Houldsworth Solicitors

Phone: 01200 422152

200 Years of Service

Houldsworth Solicitors – effective solutions in most areas of law. From property and matrimonial law to wills and commercial law, our specialist team is here to get the best possible results. We strive to make a positive difference through our commitment to offering quality, cost effective legal services.

You can find more details of all of our legal services below.

Buying and Selling Property

Buying and Selling Property

Houldsworth Solicitors hold the Conveyancing Quality Mark and helped thousands of people move from one property to another. We are proud of our efficient and streamlined service which assists you with the legal processes associated with one of the biggest decisions you will probably make. We ensure that you are confident that the title to your property has been fully investigated and we can advise on additional reports such as flooding, mining, energy efficiency and ground stability.

We also have the expertise of advising clients on purchases of shared ownership properties and new builds and the governments help to buy scheme.

So whether you are buying, selling, remortgaging or have a general property enquiry, please contact us.

More information of what our services include and pricing information.

Amanda Hall · 01200 422152 · amanda@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Marsaya Taylor · 01200 422152 · marsaya.taylor@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Ricky Allen · 01200 422152 · ricky.allen@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Emma Romasanta · 01200 422152 · emma.romasanta@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Liz Pelleymounter · 01200 422152 · liz.pelleymounter@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Commercial Property

Commercial Property

All your commercial property transactions from the acquisition, letting or sale of your commercial unit will be dealt with effectively by our experienced team. We ensure you have a full understanding of the complexities and negotiations ensuring a swift completion.

John Houldsworth · 01200 422152 · john@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Ellie Parr · 01200 422152 · ellie.parr@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Pre-nuptial Agreements

Pre-nuptial Agreements

We all like to think the marriage is forever but sadly this is not always the case – do you have a trust, inheritance or wealth of your own that you want to protect in the event of a divorce/separation? Perhaps this is a second marriage and you wish to preserve your assets for your own children. If this is the case then a pre-nuptial agreement is the answer.

Following a legal decision in 2010 pre nuptial agreements are now legally binding on the parties as long as both have fully disclosed their assets to each other and both have received legal advice.

Contact Houldsworth Solicitors to discuss what legal help and assistance you need in your particular circumstances.

Louise Mitchell · 01200 422152 · louise.mitchell@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Divorce, Separation and Children Matters

Divorce, Separation and Children Matters

When people are faced with a break up of a relationship they may be confused and too emotional to make rational decisions long term. We will listen carefully to your problems and advise you of how to resolve them.

Louise Mitchell · 01200 422152 · louise.mitchell@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Wills, Probate and Inheritance Tax Planning

Wills, Probate and Inheritance Tax Planning

We are delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WICS). This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored wills and probate advice to our clients.

We specialise in probate, inheritance tax planning, Wills and also preparing and registering, with the Office of the Public Guardian, Lasting Powers of Attorney and also registrations of Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Our team can also make applications in relation to Court of Protection matters and can advise in respect of asset protection and care home queries.

Nobody relishes the thought of what will happen when you are gone. Here at Houldsworth Solicitors, this specialised team will provide you with the best advice for insuring that the needs of your heirs are secured and will ensure that your tax liability is minimised.

Having a Will is essential but many people put this off thinking that it is expensive and complicated. This is simply not the case. Contact the team for more information.

More information of what our services include and pricing information.

Victoria Ridge · 01200 422152 · victoria.ridge@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Catherine Barrett · 01200 422152 · catherine@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Agricultural Property

Agricultural Property

Managing agricultural properties and land can often require the advice of an experienced agricultural solicitor. Whether you’re leasing a farm, disputing a boundary or organising the sale of land, Houldsworth Solicitors can guide you to a satisfactory result with the least possible time and expense.

John Houldsworth · 01200 422152 · john@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Ellie Parr · 01200 422152 · ellie.parr@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Court of Protection and Lasting Power of Attorney

Court of Protection and Lasting Power of Attorney

Good mental health is something that we all take for granted.

But there are many life events that can see us lapse into the unfortunate position of mental incapacity, leaving us vulnerable, alone and without help or support.

