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Howard Stevens QC

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3 Hare Court (Chambers of Simon Davenport QC and Jeffrey Golden)


Howard has a broadly based common law practice, including both first instance and appellate work. Recent cases in which he has been instructed include:

  • acting for the tour operator in the inquests into the deaths of 30 British holidaymakers in the terrorist attack in Tunisia in 2015
  • Swift & Ors v Fred Olsen Cruise Lines [2016] EWCA Civ 785
  • Ruddock v The Queen [2016] UKPC 7 (heard with R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8)
  • United Policyholders Group & Ors v Attorney-General of Trinidad and Tobago [2016] UKPC 17
  • Dodd v Raebarn Estates Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 349
  • Alves v Attorney-General of the Virgin Islands (UKPC, 2017)
  • Keefe v Mapfre Mutualidad Compania De Seguros y Rsaseguros & Anr (UKSC 2017, referred to the CJEU).

As well as a broad range of appellate work, Howard has a substantial practice in catastrophic oiHis domestic practice personal injury and travel related litigation in particular, including jurisdiction and conflict of law issues. He acts for both claimants and defendants and has extensive experience of group litigation and ADR. He is regularly instructed by major tour operators and insurers and has represented interested parties in a number of high profile inquests arising from deaths abroad. Current cases in which Howard is involved include high value personal injury claims arising from accidents in the UK and abroad, resulting variously in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries and amputations, as well as other common law work.


Called 1990; QC 2012.


French, German.




University of Durham (Modern Languages); City University (Law).


Travel, skiing, cycling.

London Bar

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

Howard Stevens QC - 3 Hare CourtHe is a very intelligent silk and provides very clear, thorough and realistic advice.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Howard Stevens QC - 3 Hare CourtHe leaves no stone unturned and provides a calm and measured approach in a field where passions can run high.

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

3 Hare Court is ‘the go-to set for travel insurance work’. The chambers is ‘small, but that is part of its charm’ and members’ ‘knowledge of this area of law is exceptional’. The set offers ‘a first-rate service for travel, accidents abroad and cross-border jurisdiction matters’. Its barristers, which include Howard Stevens QC (‘an eye for detail’) and Katherine Deal (‘excellent and extremely hardworking’), act for both claimants and defendants; some of the set’s biggest clients include tour operators such as TUI and Thomas Cook. Typical claims involve Package Travel Regulations and concern interested parties at inquests resulting from deaths abroad.

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