"Ms Howe is a fantastic advocate. She is extremely thorough in her preparation and works tirelessly to get results for her clients. She has a calm yet authoritative presence in court, and strikes the balance between being personable yet professional with lay clients. She is an absolute joy to work with."Legal 500 2021
"Always thorough and always detailed."Chambers & Partners 2021
"A superb advocate; assiduous, persuasive and charming." & "Her advocacy blends deftness and lightness of touch with real steel when necessary."Legal 500, 2020
"Penny is quite simply one of the most impressive practitioners in this field that I have met."Senior Partner, Leading Regional Law Firm
"Excellent care lawyer, always meticulously prepared, easy to work with and approachable."Kiri Patel, Director, The Children's Legal Practice Ltd
Penny Howe QC 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.
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