John Howard

John Howard qualified in 1985, and has since then practised exclusively in criminal law, both as a Duty Solicitor and as a Higher Court Advocate.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal defence work, acting in the Strangeways prison riots.  He has acted for Doctors, Psychiatrists and Teachers accused of serious sexual assaults, and is an expert in fraud cases, including dealing with the Ritz Hotel fraud.

His amenable manner endears him to judges, magistrates, and clients most of all, as he is a steadying influence at times of great stress.

He is the Criminal Representative on the Committee of the Yorkshire Law Society, and currently Under Sheriff of the City of York.


Notable Cases

R.v R - Murder of sisters partner in frenzied knife attack. Acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

R. V W - Defendant both identified and linked with DNA to night time dwelling house burglary. Acquitted following trial.

R. v B - Defendant charged with carrying offensive weapon. Knuckle duster in court premises. Acquitted following trial.

R. v P - Defendant charged with significant conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Charges dropped after fitness to plead arguments