Emma Howlett

Emma is Head of Private Client at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors and an experienced legal executive with over 15 years’ experience in the legal field. She joined Thomas Mansfield in 2019 after gaining invaluable experience at a well-known Legal 500 Firm in Tunbridge Wells. She has excellent expertise and experience in dealing with all aspects of probate and estate administration work and also advises on Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. She also has experience with property law and regularly drafts Declarations of Trust regarding equitable shares of property.

Emma also has extensive experience dealing with estate administration work with international elements involved, including dealing with estates where the deceased died with dual nationality status leaving assets in multiple countries, where the deceased was non-UK domicile but had UK assets and where the deceased was UK domicile but had assets worldwide.

Emma is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is studying to become a fellow member in order to work towards her Legal Practice Course and become qualified as a solicitor.

Experience

  • Multiple complex intestacy cases for families
  • Multi-million pound estates with several different jurisdictions involved
  • Estates involving deceased minors
  • Intestate Estates where the family are unknown
  • Highly contentious estates

Memberships:

CILEx

Client testimonials:

Professional and understandable advice delivered in a friendly and helpful way. Would definitely use again and recommend.
Client, UK
I would highly recommend this company as they really do care about their clients and work hard at trying to achieve what they are instructed to do.
Client, UK
Kathryn was lovely, really helpful and supportive. I would not hesitate to recommend her for a will writing service. She discussed my wants and needs and explained the process throughout.
Client, UK
If you need to use a solicitor and you are looking for a company that genuinely cares about your case, acts quickly to HRMC communications, has a sense of humour and is a joy to work with then go no further than using Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.
Client, UK
Emma Howlett and her team showed such kindness to me at such a difficult time. I am very happy with the way they handled matters relating to both Wills and probate.
Client, UK
Emma Howlett was very informative and helpful throughout the process, extremely quick responses via email and very good value for money. I would recommend her.
Client, UK
Such a helpful and professional company, I have used them to help with several legal matter and would confidently recommend them.
Client, UK
Very friendly and very good attention to detail. We could not fault the service given by Emma Howlett.
Client, UK
I had the estates of two relatives to deal with, complicated by my lack of expertise and knowledge. I received excellent advice throughout the time it took to sort these matters out - and all through the Covid-lockdown period too.
Client, UK
The Wills service and advice provided by Beth was first class - she made the whole task from start to end seamless.
Client, UK
Polite and knowledgeable assistance.
Client, UK
As first time buyers we used Emma for a declaration of trust and Wills. Emma was very friendly, helpful and very quick to complete the work. She explained everything clearly in a way we could understand. It felt as though she actually really cared about her clients!
Client, UK
Excellent professional service. Would highly recommend.
Client, UK
I can't recommend Emma Howlett and her team enough they helped me get through probate for my late mothers estate with ease.
Client, London
Emma Howlett returned my call and within 30 minutes had clearly explained my options and calmed me down with her professional expertise. I would recommend without qualification.
Client, Kent
Emma Howlett at Thomas Mansfield handled my late father's estate and did so sensitively and efficiently, especially as it was not straightforward for a variety of reasons.
Client, UK
Fantastic advice and outstanding service and communication.
Client, UK
We were very impressed with the efficiency and care that your staff took in dealing with us and would certainly use you again.
Client, UK
Emma was always willing to answer any questions, as they arose and gave me the utmost confidence that no matter the length of time, we would see things through with a satisfactory result.
Client, US
Will consultation, with outstanding results. Very objective and effective. We would definitely recommend the services to our friends.
Client, UK

 

Riah Sattar

Riah is a Senior Associate at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.

Riah’s work involves resolving disputes involving wills, probate, and trusts. She advises executors, trustees and beneficiaries on contentious private client and probate matters. These cases often involve delicate family dynamics and Riah applies a sensitive and informed approach, considering the personal and often complex nature of these matters.

Riah takes care to understand a client’s objectives before deciding whether the interest of the client is best served through litigation in the Courts or through alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation. Her approach is to resolve disputes pragmatically and at an early stage wherever possible.

Riah is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients and her approach to dispute resolution is proactive, strategic, and client-focused, ensuring every client receives personalised attention and expert legal advice.

Riah graduated with LLB (Hons) law degree from City, University of London and completed her Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Law at the University of Law. Riah qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2018 and cross qualified as a solicitor in April 2019.

Riah was previously a senior litigation solicitor with one of the UK’s leading insurer, representing them and their clients (companies, partnerships and individuals) on high value and complex disputes with individuals and or a larger organisation.

