Banner Image



Susan Howarth formed her legal practice following a career within the probation and social services, utilising the wide first hand experience she had gained there. After qualifying in law she was determined to provide a specialist practice able to give practical help and provide the sensitivity needed in a wide range of family law issues and in 1997 Susan Howarth & Company Solicitors was born.

The firm was further strengthened in the fields of family law and child protection from 2000 onwards, with the development of the Care Team within the Family Law Department.

Today Susan Howarth & Company Solicitors provides a range of specialist services covering every aspect of family law (including divorce, separation, child law, care, adoption and mediation), commercial and residential conveyancing, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and probate, and services for the elderly.

The firm offers services to both private and publicly funded clients and the company has the benefit of a Family Law Contract and a Mediation Contract with the Legal Aid Agency to enable the efficient delivery to those eligible for legal aid.

The Firm has been Lexcel accredited for 11 consecutive years and specialist staff are members of "Resolution." See our Accreditations page for further specialist areas we are members of. We have also taken pride in recently becoming recognised as one of the top 500 law firms in the United Kingdom in respect of  our family law and care specialism, the firm has been recognised in The Legal 500 for the last 10 years, ranked as a Band 3 Leading Law Firm for the last 4 consecutive years with Susan Howarth also ranked as a Leading Individual for the last 4 consecutive years and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2023. The practice has also been recognised in the prestigious Chambers & Partners legal directory for the last 4 years, ranked as a Band 2 Firm for Matrimonial/Family Law for the last 3 consecutive years and in 2023, both Susan Howarth and Victoria Poole have been ranked as Notable Practitioners.

SH&Co. won the 2023 and 2022 AI Legal Awards for Best Family and Childcare Law Firm (North West).and have been finalists in the 2020 and 2021 Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards for the Family Law Firm of the Year (North).

Please also follow us on  X (formerly Twitter) @SusanHowarth_Co

For more information or to speak to one of our experts, please call us on 01606 48777

Get in touch

  • "My solicitor never left a stone unturned and we got a better outcome than I thought possible. My children and I are forever grateful to her and this company."

  • "We were kept fully informed throughout the whole process and were made to feel like a valued customer. If you are looking to keep the whole process as stress free as possible together with a personal touch, then I suggest you look no further."

  • "Excellent service, professional staff members, discreet - I wasn’t made to feel inferior and felt very looked after. Thank you to all that helped me."

    Nicola Gibson
  • "Very friendly staff and I completed my will very quickly. Brilliant communication. Thank you!"

  • "I was absolutely terrified of contacting a solicitor and of the family court process but I should never have worried – my solicitor was amazing: she not only listened but she was caring, understanding and compassionate."