Christian J Howells is a door tenant at 1 Crown Office Row and a public law specialist.  He is on the Counsel General for Wales’ B Panel and the Attorney General’s Regional B Panel.  He is ranked in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in public law, described as “tenacious with a very sharp intellect”.  He has extensive experience in the higher courts, including the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  He is instructed on behalf of claimants, local authorities, the Home Department, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence and several charities.

So far in 2018:

  • He appeared in the Supreme Court and overturned the Court of Appeal’s reasoning relating to the best interests of the child and deportation under s117C(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in IT (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53, [2018] 1 WLR 5273;
  • He successfully challenged Northamptonshire County Council’s decision to close 21 libraries in R (WX) v Northamptonshire County Council [2018] EWHC 2178 (Admin);
  • He is instructed on behalf of 300 Welsh and Northern Ireland victims in the Infected Blood Inquiry;
  • He acted for the claimant in a claim against the Welsh Ministers challenging the lawfulness of the policy on funding further education for young people with learning difficulties; R (DJ) v Welsh Ministers [2018] EWHC 2735 (Admin). Permission to appeal has been granted.
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