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"I met Vicky at one of the most difficult times of my life. I knew I could no longer stay married but was petrified. I did not know how I was going to look after my two children and had no idea what to do. Meeting Vicky was a life saver for me. Her knowledge of the legalities of my situation gave me the confidence to take that huge first step. It is however the compassion and support she gave me that sets’ her apart from the rest. She never let me give up or give in. I never felt alone and knew she was always there. She even assisted in finding a new home for us. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the brilliant work that she did and continues to do for others. She certainly was instrumental in helping me start again and for that I will be eternally grateful." Anonymous

"I was first introduced to Victoria when I consulted Susan Howarth & co for legal advice. Feeling very vulnerable and emotional (never having required legal counsel before) I was greeted warmly by Victoria and within seconds made to feel at ease and confident by her caring and professional approach. In time her expertise, attention to detail and vast knowledge were invaluable to me." Anonymous

"Victoria is one of those rare people who are willing to go that extra mile for others, giving so much of herself. I would never have any hesitation recommending Victoria, and in fact have done so.  Her compassion, honesty and work ethic are to be applauded as is her commitment to others. A credit to Susan Howarth & Co and to her profession." Anonymous

"I was recommended to Susan Howarth & Co by a family friend following the break-up of my marriage in early 2008. I booked an appointment with Vicky Poole for an initial consultation with regards to my impending divorce. I was at a particularly low point during my first meeting with Vicky. I can remember it to this day as I could hardly look her in the face due to the embarrassment of sitting in front of someone to give me advice on potentially getting divorced. I say potentially as Vicky was very clear that we should only go down this route if there was no alternative and no chance of reconciliation."

"I always found Vicky extremely fair, understanding, caring and knowledgeable in all aspects of family law, my divorce from where I was sitting was acrimonious and long winded but she supported me every step of the way with superb advice and knowledge of the legal system: what I could do, ask for and agree too which wouldn’t be to my detriment at that point or in the future."

"From where I was sat in our meetings Vicky always believed in me and that actually meant a lot, when others didn’t, she did and that has fostered an excellent working relationship with her and I will always stop to say hello if we cross paths and what I do think is fantastic is that she always asks about not only my welfare but the children."

"Finally it is coming up to 10 years since we first sat down together and in that time I’ve come along way, but for any legal advice Vicky is always my first port of call and always will be." Anonymous

"I just want to thank you personally Vicky for all your help and guidance over the last few months and taking over my divorce/finances case and supporting me with dealing my difficult husband. I admit I was getting very stressed and unhappy and losing my faith that this would never be over but then you took over my case and everything got sorted with him correctly, sternly and swiftly. Even when out of the office, Susan kindly stepped in and provided help and guidance to me as I had no idea of the whole process and was feeling bullied by my husband - I can’t thank you and Susan enough for dealing with him. I will now be recommended you personally to any family or friends that need a solicitor especially if it involves an ex-husband like mine. Thank you. A much relieved and happy" Ms Michelle Rogers

"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." Anonymous

"Amazing attitude and caring towards its customers in life's most stressful situations!" Anonymous

"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." Anonymous

"Excellent and prompt service. Professional and clear advice provided. Would certainly recommend." Mr G

"Jeanette, thank you. Be proud. I had visited a wealth of solicitors prior to meeting you, trying unsuccessfully to obtain legal aid with my enormous file and shattered heart. Each time I arrived during the free half hour intervals, I cried so much. After half an hour was up I was shown the door politely with no success. I then met with you and you never timed me, you demonstrated empathy and compassion and successfully obtained legal aid when no one else could and have been very patient. X and I are extremely grateful for your dedication and kindness.  We appreciate everything you have carried out and I will stay in touch with you. You have made a difference. If I can do anything for you, I am here in anyway. Warmest affections and blessings Jeanette xxx" Jenny Wood

"By the time my divorce and settlements were achieved, I felt that the firm were friends. The way they listened, giving me as always, a compassionate ear. The advice given resulted in me having an income better than it would have been." L Hilton

