Houldsworth Solicitors

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200 Years of Service

John Houldsworth

Solicitor & Director

Based at our Clitheroe office, John is the Head of our Commercial Department.

John qualified as a solicitor In 1973 after attending the college of law in Guildford.

Not only a director of Houldsworth Solicitors and senior partner since 1979, he is also a highly respected figure in the local community, having received the “Pride of Ribble Valley Award” in 2017, an award the whole team at Houldsworth Solicitors are extremely proud of.

John has acted for farmers and landowners for most of his career. Farming and agriculture are 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 an 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.

John believes 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 a way they want. Our diversity, breadth of experience and expertise are our greatest strengths, enabling us to provide an excellent service for individuals and businesses in the Ribble Valley.

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Amanda Hall

Solicitor & Director

Based at our Whalley Office,  Amanda is the Head of our Residential Property Department and has over twenty-five years experience in conveyancing

After gaining her qualifications as a Legal Executive Amanda went on to qualify as a Solicitor in 2005 after attending Manchester Metropolitan University where she completed her Legal Practice Course

She deals with all aspects of residential sales and purchases, mortgages and re mortgages, by to lets, auction purchases and off plan development purchases. Having lived in the area all of her life she can make an enormous difference and has over many years built up excellent working relationships with all local estate agents, mortgage brokers, financial advisors, chartered surveyors and other professionals who may be involved in your property transaction. Amanda and the residential conveyancing team 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, with the minimum of fuss.

Amanda understands what clients are looking for which is to get the deal done as quickly and as smoothly as possible. She is proactive in driving each case 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.

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Marsaya Taylor

Solicitor & Director

Based at our Whalley Office, Marsaya is a Solicitor in our Residential Conveyancing Department and  qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 having attended Manchester Metropolitan University where she completed her legal practice course.

She has been working in the residential department since 2013.

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. 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.

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Ellie Parr

Solicitor and Director

Ellie is a Solicitor based at our Clitheroe Office and qualified as a Solicitor in 2010. She attended the University of Central Lancashire in Preston

With over 15 years of experience in both commercial and our residential conveyancing department. 

Ellie has a proactive attitude and provides excellent customer service that pushes your transaction along so that there as few delays as possible. 

Ellie is based at our Clitheroe office where she works alongside John Houldsworth. Ellie is also the firm’s data compliance officer. 

With Ellie’s experience and the dedication of the commercial team they are able to provide a personal service and a true commitment to get your transaction moving swiftly. 

Coming from a farming background Ellie understands the complexities of this ever-changing area. 

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Saima Khan Haworth


Based at our Whalley office, Saima is the newest member of our Residential Property Department and has more than 5 years of experience in residential conveyancing.

After attending the University of Central Lancashire Preston she qualified as a solicitor in 2015 

She deals with all aspects of residential sales and purchases, including the niche area of Islamic finance.

Saima recognises that buying and selling a home can be both stressful and confusing, and aims to alleviate that by providing an efficient and professional service to every one of her clients

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Victoria Ridge

Based at our Clitheroe office, Victoria is a solicitor and the head of our Private Client Department.

Victoria qualified as a solicitor in 2007 having completed her law degree and Legal practice Course at the University of Sheffield.  Victoria joined Houldsworth Solicitors in 2020, from a well respected practice in Yorkshire where she was also a partner in the firm.

She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an  accredited member of Solicitors For the Elderly and a Dementia Friend.

Victoria deals with all aspects of private client work including Wills, powers of attorney, estate planning, deputyship, estate administration and trusts.

Victoria is friendly and approachable and makes clients instantly feel at ease, especially when discussing sensitive issues.  Victoria offers a personal and bespoke service to all clients ensuring that any advice is tailored to the individuals needs and circumstances of each client.

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Louise Mitchell


Louise is the head of our Family Law Department based at our Clitheroe Office and has over 19 years experience in working in family law.

Having obtained her law degree at the University of Glamorgan and completed her legal practice court at Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy she qualified as a solicitor in 2010. 

Louise gained a first-class honours degree and was awarded the Burnett Special Award for Law. 

Louise 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.

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Catherine Barrett

Legal Executive

Based at our Clitheroe Office with over 25 years’ experience, Catherine Barrett is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is part of the Private Client Team.

Catherine qualified as a legal executive in 2000.

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.

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Ricky Allen

Senior Associate

With over 5 years experience purely in residential property Ricky is our senior conveyancer 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 provide 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.

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Emma Romasanta

Based at our Clitheroe office, Emma works in the property department alongside Director, Ellie Parr.

Having worked at the firm for over 12 years, Emma has worked in all the departments at the Firm. Starting as a receptionist and now recently qualifying as a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Emma is rightly proud of her achievements . Since qualifying, Emma now concentrates on residential conveyancing.

Emma understands the pressures people may go through during property transactions and therefore ensures she provides a personal and straightforward approach for each individual client. Emma believes that keeping everybody fully updated is key and she prides herself on her ability to ensure that each client is fully updated through each stage in the process of selling or buying a property.

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