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Howard Catherall

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Gotelee Solicitors

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Transport and Logistics Law and Criminal Regulatory Defence




Howard Catherall is a Partner at Gotelee Solicitors, based in Ipswich and Felixstowe. He joined Gotelee in 2000 after training at a niche regulatory and criminal defence firm in central London and has been recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in transport law by the Legal 500 since 2008.

Howard's work focuses on helping businesses and individuals who have a problem which needs resolving. Specialisms include:

• Transport & Logistics Law

• Regulatory and Criminal Defence

• Dispute Resolution

Howard acts for clients who are based not only locally, but also around the UK and overseas. 

Transport & Logistics Law Specialisms:

• Fulfilment House Due Dilgence Scheme

• Operator Licensing Compliance

• DVSA and Police Investigations

• HMRC and Trading Standards Investigations

• Criminal Court Cases

• Prohibitions 

• Public Inquiries 

• Driver Conduct Hearings 

• Impoundings 

• Condemnation / Restoration Proceedings 

• Clandestine Entrants 

Regulatory and Criminal Defence Specialisms:

Howard is a Higher Rights Advocate, enabling him to represent clients in both the Magistrates and Crown Court.

In addition to defending road transport clients, he advises and represent clients who face investigation and prosecution for traffic offences and other allegations, such as offences of violence or dishonesty.

Dispute Resolution Specialisms:

Howard deals with disputes which are frequently related to the transport sector and can involve disputes arising overseas. 

He takes a thorough and considered approach to resolving disputes, covering:

• Initial identification of steps to minimise the damage 

• Applying for an injunction (where appropriate)

• Settlement negotiations, such as mediation 

• Court Proceedings


Howard Catherall is a fluent Italian speaker, having previously lived an worked in Italy and has a sound working knowledge of French.


The Law Society, The Freight Transport Association, The UK Warehousing Association, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the British International Freight Association. 

East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

One client of Gotelee Solicitors  remarks that 'the personal quality of the service the firm offers makes it stand out amongst its competitors'. Practice head Hugh Rowland has extensive experience in criminal and regulatory matters, including the defence of fraud and false representation claims. Howard Catherall is recommended for fraud cases arising from Trading Standards and HMRC investigations into the importation of goods from outside the EU.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Gotelee Solicitors provides 'a bespoke criminal defence service, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity'. Partner Hugh Rowland has been with the firm for more than 30 years and clients describe him as 'measured, accurate and utterly dependable; he is trusted by clients who recognise the importance of those qualities'. 'He charmingly knocks the prosecution down', remarks one barrister who notes that the whole practice is 'outstanding in East Anglia'. He recently secured the acquittal of a professional man indicted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and defeated an application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for another client. The 'calm, engaging and very clever' Howard Catherall is recommended for motoring law and transport-related cases.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Ipswich

Within: Commercial litigation: Ipswich

The dispute resolution practice at Gotelee Solicitors  has a highly respected practice for commercial contract and partnership disputes, and judicial reviews as well as contentious matters arising from online trading and data protection issues. It also has niched expertise in the litigation in the transport sector thanks to the vastly experienced Howard Catherall, who also handles a wider portfolio of high-value commercial disputes, some of which are cross-border in nature. The practice is led by Victoria Spellman, whose excels in matters relating to the technology sector, including e-commerce, and is a recognised expert in data protection law. Legal executive Laura Reed also plays a key role in the firm's commercial litigation and debt recovery practice. The firm recently acted for overseas investors in a group action claim for mis-selling against parties in England and France.

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East Anglia: Transport

Transport and shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Howard Catherall - Gotelee Solicitors

Within: Transport and shipping

The practice at Gotelee Solicitors  is 'excellent, always a pleasure to work with, by reason of the skill and experience of their solicitors, and the dedicated high quality of their preparation', says one barrister. 'The firm's ethos is one of rigorous professionalism and an intensely thoughtful approach to achieving the best outcome for their clients', he adds. The firm has the only recognised road transport practice with an office in Felixstowe, and it frequently advises transport and logistics clients on trade through the Port of Felixstowe. Practice head Howard Catherall is 'an extremely tough and decisive lawyer beneath a calm and engaging exterior; he really is the solicitor you want when the going gets rough, he never panics and he gives his clients clear and hard-headed advice'. Litigator Hugh Rowland is 'an elegant and highly intelligent lawyer' and he excels in regulatory matters. Catherall assisted a national trade association with its preparations for the HMRC's regulation of fulfilment houses. Stephen Brown left the firm to become a supply chain consultant.

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