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Advocates

Howard & Byrne's strength lies in the quality of its team. Our advocates are:

Colin Byrne
Senior Partner. Colin has a wealth of experience defending heavy weight criminal cases locally, nationally and internationally. This includes Corruption and Bribery matters, Extradition proceedings and investigations that cross jurisdictional borders. Previously recognised as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, Colin is credited by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as being "extremely tenacious", "a real fighter" with "considerable charm and charisma".

Kevin Blount
Managing Partner. Kevin is acknowledged by the Legal 500 to be an "extremely experienced" practitioner with specialist expertise in complex Fraud, Proceeds of Crime (POCA) and Confiscation proceedings. Whether appearing at the Magistrates, Crown Court or Court of Appeal, Kevin is an accomplished, passionate and technically precise advocate who achieves results.

Jacky East
Head of Prison Law. Jacky leads our nationally renowned Prison Law team, representing prisoners before parole hearings or similar tribunals. Recognised by the Legal 500 for her specialist expertise in Prison Law, Jacky has provided lectures on the subject to other practitioners. A gifted advocate who regularly appears before the Magistrates Court and Parole Board alike, Jacky is dynamic, eloquent and powerfully persuasive.

Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks
An experienced Magistrates and Crown Court advocate, Lee-Anne is a respected solicitor and recognised by the Legal 500, whether complex or straightforward. With her forensic attention to detail, Lee-Anne is accomplished in dealing with Fraud and POCA cases. With a particular interest in Animal Welfare cases, Lee-Anne is meticulous, persistent and empathetic.

Caroline Aaron
Caroline is an invaluable member of the Prison Law Team, with a wealth of experience in representing prisoners throughout the United Kingdom. With particular expertise in Judicial Review proceedings, Caroline's technical knowledge is second to none. Appearing regularly at the Police Station and in front of the Parole Board or Magistrates Court, Caroline is astute, dedicated and articulate.

Pippa Carruthers
Pippa adds to our specialist Prison Law team, with a wealth of experience in representing prisoners both locally and nationally. Pippa has specific knowledge and expertise in Prison Recall cases, contributing to academic debate in publications including 'Inside Times'. With a particular flair for trial representation in the Youth Court, Pippa is patient, compassionate and intellectually sharp.

Keith Whitehouse
Keith has a wealth of experience as a police station and Magistrates Court advocate, but is also a very experienced Higher Rights Advocate, with extensive experience of conducting Crown Court trials. Keith has a background in dealing with heavy weight criminal defence and is a strong force in and out of the court room. 

Steve Munro
Criminal Defence Specialist. Steve is a key part of our Courts Martial team, as well as working within our Police Station, Magistrates and Crown Court teams. Dealing with all aspects of criminal advocacy at the Magistrates, Steve is also experienced in Court-Martial matters. Steve is experienced, dynamic and a strong advocate.

James Fox-McGowan
Criminal Defence Specialist. As well as being a key member of our Police Station, Magistrates and Crown Court teams, James also has a background in Prison Law. With a strong presence and ability to match, James is mature, articulate and committed.

Keeley Harrison
Criminal Defence Specialist. Keeley has several years of experience with the firm, and is a part of our core police station, Magistrates and Crown Court teams.  She brings an empathy and ability to put clients at ease. Keeley is warm, approachable and capable.

Partners

  • Colin Byrne
  • Kevin Blount
  • Jacky East
  • Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks

Contact us

Howard & Byrne are available 24 hours a day. Call 01904 431421

YORK OFFICE:
148 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3EB

Tel:  +44 (0) 1904 431421
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 411664

LONDON OFFICE:
The Gridiron Building
1 St Pancras Square London N1C 4AG

Tel: +44 (0) 203 714 5096

Email: mail@howardandbyrne.co.uk

SCARBOROUGH OFFICE:
(by appointment only)

56 Gladstone Lane
Scarborough YO12 7BS

Tel: +44 (0) 1723 655000