Name: Howard Godfrey QC
Firm Name: 2 Bedford Row
Country: England
Expertise: White-Collar Crime Law

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7440 8888
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 1738
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Howard Godfrey is our exclusively recommended White-Collar Crime Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Howard directly using the contact details listed above.

Howard’s enormous experience as an advocate extends both nationally and internationally and spans more than forty years, with over twenty years as a QC. His clients have included both those charged with serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter, money laundering and fraud and those accused of less serious offences. Appeals and disciplinary tribunals are further areas in which Howard has extensive experience.

Howard’s reputation as one of the country’s leading criminal barristers derives not just from his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law but also from the masterly skills he exhibits in the courtroom, in particular in the context of jury advocacy and cross-examination. ‘The judge rules on the law,’ Howard points out, ‘but it is the jurors who decide my clients’ fate.’

Before analysing the close detail of a case, Howard likes to develop a broad strategy. In this way he is best placed to uncover weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Frequently he is able to obtain an acquittal for his client even before the trial reaches the jury stage.

During the preliminary stages of a case Howard’s emphasis is on positioning his client in such a way that a favourable outcome is possible even before the trial has begun. It often happens that a not guilty verdict results directly from the close attention Howard devotes during pre-trial to forcing the prosecution to make a full disclosure of information. As a result of such disclosure it may become apparent for instance that certain key evidence has been obtained improperly or that police misconduct has been involved.