Meet the Team
Who We Are
Howell & Co. Solicitors was founded in 2011 by Treasa Howell, following a career in two prestigious general law practice firms. She set about putting together a great group of experts in a range of fields.
Michael Kelly took over the practice in October 2020.
Our people work as a team and the knowledge within the firm, from law to business and IT helps not only us, but our clients as well. We have great experience in dealing with people and our clients tell us that this comes across when they use our services.
Michael Kelly Principal Solicitor
Michael Kelly is the Principal of the firm having taken over from Treasa Howell in October 2020. Michael trained as a solicitor in a busy city centre firm before moving to a well respected South Dublin firm for a number of years. Michael has extensive experience in litigation, particularly the areas of personal injury, family law, medical negligence and employment law. Michael also has a number of years experience of conveyancing, probate, wills and enduring powers of attorney.
Michael is a Commerce graduate of UCC. Michael qualified as a chartered accountant and worked for over 10 years in finance before embarking on a career in law. His experience of working with businesses both large and small is of huge benefit in helping businesses deal with any issues that arise in a practical and cost-effective manner. The broad range of Michael’s experience is a huge addition to the firm and complements the existing staff in place.
Michael qualified as a solicitor through the Law Society of Ireland and is also qualified to practice in England and Wales. Michael is a member of the Irish Family Lawyers Association and is a member of the Criminal Legal Aid Panel and the Family Law District Court Legal Aid Panel.
Ann Mangan, Senior Assistant Solicitor
Ann has over 20 years’ experience as a solicitor with a particular expertise in all areas of residential and commercial conveyancing, acting for both property buyers and sellers. She also advises clients in the purchasing, selling and letting all types of commercial property. Ann also provides expert legal advice in relation to Landlord/Tenant Law.
Throughout her career Ann has developed extensive knowledge in the area of wills and probate. She also has wide-ranging experience in District Court Litigation, including in the area of prosecution. Ann has a personal interest in other areas of Law, particularly in wardship and care of the elderly. Ann has the sort of experience that puts any client at ease, through her extensive know-how and of course her approachability and friendliness.
Ann holds an Honours Degree in Law from University College Dublin. She qualified as a Solicitor through the Law Society of Ireland. She also holds a Diploma in European Law from UCD. Ann earned a Certificate in Commercial Contracts from the Law Society. This, along with a Fetac level 5 in Bookkeeping has proved invaluable in her dealings with clients from the commercial world.
Rachel Smith, Legal Secretary
Rachel joined Howell and Co. in September 2017. She has the role of principal Legal Secretary. She has diverse practical legal experience and her knowledge is spread around numerous areas including probate, wills and conveyancing. Rachel’s skill with people also comes to the fore when dealing with clients going through the experience of being involved with the legal system. Her sensitivity and knowledge is vital to our work and her management of personal injury* and medical negligence* files is exemplary. She is aware of clients’ personal experiences and works with many people in difficult circumstances. Her organisational skills, her training as a Legal Secretary and her people skills means she brings a lot to the firm and its clients.
Rachel also has extensive secretarial experience having worked for 14 years as an office administrator and purchaser with a busy South Dublin office furniture manufractor. She is used to dealing with the public and a wide range of clients. She’s professional, polite and trustworthy and a great person to have around. Rachel makes things run smoothly. She may be the first person you meet in Howell & Co. and her welcoming approach, knowledge and attention to your needs is a real asset to us and our clients.
Rachel has trained for her Legal Secretary Diploma through Pitman Training. Rachel holds a Dilpoma in Law from the Law Spciety of Ireland.
Loretta Kearney, Legal Executive
Loretta Kearney in her role as Legal Executice assists both solicitors on a daily basis in all areas of legal practice. Loretta is heavily involved in the Conveyancing, Litigation and Family Law sections of the firm and our clients tell us that her knowledge and her way with people sets them at ease. As a Legal Executive Loretta deals with clients on a daily basis and her attention to detail and her efficiency are invaluable
Loretta holds a Diploma in Law from the Law Society of Ireland and also trained with Pitman.