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Richard Howell

Richard Howell

YEAR OF CALL: 2018

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Richard joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2019, following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Martin Chamberlain QC, Tony Singla and Marie Demetriou QC. He is now developing a broad practice across all of Chambers’ main practice areas, including public, EU, commercial and competition law.

Examples of current and recent instructions include:

  • R (Miller) v Prime Minister – junior counsel to the Prime Minister in the English prorogation litigation before the Divisional Court and Supreme Court.
  • R (Liberty) v Prime Minister – junior counsel to the Prime Minister in English proceedings concerning the EU (Withdrawal) (No.2) Act 2019 (‘the Benn Act’).
  • Office Depot v Holdam and others – acting in follow-on damages claim arising out of the Envelopes cartel (with Marie Demetriou QC).
  • Advising in relation to competition investigations.
  • Advising in relation to an auditor’s negligence claim.

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  • Public Law M

    Examples of current and recent instructions include:

    • Junior counsel for the Government in the English judicial reviews concerning the EU (Withdrawal) (No.2) Act 2019 (‘the Benn Act’), including R (Liberty) v Prime Minister [2019] EWCA Civ 1761 (prerogative powers, the frustration principle, and judicial comity cases between UK jurisdictions in public law cases).
    • Junior counsel for the Government in R (Miller) v Prime Minister in the Divisional Court [2019] EWHC 2381 (QB) and Supreme Court  [2019] 3 WLR 589 (concerning prorogation, prerogative powers, justiciability, parliamentary sovereignty, and art. IX of the Bill of Rights).

    As a pupil, Richard assisted in a range of public law matters, including:

    • R (British Telecommunications plc) v HM Treasury [2019] Pens LR 2019 (judicial review in the Divisional Court on powers to index public sector pensions, improper purpose and A1P1, with Martin Chamberlain QC and Tim Johnston).
    • R (Privacy International) v IPT [2019] 2 WLR 1219 (an intervention in the Supreme Court on the interpretation and permissibility of clauses ousting judicial review, with Martin Chamberlain QC and David Heaton).
    • R (BF (Eritrea)) v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 872 (intervention in judicial review of the legality of the Home Office’s age assessment policy, with Martin Chamberlain QC).
    • R (Advanz Pharma Corp) v CMA [2019] EWHC 1605 (Admin) (judicial review on procedural fairness and rationality of CMA investigative decisions, with Marie Demetriou QC).
    • Advice on bodies subject to the public sector equality duty, the amenability of the Attorney General to judicial review, the ambit of public sector pay guidelines and the introduction of new rules for pending applications (with Martin Chamberlain QC).
    • Advice on the foreign act of state doctrine and the statutory presumption against extraterritoriality (with Marie Demetriou QC).
  • EU/Competition M

    Examples of current and recent instructions include:

    • Richard is currently instructed by the claimants in Office Depot v Holdam and others, a follow-on damages claim arising out of the envelopes cartel.
    • Richard acts in a separate follow-on damages action in the High Court.
    • He is also instructed to advise in relation to ongoing competition investigations.

    As a pupil, Richard assisted in a range of EU/competition cases, including:

    • Micula v Romania (appeal and cross-appeal to Supreme Court on EU law, the Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Act 1966 and Brexit, with Marie Demetriou QC and Hugo Leith).
    • Personnel Hygiene Services v CMA (judicial review of remedy on merger reference, with Marie Demetriou QC and Tom Pascoe).
    • Ping Europe Limited v CMA – (restrictions of competition by object, with Marie Demetriou QC).
    • Gubeladze v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] 3 WLR 71 (‘goldplating’ of EU directives, with Martin Chamberlain QC).
    • Electro Rent Corp v CMA [2019] CAT 4 (breach of interim order during merger control reference, with Marie Demetriou QC).
  • Commercial M

    Examples of current and recent instructions include:

    • Office Depot v Holdham [2019] 4 WLR 120, led by Marie Demetriou QC (relationship between CPR Part 11 and article 30 of the Brussels Regulation, and whether there is a presumption of a stay under article 30).
    • Richard is currently instructed in an auditor’s negligence claim.

    As a pupil, he assisted in a range of commercial matters, including:

    • Vasant v NHS Commissioning Board [2019] EWCA Civ 1245 (uncertain contracts and reference to extrinsic material in interpretation, with Marie Demetriou QC).
    • Harbour Fund III, LP v Kazakhstan Kagazy plc and others (construction of litigation funding agreement and relationship between damages and costs, (with Tony Singla).
    • An arbitration involving a delay claim and alleged economic torts (with Tony Singla).
    • Chu v Borrelli [2019] HKCA 622 (redemption of share mortgages, with Charles Hollander QC).
    • Advice on privilege, jurisdiction against EU and non-EU defendants, applicable law, an application for a freezing injunction and the construction of the Accountancy Scheme (with Tony Singla).
  • Education and qualifications M

    Education and qualifications

    • 2017-2018: BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding)
    • 2014-2015: GDL, City Law School (Distinction)
    • 2011-2014: BA, History, Wadham College, Oxford (1st class)

    Scholarships and Prizes

    Honourable Society of Middle Temple:

    • Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize

    City Law School:

    • Barstow Scholarship
    • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Prize

    Wadham College, University of Oxford:

    • Gibbs Book Prize
    • Cheney Prize
    • Undergraduate scholarships

    Other experience

    Before coming to the Bar, Richard worked for a year in politics, providing policy advice and assistance to cabinet ministers, MPs and peers.