Howard Stevens KC was appointed Head of Chambers in May 2022. He has a wide-ranging common law practice, combining first instance and appellate work.
Howard has been instructed in numerous important cases, including:
Howard’s appellate practice is varied, and includes cases in the Supreme Court, Privy Council and Court of Appeal. He is frequently instructed by foreign governments, and has appeared in numerous applications and appeals in the Privy Council – in constitutional, public law, human rights, extradition and criminal cases, including a number of landmark cases. He has acted in two references to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and has appeared before the Inter American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, acting for a state party to a treaty. Most recently, he has appeared in two appeals to the Privy Council concerning the mandatory death penalty (one before a Board of nine judges) and an important case about expert evidence in the Court of Appeal.
Much of Howard’s work has a cross-border dimension, including jurisdiction and conflict of law issues. He is regularly instructed by tour operators and insurers in connection with high profile litigation and advises the travel industry on a wide range of issues. He has extensive experience of catastrophic personal injury claims (acting both for claimants and defendants/insurers), group litigation, inquests and recovery actions, arising variously from terrorism related incidents, disasters and accidents in the UK and abroad. He has been instructed in claims arising in the context of extreme expeditions and ski holidays, has a particular interest and considerable expertise in equine related litigation, and also has wide experience of claims involving allegations of abuse. He is currently instructed in a number of cases involving variously severe brain injury, paralysis and amputation.
“He is outstanding.” - Travel: International Personal Injury
Chambers & Partners 2024
'Howard is an excellent advocate - clear, measured and never puts a foot wrong.' - Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Legal 500 2024
"Howard is a brainbox." "He achieves the gold standard every time." - Travel: International Personal Injury - London (Bar)
Chambers and Patners 2023
"He has incredible attention to detail and can absorb vast amounts of difficult information." "An absolute gentleman and his attention to detail is second to none. He's also very understated and effective as an advocate." - Travel: International Personal Injury - London (Bar)
Chambers & Partners 2022
‘ Howard is incredibly thorough and precise. His eye for detail on the key point or key section from complex documents is second to none. ’ Leading Silk - Travel Law
Legal 500 2022
"A meticulous and well-organised barrister." "A very calm, measured and persuasive advocate. He's also excellent on paper and has great attention to detail." - Travel: International Personal Injury
Chambers and Partners 2021
‘Very personable but as and when required can also be very direct.’ - Leading Silk - Personal Injury
Legal 500 2021
‘Calm and thoughtful, he prepares thoroughly and is excellent with clients.’ - Leading Silks - Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Legal 500 2021
‘Calm, clever, pensive and incisive in equal measure. ’ Travel Law - London Bar ‘He has great eye for detail on particularly complex matters.’ Personal Injury, Industrial disease and Insurance Fraud – London Bar
Legal 500 2020
"He has an acute eye for detail and is very thorough. He leaves no stone unturned and is an impressive advocate." Travel: International Personal Injury – London Bar
Chambers & Partners 2020
He's vastly experienced, superb with clients and capable of distilling the most complex issues and providing straightforward advice. A true leader in the field." "He is incredibly approachable and a very strong strategic thinker who can always see the bigger picture."
Chambers & Partners 2019