Portrait of Howard Shaw QC

Howard Shaw QC

Year of Call 1974 Silk 2011

Professional Practice

Howard specialises in family law, particularly financial remedy cases, Inheritance Act claims, Civil Partnership and Cohabitation Disputes. His cases involve complex financial arrangements such as trusts and companies, both in the UK and overseas. There is often an international dimension to his work, whether it is in the financial field or in a case involving children, including Schedule 1 Act claims. He has extensive experience in the field of private child law and has appeared in many of the leading family law cases (both financial and children). Before becoming a family law specialist he honed his legal skills first at the Criminal Bar and then in the field of clinical negligence

  • Recommendations

    What the directories say:
    “Valued by his Solicitors for his judgement and ability to get on well with clients.”
    “Excellent with a strong presence in Court.”
    “Draws enthusiastic endorsement from the top level of other sets.”
    “In the game for over 30 years and has learnt more than enough to get him by with comfort.”
    “Gets the thumbs up for his client care skills, he treats clients as equals and really listens to what they have to say.”
    "Has the gravitas required for complex cases for wealthy clients." "He's accessible, personable and goes the extra mile." "He helps clients stay calm in nerve-racking scenarios."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "A razor-sharp litigator, who combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of family law with charm and charisma. "
    Legal 500 2022
    "Consistently excellent in terms of his paperwork, preparation, advocacy, negotiations and client liaison skills." "Nothing is too much trouble for him and he's seen nearly everything before. He has clients eating out of his hand, and exudes an air of calmness and confidence."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    ‘His main strengths are his court advocacy and ability to explain to clients the most complex of legal issues in plain English.’
    Legal 500 (2020)
  • Notable Cases

    • Rapp v Rapp
      [2017] 1 FLR 782
    • Hussein -v- Ahmed anors
      [2014] EWHC 1721 (Fam)
    • Kapoor -v- Chandock
      [2014] EWHC 2981 (Fam)
    • Sharma -v- Sharma anors
      [2012] EWHC 2529 (Fam)
    • L v L (Financial Remedies: Remission after Appeal)
      [2012] 1 FLR 776
    • Hannon v Maxton
      [2010] 1 FLR 27
    • Hudson v Leigh (Status of non-marriage)
      [2009] 2 FLR 1129
    • CR v CR [2008]
      1 FLR 323
    • M v M (Third party subpoena: Financial Conduct)
      [2006] 2 FLR 1253
    • Schroder and another v Decoulos
      [2005] All ER (D) 274 (Nov)
    • Phillips v Peace
      [2005] 2 FLR 1212
    • W v W (Financial provision: Form E)
      [2004] 1 FLR 494
    • Re P (Child: Financial provision)
      [2003] 2 FLR 865
    • Re E-B (Children) (Wardship proceedings: Admissibility of expert evidence)
      [2002] All ER (D) 364 (Nov)
    • Re B (Children) (Residence: Interim care order)
      [2002] 3 FCR 562
    • Fagan v Goodman
      [2001] All ER (D) 436 (Nov)
    • Chapman v Moss
      [2001] All ER (D) 222 (Jul)
    • Khan v National Union of Rail Maritime & Transport Workers and another
      [2001] All ER (D) 45 (Jun)
    • W and others v Surrey County Council
      [2001] All ER (D) 04 (May)
    • Pritchard v Ralph
      [2000] All ER (D) 1721
    • C v C (Ancillary relief: Structured settlement)
      [1996] 1 FCR 283
    • Sutton London Borough Council v Davis (No 2)
      [1995] 1 All ER 65
    • C v C (Wasted costs order)
      [1994] 2 FLR 34
    • Pereira v Keleman
      [1995] 1 FLR 428
    • R v R (Divorce: Stay of proceedings)
      [1994] 2 FLR 1036
    • London Borough of Sutton v Davis
      [1994] 2 FCR 1129
    • L v L (Children: Separate representation)
      [1994] 1 FCR 890
    • Edmonds v Edmonds
      [1990] FCR 856
    • Newton v Newton
      [1990] 1 FLR 33
    • B v B (Financial provision)
      [1989 1 FLR 119
    • Barder v Barder (Caluori intervening)
      [1987] 2 FLR 480
    • Re M (Minors) (Confidential documents)
      [1987] 1 FLR 46
    • Singer (formerly Sharegin) v Sharegin
      [1984] 1 FLR 114
    • Norman v Norman
      [1983] 4 FLR 446
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Contributor to Family Law
    • Lectures and takes part in debates organised by local Law Societies and Resolution
  • Personal Information

    Married with two children, lives in Wimbledon. Hobbies and interests include travel, theatre, reading, cricket, football and rugby. Any spare time is utilised by exercising two boisterous dogs, or, at the other end of the scale, watching the tortoises exercise themselves.


  • Head of Chambers at 3 Dr Johnson's Buildings for 6 years,
  • Arbitrator,
  • Called to the Bar of the Republic of Ireland,
  • Resolution trained Collaborator,


  • Affiliate member Resolution
  • Member of Institute of Family Law Arbitrators
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Member King's Inn
  • Member Inner Temple
  • South Eastern Circuit