Mark Howard > Michelmores LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Michelmores LLP

Work Department

Planning and environment.


Mark is Head of the Environment team and Head of Planning Law.

Mark joined Michelmores in August 2006, and specialises in advising on environmental, commercial and regulatory matters. He also advises on planning and regeneration projects. Mark is ranked as ‘one of the top 50 planning solicitors in the country’ in Planning Magazine’s Guide to Planning Lawyers 2013-2014.

He has led on a range of commercial infrastructure projects including the procurement of a materials recycling facility, the construction of a power station, and the creation of the Supreme Court on Parliament Square. 

Mark also works with property developers and public sector clients to facilitate the development of real estate, advising across a range of environmental, regulatory and planning matters.

He also conducts defence work and advocacy for regulatory, environmental and planning prosecutions.


Trained Wragge & Co, Birmingham; qualified 2002. Made partner 2013. 1995-1997 – Police Officer, Norfolk Constabulary; 1999-2006 – Wragge & Co – progressed through Trainee, Solicitor and Associate; 2006-present – Michelmores LLP – progressed through Solicitor, Associate and Partner.




University of East Anglia (1992, BA (Hons), 2i), University of Manchester (1993, MA(Econ), Commendation), Nottingham Law School (1998, PgDL, Commendation) (1999, LPC, Distinction).


Cricket (member of the MCC), playing guitar, clearing up after my children.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Public sector > Local government

The cross-practice local government team at Michelmores LLP’s covers a full spectrum of local authority law issues concerning real estate transactions, planning, environment, employment, regeneration, and funding and asset management. Mark Howard’s practice focuses on planning and environmental matters. Real estate partner Sally Rice assists local authorities with transactions involving redevelopment work.

South West > Real estate > Planning

At Michelmores LLP, key sectors of expertise of the planning team include real estate, marine, manufacturing, and energy and renewables. The department is also very active in the public sector, in which it represents a number of local authorities on matters concerning planning obligations, assets of community value, neighbourhood planning and general public authority decisions. The team has developed a niche in coastal development work and marine licensing and planning. Practice head Mark Howard advises on a wide range of environmental, commercial and regulatory matters.

South West > Real estate > Environment

Michelmores LLP‘s cross-practice team undertakes environmental due diligence on real estate and corporate transactions, and advises on issues concerning the content of contamination indemnity agreements. Waste and water-related work (including bank erosion, pollution and flooding) are among other areas of focus. Practice head Mark Howard acts for clients such as developers, local authorities and landowners.