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SH&Co. ranked as Band 3 Leading Law Firm in The Legal 500 2024

For the 10th consecutive year, SH&Co. has been recognised in The Legal 500 and as the UK 2024 Solicitors Guide was announced on 4th October, the practice has now been ranked as a Band 3 Leading Law Firm for the 4th consecutive year for Family Law (North West).

The Legal 500 is widely acknowledged as one of the definitive guides to the top 500 law firms in the UK, aimed at buyers of legal services.  Published annually, ranked firms are recommended purely on merit and reflect a detailed process of research, analysis and assessment conducted in accordance with strict guidelines.

Here's what The Legal 500 have to say about SH&Co.:

Susan Howarth & Company Solicitors

The ‘amazing‘ Susan Howarth & Company Solicitors provides a full-service offering, and owing to its considerably deep and experienced bench, is particularly geared to act on children, family and injunction cases. Consistent with previous years, the firm has noted a continued uptick in domestic abuse cases including coercive control and controlling behaviour, routinely with drug and alcohol misuse also apparent. Wielding over twenty years of social care experience before founding the practice in 1997, managing director Susan Howarth is a true specialist in dealing with these cases, as well as possessing a portfolio of high-value financial remedy mandates. Accredited family mediator Victoria Poole has particular expertise in agricultural and pension-related disputes and regularly leads child welfare court matters. Nicola Deakin‘s recent work highlights include representing grandparents in Parental Responsibility applications, child relocation proceedings, and complicated Child Arrangement Orders, while David Bannister and Sonia Rickard are also highly active on a variety of matters.


‘I went to Susan Howarth to help with representation with my divorce case and had never expected the outcome that I got, I am so happy and grateful with all the amazing support that all the team had given me and would use them 100per cent again if I had to and would also recommend them to anyone else.’

‘Victoria Poole is an amazing solicitor to use for family court in child matter. She is very knowledgeable and basically handled the entire case herself. I could not recommend her more!’

‘My first impression was how friendly and professional the team were. I discussed my situation with Nicola Deakin and she explained in detail what the way forward would entail, and an estimate of the costs and time frame. I was always informed of proceedings, and they were always exemplary and very professional.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a wife in divorce / financial remedy proceedings. Husband wanted 100% of matrimonial assets and income. The case was settled after FDR resulting in assets divided equally and was therefore a success for the client.
  • Represented wife in a domestic abuse case against husband. Advised client on the need for financial disclosure and disclosure of husband’s pension after separation. Resulted in a satisfactory outcome for the client.
  • Successfully secured a ‘no contact order’, Child Arrangements Order, and Prohibited Steps Order for wife and mother of two in a post-separation coercive control and domestic violence case.

We are incredibly proud of our fabulous Family Team and delighted that they have received this recognition for their never-ending commitment, compassion, enthusiasm, hard work and application of immense expertise.

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  • "SH&Co. dealt with my Court of Protection application so that I might handle my mum's financial affairs - 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."

    Glynn Carter
  • "SH&Co. 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."

    Phillip Bailey
  • "I recently had my will written by SH&Co. - the service was highly professional, quick, easy and I would not hesitate to recommend the company for this service and the way I was dealt with."

  • "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."

  • "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."