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The Firm

From the historic heart of North Yorkshire, Howard and Byrne has been providing an unparalleled level of service to individuals and companies, since 1999. Specialising in all aspects of criminal defence, Howard and Byrne's dedicated team is straight talking and approachable, with a proven track record in delivering personalised, high quality advice and representation.

Our client-centred approach enables Howard and Byrne to respond to your legal needs wherever and whenever they present themselves. Whether your legal problem is being negotiated, investigated or defended in North Yorkshire, nationally within England and Wales or internationally across jurisdictional borders in the US, Europe or Middle East, Howard and Byrne is qualified, equipped and ready to respond.
Based in York and Scarborough, we also have an office in London.

Howard & Byrne is recognised by The Times  by our inclusion in the Times Top 200 legal firms. We are currently rated Band 1 by Chambers & Partners for our criminal defence work, and a Noted Firm for fraud work. We are ranked by Legal 500 for our fraud work, and top Tier 1 for general crime. All our partners are recognised within these recommendations.

At all times we remain committed to finding solutions and achieving results.


What people say about us

We are delighted to have won the prestigious Yorkshire Legal Awards Criminal Law Award three times in the past 4 years and also to have been voted Small Law Firm of the Year in 2020. This is a tribute to all our team, their hard work, dedication, and commitment to justice. Paul Singh, President of the Sheffield & District Law Society paid tribute to the "dedication to the defence of people's liberties" of all the nominees, and singled out Howard & Byrne for "how hard they had worked for all their clients."  We are very proud of what our team have achieved. Here is what the York Press has to say about us.


                         Winner 2021 white


"Excellent support throughout - fantastic result" - client feedback 

"Excellent service, reassuring + empathetic due to sensitive nature of case" - client feedback 

"The service received was exemplary" - client feedback 

"Great work by you, fantastic result. Not often Judges are forced against what they want to do like this." - client feedback

"The service was prompt, efficient, personable and, most importantly, successful." - client feedback

"Keep up the good work!!" - client feedback

"I have already recommended you to 2 other you are the best solicitors" client feedback


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  • 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