Howard Shaw

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1988 - University of York - BSc Theoretical Physics (1st Class Honours)

1998 - Leeds Metropolitan University - Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Commendation)

1999 - Inns of Court School of Law - Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)


1999 - Commenced pupillage at the Chambers of Desmond de Silva QC, 2 Paper Buildings, London

2001 - Commenced practice on the Northern Circuit

2004 - Commenced practice from Chambers in Leeds

2015 - Joined Park Square Barristers

2018 - CPS Level 4 Prosecutor


Grade 4 Prosecutor

2019 - List A of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates


North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association


Middle Temple: Jules Thorn Scholarship, Blackstone Entrance Exhibition

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Ranked Tier 1 for Business and Regulatory Crime (including Health and Safety) – The Legal 500 (2024)

Howard is articulate, intelligent and gets his point across really well. He is also very approachable and his advice is always excellent.’ Legal 500 (2024)
 “A key name for food safety matters.”
“Howard Shaw is regularly sought after by the Food Standards Agency for his expertise in food safety matters” Legal 500 (2022)
“Howard would be the first name that we would consider for cases on the North Eastern Circuit” Legal 500 (2021)
Efficient, succinct, and practical. ’ Legal 500 (2020)
“Tenacious and extremely thorough.” Legal 500 (2019)

Howard is an A-List Specialist Regulatory Advocate. He has extensive experience of prosecuting cases involving food hygiene in slaughterhouses, meat cutting plant and other food businesses.  The cases involve complex EU and national legislation and highly technical scientific evidence.

He is regularly instructed by the Food Standards Agency and various local authorities.

He has been involved in a number of recent leading cases on the interpretation of animal welfare legislation in the Administrative Court, whilst prosecuting cases for the CPS on behalf of DEFRA.

He is highly experienced in such cases and regularly advises on complex points of law and the interpretation of EU and national legislation.

Notable Cases

  • Yorkshire Abattoir Services Limited (2018) – Prosecution of slaughterhouse operator for breaching hygiene regulations during the processing of ovine carcases.
  • Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Limited (2018) – Prosecution of a slaughterhouse operator for breaching the regulations governing animal welfare at slaughter.  Led by Queen’s Counsel in the Administrative Court, successfully arguing that offences under the EU and national regulations relating to the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter are strict liability offences requiring no mens rea (See Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Limited [2018] EWHC 3122 (Admin))
  • Najib & Sons Limited (2018) – Prosecution of a slaughterhouse operator, under the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations, in the connection with the annual national survey for scrapie in sheep.  The case involved 4 days of legal argument in the Crown Court on multiple issues.  Howard was led by Queen’s Counsel in the Court of Appeal, but addressed the Court on whether DEFRA’s selection criteria for inclusion in the survey was lawful; successfully arguing, against Queen’s Counsel, that it was. (See Najib & Sons Limited [2018] EWCA 909)
  • Moy Park Limited (2017) – Prosecution of a slaughterhouse operator for welfare offences in relation to the way chickens awaiting slaughter were handled.  Fines in excess of £100,000 were imposed.
  • Woodward & others (2017) – Prosecution of the directors of a slaughterhouse and several slaughtermen for animal welfare offences arising from the slaughter of sheep.  The case arose from the covert recording of slaughter operations by an animal welfare charity.  Following a District Judge wrongly holding that the case had been brought out of time, Howard successfully argued in the Administrative Court that the prosecution had been brought in time.  This is now the leading case on the time limit provisions under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (See Woodward & others [2017] EWHC 1008)
  • Riley (2016) – Prosecution of a slaughterhouse operator under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  Howard was successful in legal argument against Queen’s Counsel in the lower court.  In the Administrative Court, he successfully argued that the CPS is the ‘prosecutor’ for the time limit provisions of the legislation. (See Riley [2016] EWHC 2531 (Admin))
  • Yusuf (2016) – Prosecution in the Crown Court, on behalf of a local authority, of a repeat offender (described in the press as ‘Britain’s most notorious food criminal’) for breaching a Food Prohibition Order and food hygiene offences arising out of his operation of an illicit unregistered meat business, involving the use of multiple identities to hide his involvement.
  • Zaman (2015) – Prosecution in the Crown Court, on behalf of a local authority, of the operator of an illicit unregistered meat cutting plant, which was being operated in filthy conditions.  The identity of the operator was a central issue in the case.
  • Wainwright (2014) – Prosecution in the Crown Court, on behalf of a local authority, of a man for operating an illicit sausage production facility in a filthy farm barn, involving numerous serious hygiene offences
  • Holmes (2013) – Prosecution in the Crown Court of a farmer, under the Cattle Identification Regulations, in connection with the illicit disposal of cattle into the food chain.

Contact Howard’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Imogen Brown on 0113 2135225

Legal 500 Leading individual 2019