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Howes Percival LLP

FLINT BUILDINGS, 1 BEDDING LANE, NORWICH, NR3 1RG, ENGLAND
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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Corporate and commercial: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP continued to grow its client base in 2018, notably among owner-managed and family-owned businesses. It focuses predominantly on corporate acquisitions, reorganisations and commercial work. Lead partner Nathan Horton, who works between the Cambridge and Norwich offices, draws on expertise in the firm's other offices to service the needs of clients in the local market, as well as his own in-depth knowledge of acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, shareholder and investment agreements and corporate reorganisations across a range of industry sectors.

Practice head(s):Nathan Horton

Work highlights

  • Advised onthe merger of the Monkfield Nutrition and Euro Rep Ltd businesses.

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Corporate and commercial: Norwich
Corporate and commercial: Norwich - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has 'a strong team that responds rapidly to both the clients' and fellow professionals' needs in complex and pressured situations'. Practice head Nathan Horton frequently acts for owner-managed businesses across a range of sectors in sales and acquisitions, reorganisations and shareholder or investment agreements. A client remarks that the firm has 'a refreshing and practical approach' to multimillion-pound deals, which in 2018 included the high-profile sale of Aspall Cyder to Molson Coors.

Practice head(s):Robert Colman; Nathan Horton

Testimonials

"Nathan Horton demonstrated excellent commercial judgement to keep transactions running smoothly and he takes the pressure off clients."

"The most important strength that Howes Percival displayed was the time and ability to get to know our business, its shareholders and, therefore, our goals. This enabled them to align their service offering to match our desires implicitly."

"All of the Howes Percival team that worked on our share sale, but specifically Nathan Horton, took the time to ensure that we fully understood all of the processes and documentation that was in place."

"They absolutely understood that we were not from a legal background and as such communicated in ways that made the whole transaction as painless as they could for us."

Key Clients

Quattro Recruitment Limited

Ford Retail Limited

Hughes Electrical Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Shareholders of Quattro Group Holdings Limited in the acquisition of 75% of the business by Gap Personnel Holdings.
  • Acted for the family shareholders on the sale of Aspall Cyder to Molson Coors.
Leading individuals

Nathan Horton - Howes Percival LLP

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge
Commercial litigation: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP handles a mixed case load of local, national and international work from Cambridge and routinely deal with multimillion-pound litigation. The firm hired Michael Green from Weightmans LLP to lead its litigation practice and clients describe him as 'a fantastic lawyer with good interpersonal skills and a strong understanding of the law'. Rising star associate Victoria Sandell is 'thorough, grounded, down-to-earth and really puts the hours in when necessary'.

Practice head(s):Michael Green

Other key lawyers:Victoria Sandell; Leon Head

Testimonials

'They manage that hard-to-achieve balance between knowledge and approachability, and seem to do so effortlessly. I honestly cannot think of another firm that litigates this well and this consistently and certainly not that does so at such reasonable rates.'

'Michael Green, because he sits as a Deputy Judge, has an unparalleled understanding of how the judicial mind operates and what will and won't work before a Judge.'

'Victoria Sandell is a real star who I would use if I needed legal representation. She offers clients Magic Circle representation at a fraction of the price and her bedside manner with clients is outstanding.'

'Leon Head is a very strong candidate who will undoubtedly be going places very quickly. All in all, the Cambridge branch of HP has an outstanding insolvency team.'

'Excellent instructions to counsel, close partner involvement and attention with pragmatic and commercial advice and total commitment to the client's case and commercial objectives.'

'Michael Green is an excellent, assured and experienced litigator with a thoroughly commercial approach and very sound instincts and advice.'

'Victoria Sandell, is a highly capable, confident and very hardworking case manager. They are a real pleasure to work with as counsel.'

'Victoria Sandell's clients loved her and really appreciated her commitment to the cause. The case was very far from straightforward, and she proved equal to the various and varied challenges it threw up, on the way to a successful conclusion.'

