Neil A Howard
Admitted to practice in 2008, Neil practices predominantly in the criminal law jurisdiction. As a solicitor advocate, Neil gained experience contested criminal hearings in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court jurisdictions, before moving to the Victoria Bar, where he now engages in similar work, including trial work at County Court level. His advocacy includes serious assaults, drug matters, sexual assaults, breaches of the Road Safety Act, stalking & Intervention Order type breaches, and fraud and deception related matters. Neil also maintains particular interests in sports law, environmental law, and administrative law type matters.
Neil has lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T.), officiated and presided in Evidence Moots at Melbourne University, as well as lecturing in Criminal Law and Legal Professional Management at the Melbourne campus of Navitas Tertiary College.
Prior to being admitted to the legal profession, Neil spent in excess of 23 years as a law enforcement officer, of which he served approximately 15 years service with the Victoria Police, with over ten years tenure in the criminal investigation units at Footscray, Sunshine, the Armed Robbery Squad and Homicide Squad.
Neil holds tertiary qualifications in Australian History, Indigenous Studies and Law, and is currently pursuing a Post Doctorate qualification in a select law field.