John Howell QC’s practice spans a broad range in the public law arena, including Human Rights, Local Government (including Local Government Finance), Public Procurement, Social Security and Social Services, Environmental and European Law. 

John is top ranked by both of the leading independent legal directories, The Legal 500 2015 and Chambers UK 2016, as a leading silk. Chambers UK 2016 recognises him as one of the ‘stars’ of the bar 

Star of the Bar – “The “first rate” John Howell QC is “a clever, clever advocate,” says one reverential source. “His breadth of knowledge is utterly extraordinary and he has a comforting way of expressing it.” He is rated by peers and instructing solicitors as one of the foremost experts in local government matters, and has additional highly regarded practices in the related areas of public law, procurement, human rights and community care. “He has a very strong intellect, and is full of perceptive arguments,” reports one impressed peer, while another says that “he is one of the best – he has a good chance of turning a ropey case into a good one.” “He is widely respected as one of the sharpest minds at the Bar,” enthuses one source –“he has a phenomenal reputation that is well deserved.”

In December 2013, John was ranked as one of Chambers UK’s Top Silk Bar 100, in their inaugural listing of the top barristers practising at the Bar of England & Wales. “a formidable intellectual,” who has “the ability to mount an argument that is compelling and persuasive, and will carry the court."

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Public & Regulatory

John's practice has spanned a wide range of public law for both claimants and defendants including human rights, constitutional law, immigration/asylum, local government (including local government finance), liability of public bodies and their officers, public procurement, social services and social security and environment law. He appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

John is recognised as a leading barrister in Administrative & Public law in the independent legal directories.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

John's Civil Liberties & Human Rights practice is as formidable as his Public Law practice and he is recognised as a leader in the field in both of the leading independent directories. He appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

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Environment

John has broad experience of environmental law in diverse fields and he is recognised as a leading barrister in the independent legal directories.

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Procurement

John has dealt with many major procurement cases and is recognised by the independent legal directories as a leading barrister in the field.

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EU & Competition

John has dealt with EU law in a number of areas including public procurement, the environment and social security. 

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Local Government

John has long been one of the key barristers in this area and his expertise is recognised with a 'star' ranking in Chambers UK 2016. A wide range of matters are dealt with under this banner and many of the cases overlap with Public Law and Procurement.

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Community Care

John is top ranked by Chambers UK 2016 in this niche area which overlaps his Public & Regulatory work, which is where the relevant cases can be found.

Achievements

Appointment & Awards

John is a former Chairman of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA). In 2008 John was appointed to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division, including in the Administrative Court.

Selected earlier reported cases

  • R (A) v Croydon LBC [2009] UKSC 8; [2009] 1 WLR 2557
  • R (RMP) v Brent LBC and others [2009] EWCA Civ 490
  • Isle of Anglesey County Council and the Crown Estate Commissioners v the Welsh Ministers and others [2009] EWCA Civ 94; [2009] 3 WLR 813
  • R (RJM) v the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2008] UKHL 63; [2009] 1 AC 311
  • R (M) v Slough BC [2008] UKHL 52; [2008] 1 WLR 1808
  • R (Wandsworth LBC and others) v the Secretary of State for Transport [2008] EWHC 1292 (Admin)
  • R (TC Projects Ltd) v Newcastle JJ and others [2008] EWCA Civ 428
  • Couronne and others and Bontemps and others v the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2007] EWCA Civ 1086; [2008] 1 WLR 2762
  • R (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission and Dexter Montague & Partners v Legal Services Commission [2007] EWCA Civ 1264; [2008] QB 737.
  • R (OSS Group Ltd) v the Environment Agency [2007] EWCA 611
  • R (Western Power Distribution Ltd) v Countryside Commission for Wales [2007] EWHC 50 (Admin)
  • R (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission and Dexter Montague & Partners v Legal Services Commission [2007] EWCA Civ 1264; [2008] QB 737
  • R (Bancoult) v the Foreign Secretary [2007] EWCA Civ 498, [2008] QB 365
  • Couronne and others and Bontemps and others v the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2007] EWCA Civ 1086; [2008] 1 WLR 2762
  • R (OSS Group Ltd) v the Environment Agency [2007] EWCA 611
  • Oakley Inc v Animal Ltd [2006] Ch 337 CA
  • Colonel Munjaz v Mersey Care NHS Trust [2006] 2 AC 148 HL
  • R (K) v West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2006] EWCA Civ 118, [2006] 1 WLR 1865
  • Oakley Inc v Animal Ltd [2006] Ch 337 CA
  • R (Trailer& Marina Ltd) v the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and English Nature [2005] 1 WLR 1267 CA
  • R (European Roma Rights Centre and others) v the Immigration Officer at Prague and the Home Secretary [2005] 2 AC 1 HL
  • Hinchey v the Secretary of State [2005] UKHL 16, [2005] 1 WLR 967 HL
  • The Chagos Islanders v the Attorney General and the Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory [2004] EWCA Civ 997; [2003] EWHC 2222 (QB)
  • Sepet and Bulbul v Secretary of State [2003] UKHL 15, 1 WLR 86 HL
  • R v Barnet LBC ex p G, R v Lambeth ex p Walker [2003] UKHL 57, [2004] 2 AC 208 HL
  • R v Secretary of State for the Environment Transport and the Regions ex parte Holdings & Barnes plc; ex parte Premier Leisure; ex parte Alconbury Developments Ltd; v General Assurance Society  [2001] UKHL 23, [2003] 2 AC 295 HL
  • Case C-440/00 R v Environment Agency ex p Mayer Parry Recycling Ltd [2003] ECJ
  • R (on the application of Westminster City Council) v National Asylum Support Service [2002] UKHL 38, [2002] 1 WLR 2956 HL
  • Magill v Dame Shirley Porter and Weeks [2001] UKHL 67, [2002] 2 AC 357 HL
  • Horvath v Secretary of State [2001] 1 AC 489 HL

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