Nick Howell-Jones specialises exclusively in public law proceedings.
He represents local authorities, parents and children in public law cases involving the most serious types of non-accidental injury and is regularly instructed to deal with cases that include:
- Child death.
- Attempted suffocation.
- Sexual abuse (including subject child as victim and perpetrator).
- Complex medical issues.
- Mental health, including parents who require the assistance of the Official solicitor (acting for both parents via the Official Solicitor).
- FGM – Nick did the very first FGMPO on the day the law was introduced.
Nick is known for his ability to get on with lay clients and to get to the core of any dispute and known to be uncompromising in his approach for any client, ensuring they receive the best and most robust representation.
He lectures on public law matters to lawyers, social workers and other professionals.
- Cumbria County Council v S E R EWHC 2782 (FAM) , where the court considered whether to make a ICO or final SGO.
- Birmingham City Council v S, R and A 1 FLR 1223. In that case, the father did not wish his devout Muslim parents to be informed of his child’s birth, fearing ostracism from his family; he sought a declaration that the local authority and guardian “be forbidden to disclose directly or indirectly to the paternal family any detail that the father is in fact the father of [the child]”.
- RE M (Children: Applications by Email)  EWCA Civ 806
- Derbyshire County Council v M and Nottingham NHS Trust  before Justice Judd – Representing a child in an end of life case.