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Howes Percival LLP

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Nathan Horton

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Howes Percival LLP

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Banking, commercial contracts, corporate finance.


Nathan is a partner and an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and corporate reorgansiations. Nathan also advises in relation to partnerships/LLPs and corporate banking arrangements. Having worked in London and Asia and spent time on secondment as in-house counsel, Nathan has considerable experience in helping clients achieve their commercial goals. A key aspect of Nathan’s role is to be the first point of contact for clients so to ensure that client’s needs are at the heart of what the firm does and that it delivers its advice clearly, on time and for the costs that have been agreed.


Ashursts 1994-2000; Eversheds LLP 2000-05; Mills & Reeve LLP 2005-07; Hatch Brenner LLP 2007-13; Howes Percival 2013 to date.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Howes Percival LLP has a growing profile in Cambridge and a roster of high-value corporate and commercial work. The team works closely with lawyers in the firm's other offices in East Anglia and further afield to handle corporate transactions for owner-managed and family-owned businesses, as well as high-net-worth individuals engaging in corporate sales and acquisitions. Its work frequently involves transactions in the tourism and leisure, automotive, healthcare and financial services sectors. Nathan Horton leads the practice with support from solicitor Venetia Phipps, who advises both private and public sector clients on corporate matters. Their recent work includes advising the shareholders of a company on a proposed investment by and shareholders’ agreement with another business in the same sector, acting for a significant shareholder in its proposed exit from a business, and handling a group restructuring of its UK business for a subsidiary of a US corporate.

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Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Within: Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Howes Percival LLP has a highly respected corporate and commercial practice that operates as one entity across its network of offices in East Anglia and beyond, but the Norwich office remains a central hub of the department and its lawyers act for numerous owner-managed and family-owned businesses, as well as for high-net-worth individuals in sales and acquisitions, investment transactions and corporate reorganisations. Robert Colman leads the practice and frequently handles acquisitions and disposals, as well as shareholder and investment agreements. He recently supported a client in entering a joint venture for the development and operation of a leisure site. Nathan Horton is the other partner in the practice and he acted for the shareholders of BBC Fire Protection Limited in the company's £8.3m sale to AIM-listed critical maintenance services provider Marlowe Plc. Associate Katherine Brown also played a key role in that transaction.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Howes Percival LLP provides 'excellent service and prompt responses; all fee earners have sound knowledge and are good value for money'. Several of the firm's partners act as charity trustees and have experience in governance issues. The multi-disciplinary practice draws on the firm's private client, employment, property and estates groups to handle all aspects of charity formation, mergers, restructuring and administration. Head of estates Catherine Scott is the key contact and acts as trustee of a large grant-making charity with endowed and investment property. One client praises corporate and commercial partner Nathan Horton, associate and employment law specialist Nicola Butterworth , and property and education director Nicola Curle  for their 'excellent knowledge of their subject matter and their ability to respond promptly'. Richard Lovett is also praised for his specialist knowledge of the charity sector. Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Theatre Royal Norwich, The Woodland Trust and YMCA Norfolk are among the firm's clients.

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