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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

Clive Howard, Senior Principal Lawyer

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

Professionally-I think helping grow an employment team which has been top ranked for many years. It’s a great team which helps explain why I have been here for more than 25 years. Personally-has to be having 2 daughters who are now adults and reasonably adjusted and interested in the world.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

As a team, we are only focussed on the individual. We do not act for employers. We avoid conflicts and split allegiances. We can work solely in the individual’s interest.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Yes it is worth going down the route of employment law but be prepared for some very difficult clients indeed –try not to take any ‘difficulty’ personally.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

Not sure this applies to acting for individuals in employment cases. We secure settlements and wins for clients so in a sense we are adding value to them each and everyday.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Has to be Brexit and where we will be left in respect of employment law protection once this mess is ever sorted.

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