Howard was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 and since then has practiced in crime, employment, family and child protection law. He is also a trained family mediator but doesn’t currently practice as such. He has been a member of the Children Panel for over 30 years and this is his principal area of practice today. He is our senior partner and has been the chair of the board of John Barkers Solicitors Ltd since we were incorporated.
Howard is a highly experienced child advocate and has represented parents, children and young people on numerous occasions in the Family Court and higher courts. He is passionate about giving young people the best start in life and promoting the interests of the excluded, be this because of age, social deprivation, race, gender or sexuality.
In his private life, Howard has 20 years’ experience as a youth worker, been a governor of three local schools, and been involved in the setting up and running of a child contact centre and a local housing charity. He is currently on the board of Doorstep and is a Methodist local preacher
He was born in Cleethorpes and educated at Waltham Tollbar, the University of Warwick and Birmingham Law School.