Position: Partner, Senior Solicitor
Accreditations: LPC and Degree: Merit, BA (Hons) 2:1, Accredited police station representative: 1997, Solicitor: 1999, Duty Solicitor (Criminal): 2000
John Howey is a senior solicitor and founding partner of JFH Law. John qualified in 1999 and spent many years as a partner in a top London law firm before establishing JFH Law in 2010.
John advises businesses and individuals in relation to regulatory law, with a particular focus on quasi-criminal proceedings, including environmental offences, health and safety prosecutions and corporate manslaughter. John’s meticulous case preparation ensures that his clients receive the highest level of service, as well as clear, pragmatic advice throughout the case.
John has higher rights of audience in the criminal courts, which means that he is personally able to represent his clients at every stage of the proceedings.
John is on the list of the Football Supporter’s Federation list of recommended solicitors (www.fsf.org.uk) and takes instructions from football supporters and fans in respect of criminal allegations and any subsequent prohibitive orders, such as Football Banning Orders and post-conviction anti-social behaviour orders.
John also deals with driving offences, representing business clients with fleet responsibilities, as well as individuals facing prosecution for the full array of driving matters, from excess alcohol (drink-driving), careless or dangerous driving, to cases involving death by careless or dangerous driving.
John’s personable character puts his clients at ease, even when they are facing the most serious of cases against themselves or their business, and John has mentored countless trainee solicitors since qualification.
Conspiracy to murder allegation. Successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence against the client resulting in the case being dismissed by the Recorder of London at the Old Bailey.
Counsel for the first defendant in a multi handed banking fraud. The case involved cross-jurisdictional issues and complex financial evidence.
Leading junior in a multi handed murder trial at the Old Bailey. Case involved extensive telephone evidence, requiring detailed analysis. The case also required careful consideration of DNA and forensic evidence.
Multi handed case involving cross-jurisdictional importation of class A drugs. Successfully argued at the close of the prosecution that there was insufficient evidence to proceed resulting in a Not Guilty verdict.
Representing defendant charged with rape of a prostitute. Case was complicated by the fact that the client had two previous convictions for rape, resulting in complex arguments as to whether the jury should be told about those convictions.
Multi handed cash in transit robberies. Case involved careful analysis of cell site and forensic evidence.
Represented one of the student protestors in the “Alfie Meadow student riot” case. Client found Not Guilty by the jury of a violent disorder in Parliament Square, following the Government’s decision to increase tuition fees
Case involving a client who had been convicted of attempted murder in 1995. Due to his mental health issues he was not fit to be tried, and remained in a secure hospital until this decade when the CPS attempted to re-open the criminal proceedings. Successfully halted the proceedings against him following the initiation of Judicial Review proceedings. This was a complex case involving Human Rights arguments.
Conspiracy to steal. Case involved the “London Riots” and concerned over 30 defendants, spanning over 3 Crown Court Trials.
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