Howells Ranked in Legal 500 & Chambers and Partners
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Howells Solicitors Successfully Ranked by the Legal 500 & Chambers and Partners

Howells Solicitors

05 Oct, 2023

The teams at Howells Solicitors are proud and excited to have once again ranked 3 departments in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, 2023 edition, maintaining their rankings from previous years.

The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners are independent and impartial bodies that review professional law firms in the UK. They assess the strengths of law firms based on a series of criteria’s, such as client feedback, interviews with leading private practice solicitors and barristers, and their research team review cases the law firms have worked on that year.

Criminal Defence Ranking

Our criminal defence team have ranked in band 1 in Chambers and Partners, the highest ranking available, and tier 2 in the Legal 500 Crime in South Yorkshire division. The team are led by Partners Chris Wong and Mary Rose Macadam.

Family Law Team Ranking

Our family law team maintained their tier 2 ranking in the Legal 500, and specific mentions were made of Partners Alyson Siddall, Sharon Lockwood and John Clegg. The Legal 500 stated:

“The Howells family team works across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley, with Alyson Siddall focusing on high-value financial work, and co-leading the team alongside Sharon Lockwood, whose expertise lies in matters involving tax elements and inherited assets, and John Clegg, who brings extensive experience regarding complex cases involving children. The team undertakes a wide range of family work, with notable expertise in working on complex domestic abuse and care cases.”

The team were also praised by previous clients, who said “Sharon Lockwood was my main contact. Sharon explained every step of my divorce process to me in such a professional yet sympathetic way. She allowed me to ask questions that I needed and always gave the advice with my options. I always felt Sharon dealt with everything so professionally yet with the compassion and understanding of how this was also emotional at times. I would recommend Sharon to anyone.”

Other family law practitioners said “Alyson Siddall is a pleasure to deal with and is very knowledgeable and competent. She also has a very calm manner, which I am sure is appreciated by clients and other professionals alike” and “Sharon Lockwood – family partner – is dedicated to seeking very practical solutions to financial cases. Tenacious but also very realistic at the same time.”

Medical Negligence ranking

Our medical negligence team were ranked tier 3 in the Legal 500 and band 3 in Chambers and Partners, with specific mention of the head of department Michelle Gyte and senior solicitor Jenna Kisala.

Howells provides a broad offering, handling both serious injury cases, including birth injuries and fatalities, and more niche claims arising from transgender treatment, plastic surgery, and mental health. Senior solicitor Michelle Gyte leads the Sheffield-based practice, specialising in complex cases involving fatal accidents, dependency claims, and multiparty actions. She works alongside senior solicitor Jenna Kisala, who has a special interest in birth injury cases, fatal accidents, and inquests.

The Chambers and Partners said:

“Howells is a noteworthy team offering a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. The team has further experience in claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital care, including severe birth injuries and delayed diagnoses. The firm also acts on spinal injury claims, amputations and fatal accidents. In addition, the department possesses significant experience in medical inquests.”

With a quote from other medical practitioners, saying “They are an excellent firm with a strong presence in Sheffield”.

Michelle Gyte was highlighted for her work by other practitioners, who gave excellent feedback by making the below statements:

“Michelle Gyte of Howells is well versed in cases arising from delayed diagnosis leading to amputations, cerebral palsy birth injuries and fatal claims. She is additionally adept at spinal injury cases, including damage due to negligent surgery” another said  “Michelle is an absolutely excellent lawyer; she is so incisive in seeing issues on complex litigation.” “She is very experienced and handles very complex, high-value and demanding claims”

“Michelle is an absolutely excellent lawyer; she is so incisive in seeing issues on complex litigation.”

“She is very experienced and handles very complex, high-value and demanding claims.”

You can email Howells to make an appointment at or call us:

Sheffield0114 249 66 66

Barnsley:0122 680 51 90

Rotherham:0170 936 40 00

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