'Victoria Sandell is just the sort of litigator you want to have on your side in the trenches during a long, drawn out war.'

Key Clients

BDO

Mazars

Bowker BMW

Algean Sarl

Bens Cookies

Masters Logistical Ltd

Frampton International

PEM

Willis Gambier UK

Work highlights

  • Represented Bowker BMW upon a £1.4m claim against a major utilities supplier.
  • Representing Masters Logistical Services Ltd upon a significant fire damage insurance claim.
  • Acting for attorneys upon a breach of trust claim.
  • Represented Algean Group Sarl upon a claim against a contracted recording artist for missed payments under a consultancy agreement.
  • Acted for Frampton Worldwide Ltd in connection with a contract and technology claim/dispute relating to the design, manufacture and supply of an industrial food line against its large bakery customer.
Leading individuals

Michael Green - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Victoria Sandell - Howes Percival LLP

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Commercial litigation: Norwich
Commercial litigation: Norwich - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

The litigation practice at Howes Percival LLP frequently deals with high-value, complex and high-profile matters both in the UK and overseas. It also acts for government departments in multimillion-pound litigation. Practice head Alison Kirby has 20 years' trial experience mainly in the High Court, including trials relating to the fraudulent reclaiming of VAT conducted in the First Tier Tax Tribunal. Her practice encompasses a wide range of disputes for business clients and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Alison Kirby

Other key lawyers:Gordon Simpson

Key Clients

Select Franchise Limited

C E Davidson Limited and Irwin Leasing Limited

Smith of Honingham

Work highlights

  • Assisted Smith of Honingham in relation to recovery of an outstanding debt from four guarantors following the debtor company becoming insolvent.
  • Instructed to provide advice to C E Davidson Limited and Irwin Leasing Limited in relation to the terms of a contract for them to supply eggs to a food company and to advise on a possible claim for breach of contract against the food company.
  • Acted for Select Franchise Limited in relation to a dispute with a franchisee in relation to breach of the agreement which resulted in termination by our client.
  • Represented a company in a dispute about pension rights and share buy-back.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Commercial litigation and insolvency partner Alison Kirby leads the debt recovery practice at Howes Percival LLP, which focuses on complex, high-value and high-profile work for its strong commercial client base. Where litigation is required, the firm draws on contacts across the country in the form of High Court Enforcement Officers who can assist with enforcements of writs of control. Associate Gordon Simpson has more than 20 years’ experience in handling contentious disputes, including recovery of debts arising from commercial and construction contracts.

Practice head(s):Alison Kirby

Other key lawyers:Morris Peacock; Gordon Simpson

Testimonials

"We have always benefitted from access to a senior partner to direct us to an appropriate solicitor within the organization to best deal with the particular situation. As we have always been satisfied with the advice and attention to detail, we have not found the need to look to other firms."

"Gordon Simpson  quickly grasped the fundamental points of our claim and advised us on the best way forward to recover the majority of the monies owed. With the guidance of Howes Percival we  were able to recover the majority of the monies owed."

Key Clients

Smith of Honingham

Select Franchise Limited

Tracy Hodges

Work highlights

  • Assisted a Smith of Honingham in relation to recovery of an outstanding debt from four guarantors following the debtor company becoming insolvent.
  • Acted for Select Franchising Limited in relation to a dispute with a franchise in relation to breach of the agreement which resulted in termination by the client.
  • Assisted Ms Tracy Hodges in relation to the recovery of losses in respect of the purchase of a horse which she bought to use for eventing.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP acts for many of the UK’s main banks and also for a private corporate funder with a large turnover of high-risk investments. It also advises private clients on complex refinancing transactions. Joanna Nicholls, whose 'knowledge of commercial transactions is unrivalled', leads the real estate finance and banking practices, and has a steady flow of work in the leisure, real estate developments and healthcare sectors. Tessa Haskey acts for banks and private lenders in relation to property security. Corporate partner Robert Colman handles acquisition and debt finance for both borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):Joanna Nicholls; Robert Colman

Other key lawyers:Tessa Haskey; Steven Beach; Will Stokes; Charlotte McClean

Testimonials

"Excellent communication and knowledge and high-level diligence."

