Howard has a broadly based common law practice, including both first instance and appellate work. He represented the tour operator in the inquests into the deaths of 30 British holidaymakers in the terrorist attack in Tunisia in 2015, and is currently instructed in the inquests resulting from the London Bridge / Borough Market terrorist attack.
Swift & Ors v Fred Olsen Cruise Lines  EWCA Civ 785: group action in relation to norovirus contracted on a cruise
Dodd v Raebarn Estates Limited  EWCA Civ 349: appeal concerning a landlord’s duty under section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972, and whether the state of the premises amounted to disrepair and a ‘relevant defect’.
Ruddock v The Queen  UKPC 7 (heard with R v Jogee  UKSC 8) – the first time cases in the Supreme Court and Privy Council have been heard together: landmark appeals against convictions for murder concerning the law relating to parasitic accessory liability.
United Policyholders Group & Ors v Attorney-General of Trinidad and Tobago  UKPC 17: appeal in judicial review proceedings concerning whether the holders of life policies issued by CLICO (a subsidiary of the largest private conglomerate in Trinidad and Tobago) had legitimate expectations in respect of assurances given by the previous government and whether the government was entitled to resile from such assurances.
Alves v Attorney-General of the Virgin Islands  UKPC 42: appeal concerning a 6 month limitation provision pleaded by the government in a claim for damages by a state employed nurse for breach of duty of care.
Keefe v Mapfre Mutualidad Compania De Seguros y Reaseguros & Anr (2017): appeal raising the question whether the claimant can rely of Article 11(3) of the Judgments Regulation to join the foreign domiciled tortfeasor to proceedings brought in the UK against its foreign-domiciled liability insurer, in which the Supreme Court made a reference to the CJEU.
Howard has appeared in over 100 applications and appeals in the Privy Council, including important constitutional and human rights cases, but also judicial review, commercial, extradition and criminal appeals – often instructed by foreign governments. For further details of some of these and other cases in which Howard has been instructed, click on the cases tab below. Howard has also appeared before the Inter American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.
As well as a broad range of appellate work, Howard has a substantial practice in catastrophic personal injury and travel related litigation in particular, including jurisdiction and conflict of law issues. He acts for both claimants and defendants and has extensive experience of group litigation and ADR. He is regularly instructed by major tour operators and insurers and has represented interested parties in a number of high profile inquests arising from deaths abroad. Cases in which Howard is currently involved include high value personal injury claims arising from accidents in the UK and abroad, resulting variously in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries and amputations and a number of inquests.
Legal 500 (2018)
Legal 500 UK Awards (2018)
Legal 500 (2017)
Legal 500 (2016)
Chambers & Partners 2019
Chambers & Partners 2018
Chambers & Partners 2017
Chambers & Partners 2016
Commonwealth Lawyers' Association
University of Durham (Modern Languages)
City University (Law)