It only takes five minutes of conversation to see why Howard is held in such high regard. The man whose ‘reputation precedes him’, according to a peer, recently went up against ‘the most litigious man in the world’ when representing the daughter-in-law of a Hong Kong tycoon. ‘If we hadn’t fought strongly she wouldn’t have got what she wanted,’ he says. ‘She ended up with £40 million-£50 million, so that’s pretty good.’
The former academic historian advocates pre-nups. ‘When you drive a car you don’t expect to have a crash, but you insure against it.’ Even though he’s increasingly working on such precautions he doesn’t see court work drying up any time soon. A recent case involved a Texan pre-nup and earnings of £250 million.