The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Howes Percival LLP

Work 01603 762103
Fax 01603 762104

Paul Wootton

Work 01603 580075
Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property


Paul is head of the Howes Percival Planning Team, a member of the Law Society’s Planning and Environmental Law Committee and advises on all aspects of planning and compulsory purchase law

Paul acts for public and private sector clients and has advised on some of the largest regeneration projects in Great Britain. When at Eversheds LLP he was the head of both the Planning and Energy and Natural Resources teams


015 - Present: Howes Percival LLP, Partner

2002 - 2014: Eversheds LLP, Partner

1997 - 2002: Eversheds LLP, Solicitor

1992 - 1997: Hewitsons, Trainee Solicitor then Solicitor


1991 - 1992: College of Law London

1991: Graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London

East Anglia: Real estate


Within: Environment

Howes Percival LLP has experienced environment lawyers in all of its offices, though the centre of gravity is in Norwich. The firm handles environmental permitting, waste and minerals projects, environmental policy and protocol issues, and matters concerning sea and river defences, animal by-products and the management of regulatory breaches. Practice head Paul Wootton focuses primarily on planning issues but has a substantial caseload of environmental impact assessments relating to protected habitats. He worked with consultant Rebecca Carriage to support a large estate in Norfolk with managing the impact of a major local infrastructure project on its land, which included negotiations with public bodies and local authorities. Clients remark that Carriage is 'excellent at translating an extremely complicated area of law into simple language and giving practical commercial advice'. She frequently advises Ford Retail Limited on environmental policy and the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions. Planning associate Jay Mehta and solicitor Jamie Childs are also recommended.

[back to top]


Within: Leading individuals

Paul Wootton - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Planning

Howes Percival LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service in all areas‚Äė. For one client the firm is ‚Äėthe top-rated planning law firm in East Anglia ‚Äď the service is first-rate, they are proactive¬†in advising on planning matters, emerging legislation and case law, and the team has a high level of expertise and commerciality‚Äė. 'For top-quality, high-value planning work and very contentious and intellectually complicated Judicial Reviews, the firm is first-rate, always legally well informed, but providing commercial, sensible and practical advice to boot', remarks another.¬†Paul Wootton, whose specialisms include compulsory purchase matters and strategic planning advice, leads the practice from Norwich. 'Very bright and tenacious' associate¬†Jay Mehta, who is regularly involved in judicial reviews and statutory challenges, ‚Äėoffers a personal, tailored service with the backup of a large practice'. Wootton and Mehta advised¬†Breckland District Council on a sustainable urban development project comprising 4,000 homes and a link road to Norwich. Solicitor Jamie Childs¬†also receives plaudits for his work on s106 agreements and challenges to judicial reviews. Persimmon Homes and Pigeon Group are also among the firm's clients.¬†Planning specialist Ashtons Legal¬†moved to Ashtons Legal.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to