Howard practised as a solicitor for more than 40 years prior to his retirement in April 2011. He was a partner in the firm Finers Stephens Innocent and he specialised in commercial litigation representing numerous ‘household name’ companies. Part of his practise was in the education sector, acting for insurers of many universities around the country. During his career he also spent time as a Managing Partner and as Head of a large Litigation Department. After his retirement he was instrumental in setting up a charity with the object of raising money from the older generation via the donation of their the Winter Fuel Allowance in order help disadvantaged youngsters. During the course of this project Howard worked closely with the The Prince’s Trust.