Welcome to Howard & Over Solicitors

We offer a full range of legal services and combine professionalism with familiarity.  We take the time to get to know our clients as we believe this is how we can tailor our services to match your individual needs.



Our offices are open to the public, having taken all precautions in the Government’s guidance to protect our staff and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note however that some of our staff continue to work from home during this period therefore all appointments must be pre-booked.

If you want legal advice you can contact us by telephone on our usual numbers (Plymouth - 01752 556606 or Ivybridge - 01752 690123) or alternatively you can e-mail us on plymouth@howard-over.co.uk or ivybridge@howard-over.co.uk

NHS DISCOUNT WILLS - During this period we are offering simple Wills for those working for the NHS (and other front line Covid-19 services) at a discounted amount of £120+VAT (one third off our normal price).  Please contact us to take advantage of this offer.

Our People

Julia Ameer AliProbate Administrator

Harry AustinSolicitor

Donna BakerPartner & Solicitor

Becky BromfieldAssociate Solicitor

Rachel CookProperty Assistant

Lisa CleggFamily Assistant/Paralegal

Natalie CoulingTrainee Conveyancer

Sam EllisHead of Accounts

Catherine EnglishTrusts & Probate Practitioner

Kim HallLegal Executive

Annette HarmerProperty Assistant/Paralegal

Danielle HarrisTrainee Legal Executive

Lorraine KernickProbate Administrator

Jo MelvinAssociate Legal Executive

Jan MillarManaging Partner & Solicitor

Katherine MillmanPartner & Solicitor

Molly NorthmoreApprentice Legal Assistant

Reece ParsonsParalegal

Sharon PearceLitigation Assistant/Paralegal

Sophia PettitLegal Executive

Tim QuinnPartner & Solicitor

Stephen SmithSolicitor

Becky TurnockTrainee Solicitor

Tina WengradtProperty Assistant/Paralegal

Debbie WilcoxAccounts

Julia Ameer Ali - Probate Administrator

Julia works alongside Katherine in the Ivybridge office supporting the private client department including preparing Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and assisting in probate matters.

Harry Austin - Solicitor

Harry is a Solicitor with a degree in Law from the University of the West of England . He joined Howard & Over in November 2014 and since then has undertaken a masters degree in law and business together with his training contract.

Harry undertakes commercial matters alongside Donna Baker, together with residential conveyancing.

Donna Baker - Partner & Solicitor

Donna Baker is a partner and head of the Property Department. 

Donna qualified as a solicitor in September 2005 after completing her training contract with Foot Anstey. Donna has experience in a wide range of property transactions including business leases, business sales and purchases, commercial property sales and purchases, commercial mortgages, plot sales, small development agreements, and residential sales and purchases (particularly the high value and complex matters).

Donna is working from the Plymouth office specialising in commercial property.

Becky Bromfield - Associate Solicitor

Becky Bromfield joined Howard and Over in December 2015 after completing her training contract with Bright Solicitors and qualifying as a solicitor in November 2014.

Becky has experience in both residential and commercial property but currently specialises in residential property in the Plymouth office.

Becky frequently deals with both freehold and leasehold property, new builds, shared ownership, help to buy, leases, lease extensions, development, transfers of land, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.

Becky has lived in Plymouth all of her life and has lived in the Elburton/Plymstock area for the last 18 years.

Rachel Cook - Property Assistant

Rachel works in the property department in our Ivybridge Office, assisting Jo Melvin with regard to property sales and purchases.

Rachel has over 25 years experience in the NHS and came to Howard and Over in 2018.

Lisa Clegg - Family Assistant/Paralegal

Lisa is an assistant in the Family department in our Plymouth office.  Lisa has a vast experience in assisting in family matters including divorce, financial and child matters.

Natalie Couling - Trainee Conveyancer

Natalie joined Howard and Over in November 2015 as a paralegal after working in the conveyancing department at Bond Dickinson LLP.  Natalie is now in the process of training to be a licenced conveyancer.

Natalie assists with both freehold and leasehold property, new builds, shared ownership, help to buy, leases, lease extensions, development, transfers of land, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.

Natalie works from the Plymouth Office.

Sam Ellis - Head of Accounts

Sam is head of the accounts department and works at our Plymouth office.

Catherine English - Trusts & Probate Practitioner

Catherine is a Graduate member of the Institute of Legal Executives and the Trust and Probate Practitioner in the firm.   

Catherine has lived and worked in Plymouth all her life and has more than 30 years experience in the legal profession and 20 years experience in Private Client. 

Prior to joining the firm Catherine worked at Bond Pearce (now Womble Bond Dickinson) for 18 years as a private client paralegal. 

Catherine deals with all aspects of private client work including administration of estates/probate, preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work.