"Charlotte Maclean is fantastic to work with and provides excellent support."

"Joanna Nicholls is always diligent and her knowledge of commercial transactions is unrivalled."

Key Clients

RQ Capital Limited

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Barclays Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

C Hoare & Co

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) now Handelsbanken Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Svenska Handelsbanken AB in connection with a £3.8m loan facility.
  • Representing Svenska Handelsbanken AB in connection with equity release by way of overdraft facility.
  • Representing RQ Capital Limited in connection with a loan facility of £1million.
  • Representing RQ Capital Limited in respect of a loan of £750,000 to a developer.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank Plc lending £1.85 million of development funding on a new development of 23 houses
Leading individuals

Joanna Nicholls - Howes Percival LLP

Tessa Haskey - Howes Percival LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a large insolvency practice across its office network, in which Norwich is a key hub. Morris Peacock leads the insolvency service group, which is on the government panel for insolvency matters, and conducts complex public interest winding-up matters, often involving large-scale frauds, and director disqualification work. The firm also undertakes complex insolvency litigation for regional and national IPs, as well as transactional and advisory insolvency matters including CVAs. Alison Kirby, newly promoted partner William Shirley,  associate Patrick Manning and, in Cambridge, experienced partner Michael Green are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Morris Peacock

Other key lawyers:Alison Kirby; Michael Green; William Shirley; Patrick Manning

Testimonials

"Excellent commercial litigators who are particularly well experienced in handling large and complex government litigation in the field of insolvency."

"They are tactically astute and very commercial in their approach. They have very good knowledge of insolvency matters seen from the perspective of the government's Insolvency Service, private clients and Insolvency Practitioners."

"Morris Peacock is adept at commercial litigation and is very tactically aware. He is always in tune with clients' considerations and can adapt his approach very effectively."

"William Shirley is an experienced commercial litigator. He is particularly skilled at drafting with a good eye for detail. He  has a very a client-focused and commercial approach."

"Patrick Manning is a very thorough litigator who is particularly adept in director disqualifications and has excellent knowledge of the law and the particular demands of litigation in that field."

"Excellent service. Michael Green is exceptional with his knowledge and practical experience."

Key Clients

The Insolvency Service

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Price Baily LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

McTear Williams & Wood

Ensors

BDO UK LLP

Mazars LLP

Larking Gowen

Willis Gambier UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented BDO UK LLP as trustee in bankruptcy of Sivakumar in Bankruptcy investigating and litigating transaction at undervalue claims worth £1.2 million.
  • Represented Mazars LLP (as Trustees in Bankruptcy of Edginton) in Bankruptcy investigating and recovering claims worth £500,000 which involved complex litigation, including two appeals to the Court of Appeal (reported cases).
  • Acting for Price Bailey LLP administrators on the sale of a distressed business worth £106,000.
  • Represented Patrick Ellward and Adrian Allen as the Joint Administrators of The Oven Door Bakery Limited and Joint Administrators of WT Endacott Limited (in Administration) on the sale of the distressed businesses for £100,000.
  • Represented Springfields Advisory LLP investigating and litigating claims worth £600,000 arising out of the directors causing the company to engage in tax avoidance schemes.
Leading individuals

Alison Kirby - Howes Percival LLP

Morris Peacock - Howes Percival LLP

Next Generation Partners

William Shirley - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Patrick Manning - Howes Percival LLP

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has 'highly valued professional advisers' in its Norwich and Cambridge offices, and practice head Matthew Potter is respected for his work for both PLCs and large SMEs. Potter frequently handles heavyweight and high-profile litigation on behalf of boardroom directors and CEOs. Associate Nicola Butterworth is a rising star who advises on all areas of employment law from policy drafting and business change, to defending complex Employment Tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):Matthew Potter

Other key lawyers:Nicola Butterworth

Testimonials

"The team at Howes Percival is knowledgeable and responsive."

