Criminal Law

A centre of excellence for the past two decades, Howells is consistently ranked as the number one criminal defence firm in the north.

We cover a broad spectrum of work, focusing not solely on crimes such as murder, assault, drugs and racketeering but also embracing white-collar crime, complex fraud and motoring offences. Howells lawyers have been involved in many high profile cases over the years and have built a formidable reputation for their energy, determination and advocacy skills.

We also offer a selection of fixed fee legal services, giving you the representation you need without the worry of escalating costs.

The team is focused on getting the best possible outcome for its clients. These are smart lawyers with sharp minds, tough and resolute in their legal representation, diligent and skillful in their investigatory work.

Chambers 2018 

The prestigious Chambers Guide ranks Howells Criminal department as a top firm.

Legal 500 2017

The Legal 500 recommends Howells Criminal Negligence department, saying

“The crime practice at Howells is headed by the ‘proactive, knowledgeable and astute’ John Gibson in Sheffield, who has particular experience in defending clients who are alleged to be involved in gang-related crime. The department has considerable advocacy strength. The firm also carries out legal aid work and is particularly well known for its expertise in extraditions, youth crime, public order law and cases involving civil liberties, human rights and mental health. It has also been instructed in cases involving prison law, and in judicial reviews.”