About the Staff

Nigel Hollings:

Nigel is one of the founding partners who formed Howarth and Hollings in 1988. He is passionate about Conveyancing since doing this role from a young age. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and children and enjoys seeing his friends.

Nicola Howarth:

Nicola is a partner in Howarth and Hollings, since starting the firm in 1993. Nicola is determined to see every transaction through and loves her job. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her children and their dog Annie, going on lots of walks.

Diane Spencer:

Diane joined Howarth & Hollings in 2006 as a Conveyancing Assistant.
Having left school, she attended a Secretarial Course at Keighley College, where she obtained her RSA1, RSA2 and RSA qualifications. She then worked for 23 years for a Local Keighley Firm of Solicitors as a Conveyancing Secretary/Assistant.
She is our friendly, efficient Office Manager and Assistant to Nicola Howarth providing invaluable support to the Department, ensuring the whole process of moving home as stress-free as possible.
Out of work, she enjoys walking, going to the cinema and spending time with her family.

Bethanie Petty:

Beth joined Howarth & Hollings in 2016 as a Conveyancing Assistant, having worked in both Residential and Commercial, as well as Equity Release, in Leeds for some years prior.
Before starting her career, she obtained a LLB Hons in Law with Criminology and is currently studying for her CLC qualification.
When she does have free time, she spends time with her partner and their cat, Badger, as well as baking, cooking and trying to learn French and calligraphy.

Sonia Hussain:

Sonia is currently working for Nigel in assisting the Senior Partner and joined the firm Howarth & Hollings in 2016. Prior to this she acquired a law degree (LLB Hons) in 2014 and is currently now studying her LPC (Legal Practice Course) and MSc at the University of Law to qualify as a Conveyancer/Solicitor.
Sonia is currently broadening her experience and knowledge in assisting Nigel in the field of conveyancing and wishes to specialise in the field of conveyancing once qualified. Sonia enjoys working closely alongside Nigel by becoming more involved in dealing with a range of legal matters within the firm.
Sonia’s spare time is devoted to studying and shopping!

Sarah Hinchliffe:

Sarah is originally from Wakefield, She “escaped to the Country” in 2017 and has been with Howarth & Hollings since then. She worked in Conveyancing in Wakefield and the surrounding areas for more years than she can care to remember!
She is married with two grown up children and a dog. Her weekends are spent walking in the Yorkshire Dales with her husband and Wilf the dog.

Nikki Hird:

Nikki had her first job role was as an office junior in a firm of solicitors in Shipley, after studying A-Levels.
She then began her role as a conveyancing secretary in 2005 in a Skipton firm mainly on commercial matters but after 1 year started to work more in the residential area.
She initially joined Howarth & Hollings in 2013 working for Nigel and assisted him in all aspects of the conveyancing process including sales/purchases, transfers of equity, remortgage. She then left to work for a firm in her home town of Skipton for a year but then returned to H&H in July 2017, once again assisting Nigel.
In her precious spare time, she enjoys walking her dog Larry, spending time with family and friends, reading and Zumba.

Helen Garner:

Helen joined the Residential Property Department in January 2019 as a Legal Assistant to Nicola Howarth.

She has worked predominantly in the financial sector since 1999 taking on various roles within various departments including the Legal Department for 8 years. She then took on a secretarial role for a law firm dealing with Commercial Property for a short period of time before leaving to go on maternity leave in June 2017. Having had her baby she decided it was time to get back in the workplace and was fortunate to be offered the role with Howarth & Hollings.

Helen is a keen on keeping fit, attends numerous classes at her local gym and swimming. She also is keen raising money for charities by taking on challenges like the Yorkshire Three Peaks numerous times and other outdoor activities. She also enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, holidays and eating out.

Shirley Hollings:

Shirley has worked for the office on and off since the firm began in 1988.
Shirley is our valued receptionist dealing with phone calls daily, as well as archiving files and doing immeasurable general office duties.
When Shirley is not working, she enjoys spending time with Nigel’s and hers daughter, together with going to watch Wigan Athletic with their son.

Somia Hussain:

Somia has been with Howarth and Hollings as a junior since September 2016.
Somia was born in Germany and comes from a small town called Oberhausen. She has been living in the UK since 2003 and learnt the English Language in primary school. After studying her GCSE’s, she came to Howarth and Hollings and is gaining a vast amount of experience in the property sector.
She has a huge interest in football, predominately the World Cup, since watching at a young age and loves listening to music, especially Pop and R&B.

Vanessa Bodin:

Vanessa is our Legal Cashier and has been so since 2016. She has worked within the Legal Accounts Sector for over 13 years, having worked in some large firms. She deals with all financial transactions, and also aids staff on HR Matters.
She has two children who she loves spending time with, taking them swimming and going on long walks. She also loves cooking and reading and is also studying her AAT Level 3.

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