Howard established Colman Coyle with Robert Coyle in 1984 and since that time has jointly overseen the strategic direction of the firm, successfully building the well regarded firm it is today.
Howard has a reputation for his depth of knowledge and extensive experience in commercial disputes, property and construction disputes and professional negligence claims. As a seasoned litigator he has acted for clients in a wide variety of significant cases including many landmark and important reported cases.
He also has considerable expertise in alternative dispute resolution particularly arbitration, adjudication and mediation; and encourages his client’s to resolve their disputes out of court wherever possible.
As Head of the Dispute Resolution he heads up a team who have acted for a wide range of clients from private individuals to major PLC’s and across a diverse number of sectors including property and construction, insurance and financial services, hotels and leisure, retail and others.
Howard also heads up the firm’s International Service and conducts international arbitrations often in conjunction with lawyers in other jurisdictions. He is recommended by the International Law Referral Group as the commercial litigation expert for England.
Howard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Adjudication Panel Member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA), an ADR Group trained mediator and a Member of the TeCSA Specialist Construction Mediators Panel.
Howard has been instructed by clients in numerous and varied cases where important precedents have been set in various areas of the law.
BMCE Bank International Plc v Phoenix Commodities Pvt Ltd and Anor (2018) EWHC 3380 (Comm)
Bank of Scotland v Joseph (2014) EWCA Civ 28
“I want to thank Colman Coyle and particularly Howard Colman for taking my case and fighting for it to the very end. When others hesitated he had no doubt my case was strong enough and after an intense process, he managed through it all with transparency, intelligence and efficiency, bringing to the team the most knowledgeable and top rated partners to make this a story of success.” Santiago Montoya
“Howard is quite literally the A team of litigators. He is highly tenacious and tactical whilst at the same time being sensitive to the client’s difficult situation/needs. He has a gift at communicating and translating complicated legal issues in simple terms. He always put our mind at rest and delivered everything he said he would.”
“Howard provided sound, commercial and proactive advice and is really a trusted adviser. I would not hesitate for one moment to get in touch with Howard for any litigation matter. He is our preferred go to for any commercial litigation.”
“Howard has brilliantly done an impossible task. Your service is professional and your customers approach is outstanding!”
“From first contact I was impressed with the approachability of staff, transparency and openness in correspondence and conversations and both speed of response and frequency of communication”
“Howard was excellent in providing clear and honest advice, which ultimately led to the outcome that we hoped for.”
“I felt Howard was very helpful during a very stressful time always kept me informed of any progress, very professional.”
“Fast hands-on advice and procedure, top!”
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