Howells Solicitors Celebrates 40 Years at the Top of Their Game
Renowned South Yorkshire law firm, Howells Solicitors, celebrates a milestone this October, with 40 years as one of the leaders in their industry. Originally founded in Sheffield, the firm has gone from strength to strength, facing dramatic changes to their industry and even facing severe floods, Howells reflects on their historic time in South Yorkshire.
Originally having 7 offices in Sheffield, the firm decided to reduce down to one main office in Love Street Sheffield, before disaster struck with the great flood of Sheffield in 2007.
“There were tables and computers floating out on the street!” explains head of client care at Howells Solicitors, Heather Smith “The damage was so bad we had to move offices”.
Howells then opened up their head office on Bridge Street Sheffield, giving them a prime location close to both the Crown and Magistrates courts.
In 2004 Howells decided to expand their work in South Yorkshire and open up an office on Ship Hill in Rotherham, and later in 2008 their Regent Street office in Barnsley, both prominent locations in both towns. However Howells is no stranger to having a high street presence.
“Howells was actually the first law firm in Sheffield to have a high street presence” Partner and head of family law at Howells, Alyson Siddall, explains “We were also the only law firm to offer advice on welfare and benefits, and we have always been renowned for our legal aid work. This has always reflected the firm’s ethos of being a client focused company. We have managed to continue to offer legal aid services alongside our experienced and renowned private client departments.”
Alyson, who joined firm an impressive thirty one years ago, also comments on the firm’s long standing history of being an investor in their people “Personally I have never wanted to work anywhere else because of our reputation of offering quality and placing people at the heart of what we do, both clients and our team.
“We have a number of solicitors and paralegals in the firm which have come through training contracts, apprentices and training provided for by us, and I’m proud that we have some of the best specialists in the industry.”
Alyson’s comments are reflected in 2019 as Howells have expanded their family Law and conveyancing departments, and announced the launch of a new training scheme for legal secretaries.
And Howells’ reputation of ‘giving back’ doesn’t stop there, as the firm are active fundraisers for local charities Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Barnsley Hospice. The firms Partner and matrimonial specialist, Sharon Lockwood, is an ambassador for Bluebell Wood “I’m proud to work with Bluebell Wood so closely, and especially proud that Howells supports such a fantastic cause.” The firm is also a proud member of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and actively participates in community events across the region.