Rex wishes to maintain a broad practice in silk and is particularly well suited to multi-issue cases.


Year of Call: 1991
Year of Silk: 2011


Charterhouse School (1974-1979)
University of Sussex (Biochemistry) (1979-1982)
Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (1982)
Polytechic of Central London: Diploma in Law (1989)
Bar Finals (1991)


Basic French


FLBA committee member


Rex enjoys a broad family practice. He has most recently gained a strong following and reputation as a care practitioner but this has not detracted from his core skills as both an ancillary relief and private law children specialist. He particularly enjoys cases with either an international element, such as relocation cases, or legally or factually complicated ones which require an eye for detail and careful analysis.

Rex also practices in civil work, particularly those areas which can loosely be considered to have a family or financial element to them, such as trusts, wills and probate.

Rex prides himself on being hardworking and thorough with a keen awareness for the need for careful strategic and tactical planning. His catch phrase is “careful planning prevents a poor performance”. He is well liked by solicitors and respected for his strong people skills. He believes that a robust sense of humour and re-assuring manner are vital tools in any family case.

In the recent case of Young v Young, Rex recieved praise from J Moor: “92. I also wish to pay tribute to Mr Howling QC and Miss Johal who have appeared on behalf of the Wife, ably supported by their instructing solicitors. This case has been as complex as any this Division has ever encountered. They took on the case at the last minute yet have managed to become completely conversant with the huge volume of paperwork. The case was presented to me with great ability. Nothing more could have been said or done on their client’s behalf.`’

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Bar Yacht Club
Middle Temple
Association of Lawyers for Children


Recommended as a Children Law Leading New Silk in The Legal 500 2011

[2015] EWCA Civ 162-1
[2014] EWCA Civ 1775
[2014] EWCA Civ 1674
[2013] EWHC 4048 (Fam)
[2012] EWHC 1924 (fam)
[2011] EWCA Civ 1795
[2010] EWCA Civ 1535
[2007] EWHC 544 (Fam) ; (2007) 1 WLR 2531 : (2007) 2 FLR 326 : Times, April 20, 2007; AC9901177
[2005] EWCA Civ 649
[2004] 1 FLR 1195