"Susan Howarth is a professional, grounded solicitor. She always gave me realistic, sound advice and guided me through a very difficult period with her years of experience and a touch of sympathy. Susan’s PA Leanne and the rest of her staff were always helpful and friendly. Even Alan The Cake Monster!" Karen Duggan


"I’ve dealt with Stephen Jones for many years now – where he goes, I follow. Stephen has provided me with excellent service over the time we have known one another. I would of course recommend him to family and friends." Ian Haywood

"Very professional at all stages and I would highly recommend to anyone." Brian Beswick​

"Caring firm of solicitors who are absolutely on the ball." J. Khan


"I recently had a will written by Susan Howarth & Co. The service was highly professional, quick and easy and I would not hesitate to recommend the company for this service and the way I was dealt with." NC

"Excellent efficient service from very friendly staff. Everything explained to us so that we understood it. Fantastic." Jane Imisson​

"My will needed rewriting. I met a very pleasant female solicitor who dealt with my case very efficiently and promptly. I had two appointments which were kept exactly on time which was excellent. I could not fault the service which I received and would recommend them to anyone looking for legal help at any time." J.Gibson

"Having experienced your excellent Conveyancing service I had no hesitation in using your services again when I came to update my Will. Sure enough, my faith in your Company has not been lost. The whole process, from the initial meeting through to signing the Will took 6 days (including the weekend). I met with Emma Stride on the Tuesday, the Will was drafted as per my instructions the same day & I received the draft in the post on the Thursday for me to check. I then made an appointment to come into your Offices to sign the actual Will on the Monday. I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to my friends/family or in using your legal services again myself if/when needed." Heather Woolley​

"Very friendly staff and I completed my will very quickly. Brilliant communication. Thank you." Anonymous

"I recently had my will drawn up and the process was actually a pleasure! I will always use this practice, thank you!" Sue Austin

"Susan Howarth and Co recently dealt with my Court of Protection application so that I might handle my Mum's financial affairs. As they did such a good job with the application, they were the natural choice when it came to handling the sale of Mum's house. Excellent service throughout. Thank you." Glynn Carter

Settlement Agreements

"Was made redundant recently and Susan Howarth handled my settlement agreement really smoothly and hassle-free. Very friendly and professional service and I'd definitely recommend to anyone in a similar situation." Philip Bailey

"Excellent service, professional staff members, discreet service - I wasn’t made to feel inferior and felt very looked after. Susan Howarth is the first solicitor that I would turn to in future and would also recommend them to anyone needing legal advice and services.  Thank you to all that helped me." Nicola Gibson


"We can highly recommend Susan Howarth solicitors, especially Ray Melia for your house conveyancing. We were most impressed by the depth of knowledge Ray had especially in dealing with all the intricate enquires made by our purchasers’ solicitors. We were kept fully informed throughout the whole process & 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." Judith Lightfoot​

"Highly recommend the conveyancing services. Extremely satisfied with the overall level of service provided by Ray Melia and Julie Brown, who kept me informed at every stage, providing good information & advice. Everything was made very easy for me to understand. I will certainly be contacting you in the near future to update my current Will." Heather Woolley​

"We used Susan Howarth and Co for the sale of our old house and purchase of our new one. Very pleased with the work undertaken for us by Ray Melia." Andrew Glover

"I used Susan Howarth & Co to assist with the purchasing of a new build property. I was very impressed and reassured by the knowledge and experience of Ray Melia in the conveyancing team. The service I received was very efficient and made the process easy for me. Thank you." Rita Huyton

"We have been associated with JBS since the early 90’s – we hold him in the highest regard." The Webster Family

"I was purchasing my house following an unexpected separation from my husband. It was a very sensitive time for me and Ray Melia was very patient in making me aware of buying my property." Delia Jepson

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  • "Extremely fair, understanding, caring and knowledgeable in all aspects of family law."

    Mr P
  • "Amazing attitude and caring towards its customers in life's most stressful situations."

  • "Highly recommend the conveyancing services. Extremely satisfied with the overall level of service provided - kept me informed at every stage, providing good information and advice."

    Heather Woolley
  • "Excellent efficient will-writing service from very friendly staff. Everything explained to us so that we understood it. Fantastic!"

    Jane Imisson