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Chambers of Howard Stevens KC
3 Hare Court


Barrister specialising in personal injury work with a particular focus on travel litigation including aviation claims. Has acted in a number of leading cases in this area including Homawoo v GMF Assurances (C-412/10) (in which the CJEU definitively confirmed the date of entry into effect of Rome II); Keefe v Mapfre & Hoteles Pinero Canarias [2013] EWHC 4279 (QB) (on jurisdiction over a foreign tortfeasor, currently on appeal to Court of Appeal); Middleton v Allianz & Middleton [2012] EWHC 2287 (QB) (on applicable law of claim and additional claim for overseas accident), Jones v AGF [2010] ILPr 4 and Thwaites v Aviva [2010] Lloyd’s Rep IR 667 (jurisdiction and applicable law in direct claims against foreign insurers);Healy v Cosmosair [2005] EWHC 1657 (QB) (catastrophic accident in course of package holiday in Portugal); Bygrave v Thomas Cook [2003] EWCA Civ 1631; Jones v Sunworld [2003] EWHC 591 QC (leading case on scope of package); Edmunds v Simmonds [2001] 1 WLR 1003 (applicable law under PIL(MP)A 1995).


Called Middle Temple 1997. Contributes division on overseas travel claims in Butterworths ‘Personal Injury Litigation Service’, updated March 2014; appointed by Council of the Inns of Court as a volunteer barrister for disciplinary hearings, 2009-13. Publishes in various journals including ‘New Law Journal’. Contributed to APIL’s ‘Guide to Accidents Abroad 2013’ and ‘Oliver and Dingemans: Employers Liability Cases’ (Butterworths, 2003). Conciliator to the Passenger Shipping Association/CLIA UK 2010-2014.


Fluent French, German.


  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
  • Pan-European Organisatin of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)


Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks; St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1995 BA Hons French and German, first class); City University (1996 Diploma in Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Katherine Deal KC3 Hare Court ‘She is particularly prompt at dealing with minor queries, appreciating that they are easily dealt. Her written work is excellent, straightforward, easy to read and understand.’

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Katherine Deal KC3 Hare Court ‘Katherine is a trustworthy barrister. She knows how to best deal with a matter from a strategic point of view, and her advocacy is simply outstanding.’

3 Hare Court‘s leading team is highly sought after by both claimants and defendants. Recently, the set has been particularly busy providing counsel on implications for air travel in the time of COVID-19, claims against insolvent travel companies, as well as the ongoing developments relating to Brexit. The team has experience at all levels dealing with accidents that occur overseas and in claims involving extensive group actions. Katherine Deal KC has vast international experience, including a case of alleged clinical negligence in Spain. Andrew Young  was junior counsel for the claimants in the gastric illness case of Wood v TUI Travel Plc, which confirmed the principle that tour operators are strictly liable to their clients if food supplied by the holiday hotel as part of a package holiday is unfit for human consumption.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Katherine Deal KC3 Hare Court ‘Great poise and directness of thought.’