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Christian J Howells

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30 Park Place Chambers (Chambers of Ruth Henke QC)


Christian J Howells is 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.


Called 2007; Inner Temple. Wales Circuit Representative on the Young Barristers’ Committee of the Bar Council 2009-10.


Wales Circuit representative; Young Barristers’ Committee to the Bar Council, 2009-2010.


University of Bristol (LLB Law (Hons)).


Football, musical theatre, cinema.

Regional Bar : Wales and Chester Circuit

Public law

Within: Public law – Leading juniors

Christian Howells - 30 Park Place ChambersA tenacious advocate with a very sharp intellect.

Within: Public law

The public law team at 30 Park Place Chambers has seen an uptick in judicial reviews and immigration cases. Community care and human rights matters are other areas of expertise for the group. In 2017 Rhodri Williams QC and Christian Howells acted on behalf of Welsh victims of contaminated blood transfusions in the 1970s in preparing a claim for a judicial review against the UK government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry into the matter; the government announced it would conduct a full public inquiry on the final day for responding to the claim.

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