Pennine Law Solicitors, who we are...?

Legal Services to meet private individuals' needs

Pennine Law was formed in 2008 by the merger of Dransfield Hodgkinson & Lofthouse of Penistone Sheffield, established in 1830 and William Hoyland Solicitors of Hoyland Barnsley, established in 2000.

Press release January 2014

Pennine Law Limited

The partnership of Pennine Law was incorporated on the 1st January 2014 to become Pennine Law Limited. The retiring Partners have accepted Directorships in the new company.

Press release

William Hoyland, Managing Director explains:

"There are great synergies between the two businesses. We are both high street practices with a reputation for providing personal one-to-one contact with clients. The merger will enable us to call on a broader range of specialist knowledge from both businesses, providing even better service to clients in the areas we operate. In the coming months, the practice has exciting plans to expand. The installation of the latest technology and software will enable us to provide the best possible service to our clients quickly efficiently and economically.”

Pennine Law has the strapline ‘Talk to us first...’, which arises from experience of dealing with legal problems which can very often be avoided if only time was taken to discuss potential problems before they become entwined in legal disputes with consequential costs implications. To this end the practice will maintain a high street presence continuing it’s policy of offering an initial free advice service to all its clients"

Press release June 2012

Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Pennine Law in both Hoyland and Penistone has secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

Pennine Law underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President John Wotton said that the Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the home buying process.

“CQS improves efficiency with common, consistent standards and service levels and enables consumers to recognise practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service.

"Buying a home is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their lifetime, so it is essential that it is done to the highest standard by a solicitor. There are many different conveyancing service providers out there, making it difficult for home buyers to identify those which can ensure a safe and efficient level of service.”

Bill Hoyland Managing Partner of Pennine Law is delighted to have secured CQS status. It is recognition of the high standards provided to our residential property clients and is a signal to future home buyers of the excellent service level we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people.

“The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Pennine Law when buying a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard."

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit

A practice for private and commercial clients

Whilst many clients of all offices are local to Barnsley, Penistone and Stocksbridge we have an established client base throughout Yorkshire and particular links with the surrounding agricultural communities.

Personal attention by qualified personnel at affordable and fair rates

Our business success is dependent on our commitment to providing a high level of service with reliability and at a cost to meet the requirements of our clients.

We are a professional firm and professionalism is the standard ALL our personnel strive to attain.

Easy access to all offices

  • Hoyland just 5 minutes from Junction 36 M1
  • Penistone town centre offices with easy access from Sheffield, Barnsley, Stocksbridge & Huddersfield
Disabled Access at Rear door

Office hours

  • Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Appointments made at any office to suit you
  • Evening/Weekend appointments available by arrangement.

Competitive fees

  • no hidden costs – clients kept informed of costs as matters progress

Free assessment interviews

  • designed to identify your instructions and provide estimates of fees and expenses

All-inclusive conveyancing charge

  • provided by written estimate on request and confirmed in our Terms of Business Agreements.

Land Registry Direct

  • A service which puts all the Land Registry services at our disposal at the press of a button – at no extra cost to the client

OnLine Coal Authority Searches

  • offering results in 48 hours – no extra cost to the client


  • A national organisation of family lawyers dedicated to non-confrontational divorce and other related problems for which Johanna Allen promotes.

Case Management System

  • A database of client’s work in progress, enabling us to identify exactly the stage your matter has reached and notify you or your agent upon request.

Interest Policy

Workforce Diversity Data

This firm supplies diversity data to the Solicitors Regulation Authority on an annual basis as part of its regulatory obligations.  All individuals working at our firm are encouraged to participate in this survey but are not under a legal obligation to do so.

A copy of Pennine Law’s diversity data can be obtained from the Practice Manager.  Your request can be submitted by email to: or in writing to Mrs J Oxley Practice Manager Pennine Law Solicitors Riversdale 34 Market Street Hoyland Nether Barnsley S74 9QR.


William Hoyland - Business & Commercial

William H M Hoyland, Managing Director, originates from Hoyland Nether. Bill has over 50 years experience within many legal disciplines, including residential and commercial property, business sales and purchase, company, partnerships, civil litigation and divorce and employment.

Gaynor L Landon FCILEx - Residential Conveyancing

Gaynor L Landon originates from Sheffield and has over 15 years experience in conveyancing and understands the stresses and strains of buying and selling property.  Gaynor shares the same values as the Managing Partner, maintaining an excellent, reliable and competitive service, focussing on client care at all times. Gaynor is one of the first 100 Legal Executives in the country to make Partner in a legal firm and was invited to an event at the House of Commons in honour of such achievement.

Julian C Salt BSc (Hons) PGDipLaw - Wills Trust Probate & Elderly Client | Landlord & Tenant

Julian C Salt trained and qualified with William Hoyland Solicitors the predecessors to Pennine Law.  Julian undertakes preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Probate Estate and Trust administration; Landlord & Tenant.

Andrea Honeybone FCILEx, MCMI, DMS, MBA - Residential Conveyancing

Andrea Honeybone became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2004 and amongst other qualifications obtained her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Andrea specialises in Residential Conveyancing and brings strength to the existing conveyancing team whilst at the same time develop the Agricultural Law service. Andrea is based at the Penistone office where she also undertakes the role of Branch Manager.

Johanna R Allen - FCILEx - Family Law

Johanna heads the Family Law Department and is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Legal Executives with over 20 years’ experience in this field

Johanna is a member of Resolution which is a national organisation of family lawyers dedicated to non-confrontational divorce and other related problems. Johanna has a sympathetic approach and is understanding of the needs of clients in this difficult period of their life, whether as a spouse, parent or grandparent.

Based at the Penistone office Johanna also undertakes work from the Hoyland office.


Steve Esmond - Employment Law

Steve Esmond qualified in 1998 and works on a consultancy basis for Pennine Law undertaking all aspects of Employment Law. Steve will see clients both in the Hoyland and Penistone offices. Steve is a very experienced employment tribunal advocate and gives advice in plain English with a focus on achieving his clients' objectives quickly and efficiently.

Legal Assistant:

Andrea Cerevkova – BA Comb (Hons) Law, PGCertLTHE, MPhil Law, MBA, FHEA, ACILEx

Andrea joined Pennine Law in 2017 following a career lecturing in law. Andrea’s change of direction to work in private practice has been a welcome addition to our Private Client Department. Based in Hoyland Andrea’s main areas of work are dealing with the Administration of Estates, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Conveyancing Executive:

Michael Johnson - Residential Conveyancing

Michael Johnson originates from Penistone with over 50 years experience in residential conveyancing. Michael is well known in the Penistone community and understands local values.

Practice Manager:

Jo Oxley

Jo Oxley originates from Rotherham and has worked in the legal profession in Sheffield Rotherham and Barnsley for over 40 years.

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