Client testimonials

If you need to use a solicitor and you are looking for a company that genuinely cares about your case, acts quickly to HRMC communications, has a sense of humour and is a joy to work with then go no further than using Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.
Client, UK
Excellent service and extremely fast turnaround as I was only in town for a week. Would not hesitate to recommend this firm. They went out of their way to accommodate my requests. Fantastic job!
Client, London
I would highly recommend this company as they really do care about their clients and work hard at trying to achieve what they are instructed to do.
Client, UK
Professional and understandable advice delivered in a friendly and helpful way. Would definitely use again and recommend.
Client, UK
Excellent professional advice and service to help us draft and complete mirror wills. Fine attention to detail.
Client, London
Very friendly and very good attention to detail. We could not fault the service given by Emma Howlett.
Client, UK
They were prompt and efficient in dealing with my request. Most importantly, due to the nature of the service they were providing (due to a bereavement), they were kind, respectful & compassionate in their correspondence with me. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Client, Kent
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
Very friendly and helpful. Communication was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
Client, UK
A massive thank you to Beth Downes and the team for all your communication with our family regarding the distribution of our late mother and grandmother’s estate after such a long process. Your customer service is excellent.
The Late Joan Ridgers Family
Kathryn was lovely, really helpful and supportive. I would not hesitate to recommend her for a will writing service. She discussed my wants and needs and explained the process throughout.
Client, UK
The Wills service and advice provided by Beth was first class - she made the whole task from start to end seamless.
Client, UK
Considered sensible and incredibly helpful advice from a very professional firm. Highly recommend.
Client, Kent
The whole process could not have been easier. When I first contacted Thomas Mansfield it was suggested that it was all done on the phone or zoom. Most professional. In all an excellent experience.
Client, Kent
They are great!
Client, UK
The customer service was outstanding, and the legal representation was above what I was expecting  I was so pleased with the service I received from Thomas Mansfield Solicitors. They went above and beyond to help me…achieve a qualitative outcome for my mother’s estate.
Client, UK
Did well to quickly organise Wills for my wife and I during lockdown. Would use again.
Client, Kent
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
Emma Howlett and her team showed such kindness to me at such a difficult time. I am very happy with the way they handled matters relating to both Wills and probate.
Client, UK
Such a helpful and professional company, I have used them to help with several legal matter and would confidently recommend them.
Client, UK

Kathryn Tunbridge

Kathryn is a Solicitor at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.

Kathryn provides legal advice surrounding Wills and Powers of Attorney. She also assists with routine Estate Administration and Court of Protection work and drafting Notice of Severances and Statutory Declarations. Kathryn understands clients’ anxiety when instructing a lawyer and believes it essential to act with patience and understanding and provide clients with clear and concise explanations.

Kathryn also has experience working in family law and has worked closely with the solicitors in our family team dealing with divorce, finance, and children’s matters.

Kathryn joined Thomas Mansfield Solicitors as a paralegal whilst undertaking the Legal Practice Course. She qualified as a Solicitor in December 2023. Kathryn graduated with a first class law degree in 2019. She then graduated with a distinction in her Legal Practice Course and Master’s degree in Professional Legal Conduct in 2022.

Client testimonials

Emma Howlett and her team showed such kindness to me at such a difficult time. I am very happy with the way they handled matters relating to both Wills and probate.
Client, UK
Very happy with the whole process from start to finish for getting Probate completed. Great support and no extra hidden costs.
Client, UK
Did well to quickly organise Wills for my wife and I during lockdown. Would use again.
Client, Kent
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
The Wills service and advice provided by Beth was first class - she made the whole task from start to end seamless.
Client, UK
Excellent professional service. Would highly recommend.
Client, UK
They were prompt and efficient in dealing with my request. Most importantly, due to the nature of the service they were providing (due to a bereavement), they were kind, respectful & compassionate in their correspondence with me. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Client, Kent
Considered sensible and incredibly helpful advice from a very professional firm. Highly recommend.
Client, Kent
A massive thank you to Beth Downes and the team for all your communication with our family regarding the distribution of our late mother and grandmother’s estate after such a long process. Your customer service is excellent.
The Late Joan Ridgers Family
Very friendly and helpful. Communication was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
Client, UK
The customer service was outstanding, and the legal representation was above what I was expecting  I was so pleased with the service I received from Thomas Mansfield Solicitors. They went above and beyond to help me…achieve a qualitative outcome for my mother’s estate.
Client, UK
I found the company very helpful and easy to deal with and have no complaints as to the sound and practical advice offered.
Client, UK
So pleased I used this company for my Will. Everything was handled with total professionalism and efficiency.
Client, Kent
Such a helpful and professional company, I have used them to help with several legal matter and would confidently recommend them.
Client, UK
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
I had the estates of two relatives to deal with, complicated by my lack of expertise and knowledge. I received excellent advice throughout the time it took to sort these matters out - and all through the Covid-lockdown period too.
Client, UK
They are great!
Client, UK
Excellent service and extremely fast turnaround as I was only in town for a week. Would not hesitate to recommend this firm. They went out of their way to accommodate my requests. Fantastic job!
Client, London
Excellent service from Thomas Mansfield. Our questions were answered in a speedy and efficient manner. An efficient service was provided tailored to our exact needs. We would recommend them to others and certainly use them again in the future.
Client, UK
Professional and understandable advice delivered in a friendly and helpful way. Would definitely use again and recommend.
Client, UK

Nicholas Garaty

Nick Garaty is a Trainee Solicitor (SQE) at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.

