At St Helens Law our Board of Directors oversees the delivery of our high quality, client-focused legal services. With experienced and dedicated staff at all levels, our success in achieving our mission is demonstrated by the high number of clients who return to us again and again.
In 1979 Howard’s legal career began working for a regional firm in Liverpool, before moving to St Helens in 1983. Now with two daughters, a son and a grandson, he is actively involved in Club Cricket at Prescot and Odyssey, and also junior football. As well as being a past President of Prescot Rotary Club and former Chairman of Huyton Round Table.
Howard is currently a Charity Trustee, having a special interest in education and the well-being of animals, and is frequently asked to advise owners of animals of their obligations and rights under the Animals Act. He is also a school governor at Prescot School.
Howard’s legal work now focuses mainly on dispute resolution, both as an advisor and as a mediator, and he is often asked to mediate in civil disputes and family cases in relation to children or finances. He also mediates land disputes, including boundaries, rights of way and ownership, and in cases relating to to wills and the rights of elderly clients with regard to care and family/finance issues.
As part of Howard’s mediation work he is a panel member of Mediate Legal, a panel that is accredited by the Ministry of Justice and the Civil Mediation Council, and is a visiting panel member at Wandsworth Mediation Centre in London.
Howard has appeared at many tribunals involving employment, discrimination and redundancy issues. He has also appeared on behalf of registrants before the Health Care Professionals Tribunal in relation to challenges to their continued registration.
Howard states, “My eclectic practice deals with high value professional and clinical negligence litigation, and I have a particular interest in litigation following land transactions and/or conveyancing carried out by solicitors. Above all I enjoy giving a voice to people in matters to do with their freedoms, and assisting in cases where authority has been wrongfully or aggressively imposed.”
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Kate has worked in Law, alongside fellow Directors Howard and Deborah, for over 25 years. After taking a 3 year break to attend University of Hertfordshire, she graduated with a Joint Honours degree in Human Resources and European Business. Kate then rejoined her colleagues and studied for CPE (law conversion with College of Law) and LPC (Liverpool John Moores) whilst working at the same time.
After qualifying as a solicitor in 2002 Kate first worked for a large Liverpool firm, then rejoined Howard, Deborah and Barbara at St Helens Law before joining the Board of Directors in 2005.
Since 2004 Kate has also been Honorary Solicitor for the St Helens Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Deborah has worked in the legal profession since 1985, when she began her career at a local firm with Howard Nulty.
Deborah completed the Legal Practice Course at Liverpool John Moores University in 2002, having graduated with Distinction and was awarded the Law Society Prize for Merseyside region for the year 2002. She then went on to teach Civil Litigation on the very same course.
Over the years, Deborah has worked in Personal Injury, Matrimonial, Conveyancing and Criminal departments and is the Supervisor of the Personal Injury Department. Deborah practices Personal Injury law, including Road Traffic Accidents. She has also worked on contract disputes, employment law disputes, debt matters and private landlord tenancy evictions.