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Mark Howard

Mark Howard


"extremely knowledgeable"

"He takes a pragmatic view and remains focused on the overall objective." 
Chambers 2018

"He is very skilled and knowledgeable"

"He is very experienced and particularly good with people. He has a nice and calming manner about him and is very reliable and quick to respond."
Chambers 2017

"Confident and professional service."
Legal 500 2016

"He is hugely knowledgeable and very personable. He is a great person to speak on a client's behalf and is very easy to deal with.”
Chambers 2016


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.

In a previous life, Mark was a rural police officer. He once had to chase and lasso an escaped pig. Hands on legal experience really meant something back then...

Recent Experience

  • Acting for an international water company to defend a prosecution for water pollution in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. Mark was the advocate in the Magistrates Court, and instructed counsel in the Crown Courts to defend a technical prosecution where a total of four parties were being prosecuted by the Regulator.
  • Acting for South Hams District Council to secure a Compulsory Purchase Order to allow the development of an energy park. Mark was very much the trusted advisor, working beyond the purely legal scope of the assignment by supporting officers in committee meetings and drafting reports.
  • Securing planning consent that allowed a developer to go ahead with a housing development against officers' "recommendation to refuse" and a local policy that was just one year old. Mark directly contacted key decision makers to provide balanced background papers, and then used his advocacy skills to successfully present the developer's case at Committee, and secure consent, in the face of strong and vocal opposition.

"Concise and pragmatic advice."
Legal 500 2015

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