Appointing an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA) to support your decision making during times of difficulty is essential as without an LPA you will only receive very limited (if indeed you receive any) support from the Court of Protection when medical and social services personnel seek to implement policy, costs driven decisions that directly affect your health and wellbeing; where financial decision making is concerned without an LPA you are further risking direct intervention by outside agencies in the future management of your personal finances.

If however, you are caught out before your situation can be managed more effectively by executing LPAs then it is vital that your loved ones seek competent professional legal advice as early as possible to secure a Deputy Order from the Court of Protection before outside agencies do so on your behalf based on their own policy, cost driven "best interests" grounds that pay little regard to your wish to provide a secure inheritance for your family and loved ones.

Don't then leave it to chance, contact Houldsworth Solicitors now to secure your appointment.

Victoria Ridge · 01200 422152 · victoria.ridge@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Catherine Barrett · 01200 422152 · catherine@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Auction Conveyancing

Auction Conveyancing

At Houldsworth Solicitors we have a specialist auction conveyancing department which is used to dealing with the unique challenges and quick paced nature of buying and selling property at auction. After the hammer falls at auction you are contractually bound to purchase the property so it is extremely important that you are well advised prior to the auction and well represented following the auction by conveyancers with the experience to navigate you through the auction sale and purchase process. We will: -

  • • Prepare a legal pack for prospective bidders which can be accessed from the auctioneer’s website.  
  • • Review the auction legal pack for you prior to auction and provide you with an Auction Purchase Report relating to the property’s title and auction conditions
  • • Report on any issues within the legal pack so that you can bid with confidence on the day of the auction
  • • Provide you with expert advice on all types of auction property matters
  • • Complete on your sale or purchase quickly and efficiently.


Please contact Ricky Allen who is the Head of our specialist auction conveyancing team if you would like to discuss an auction sale or purchase.

Ricky Allen · 01200 422152 · ricky.allen@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Park Homes

Park Homes

Buying a Mobile Home whether it be a new Park Home from the Site Operator or a second hand home from a resident can be a relatively straightforward process however it is always advised that you seek legal advice before and during your purchase.

You should always be aware of your rights and obligations under the Mobile Homes Act to ensure that all of the correct documentation is in place. At Houldsworth Solicitors we have created a specialist service to assist you with your purchase of a Park Home which includes: –

  • –  Completing and checking the Written Statement under the Mobile Homes Act and advising you on the terms and your legal rights and obligations under the statement.
  • –  Raising enquiries on your behalf and checking through the Site Licence and Park rules.
  • –  Preparing a specialist report for you in respect of your proposed purchase with copies of any important documents. This will usually include a plan of the Mobile Home and details of any relevant rights and restrictions.We are able to provide this service at a fixed fee. For more information, please contact Ricky Allen who is the Head of our Park Homes team.
Ricky Allen · 01200 422152 · ricky.allen@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
Notarial Services

Notarial Services

Whether you're looking to emigrate, set up a business, get married or buy property overseas, the process will inevitably require a number of legal documents to be "notarised" - that is to say, drafted, checked and certified by a notary public. A notary public is a specially qualified lawyer appointed to prepare and validate documents for use in foreign jurisdictions. At Houldsworth Solicitors we are fortunate enough to have one of only approximately 750 registered notaries in England and Wales at the firm.

Victoria Ridge can help with authenticating and witnessing documents from around the world, making sure all relevant checks have been carried out as well as liaising with lawyers, embassies and consulates. Victoria is also registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the event that the documents need to be legalised with an Apostille.

Examples of work carried out by our Notary Public:

  • • Powers of Attorney
  • • Job Applications and Visas
  • • Certifying Documents
  • • Company Documents
  • • Trademark and Patent Applications
  • • Legalisation of Documents for use abroad
  • • Preparing documents for purchase or sale of foreign property
  • • Dealing with foreign estates
  • • Setting up a business overseas
  • • Getting married abroad
  • • Notarising overseas job applications and work permits
  • • Preparing and authorising documents for use in foreign court proceedings


Complaints procedure

Fee information

Please note that the notarial services are provided by Victoria Ridge personally and not Houldsworth Hall Limited. The notarial services provided are regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Victoria Ridge · 01200 422152 · victoria.ridge@houldsworthsolicitors.co.uk
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