Howard’s practice combines appellate work in the Privy Council and a broad range of general common law work.
Howard’s Privy Council practice covers constitutional, judicial review, human rights, commercial, extradition and criminal cases. He has a particular interest in the written Constitutions of the Commonwealth jurisdictions and has appeared in a number of important constitutional cases. He acts mainly for Commonwealth Governments but also individuals and companies, and pro bono.
Over the last 10 years Howard has been instructed in numerous petitions/applications for permission to appeal and full appeals. He has appeared in cases from Antigua, The Bahamas, Bermuda, St Christopher and Nevis, Grenada, Jamaica, Mauritius, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The Turks and Caicos Islands and (before they abolished the jurisdiction of the Privy Council) Barbados and Hong Kong. He was in the last appeal to be heard in Downing Street before the move to the Supreme Court, has appeared before the Privy Council sitting in The Bahamas and before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.
For some of the cases in which Howard has appeared, click here or on cases tab to the right. Current cases include several criminal appeals involving constitutional issues, an extradition case (in which Howard is acting for the Bahamian and United States Governments), a judicial review appeal in connection with a public inquiry and a commercial case concerning the provisions of a limitation Statute.
Howard’s domestic practice is also broadly based but consists mainly of common law work, in particular personal injury and professional negligence. He acts for claimants and defendants in equal measure, including a number of the large insurers and has wide experience of group litigation and mediation. Much of his work has a cross-border element.
Howard has particular experience of personal injury cases involving severe brain and spinal trauma, product liability claims, claims against local authorities and schools and travel litigation, including jurisdiction and conflict issues. He regularly acts for tour operators, not only in personal injury claims but also contractual disputes involving foreign hotels and resorts, and is recommended in both the Legal 500 (“outstanding and particularly good at handling Legionnaires’ cases”) and Chambers and Partners (“a thorough and analytical lawyer who is always up for the fight").
Howard also has experience of HSE prosecutions and jury trials in cases involving the police and has a particular interest in animal-related litigation, including Animal Act cases, claims against veterinary surgeons and contractual disputes related to the sale and purchase of horses.
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