Penny was called to the Bar in 1991 and took Silk in 2017. She acts in all aspects of the law relating to children. In public law Penny represents local authorities, parents, guardians and competent children. She has particular expertise in cases which involve death and non-accidental injuries, allegations of serious sexual abuse, factitious and induced illness, child trafficking and cross examination of expert and vulnerable witnesses. In private law Penny acts in disputes between parents and other significant adults including cases involving serious harm, and internal and international relocation. Penny also has considerable experience in proceedings relating to press injunctions arising out of public law proceedings.
Penny was a member of the RCVS’ Preliminary Investigation Committee from 2013 to 2018. From 2014 to 2017 (and the employment of case examiners) Penny was a lay Chair of the GDC’s Investigating Committee. From 2016-2017, Penny was a Deputy Chair of the GOC’s Investigating Committee. Since 2015, Penny has been a lay member of the GOC’s Fitness to Practise Committee.
Penny has been a legal assessor for the NMC since 2016, and was recently appointed a legal assessor for the HCPC.
"excellent care lawyer, always meticulously prepared , easy to work with and approachable. Very good with lay clients and Guardians and tenacious when she has to be" Kiri Patel, Director; The Children’s Legal Practice Ltd
"I have instructed Penny Howe on a considerable number of largely difficult and challenging Public Law cases over a significant number of years. The service she has provided has been of a consistently high standard and as a solicitor I know I will be well supported by her. It is clear from her grasp of the case and the issues, that she understands the importance of thorough preparation, and her advocacy and legal skills are significant with many witnesses being lulled into a false sense of security by her deceptively gentle tones. She is able to build and maintain relationships with Clients often in difficult and challenging circumstances. Clients have often commented upon how supported by her they have felt during Court proceedings". Partner, Law Firm Hampshire
"I have had the pleasure of both instructing Penny Howe and being her opponent in many care and related cases over the years. Penny is quite simply one of the most impressive practitioners in this field that I have met combining excellent advocacy skills and always fully prepared but combined with a happy and friendly style which is most engaging. She is my regular first choice of counsel and will I hope continue to be so for years to come". Senior Partner, Leading Regional Law Firm.