"Their ability to deliver timely advice and pragmatic solutions, combined with an eagerness to support our business is very much appreciated."

"Our main contact has a very common-sense approach and is very knowledgeable from a legal perspective but also with our business and history in mind. A very responsive individual who will ensure practical advice is provided with the business' aim in mind."

Key Clients

EMCOR Group UK

Gallagher Bassett International Ltd

Bauder Ltd

Thomas Ridley and Sons

Fox’s Marina and Chandleries

S Sacker (Claydon) Ltd

Maxxis International Plc

QUATTRO RECRUITMENT LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Advising and negotiating terms for CEO of Tech PLC.  Involving shareholder issues, announcements to the market.
  • Providing advice on complex litigation in employment tribunals and day-to-day advice on multiple HR issues and TUPE transfers.
  • Advising a regional employer on and seeking to strike out of ET claims, and on senior level exits and GDPR issues.
  • Defended both the employer and multiple employees who were pursued in respect of Equality Act Claims by a former employee leading to the withdrawal of the claims by the Claimant.
  • Provision of employment law advice to Shareholders of Quattro Group Holdings Limited in connection with the sale of their majority shareholding to Gap Personnel Holdings Limited.
Leading individuals

Matthew Potter - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Nicola Butterworth - Howes Percival LLP

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a large and diverse client base of substantial landowners, trusts and partnerships. Catherine Scott leads a thriving agricultural property practice that handled large farm transactions and tenancies, basic payment and environmental schemes, and the investigations and registration of complex unregistered titles. Estate management for landed estates included specialist advice on agricultural holdings and protected tenancies. The firm also calls on its specialist tax practice to advice rural clients on matters such as iheritance and capital gains tax. Another key name to note is rising star Katharine Danks.

Practice head(s):Catherine Scott

Other key lawyers:Stuart Maggs; Katharine Danks

Testimonials

"They are friendly, personal, professional and efficient. So many firms delegate to team members and the relationship is diluted."

"Catherine Scott and her team are very efficient."

Key Clients

Cholmondeley Estates (Norfolk and Cheshire)

The Holkham Estate

The Sutton Hall Estate

The Gasthorpe Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale of the Sutton Hall Estate, which was a significant sale of a ring-fenced Estate in excess of 2000 acres in Suffolk, for a sum in excess of £30m.
  • Acted on the sale of the Lodge Farm Estate, Gasthorpe which included approximately 1,000 acres of land and residential property.
Leading individuals

Catherine Scott - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Katharine Danks - Howes Percival LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

The charities practice at Howes Percival LLP has many partners who act as charity trustees and have experience in dealing with governance issues. The multi-disciplinary group handles charity formation and administration, including advising on new and changed structures, incorporations, conversion, governing documents and mergers. Notable skills include tax advice from the estates practice, which frequently advises on Gift Aid, enhanced legacy income and inheritance tax matters. Head of private client services Catherine Scott is the key contact.

Practice head(s):Catherine Scott

Other key lawyers:Nathan Horton; Tessa Haskey; Alice Liddle; Nicola Curle; Paul Wootton

Key Clients

Norwich University for the Arts

Work highlights

  • Advised on Norwich University for the Arts' purchase of freehold land from Norwich City Council to transform an existing site into new teaching and student accommodation while also improving a neglected riverside location within the City Centre.
  • Represented client in disposition of assets to facilitate construction of new premises.
  • Representing client in connection with new loan facility of £1m.
  • Resisted financial claims and threats of eviction against landlord of commercial premises.
  • Property advice for long leasehold portfolio.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

The family law practice at Howes Percival LLP is part of an integrated private client group that works across its offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich. Working closely with the estates and private client team, it focuses on wealth preservation where clients have business and land assets and other inherited wealth. Lead partner Amy Walpole and associate Sophie Key frequently handle divorce, financial negotiations, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation issues and Children Act matters for high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Amy Walpole

Other key lawyers:Sophie Key; Laura Clay-Harris

Testimonials

'The team is approachable and responsive.'