Kim Hall - Legal Executive

Kim’s legal career began in Paignton in 1985 as an Office Junior for a Sole Practitioner. Kim became a Conveyancing Executive in 1989 and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2002 and was made a Fellow in 2004. Kim was Head of Residential Conveyancing for a local Solicitors in the South Hams and moved to be a Branch Manager and Associate in the Teignbridge Area in 2015.

Kim was originally from North Yorkshire and moved to Devon in 1978. Kim has lived in the Torbay Area from 1978 to 2008 moving to Totnes where she still lives with her family and pets.

Kim has extensive experience in residential conveyancing including selling, buying, remortgaging, transfer of equity, buy to let, transfer of title and voluntary first registration.

Kim was formerly Chairman of the Devon Branch of CILEX and also Secretary to the South Hams Business League.

Outside of work Kim’s interests are attending live music concerts, going to the cinema and theatre and being involved in the dachshund community in South Devon.

Annette Harmer - Property Assistant/Paralegal

Annette has worked for Howard and Over for many years and has vast experience in property transactions.  Annette assists the conveyancing department in the Plymouth office.

Danielle Harris - Trainee Legal Executive

Danielle works alongside Jo in the Ivybridge office assisting in residential conveyancing matters including the purchase and sale of properties as well as transfers of equity.

Danielle initially joined Howard and Over under an apprenticeship scheme and after successfully completing a level three in business administration has now worked her way up to becoming a paralegal.  Danielle has now started to train as a Legal Executive.

Lorraine Kernick - Probate Administrator

Lorraine has worked for Howard and Over for many years and has a wealth of experience in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate.  Lorraine assists Sophia Pettit and Catherine English in the Plymouth office.

Jo Melvin - Associate Legal Executive

Jo is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and has worked in  residential conveyancing for 30 years with half of that experience being post qualification. Jo joined Howard and Over in 2007 and works from the Ivybridge Office.

Jo heads up our Residential Conveyancing Department in Ivybridge.

Jo has a wealth of experience in all aspects of residential property including residential sales and purchases (all values), freehold and leasehold property, new builds, shared ownership, help to buy, leases, transfers of land, transfer of equity and remortgages, matrimonial transfers, easements and auction sales and purchases.

Jo has lived and worked in and around the South Hams area for the last 31 years and so has a huge local knowledge.

If you would like a quote for our fees or or to discuss estimates please give Jo a call on 01752 690 123.

Jan Millar - Managing Partner & Solicitor

Jan is managing partner of Howard and Over.  

Jan spent many years as a Higher Executive officer working for the Ministry of Defence before joining Howard and Over in 2004. She commenced her training contract in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

After qualification as a solicitor Jan concentrated on family work dealing with all aspects of family and children work.

In 2014 Jan assumed responsibility for providing practice management support to the firm. Her role includes quality, risk management, compliance, training and human resources. 

Jan is a member of the Law Society's Law Management and Risk and Compliance Groups.

Katherine Millman - Partner & Solicitor

Katherine is a partner of the firm and the head of Howard and Over’s private client department. Katherine qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and joined Howard and Over in 2012, having previously worked at another practice in the South Hams.

Katherine works from the Ivybridge Office and deals with all aspects of private client work including the administration of estates/probate matters, dealing with the administration of trusts and the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Katherine has vast experience at dealing with agricultural matters, coming from an agricultural background herself, and is also able to advise clients on tax planning.

Katherine is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Solicitors for the Elderly is an independent, national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

Molly Northmore - Apprentice Legal Assistant

Molly joined Howard and Over in 2019 and works in the Ivybridge office, assisting Jo Melvin and Katherine Millman. 

Molly is currently doing an apprenticeship in customer service.

Reece Parsons - Paralegal

Reece is a paralegal, assisting Katherine Millman in the Ivybridge Office.

Reece graduated with a LLB (Hons) Law Degree from Exeter University.  Reece has experience in dealing with contentious matters and now works in the private client department.

Sharon Pearce - Litigation Assistant/Paralegal

Sharon works within the litigation department in our Plymouth office as a Paralegal as well as assisting Tim Quinn and Stephen Smith.

Sharon deals with debt recovery matters together with recovering compensation for road traffic accidents using an online portal.

Sophia Pettit - Legal Executive

Sophia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having qualified in October 2010. 

Sophia started as a Legal Assistant in the Private Client department at Wolferstans Solicitors in 2005 following completion of her Law Degree at the University of Plymouth. Sophia joined Howard & Over in March 2018 and is based at our Plympton Office. 

Sophia is experienced in all aspects of Private Client work and in particular, Court of Protection applications.

Sophia is also currently a Trustee on The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (South West).