Nick works in the dispute resolution team and assists with wills, trusts, and probate disputes. His responsibilities include attending hearings, drafting, research, and case management. He has experience in a wide range of civil areas such as landlord and tenant, money claims, and interim applications.

Nick previously worked as a County-Court Advocate, building up a wealth of experience in advocacy and attending over two hundred hearings in various areas of law. He then joined the firm as a paralegal for a year before accepting a position as a trainee.

Nick has a degree in Law and Forensic Investigation from Canterbury Christ Church University, and completed the Bar Practice Course with a Masters in Law at the University of Law. He was called to the Bar in 2021. Nick volunteered at a legal support helpdesk throughout his time at university, as well as more recently performing worker compliance assessments for a well-known accountancy firm.

Outside of employment law, Nick has a keen interest in international law and defence; having written papers on international patent law and wartime technology, and the regulations on development of novel weaponry.

Client testimonials:

Excellent professional service. Would highly recommend.
Client, UK
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
As first time buyers we used Emma for a declaration of trust and Wills. Emma was very friendly, helpful and very quick to complete the work. She explained everything clearly in a way we could understand. It felt as though she actually really cared about her clients!
Client, UK
Having contacted Thomas Mansfield regarding an IHT issue, I was very impressed with their helpful and speedy response. Emma Howlett responded to my query professionally and helpfully, with some clear advice
Client, UK
Kathryn was lovely, really helpful and supportive. I would not hesitate to recommend her for a will writing service. She discussed my wants and needs and explained the process throughout.
Client, UK
The Wills service and advice provided by Beth was first class - she made the whole task from start to end seamless.
Client, UK
Polite and knowledgeable assistance.
Client, UK
Considered sensible and incredibly helpful advice from a very professional firm. Highly recommend.
Client, Kent
I can't recommend Emma Howlett and her team enough they helped me get through probate for my late mothers estate with ease.
Client, London
They were prompt and efficient in dealing with my request. Most importantly, due to the nature of the service they were providing (due to a bereavement), they were kind, respectful & compassionate in their correspondence with me. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Client, Kent
So pleased I used this company for my Will. Everything was handled with total professionalism and efficiency.
Client, Kent
Emma Howlett was very informative and helpful throughout the process, extremely quick responses via email and very good value for money. I would recommend her.
Client, UK
Very happy with the whole process from start to finish for getting Probate completed. Great support and no extra hidden costs.
Client, UK
Lovely to meet Emma, delightful young lady down to earth and easy to get on with. Fully explained everything and responded quickly to our messages. We felt very at ease dealing with Emma. Would certainly recommend.
Client, East Sussex
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
I would highly recommend this company as they really do care about their clients and work hard at trying to achieve what they are instructed to do.
Client, UK
A massive thank you to Beth Downes and the team for all your communication with our family regarding the distribution of our late mother and grandmother’s estate after such a long process. Your customer service is excellent.
The Late Joan Ridgers Family
Excellent professional advice and service to help us draft and complete mirror wills. Fine attention to detail.
Client, London
We were very impressed with the efficiency and care that your staff took in dealing with us and would certainly use you again.
Client, UK
Professional and understandable advice delivered in a friendly and helpful way. Would definitely use again and recommend.
Client, UK

Beth Downes

Beth is a paralegal in the private client team at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.

Beth joined the firm in 2021 and supports the team in the drafting of wills and lasting powers of attorney, document preparation and probate and estate administration.

Beth is particularly focused on supporting clients through the probate process and assists with obtaining Grants of Representation, post grant administration and estate distribution. Beth takes great pride in supporting clients at what can be a difficult and emotional time and focuses on building and maintaining strong relationships with her clients.