'Amy Walpole and Laura Clay-Harris are both strong in communication and respond to emails promptly.'

'Approachable, determined and knowledgeable, they want to achieve best possible outcomes.'

'Amy Walpole's standout quality was her determination to achieve a fair result for her client even when difficult problems were obstructing progress. She persisted even when I felt like giving in to demands made by the other side. She gave me the confidence to carry on and achieve a good outcome.'

Rising stars

Sophie Key - Howes Percival LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP¬†specialises in providing planning and strategic advice in complex situations to high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts. This includes lifetime planning, probate, powers of attorney, inheritance and capital gains tax, trusts and pensions advice.¬†The practice is led from Norwich but in Cambridge, associate¬†Amy Wallhead¬†is building the firm's reputation.¬†One client describes the practice as 'very client-service orientated ‚Äď they show a deep care for making sure clients receive the very best advice'.

Other key lawyers:Amy Wallhead

Testimonials

'The firm does not have a very large team, so you get to know the personalities of the individuals you are dealing with. They are very approachable. A member of the team in Cambridge has a deep interest in advice to people with dementia and recognising when clients may be affected which is clearly going to increase in importance.'

'I think they have a genuine interest in clients. It is a well-respected firm, so I would take expertise as a given. It is their ability to interact with clients and to explain complex issues in a way clients will understand which is as important.'

'I feel very confident in Amy Wallhead's ability. She is always available to discuss cases and you always feel she knows what is going on and can give you an informed update.'

Work highlights

  • Advice on creating a charity for client via a will.
  • Advice to trustees on duties and conflicts of interest relating to settlement and related companies.
Rising stars

Amy Wallhead - Howes Percival LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP provides bespoke planning and strategic advice in complex situations to high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts. Catherine Scott is head of the private client services group across all of the firm's offices and is head of the estates practice. Stuart Maggs is a leading practitioner for strategic planning, management and tax minimisation for trusts, partnerships and companies. Tom Lawrence advises business owners and their families on complex succession and estate planning issues including wills and tax matters.

Practice head(s):Catherine Scott

Other key lawyers:Stuart Maggs; Tom Lawrence

Testimonials

"The work of Stuart Maggs has been exceptionally impressive. He understands complex issues and can simplify matters for the lay client."

"Stuart Maggs' thorough knowledge of family estate matters was far above his competitors and the speed and efficiency with which he produced solutions were of the highest standard. I look forward to receiving his further guidance in the future."

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale of the Sutton Hall Estate, in excess of 2,000 acres in Suffolk, for a sum in excess of £30m.
  • Comprehensive review of a family’s affairs, including consolidation of numerous existing family trusts, wills, estate planning and lasting powers of attorney.
  • Transfer of significant funds to family investment companies, securing protection for the family and achieving tax-efficient arrangements.
  • Working with client on restructuring their estates to create a family investment company, family constitution, redrafting their wills and creating powers of attorney.
  • Advising a farming family on bringing their affairs up to date, drafting new partnership agreements, transferring land to children, redrafting family wills and preparing powers of attorney.
Leading individuals

Catherine Scott - Howes Percival LLP

Stuart Maggs - Howes Percival LLP

Next Generation Partners

Tom Lawrence - Howes Percival LLP

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP joins the ranking this year having handled a growing volume of real estate work for clients in the education sector. Steven Beach and Michaela Henson are highly experienced property partners who act for the firm's growing client base, which includes the University of Cambridge and Norwich University of the Arts. Simon Murphy is recommended for contentious property matters. Nathan Horton leads the firm's academies team, which handles academy conversion and ongoing post-conversion matters. Legal director Nicola Curle handles land disposals for FE colleges.

