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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Howard & Byrne

Howard & Byrne's criminal defence practice fields specialists in fraud and financial crime, who represent clients locally, nationally and internationally from the firm's York base. The 'industrious and knowledgeable' Kevin Blount leads the group, which also includes 'charismatic and driven' senior partner Colin Byrne, who handles cross-border matters in jurisdictions including Europe, US, Russia and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):Kevin Blount

Other key lawyers:Colin Byrne


'Howard & Byrne is a proactive and hardworking firm, which provides quality representation and cares about its clients'.

'The team is exceptionally diligent and hardworking and is in the detail of all matters, It is highly deserving of the status it has locally, nationally and internationally'.

'Howard & Byrne is an established York firm with a national and international reach. At its core, it represents the people of York and North Yorkshire facing criminal allegations. However, through the hard work and determined approach of the partners, it has carved out a national reputation in fraud'.

'Howard & Byrne specialises in complex and difficult fraud cases, and has an international practice, which clients literally come from all over the UK to instruct them. It fights for clients and has a level of attention to detail that is frankly amazing'.

'Colin Byrne is very hardworking and has excellent judgement'.

'Kevin Blount is industrious, knowledgeable and ensures all cases are properly prepared and that clients needs are met throughout the criminal process'.

'Colin Byrne is an exceptional lawyer; there is no wonder he is attracting cases from all over the UK'.

'Colin Byrne is charismatic and driven and uniquely experienced in international criminal defence. Despite this, he retains a clear supervisory role over his team, and ensures quality of service. Kevin Blount is a lawyer's lawyer. He is particularly astute in matters of fraud and money laundering and brings a great deal to the tactical aspects of defending complex crime'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the the lead defendant in a 24-defendant indictment in Greece, which relates to alleged bribery payments to doctors in return for their use of specific products. It relates to the Johnson & Johnson deferred prosecution agreement in the US in which the company paid $77m to the US authorities.
  • Acting for a defendant in a multimillion-pound fraud case.
  • Acting for one of 15 men involved in £12m diversion fraud matter.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Howard & Byrne

Howard & Byrne advises clients on local, national and international criminal matters spanning murder, child abuse, sexual assault and rape. Managing partner and 'lawyer's lawyer' Kevin Blount leads the team, which also includes the 'charismatic and driven' Colin Byrne, who has notable expertise in extradition matters; Jacky East, who leads the prison law practice; and Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks, who has experience in animal welfare cases.

Practice head(s):Kevin Blount

Other key lawyers:Colin Byrne; Jacky East; Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks


'Howard & Byrne is exceptionally diligent and hardworking and is highly deserving of the status it has in the local, national and international market'.

'Colin Byrne is a skilled advocate and a firm but diplomatic negotiator. He is an exceptional lawyer, incredibly hardworking and has a significant reputation among his peers'.

'Colin Byrne is charismatic and driven and uniquely experienced in international criminal defence'.

'Kevin Blount is a lawyer's lawyer. He is particularly astute and brings a great deal to the tactical aspects of defending complex crime.

'Colin Byrne and Kevin Blount go the extra mile for their clients. They are first-class lawyers and they care'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for multiple defendants in a drugs conspiracy case targeting a drug gang responsible for providing class A drugs.
  • Defending an individual against historic child abuse prosecutions and current abuse allegations.
Leading individuals

Colin Byrne - Howard & Byrne

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