"Mark Howard – excellent leadership, client focussed."
Legal 500 2022
"approachable, knowledgeable and easy to work with"
"He takes a pragmatic view and remains focused on the overall objective."
"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."
"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.”
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 has been ranked as 'one of the top 50 planning solicitors in the country' in Planning Magazine's Guide to Planning Lawyers. He is also a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500.
He has led on a range of commercial infrastructure projects including Crossrail, 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.
- Acting for a Council to secure a Compulsory Purchase Order to allow the development of a business park to go forward. Mark acted as a trusted advisor, working beyond the purely legal scope of the assignment by supporting officers in committee meetings and assisting with 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.
- Advising a company with a large real estate portfolio in relation to Crossrail 2 and the client's risk profile for a proposed transaction. Mark drew on his previous experience of Crossrail to advise on uncertainty and potential outcomes. This allowed the client to form a realistic evaluation of its negotiating position and asset valuation. Mark has previously acted as a Parliamentary Agent at Select Committee at the House of Commons.
"Concise and pragmatic advice."
Legal 500 2015