Penny Howe QC – 1991 (2017)

Called: 1991

Practice Profile

‘Ms Howe is a fantastic advocate. She is extremely through in her preparation and works tirelessly to get results for her clients. She has a calm yet authoritative presence in court, and strikes the balance between being personable yet professional with lay clients. She is an absolute joy to work with.’ Legal 500 2021


‘A superb advocate; assiduous, persuasive and charming.’ & ‘Her advocacy blends deftness and lightness of touch with real steel when necessary.’ Legal 500 2020


‘She readily masters the brief, and gets in there and fights her corner’. & ‘She’s brilliant – she’s very well respected and hard-working, and is able to identify the core issues in a case.’ Chambers & Partners 2020


Penny Howe QC acts in all aspects of the law relating to children. In public law Penny represents parents, guardians and competent children. She has particular expertise in cases which involve death and non-accidental injuries, allegations of serious sexual abuse, factitious and induced illness, child trafficking and cross examination of expert and vulnerable witnesses. In private law Penny acts in disputes between parents and other significant adults including cases involving serious harm, and internal and international relocation. Penny also has considerable experience in proceedings relating to press injunctions arising out of the public law proceedings.


Penny was a member of the RCVS’ Preliminary Investigation Committee from 2013 to 2018. From 2014 to 2017 (and the employment of case examiners) Penny was a lay Chair of the GDC’s Investigating Committee. From 2016-217, Penny was a Deputy Chair of the GOC’s Investigating Committee. Since 2015, Penny has been a lay member of the GOC’s Fitness to Practise Committee.


Penny has been a legal assessor for the NMC since 2016, and was recently appointed a legal assessor for the HCPC.

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Family Law Bar Association

This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.

~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.

~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021

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