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Howes Percival LLP

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Jo Nicholls

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Howes Percival LLP

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Commercial Property


Joanna has significant experience of all types of commercial property work, specialising mainly in real estate development, but also dealing with acquisitions and disposals; landlord and tenant matters for clients’ property portfolios; and acting for investors in high value commercial properties.

Joanna has significant commercial property experience and has progressed her career with the firm since qualifying as a solicitor, establishing a strong loyalty with both her clients and the business.


2015 Partner, Howes Percival

2010 Director, Howes Percival

MA in Advanced Commercial Property focusing on sustainable development and green issues

2006 Associate, Howes Percival

2002 Assistant Solicitor, Howes Percival

2000 Trainee Solicitor, Howes Percival


BA (hons) in Business Administration, followed by Postgraduate Diplomas in Law and Legal Practice

East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Joanna Nicholls - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Banking and finance

At Howes Percival LLP 'the service is exceptional, with a quick turnaround even on matters of complexity; the advice is pragmatic and not of the "ivory tower” academic variety which has little relevance to the needs of the business client'. One client remarks that 'the firm is good value for money, particularly compared with other “big-hitters” in the region'. Another says 'I rate them higher and consistently better than other local firms for property-related bank lending'. Commercial property partner Joanna Nicholls and corporate partner Robert Colman lead the practice, which focuses heavily on real estate finance. Nicholls is 'the epitome of quiet competence' and property specialist Tessa Haskey is 'readily approachable and confident'. Steven Beach is also recommended for advising banks and private lenders on property security matters. A recent highlight saw Haskey advise Svenska Handelsbanken on the grant of a development loan facility for two sites. She also acted for R Q Capital Limited, Winterton Capital Limited and Markerstudy Insurance Company Limited in securing a development loan.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Norwich

Within: Commercial property: Norwich

Howes Percival LLP is praised for its 'strong business approach – quietly efficient, providing excellent advice appropriate to the situation and good value for money'. The practice handles major residential and commercial development projects, investment portfolio matters, property finance and renewable energy projects, and it has specific expertise in sectors such as leisure, tourism, education, healthcare and automotive. The firms ‘outstanding‘ partners include practice head and firm chair Tessa Haskey, who has ‘a readily approachable and confident manner', and the 'calm and confidentJoanna Nicholls. Haskey acted for Norse Development Company and International Aviation Academy on the letting of the academy to various users including a  helicopter manufacturer and the local air ambulance service. Tracey Hughes is a leading light in complex development matters. For Heritage Developments, she handled a £5m site acquisition for residential development. Directors Nicola Curle and Alice Liddle are recommended for advice on residential development and the drafting of complex contracts respectively.

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