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Howard & Byrne's strength lies in the quality of its team. Our partners are:

Colin Byrne
Senior Partner. Colin has a wealth of experience defending heavy weight criminal cases locally, nationally and internationally. This includes major crime, corruption and bribery matters, extradition proceedings and investigations that cross jurisdictional borders. Previously recognised as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year and also recognised by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual, Colin is credited by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as being "extremely tenacious", "a real fighter" with "considerable charm and charisma". Admitted counsel to the International Criminal Court.

Kevin Blount
Managing Partner. Kevin is acknowledged by the Legal 500 to be an "extremely experienced" practitioner with specialist expertise in complex Fraud, Proceeds of Crime (POCA) and Confiscation proceedings. Whether appearing at the Magistrates, Crown Court or Court of Appeal, Kevin is an accomplished, passionate and technically precise advocate who achieves results.

Jacky East
Head of Prison Law. Jacky leads our nationally renowned Prison Law team, representing prisoners before parole hearings or similar tribunals. Recognised by the Legal 500 for her specialist expertise in Prison Law, Jacky has provided lectures on the subject to other practitioners. A gifted advocate who regularly appears before the Magistrates Court and Parole Board alike, Jacky is dynamic, eloquent and powerfully persuasive.

Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks
An experienced Magistrates and Crown Court advocate, Lee-Anne is a respected solicitor and recognised by the Legal 500, whether complex or straightforward. With her forensic attention to detail, Lee-Anne is accomplished in dealing with Fraud and POCA cases. With a particular interest in Animal Welfare cases, Lee-Anne is meticulous, persistent and empathetic.

In addition to our partners, we have a team of advocates, police station and crown court team members.


  • Colin Byrne
  • Kevin Blount
  • Jacky East
  • Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks

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Contact us

Howard & Byrne are available 24 hours a day. Call 01904 431421

148 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3EB

Tel:  +44 (0) 1904 431421
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 411664

The Gridiron Building
1 St Pancras Square London N1C 4AG

Tel: +44 (0) 203 714 5096


(by appointment only)

56 Gladstone Lane
Scarborough YO12 7BS

Tel: +44 (0) 1723 655000