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Catherine Howard


Catherine is a partner in our London office and specialises in planning, consents and environmental law.



Catherine helps commercial developers, and promoters of energy and infrastructure projects on many high-profile and politically sensitive projects.

She has market-leading experience in relation to the consenting of nuclear power stations and unconventional gas exploration, as well as large scale residential and mixed-use schemes.

She works with her clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning, including environmental impact assessments, habitats regulations, compulsory purchase schemes, highway law and judicial reviews.

Chambers UK 2016 quoted Catherine's clients as saying: "She leads the pack in giving really solid advice," and  "we couldn't have done what we did without her. She is able to provide clear advice without jargon."

In  Chambers UK 2015 quoted a client as saying: "She gives very good advice, and she has a good eye for detail but can make issues more understandable. She is one of the best lawyers I've come across."

Legal 500 2015 referred to her as: ‘One of the best in the field’ and ‘attentive to detail’.

The development consent order that Catherine drafted for Hinkley Point C was one of the first and most complex, and set many precedents for subsequent DCOs.

She has been much involved in the development of law and policy in relation to shale gas, consulting with UK Onshore Oil and Gas and Government.

She regularly negotiates innovative affordable housing deals with Councils, and has both promoted and defended her clients against compulsory purchase for urban development projects.

Catherine's experience includes advising:

  • Cuadrilla Resources on planning applications and a five week public inquiry in relation to two new shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire, UK involving fracking, and related regulatory issues
  • EDF on its plans to construct a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK, including obtaining the development consent order for Hinkley Point C
  • Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority on obtaining a Transport and Works Act Order for a new tunnel under the River Tyne, and related compulsory purchase advice
  • Greater London Authority in relation their application to redevelop a strategic site of the Royal Docks in East London as an innovative mixed-use development
  • Stone Hill Park Limited in relation to the redevelopment of the former Manston airport site in Kent, including 2,500 homes, leisure and commercial uses


Catherine holds a Bachelor of Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology (honors) from Oxford University (Worcester College).