Martin is a consultant in the Construction team with particular expertise in the interpretation and drafting of construction and related contracts for clients in both public and private sectors. He has authored more industry standard forms of contract than any lawyer currently practising.
Martin also advises on procurement strategy and the legal, commercial, and practical issues relating to the delivery of successful projects. He has advised numerous public and private sector organisations including universities, local authorities, central government departments, NHS Trusts, housing associations, and many construction contractors including Costain, Kajima, Hochtief, Bovis Lend Lease, and Wates. In addition Martin regularly advises on the procurement and documentation of highways maintenance arrangements.
He is a Fellow of the Faculty of the Built Environment, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Martin Howe of Keystone Law is well regarded for his handling of non-contentious work such as procurement strategies and maintenance agreements. Commentators value the depth of his experience, describing him as a "very good, long-standing construction lawyer."
Chambers UK 2019
Recognised by the Legal 500 2018 for South West: Construction
Recognised by Best Lawyers (UK) in the practice area of Construction (2019, 2018 and 2017)
Martin Howe of Keystone Law is a highly experienced and well-regarded construction lawyer. His expertise lies in giving strategic advice on significant construction projects, and he has a strong client base among educational bodies. Clients say: "He is extremely thorough and persuasive, and is also patient and clear in explaining legal points."
Chambers UK 2018
Martin Howe is recognised by the Legal 500 2017. "Highly regarded in the field."
Martin Howe of Keystone Law "is a very experienced construction lawyer with both a detailed, up-to-date knowledge of this area of law and a keen commercial sense." His expertise in transactional matters is well respected in the market, and he is particularly strong in the drafting of standard form contracts
Chambers UK 2017
At Keystone Law, Martin Howe acts for a number of educational institutions and local authorities on contentious and non-contentious matters.
Legal 500 2016
‘Martin Howe of Keystone Law has a strong front-end practice for a range of clients including significant contractors and public sector organisations. One source reports that “he gives good advice in a timely manner.”’
Chambers UK 2016
|2014||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2013-2014||Excello Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2004-2013||Bevan Brittan | Partner|
|2000-2004||Bevan Ashford | Partner|
|1986-2000||Veale Wasbrough | Partner|
|1982-1986||Lawrance Messer | Trainee Solicitor then Solicitor|
|1983||Qualified as a Solicitor|