Howard Stevens QC has a broadly based common law practice, combining both first instance and appellate work.
Recent cases include a number of high profile inquests, including the Tunisia Inquests (he is also instructed in related civil proceedings) and the London Bridge / Borough Market Inquests; acting for ABTA both in the Supreme Court and on a reference to the CJEU; appeals to the Privy Council; catastrophic personal injury claims; and advising in connection with the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Howard’s appellate work 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 also has experience of the CJEU, and has appeared before the Inter American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, acting for a state party to a treaty.
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, group litigation, inquests and recovery actions, arising from disasters and accidents occurring in the UK and abroad. He is currently instructed in a number of cases involving variously severe brain injury, paralysis and amputation.
"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