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.
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.”
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 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.
Our solicitors and staff are highly trained and whatever your legal requirement, we can offer a suitably qualified person to deal with it.
In her first firm Claire worked her way up to a partnership position from her beginnings as a Trainee and stayed with that firm for over 12 years. Throughout her career she has specialised in employers liability and public liability claims and in particular higher value cases. She has also worked as a partner in a large National firm in the north west where she spent almost 6 years supervising teams of qualified solicitors and paralegal staff undertaking personal Injury work.
Claire was delighted to return to her roots to practice again where she began in St Helens, joining the litigation department at St Helens Law in 2016.
Kirsty attended Liverpool Blue Coat School until 2002, then went on to the University of Liverpool to obtain her Law Degree. Upon completing her Legal Practice Course at Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2006, Kirsty took up a full time role at St Helens Law.
Kirsty has been qualified as a Solicitor since 2009 and has practiced in several areas of law, choosing to specialise in Wills and Probate. Kirsty has a wealth of experience in all aspects of private client, including Wills, Administration of Estates and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
In 2014 Kirsty became an Associate Director of St Helens Law.
Nicola enjoys cycling, reading, going to the cinema, shopping with her daughter and spending time at the park with her young twin boys. Having worked in a solicitors’ office since leaving school, she enjoys the different challenges that each case brings.
Nicola attended Rainhill High School and from there attended College. Nicola did not qualify as a Solicitor following the conventional route of going to University. Instead Nicola worked her way up through a law firm, learning whilst on the job and obtaining her qualifications at the same time. This means that when tackling problems, Nicola approaches them with a practical mind.
Nicola has over 22 years experience, in the area of Family Law. She has also been through a divorce herself and therefore as well as advising from a Lawyers perspective, she can also offer advice in terms of practicalities.
Nicola is Head of the Family Law Department here at SHL, having joined the firm in 2016. She has previous experience of Heading up a Family Department at another Solicitors practice in Merseyside.
In her spare time Nicola enjoys living life to the full, enjoying spending time with her partner and children.
He has 20 years experience within the commercial marketing industry, having worked for some high profile companies within the sports industry.
Neil’s responsibilities include all marketing activity both off and online, commercial revenue, budgeting and business development. Away from the office, Neil is a Foundation Governor at a local Primary School and is heavily involved with coaching rugby union.