Client testimonials

Very friendly and very good attention to detail. We could not fault the service given by Emma Howlett.
Client, UK
They were prompt and efficient in dealing with my request. Most importantly, due to the nature of the service they were providing (due to a bereavement), they were kind, respectful & compassionate in their correspondence with me. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Client, Kent
I found the company very helpful and easy to deal with and have no complaints as to the sound and practical advice offered.
Client, UK
We were very impressed with the efficiency and care that your staff took in dealing with us and would certainly use you again.
Client, UK
Did well to quickly organise Wills for my wife and I during lockdown. Would use again.
Client, Kent
Excellent professional advice and service to help us draft and complete mirror wills. Fine attention to detail.
Client, London
Very friendly and helpful. Communication was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
Client, UK
Polite and knowledgeable assistance.
Client, UK
Very happy with the whole process from start to finish for getting Probate completed. Great support and no extra hidden costs.
Client, UK
If you need to use a solicitor and you are looking for a company that genuinely cares about your case, acts quickly to HRMC communications, has a sense of humour and is a joy to work with then go no further than using Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.
Client, UK
So pleased I used this company for my Will. Everything was handled with total professionalism and efficiency.
Client, Kent
The customer service was outstanding, and the legal representation was above what I was expecting  I was so pleased with the service I received from Thomas Mansfield Solicitors. They went above and beyond to help me…achieve a qualitative outcome for my mother’s estate.
Client, UK
I had the estates of two relatives to deal with, complicated by my lack of expertise and knowledge. I received excellent advice throughout the time it took to sort these matters out - and all through the Covid-lockdown period too.
Client, UK
I found Beth to be really helpful with all aspects of probate. Her speed of response, courtesy and professionalism was excellent. I would highly recommend Beth and Thomas Mansfield Solicitors to anyone who needs legal advice services. Also I was in another country and everything flowed seamlessly.
Client, Ireland
Such a helpful and professional company, I have used them to help with several legal matter and would confidently recommend them.
Client, UK
Excellent professional service. Would highly recommend.
Client, UK
Emma Howlett and her team showed such kindness to me at such a difficult time. I am very happy with the way they handled matters relating to both Wills and probate.
Client, UK
The whole process could not have been easier. When I first contacted Thomas Mansfield it was suggested that it was all done on the phone or zoom. Most professional. In all an excellent experience.
Client, Kent
I would highly recommend this company as they really do care about their clients and work hard at trying to achieve what they are instructed to do.
Client, UK
They are great!
Client, UK

 

Nicola Crush

Nicola is a Client Onboarding Assistant in the Wills & Probate team at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.

Nicola plays a key part in supporting the firm’s solicitors with the onboarding of clients. Her role involves liaising with clients, organising client files, ensuring compliance checks are undertaken and carrying out other administrative duties.

Nicola prides herself on her organisational skills and attention to detail, and is passionate about creating a positive client experience.

Nicola is also responsible for overseeing the smooth operation of the Tunbridge Wells office, ensuring that logistical and administrative needs are met efficiently.

Client testimonials

The whole process could not have been easier. When I first contacted Thomas Mansfield it was suggested that it was all done on the phone or zoom. Most professional. In all an excellent experience.
Client, Kent
They were prompt and efficient in dealing with my request. Most importantly, due to the nature of the service they were providing (due to a bereavement), they were kind, respectful & compassionate in their correspondence with me. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Client, Kent
Professional and understandable advice delivered in a friendly and helpful way. Would definitely use again and recommend.
Client, UK
They are great!
Client, UK
Excellent service and extremely fast turnaround as I was only in town for a week. Would not hesitate to recommend this firm. They went out of their way to accommodate my requests. Fantastic job!
Client, London
Polite and knowledgeable assistance.
Client, UK
Thomas Mansfield have proven to be professional, efficient and very understanding, they have helped our family with complicated issues and took the worry out of dealing with authorities, would definitely recommend in the future.
Client, UK
We were very impressed with the efficiency and care that your staff took in dealing with us and would certainly use you again.
Client, UK
Very friendly and helpful. Communication was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
Client, UK
Excellent professional service. Would highly recommend.
Client, UK
A massive thank you to Beth Downes and the team for all your communication with our family regarding the distribution of our late mother and grandmother’s estate after such a long process. Your customer service is excellent.
The Late Joan Ridgers Family
Considered sensible and incredibly helpful advice from a very professional firm. Highly recommend.
Client, Kent
Will consultation, with outstanding results. Very objective and effective. We would definitely recommend the services to our friends.
Client, UK
Very friendly and very good attention to detail. We could not fault the service given by Emma Howlett.
Client, UK
Such a helpful and professional company, I have used them to help with several legal matter and would confidently recommend them.
Client, UK
I had the estates of two relatives to deal with, complicated by my lack of expertise and knowledge. I received excellent advice throughout the time it took to sort these matters out - and all through the Covid-lockdown period too.
Client, UK
Kathryn was lovely, really helpful and supportive. I would not hesitate to recommend her for a will writing service. She discussed my wants and needs and explained the process throughout.
Client, UK
I found the company very helpful and easy to deal with and have no complaints as to the sound and practical advice offered.
Client, UK
If you need to use a solicitor and you are looking for a company that genuinely cares about your case, acts quickly to HRMC communications, has a sense of humour and is a joy to work with then go no further than using Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.
Client, UK
I would highly recommend this company as they really do care about their clients and work hard at trying to achieve what they are instructed to do.
Client, UK