Sally Howes KC

Call: 1983
Silk: 2003


Described in The Times as a “high flyer” on her appointment as King’s Counsel, Sally has many years experience of prosecuting and defending high-profile cases.

Sally has an acknowledged expertise in medical, pathological and scientific evidence relating to non-accidental head injury in infants (shaken baby syndrome) and is frequently instructed in such cases. Sally has presented seminars on this subject to the Crown Prosecution Service, Police and fellow practitioners.

Due to her medical/scientific bias she deals regularly with cases involving complex issues of causation.

High-profile cases in which Sally has been instructed include Operation Roundham (the murder of Victoria Climbie), Operation Acodale (the “honour killing” of Samaira Nazir) and R v Dhaliwal (the suicide/manslaughter appeal).

Sally also has extensive experience of dealing with vulnerable witnesses and was one of the team of practitioners asked to assist the Criminal Bar Association with its training programme on the new legislation. At the invitation of the British High Commission, Colombo, she conducted a series of lectures on vulnerable witnesses to the Judiciary, Attorney-General’s Department and the Police.

Her defence practice includes acting for professional clients (including the headmaster of a special needs school and serving police officer) and defending an 11 year old boy for the attempted rape of a 10 year old girl.

Sally has many years experience of Courts Martial both as defence counsel and sitting as a Judge Advocate and has a broad knowledge of the Court Martial forum. She was leading counsel for the Crown in R v Skinner (the Deepcut instructor who physically and sexually abused recruits).

Sally has been instructed by the Attorney General of the Falklands Islands on a number of cases before the Supreme Court.

Recent cases

March 2017

Courts Martial – defending senior Army officer accused of wrongly claiming money for school fees, instructed by Paul Krahl of Rahman Ravelli

January 2017

Leicester Crown Court, R v Z – defending in murder trial instructed by Oliver D’Sa Solicitors, defendant accused of causing death of her nephew whilst baby sitting

December 2016

Winchester Crown Court, R v B & other – defending in murder trial instructed by Maria Haywood of Wannops LLP

October 2016

Birmingham Crown Court, R v S & other – prosecuting trial of the murder of a baby, instructed by CPS Birmingham

September 2016

Birmingham Crown Court, R v B & others – prosecuting in a case involving the murder of a man by his spurned lover and her ex-husband, instructed by Birmingham CPS

July 2016

Luton Crown Court, R v H & other – defending in a trial where mother and partner killed “attention-seeking” toddler, instructed by Charlotte Armstrong of Jung & Co

June 2016

Cardiff Crown Court, R v T & other – instructed for a mother accused of child cruelty, co-defendant accused of murder, instructed by Sarah Port of KTP Solicitors

May 2016

Winchester Crown Court, R v M – instructed to defend a man accused of the murder of a sex worker with whom he had become obsessed, instructed by Richard Middleton of The Law Chambers

March 2016

Winchester Crown Court, R v D – prosecuted trial involving a brutal murder by a Polish national, instructed by CPS Wessex

November 2015

Central Criminal Court, R v A & others – prosecuted in a trial involving a number of terrorism offences, part of the proceedings were held in camera, instructed by CPS HQ

October 2015

Exeter Crown Court, R v D – defended man accused of the murder of his mother, instructed by Tony Marshall of Alexander Johnson


19 Feb 2024

Sally Howes KC leads Alex Kettle-Williams as father is jailed for life for toddler’s murder

Jan Gholami was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court for the murder of a 2 year old girl. Zahra Ghulami sustained head injuries at their...

29 Apr 2022

Sally Howes QC leads Josh Happé in trial of Father prosecuted and jailed for killing 14-week-old daughter

Christopher Easey denied murdering baby Eleanor in December 2019, claiming that he had dropped her on her head having been distracted by barking dogs. ...

6 Aug 2021

Teenage mother jailed for 9 years for manslaughter of daughter – Sally Howes QC and Robert Harding prosecute

Verphy Kudi admitted the manslaughter of her 20-month old daughter after leaving her alone for 6 days whilst she celebrated her 18th birthday.  The...

9 Apr 2021

Sally Howes QC prosecutes teenage mother who admits causing death of 20-month old daughter

Verphy Kudi abandoned her baby for 6 days whilst she went to London, Coventry and Solihull to celebrate her 18th birthday.

6 Jun 2019

Sally Howes QC and Suki Dhadda secure conviction for the manslaughter of a baby boy

The case concerned the death of a 3 1/2 month old baby boy who had been left in the care of the Defendant. Whilst...

6 Apr 2017

Sally Howes QC and Russell Pyne secure conviction in murder trial

Sally Howes QC and Russell Pyne have completed the successful prosecution of Jay Nava, a soldier who murdered his ex-partner by stabbing her 11...


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