Practice head(s):Steven Beach; Nicola Curle

Other key lawyers:Michaela Henson; Simon Murphy; Nathan Horton

Testimonials

"The team at Howes Percival LLP is a small, focused operation that possesses a wide knowledge of our property portfolio and is able to handle every kind of instruction that is passed to them."

"The individuals take an interest in what they do and see the wider context in which the tasks sit and are therefore able to provide detailed and relevant advice in all situations."

"We appreciate the depth and breadth of Steven Beach's knowledge of the law associated with the property sector as well as his specific knowledge of our property portfolio. His ability to provide concise and succinct advice is a particular quality that we have appreciated."

Key Clients

University of Cambridge

North Hertfordshire College

Girton College, Cambridge

Cambridge Union Society

Norwich University of the Arts

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

South Essex College

Work highlights

  • Representing Cambridge University Endowment Fund in the sale of a long lease over a hotel in Bath.
  • Representing Cambridge University Endowment Fund in the sale of a development site in Northampton to Bovis Homes for £7.7m.
  • Development of a 325 student room accommodation facility for Girton College.
  • ADvising Norwich University for the Arts on the purchase of freehold land from Norwich City Council to transform an existing site into new teaching and student accommodation while also improving a neglected riverside location within the city centre.
Rising stars

Nicola Curle - Howes Percival LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a broad commercial property practice that handles high-value residential development projects for clients such as Hill Residential and commercial development work for the likes of Turnstone Estates, as well as the management of real estate investment portfolios and property finance transactions for major lenders. The firm has niche expertise in key sectors such as tourism, leisure, education, technology and the public sector. It has a group of highly experienced partners in practice head Jonathan Greenhalgh, 30-year market veteran Steven Beach and strategic land specialist Michaela Henson. Director Will Stokes is a rising star.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:Steven Beach; Michaela Henson; Will Stokes; Helen Stewart

Testimonials

"Overall, the firm has a strong team with good sector specialists. I have found them to be good and approachable."

"Will Stokes is sensible, approachable and tends to keep us in the picture through the process."

Key Clients

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Hill Residential Limited

Turnstone Estates Limited

Greene King Plc

Girton College, Cambridge

East Cambs Trading Company Limited

Abcam Plc

Ely Cathedral

Artisan (UK) Developments Ltd

Newcore Capital Management LLP

Luton Hoo Estate

Work highlights

  • Sale of graduate accommodation site and children's nursery for a Cambridge College.
  • Assisting Raspberry Pi with their office relocation to two sites within Cambridge, including taking space at a new-build office at St John’s Innovation Park.
  • Acting for the occupational tenant on its letting of a new headquarters building at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
  • Acting for the seller in the £20m disposal of an investment hotel property in Bath.
  • Acting for a national housebuilder acquiring a site for the development of up to 98 dwellings
Leading individuals

Jonathan Greenhalgh - Howes Percival LLP

Michaela Henson - Howes Percival LLP

Steven Beach - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Will Stokes - Howes Percival LLP

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Commercial property: Norwich
Commercial property: Norwich - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

At Howes Percival LLP 'capable individuals make up the team, which provides good response times'. The 'very thorough and diligent' Joanna Nicholls, firm chair and and practice head Tessa Haskey and development specialist Tracey Hughes are the key partners. Their work encompasses residential development for clients including Bloor Homes, commercial development for major developers and local authorities, the management of portfolio investments, and property finance in sectors such as energy, leisure, automotive, healthcare and education. Nicola Curle is recommended for projects in the education sector.