Tim Quinn - Partner & Solicitor

Tim is a partner of the firm, he qualified in 1990 and originally worked in the City of London where he specialised in professional negligence claims.

Since moving to Plymouth in 2001 Tim has expanded his area of work to include personal injury and clinical negligence claims, but is happy to advise on all aspects of civil litigation, including contested probates and boundary disputes.

Tim is often instructed on cases which have been transferred from another firm of  solicitors where the client has been dissatisfied with the service they have received. With the increase in 'panel' solicitors appointed by insurance companies or trade unions, this is an expanding area of Tim's work.   

Tim is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer (APIL)

Tim's work has included:

  • Recovering over £700,000 for a train driver who was injured at work when hit by an overhead power cable
  • Obtaining a payment of over £30,000 from a national firm of accountants who had miscalculated their clients tax bill.
  • Successfully defended a claim brought by a disgruntled family member who disputed his late father's will. 
  • Claiming £70,000 for a teacher who was assaulted by a violent pupil
  • Securing an admission of liability from the NHS following a botched bowel operation that almost killed the patient
  • Negotiating a settlement of over £90,000 for a client who was required to push heavy loads at work and damaged his back.
  • Successfully suing a firm of solicitors who failed to carry out identity checks on their own client who was a fraudster in a conveyancing transaction
  • Taking an appeal to the Privy Council on behalf of a Hong Kong business client

Stephen Smith - Solicitor

Stephen is a solicitor who specialises in dealing with dispute resolution – Construction, Property and Will disputes

Stephen deals with dispute resolution, primarily on issues relating to property and construction.  He trained at a major commercial law firm in Bristol, qualifying as a solicitor in 2001.  He went on to work for a number of firms in Bristol gaining experience in different aspects of legal work.  He moved to Plymouth in 2015 when he joined Howard and Over LLP. 

He has experience of dealing with disputes in the following areas:-

· Building and construction cases – He acts for parties in relation to disputes over building work and has experience in relation to adjudications.  He has lectured on the topic of building contracts in higher education to aspiring engineers and architects. 

· Property disputes - He has advised in relation to boundary disputes, and disputes relating to ownership of property or over the proceeds of sale.

· Contested probate – He has advised in relation to disputes over wills. He has acted for parties in both bringing, and seeking to defend against, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

· Commercial Landlord and Tenant – He has dealt with dilapidation claims and disputes relating to proposed assignees.

· General contractual disputes – He has advised on general contractual disputes.

He has experience of resolving disputes through negotiation, adjudication, mediation and litigation.  He has previously acted for insurers and the architects and engineers that they insure; an NHS Trust; builders; those providing finance to construction projects and home owners. 

Becky Turnock - Trainee Solicitor

Becky joined Howard & Over in 2018 as a paralegal and has since been granted a training contract with the firm.  She has a history degree from Queen Mary University of London and has recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Law. Whilst undertaking her training contract, Becky is also completing the Legal Practice Course.

Becky works alongside Katherine Millman in the Private Client department in the Ivybridge office, assisting with the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates in probate. 

Tina Wengradt - Property Assistant/Paralegal

Tina has worked in the property department at Howard and Over for many years and gained a wealth of experience in property and commercial matters.  Tina assists Donna Baker and Harry Austin in the Plymouth office.

Debbie Wilcox - Accounts

Debbie works in our accounts department and is based in our Plymouth office.

We are pleased to receive 98% positive feedback from our clients.

Howard & Over have recently received the Law Society’s LeXcel accreditation which is awarded to firms for excellence in practice management and client care. 

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Devon and Somerset Law Society’s awards for Law Firm of the year (1-10 partners).

If there’s ever an issue, we are always just a phone call away. 

Our clients, not profits, are our priority and we trust you’ll be satisfied with our friendly and efficient approach to law.

We have offices in Plymouth and Ivybridge and deal with clients in the around these area as well as the South Hams, Ashburton, Tavistock and further afield.

We cover a wide range of services for businesses 

We can deal with the sale or purchase of a business or premises as well as commercial leases. We have a specialist construction dispute department and also offer a fixed fee debt collection service.

We provide an economical, efficient and professional legal service to our clients. 

Our hourly rates are competitive and we can often offer fixed fees for the work we do so that you maintain control of your budget. 

Our modern offices are convenient to visit and have close parking and disabled access.

We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we fully understand their instructions and use plain English to explain our advice.

We cover a wide range of work for you as an individual. 

This includes personal injury matters (including no win no fee), divorces and disputes over children as well as various types of civil litigation including landlord and tenant matters.

We offer an excellent conveyancing service to make your house move as easy as possible. 

We prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a fixed price basis. We also have a wealth of experience in dealing with probate (the administration of estates), trusts and Court of Protection matters.