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.
Julia Ameer AliProbate Administrator
Sam EllisHead of Accounts
Donna BakerPartner & Solicitor
Rachel WebbProperty Assistant
Lisa CleggLitigation Assistant/Paralegal
Catherine EnglishTrusts & Probate Practitioner
Annette HarmerProperty Assistant/Paralegal
Danielle HarrisTrainee Legal Executive
Lorraine KernickProbate Administrator
Jo MelvinAssociate Legal Executive
Katherine MillmanPartner & Solicitor
Tim QuinnPartner & Solicitor
Tina WengradtProperty Assistant/Paralegal
Louisa Wansell - Conveyancer
Louisa joined the Plymouth office of Howard & Over as a Residential Conveyancer in June 2021.
Louisa has worked in Conveyancing for most of her adult life and acts on a variety of property transactions, including freehold property, new build plots, help to buy, new build re-sales, leasehold, shared ownership, re-mortgages and transfers of equity. Louisa works closely with her clients and referrers to ensure transactions can proceed as smoothly as possible. Louisa is currently undertaking training with CILEx Law School to become a Chartered Legal Executive.
Louisa grew up in Hampshire and moved to the Plymouth area when she was 17. When she is not working, Louisa enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her two dogs.
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 - Partner
Becky Bromfield joined Howard and Over in 2015 after qualifying as a solicitor in November 2014. Becky has since been promoted to a partner of the firm and now heads the residential property department from our Plymouth office.
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.
Natalie Couling - 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 a licenced conveyancer.
Natalie has been working in residential conveyancing for nearly a decade.
Natalie 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.
Natalie works from the 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.
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 she worked her way up to becoming a paralegal before beginning to train as a Legal Executive.
Jo Melvin - Associate Legal Executive
Jo is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and has worked in residential conveyancing for over 30 years. 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.
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.
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
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) as well as various types of civil litigation including settlement agreements.
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.