Practice head(s):Tessa Haskey; Tracey Hughes; Joanna Nicholls

Other key lawyers:Nicola Curle; Tom Skinner

Key Clients

Ford Retail Limited

Lothbury Broadland Unit Trust and Lothbury Property Trust Company Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited (Persimmon Anglia, Essex & North London

regions)

Hughes Electrical Limited

Norwich University of the Arts

The Trustees of the Holkham Central Estate

Bloor Homes Limited

Big Sky Developments Limited

Braintree District Council

Citygate Developments Limited

Heritage Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Braintree District Council in the £6m acquisition of Horizon 120 commercial development site.
  • Acting for Ford Retail on property elements of a £21.6m strategic site disposal project.
  • Acting for Persimmon on acquisition of a 187-plot residential scheme on conditional basis.
  • Acting for Ford Retail Limited on a capital project for dealership redevelopment requiring an umbrella agreement providing for licence for alterations, landlord contribution to works, construction warranties, lease extension by way of reversionary lease, and rent review variations.
  • Acquiring site for Norwich University of the Arts for educational facilities and student accommodation development.
Leading individuals

Tessa Haskey - Howes Percival LLP

Tracey Hughes - Howes Percival LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nicola Curle - Howes Percival LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP joins the rankings having hired two construction specialists. Director Simon Franklin in Cambridge joined from Teacher Stern LLP and he handle all aspects of non-contentious construction law including strategic procurement. He has extensive experience in working with developers and housebuilders on projects including student accommodation, hospitals, retail developments and urban regeneration schemes. Solicitor Emma Raspin in Norwich joined from Cozens-Hardy LLP and her recent work includes dealing with all construction issues relating to the sale of a multimillion-pound property portfolio.

Practice head(s):Simon Franklin

Other key lawyers:Emma Raspin

Key Clients

Ford Retail Limited (Trust Ford)

Fleur Developments Limited

Carislease Limited

Alaris Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a property development company in respect of its £11m portfolio sale to a registered provider.
  • The Firm is the main supplier to Ford Retail Limited of property and construction legal work and we have advised and continue to advise the Group Property Manager on a number of projects, including the construction/refurbishment of showroom/service facilities at Bristol, Staines and Weston Super Mare.
  • The team acted for this award winning house builder in preparing a bespoke suite of construction documents, consisting of professional appointments, sub-contracts and collateral warranties.
  • Advising a developer client on the termination of a contractor and the engagement of a replacement as well as ongoing strategic contractual management advice.
  • Represented leading medical research and development company in connection with the construction of new laboratory building.

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP in Norwich is regularly instructed to act in the negotiation of complex planning obligations and, in 2018, these included a number of planning obligations related to substantial urban extensions, as well as numerous successful planning appeals. Paul Wootton leads the planning practice and is also head of the firm's development sector group. He primarily advises on large-scale residential development schemes. Newly promoted director Jay Mehta frequently assists developers, promoters and local planning authorities with the defence of judicial review challenges. The environmental practice is led form Leicester but solicitor Phillippa Summerlee in Norwich handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Wootton

Other key lawyers:Jay Mehta; Jamie Childs

Testimonials

"The firm has first-rate understanding of planning law and practice combined with a commercial approach and very high standards of client care."

"Jay Mehta has high standards of client care and willingness to provide advice in a timely manner. He has excellent knowledge of planning case law and practice, which he combines with a high level of commercial understanding and professional approach."

"A commercially astute team of leading lawyers in their field, which has a unique ability of interpreting the law, whilst understanding the commercial objectives of a project in its application."

"The firm provides proactive and pragmatic advice when you most need it during the various stages of the planning process."

"A critical friend, often an integral part of our project teams. The Howes Percival planning team seriously punches above its weight when compared to many other practices."

"Paul Wootton is an outstanding lawyer in his field - approachable, pragmatic and well respected in the market place. Jay Mehta is a shining star."

