John Houldsworth

Director and the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice

John Houldsworth is not only a Director of Houldsworth Solicitors and Senior Partner since 1979, he is also a highly respected figure in the local community.

John has acted for farmers and landowners for most of his career. Farming and agriculture is an ever changing world and John prides himself on combining Houldsworth’s historic values and connections with up to date advice.

John has the ability to carry out exceptional specialist work in Commercial Law together with unrivalled level of service. He has an in-depth knowledge of both business and property law, allowing you to grow and protect your investment. One of the first needs many businesses have for legal advice is in connection with property. John is able to assist with all aspects of commercial property from advising a tenant on the terms of a first lease through to acquiring ownership of freehold property, advising landlords, resolving dispute issues, guiding property development projects and land options.

‘We believe it is important that we get to know our clients and their businesses well. By doing this we forge new and long-lasting relationships with them so that we can deliver the solutions they need in the way they want. Our diversity, breadth of experience and expertise are our greatest strengths, enabling us to provide an all encompassing service for individuals and businesses in the Ribble Valley’.

john@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01200 422152

Amanda Hall

Director and the firm’s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration

Amanda Hall, Solicitor, is a Director of Houldsworth Solicitors and deals with all aspects of residential sales and purchases, mortgages and re-mortgages, buy-to-lets, auction purchases and off plan development purchases. Amanda, having lived in the area all her life can make an enormous difference. Over many years she has built up an excellent working relationship with all the local estate agents, mortgage brokers, financial advisors, chartered surveyors and other professionals who may be involved in your property transaction.  Amanda and the Conveyancing specialists have the experience, expertise and depth of understanding to ensure that the biggest transaction that many people are likely to make is handled in a professional yet friendly way, and with the minimum of fuss.

Amanda understands what clients are looking for, a deal done as quickly and as smoothly as possible. She is proactive in driving each one through, looking always for practical and commercial solutions. She works regularly to tight deadlines, ensuring her clients’ objectives are achieved. The result of such an approach are consistently trouble-free transactions and a growing list of returning clients.

Houldsworth Solicitors are the proud holders of the Law Society’s Lexcel status which is the Society’s award of excellence in practice management standards along with the prestigious Conveyancing Quality Scheme which is the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

amanda@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01254 825757

Marsaya Taylor

Solicitor and Director

Marsaya Taylor, Solicitor and Director of Houldsworth Solicitors specialises in residential property transactions. Marsaya is based at the Whalley office.

Marsaya is experienced in all aspects of Conveyancing especially help to buy schemes and new builds. She recognises that property law for the general public can appear unnecessarily complex and therefore delivers a first class service that everyone understands. Marsaya recognises that continual communication is the key to reducing the stress that clients often feel when going through a property transaction. The Conveyancing team at Whalley use an electronic Conveyancing system by which clients receive email and text message on various key stages of the buying and selling process. Clients can also log onto the system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to check on the progress of their case. Marsaya and the Conveyancing team know from experience that the things you care about when instructing a Solicitor are the cost, the speed of the transaction and the quality of assistance and advice. Houldsworth Solicitors are members of the CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) which marks us out as reaching a high professional standard in Property Conveyancing.

marsaya.taylor@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01254 825757

Ellie Parr

Solicitor and Director

Ellie Parr is a Solicitor and Director and is based at the Clitheroe office where she assists John Houldsworth.

Ellie provides a pro-active service that pushes your commercial transaction along so that there are as few delays as possible. She has the experience that allows her proper insight that will tackle issues head on well before they become problems. Ellie and the Houldsworth Commercial team provide a personal service and a true commitment to get your property transaction moving swiftly so that you can move on with your life.

ellie.parr@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01200 422152

Fred Wilson

Legal Executive

Whether you’re preparing for the future, or dealing with a loved one’s estate, Fred Wilson, Legal Executive and our experienced team of experts can support you.

Most people find making a Will emotionally difficult and many will have delayed making a Will. Indeed, some 70% of the population in England and Wales do not have a Will in place. A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever prepare, which is why Fred and our specialist team will work with you to put together a Will that not only reflects your wishes and is also legally enforceable. Houldsworth Solicitors can help you mitigate future liabilities of inheritance tax and long-term care fees through careful estate planning. We will even securely store your Will for you, free of charge.

We present sensitive and tactful advice to executors and administrators on all aspects of the probate process. We can assist you with all the paperwork, whether this is an application for probate, full estate planning or administration and we can act as your executors.

We can also help you make an LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney). This is a legal document which allows you to choose someone now (the Attorney) that you trust to make decisions on your behalf about things such as your property and financial affairs or health and welfare at a time in the future when you no longer wish to make those decisions or at such time if you lack the capacity to make those decisions for yourself. It can be reassuring to know that, if you are unable to make a decision for yourself in the future, your chosen person will make these decisions for you. This prevents a stranger, or someone you may not trust, from having this power. It can also be more expensive and time-consuming for family or friends to try to gain a similar power in the future.

Other services include all aspects of Probate, Court of Protection, Trusts and Tax.

fred.wilson@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01200 422152

Louise Mitchell

Head of Family Law

Louise is a Solicitor based at our Clitheroe Office and the Head of the Family Law Department

After gaining a first class honours degree and  being awarded the Burnett Special Award for law, Louise trained locally and joins Houldsworth Solicitors after spending 17 years working at a High Street firm in Burnley.

She has empathy and pragmatism to deal with all family matters and appreciates that in this area of law most clients are experiencing a particularly stressful and difficult time. Louise takes a proactive approach in trying to alleviate as much of the stress and difficulty as possible.

At the forefront of everything she does is Louise’s belief that client care is paramount. She provides practical, cost effective advice to parents, grandparents, spouses and cohabitees in all areas of family law.

louise.mitchell@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01200 422152

Catherine Barrett

Legal Executive

With over 25 year’s experience, Catherine Barrett is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is part of the Probate Team and is based at our Clitheroe office.

Whether you wish to make a Power of Attorney, a Will or need to deal with a loved one’s Estate then Catherine has the skills and capability of ensuring that your case is dealt with quickly, smoothly and efficiently.

catherine@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01200 422152

Ricky Allen

Senior Conveyancer

Ricky is a Senior Conveyancer with the company who specialises in all aspects of property law and is a member of our CQS accredited conveyancing team. Ricky deals with a broad range of property and conveyancing matters although has particular experience in dealing with part exchange transactions for new home providers.

Ricky has become a favourite with, and receives referrals from, many estate agents, mortgage brokers and commercial clients throughout the country and likes to provides his clients with personal, pragmatic legal advice at what can normally be a very challenging and stressful time. With the demands of the modern working schedule Ricky can also accommodate clients with out of hours contact by prior arrangement should the transaction require it.

Ricky is also the head of our Quick Sale Service and Park Homes team. Should you require any information please contact him on the details below:

ricky.allen@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk

01200 411378

Clitheroe Support Staff

Emma, Caroline, Katie, Vicki
Karah, Amy

Whalley Support Staff

Christine, Shannon, Kathryn
Mandy, Rebecca, Julie

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