 1992 HND
Education: BSc (Hons) Computer Studies, Diploma in Computing, HND Computer Studies
Experience: Many years’ experience of working as a software developer within the manufacturing, retail and law sectors

Rob’s work encompasses the following:
  • Responsible of implementing the new case management system
  • Implementing and developing new requirements
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404026
Sadie Adams
Sadie Adams
Trainee Solicitor
Cardiff Office
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Name: Sadie Adams
Position: Trainee Solicitor
Education: Sadie studied her Law degree and LPC at Cardiff University.
Experience: Sadie joined Howells in 2013 as a Legal Assistant in the Talbot Green branch. Sadie has since transferred to the Conveyancing department in the Head Office.

Sadie’s work encompasses the following:
  • Sadie deals with high volume residential Conveyancing including freehold, leasehold, unregistered, re-mortgaging, shared ownership, help to buy, new-build transactions and lease extensions.
Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 404036
Sophie Bush
Sophie Bush
Trainee Solicitor
Bridgend Office
Susie Marsden-Allan
Susie Marsden-Allan
Solicitor
Commercial Property
Cardiff Office
Tristan Lewis
Tristan Lewis
Business Development Manager
Based out of our Cardiff Office
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Name: Tristan Lewis
Position: Business Development Manager
Qualified: 2004
Education: Tristan graduated from Swansea University where he obtained his Business Management Degree.
Experience: Over 12 years experience in sales, business development and marketing roles. Tristan worked previously for Julian Hodge bank as a Relationship Manager providing Business Finance for clients and their company. He also has a wealth of experience in the property sector having worked for a large Commercial Finance Broker as their Business Development Manager. Tristan Joined Howells in 2007.

Tristan’s work encompasses the following:
  • Tristan is responsible for exploring new business opportunities, managing and maintaining business relationships and the firm’s marketing (all aspects of Howells’ websites, the content, SEO, pay per click advertising and traditional print advertising).
  • Tristan is also in charge of our corporate marketing schemes and organises the firm’s various marketing events throughout the year.
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Contact details:
Direct dial: 02920 40 40 20
Victoria Best
Victoria Best
Trainee Solicitor
Talbot Green Office


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