Key Clients

Persimmon Homes

Bloor Homes

Pigeon Group

Endurance Estates

Turnstone

Bovis Homes

Breckland District Council

This Land Limited

East Cambs Trading Co Limited T/A Palace Green Homes

Big Sky Developments Limited

ESCO Ltd

Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited

Fleur Developments Limited

CK Properties Developments Limited

Ford Retail Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic and on-going planning law advice to Breckland District Council in connection with a sustainable urban extension of 4,000 dwellings.
  • Howes Percival continue to be chosen by the Persimmon regions operating in the area to advise on a number of complicated development projects.
  • Howes Percival continues to support Pigeon Group on major development projects throughout the eastern region.
  • Howes Percival continues to be Endurance Estate’s planning law advisors of choice in connection with the promotion of a range of large-scale residential development projects.
  • Howes Percival are advising on This Land Ltd’s flagship development project of 650 units at Burwell and are providing planning law advice on a range of other development projects.
Leading individuals

Paul Wootton - Howes Percival LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jay Mehta - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Jamie Childs - Howes Percival LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has 'one of the best practices in the region and the team is highly experienced in all areas of contentious commercial, residential and agricultural property work'. Simon Murphy and rising star associate Leanne Davis in Cambridge manage large property portfolios and act for both landlords and tenants in contentious matters. They also advise technology and biomedical clients on dilapidations liabilities, including the biochemical and radioactive decontamination of buildings. In Norwich, Jamie Kidd and William Trow focus on land and development issues, which include a growing caseload of leasehold and freehold enfranchisement disputes.

Practice head(s):Simon Murphy; Jamie Kidd

Other key lawyers:Leanne Davis; William Trow

Testimonials

"This practice has the broad spread of skills required today to provide suitable support for problems concerning the property and probate sectors."

"The advice given has been consistent, considered and professional over a period of almost five years, in challenging and unusual circumstances. Suitable extra expertise in other fields or counsel is sensibly utilised as required."

"Jamie Kidd has consistently supported the Administrators for the estate with considered opinions, actions and gentle humour. We have benefited from his extensive knowledge of the the relevant law and case law and from his cautious approach to the possible criminal, devious and blocking aspects of the other party's approach."

"Jamie Kidd is a very sensible and effective litigator. He never loses sight of the client's objectives and has a great record of securing successful outcomes, often without the need to go to trial."

"Bill Trow is bright, efficient and pleasant to work with."

Key Clients

Co-Operative Group Limited

Greene King Plc

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Norwich University of the Arts

Ministry of Defence

Cholmondeley Estate

Norwich Cathedral

Classical Property Services Limited

Lothbury

Hughes Electrical

Anglia Leisure

Richardsons Leisure

Work highlights

  • Providing landlord and tenant advice to this significant fund – including leasehold enfranchisement, high value central London lease extensions, forfeiture, possession, interpretation of leases and debt collection.
  • Representing a property owner in connection with rights of way dispute over commercial land; the matter is important because if rights established this will lead to significant interference with client’s business interests.
  • We provide ongoing estate management advice in relation to the entirety of the client’s retail portfolio to include advice on dilapidations, break notices and title issues.
  • Acting for commercial occupier and defending high-value commercial dilapidations claim currently proceeding to trial in High Court.
  • Dealing with a contested application for the assignment of lease; proceedings have been issued, and the Landlord has served a Jervis -v- Harris (wants of repair) notice, which is contested.
Leading individuals

Jamie Kidd - Howes Percival LLP

Simon Murphy - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Leanne Davis - Howes Percival LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a multi-disciplinary social housing team led by experienced housing management lawyer  Simon Murphy, who draws upon the expertise of property litigator Jamie Kidd, property development partner Michaela Henson and a large pool of conveyancing, planning and construction talent. The firm has strong relationships with all of the East Anglian Registered Providers operating in Cambridge and frequently handles golden brick agreements, development purchases and site assembly matters.

Practice head(s):Simon Murphy

Other key lawyers:Jamie Kidd; Michaela Henson; Clare Best; Scott Smith; Helen Stewart; Bill Trow

Key Clients

Hundred Houses Society Limited

The Papworth Trust

Flagship Housing Group Limited

East Cambs Trading Company Limited

Luminus Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hundred Houses Society Limited in taking a long lease of land from Cambridge City Council for redevelopment of the site.
  • Acting on the purchase of a site for new homes to be developed in conjunction with a Community Land Trust.
  • Sale of shared ownership dwellings and staircasing of Shared Ownership dwellings.

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