John Howell

John is the Founder & Editor of GuidesGlobal and its parent company, Guides.Global Ltd.

He has decades of experience in international law and real estate. He is extremely enthusiastic about his work - he often requires dragging away from his desk for his own good. He is accustomed to producing results.

John Howell

John is widely recognised as an expert in the field of legal work for international clients and about international real estate.

He had a career as an international lawyer covering over thirty years, and was senior partner in two respected law firms.

He has written many books about aspects of international law and living.

Now semi-retired (well, in theory), he’s taken his decades of experience in international law and put it into a project he’s been planning for many years: GuidesGlobal – an online resource for people who want to live or do business in other countries. Importantly, and uniquely, he is populating it with in-depth information written by professionals in the areas being discussed. He hopes that you find it useful.

Languages spoken: English (native), French & Spanish



Main: +44 (0) 1284 719964
Mobile: +44 (0) 7715 174415

Life outside work

British. Born 18 Jan 1950. Married. No children.

Working with a number of community and professional organisations, including: Pitsmoor CAB (committee), Sheffield Ethnic Minorities Advice Project (committee), Middlewood Mental Health Trust (board), Abbeydale Grange School (governor), AIPP (board), Odhams Walk TMO (chair), Bury St Edmunds Farmers Club (chair 2011-2015), Classic Car Club of Bury St Edmunds (chair 2016-).


Jan 2015-CURRENT: Founder & Editor, GuidesGlobal

Written and video guides, as well as full-length books, about all aspects of living, working and doing business abroad. John works with lawyers, accountants etc. around the world to produce this information: his huge advantage is that he knows which questions to ask, and how to present the answers effectively.

2012-2014: Editorial Director, OPP Media (business-to-business overseas property news and features)

Responsible for editing and producing a stable of nine b2b print and/or digital magazines and newsletters aimed at the international property industry around the world. These include OPP (Overseas Property Professional) and OPP China – in Mandarin. Total circulation about 110,000 in 90 countries. Also partly responsible for the OPP Connect website; the OPPLive conferences and the OPP Awards for Excellence.

2009-CURRENT: Specialist International Legal Consultant, John Howell & Co – London and Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk)

Niche firm advising developers and private individuals (many of whom have been my clients for years) about development plans, rescuing failed developments and property investment opportunities. Duties included both advice to clients and the administration and marketing of the firm.

1996-2009: Senior Partner at International Law Partnership (ILP), formerly John Howell & Co – London

Leading specialist law firm dealing 100% with international legal transactions, mainly property related. Duties included client work, business and financial planning, regulatory compliance, managing a team of over 50 lawyers and supporting staff, marketing and a whole lot more.

1979-1996: Founder (later Senior Partner) of John Howell & Co – Sheffield

Specialist English law firm dealing mainly with civil liberties and social welfare law. Duties included client work, business and financial planning, regulatory compliance, managing a team of over 50 lawyers and supporting staff spread over 5 offices in Sheffield. John Howell & Co still operates (under the name of Howells) but John Howell no longer has any connection with it.


1972-present: Continuing Professional Development

1971-1972: College of Law, Liverpool – Solicitors Final Exams

1968-1971: University of Bristol – LLb (Hons)

1961-1968: Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Recent posts by John

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John Howell's investment principles – outlined below – have been simmering nicely for nearly 40 years. Many of them were ...
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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Is it right for your problem? What types of ADR exist? How are they used? ...
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Do you have assets in another country? If so, do you have a Will for that country? If not, it's ...
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Choosing Commercial Property
This guide covers... This guide deals with the special things that you will need to take into account when choosing ...
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Insuring your Car in Spain
Insurance for your car is critical not just because the law requires you to have it but because of the ...
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Social Security in Spain
Social security arrangements in Spain are extensive and expensive. They are also rather complicated and, very likely, different from those ...
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You've decided to invest in international property - or perhaps you've already bought it. Sensibly (at least in my view) ...
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For nearly 1,000 years Trusts have offered a useful tool to people who operate internationally. They address some very practical ...
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If you need to see a lawyer, you need to see a good lawyer: not just someone who's going through ...
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International Wills
This guide deals with international Wills - Wills specifically written to be valid in multiple countries around the world. How ...
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Powers of Attorney - a Global Guide
Powers of Attorney are much used in international transactions where somebody who would normally have to attend to sign a ...
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The aftermath of a car crash - a silver car has rear-ended a blue car.
Insuring your car is completely necessary. Not only is it illegal not to have car insurance in almost every country, ...
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A curved, Spanish building in Malaga, standing alone against a blue sky
If you have bought a property that is purely for investment, you should be aware that it comes with its ...
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A Spanish villa, the photo taken from a low angle, against a blue sky
Holiday home insurance may not be mandatory in many countries, but it is extremely important that you buy it. If ...
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Tax: the Taxation of Companies in Spain
In Spain, companies are taxes in a variety of ways. Understanding the system - and how it will work best ...
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