Areas of Expertise
Chris is a long-standing member of Civitas and has built a strong practice within Wales and beyond focusing on Employment law and Regulatory work.
His employment practice ranges from routine unfair dismissal claims to discrimination claims on all of the prohibited grounds. He is regularly instructed to cover cases throughout Wales and the Southern Eastern circuit. Chris is also able to conduct hearings and meetings remotely (via Skype Business, Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom), for those clients that require this service.
Chris has considerable experience representing Local Authorities in Education and Safeguarding matters, especially in a disciplinary context (covering both internal disciplinary proceedings and tribunal proceedings).
Chris previously practiced at the Criminal Bar for a number of years and gained considerable experience at conducting cases (for both prosecution and defence) involving environmental health, food hygiene, trading standards and animal welfare.
Chris is well versed in dealing with public law and human rights-based challenges made to decisions taken in the above, and other, contexts.
Chris has experience of conducting litigation at the highest level, including before the Court of Appeal.
Chris was once again ranked as Band 1 Counsel for employment law (Wales and Chester circuit) in the recent publications of Chambers and Partners 2019 and Legal 500.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel
Panel of Junior Counsel (Employment) to the Welsh Assembly
Panel member for the WRU Appeal Committee
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Wales and Chester Circuit
Atlantic College, St Donat’s, Vale of Glamorgan
University College, London
University of Cambridge
Inns of Court School of Law
LinkedIn: Christopher Howells
Chris is an employment law specialist, having practised in this field for the past 9 years. He has considerable litigation experience and regularly provides training on employment law issues to legal practitioners, including members of the Judiciary.
Chris has considerable experience in conducting litigation on behalf of Local Authorities, especially in relation to claims involving schools and Governing bodies. Consequently, he is familiar with the law and regulations in this field. He is also regularly instructed by local Police forces to act as a legal advisor to their Police Disciplinary Panels. These are formal hearings conducted internally by the Police force to consider allegations of misconduct and/or incompetence raised against serving Police officers. His role as legal advisor is:
Before specialising in employment law Chris practised at the Criminal Bar for many years. He has considerable experience in this field, having conducted many high level criminal trials, across the entire spectrum of criminal law issues. That includes, but not limited to, cases involving allegations of unlawful sexual conduct; indecent images and allegations of violent behaviour.