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Howes Percival LLP

Work 01908 672682
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DX 31419 Milton Keynes

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

The Milton Keynes' corporate and commercial team at Howes Percival LLP has a strong reputation for its work with owner-managed and family-owned companies and larger multinational corporate businesses, which are advised on acquisitions, disposals, restructuring, banking and general commercial matters. The practice's sector focus includes the automotive, real estate finance, supply chain and not-for-profit areas. The 'business focused' Edward Lee heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Edward Lee


'Well-led team, clear objectives aligned with our requirements, working towards a common goal'.

'Professional, pragmatic, responsive'.

'Commercially minded on all service lines'.

'Edward Lee has an outstanding mind'.

'Edward Lee is very business focused, but more importantly he is very creative in looking for solutions'.

Key Clients

BGF (Business Growth Fund)

Mazars Financial Planning

Welcome Break Group Limited


Administrate Limited

Milton Keynes College

Work highlights

  • Handled the sale of Aspall to US company Molson Coors.
  • Acted in relation to a joint venture with The Embark Group which included the sale of 51% of its shares in Vested Employee Benefits (formerly Mazars Employee Benefits Limited) to The Embark Group.
  • Acted for a SaaS early-stage company in the energy sector in relation to a funding round and IP licences.
  • Handling the reorganisation of a loan note structure in relation to £20m+ of notes, including advice in relation to security, assignment, effects of subordination and novation.
  • Advising the client on its application to the government's IoT programme.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP’s employment team in Milton Keynes is led by Simon deMaid who is particularly experienced in disability discrimination claims and senior executive terminations. The practice is well known for its work in the higher education, automotive and healthcare sectors, assisting a number of prestigious clients in the Milton Keynes area with the employment issues arising from acquisitions, disposals and restructuring projects. Associate Hannah Pryce is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Simon deMaid

Other key lawyers:Hannah Pryce

Key Clients

Bosch Siemens Home Appliances

PJ Care Limited

Milton Keynes College

Dachser Limited

Welcome Break Group Limited

Marston’s PLC

Terex Corporation

Getronics Services UK Limited


Nampak Plastics Europe Limited


World Vision UK

University of Northampton’s Student Union

Hillarys Blinds Limited

Digital Post Solution Limited

AlphaCure Limited

Barton Petroleum Limited

HRG UK Limited

RS Components Limited/Electrocomponents plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in relation to all employment aspects of its £18m consortium bid for government funding for the creation of a new Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park.
  • Advising an HR team on a complex race discrimination grievance.
  • Advising on implementing actions and recommendations of an independent audit report, leading to multiple dismissals.
  • Successfully advising a further education college on defending an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP’s commercial property team in Milton Keynes is headed by Lisa Mantle, who has strong expertise in property finance. The practice offer a full range of real estate-related services to clients, including residential and commercial developments, commercial and strategic land acquisitions and disposals and investment fund acquisitions and disposals. Mark Davies specialises in the formation of joint venture vehicles and multi-party landowner and investor agreements, with a focus on the education sector.

Practice head(s):Lisa Mantle

Other key lawyers:Mark Davies

Key Clients

Milton Keynes College

Work highlights

  • Assisted Milton Keynes College with a £18m consortium bid for Government funding intended for the creation of a new Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's south east practice focuses primarily on contentious work, with disputes specialist James Howarth heading up the regional team. The team is particularly experienced in the publishing and technology sectors, with an emphasis on technology manufacturers. Other key areas for the firm include software copyright and online issues as well as licensing.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Victoria Howe

Key Clients

Time Out Group plc

ATSI  Limited

Quarto Group Plc

AFL Hyperscale (subsidiary of Nikkei listed Fujikura)

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Business Software Alliance

Work highlights

  • Representing a major online retailer in a dispute with a competitor.
  • Providing advice to a client on issues relating to copyright and trade marks, as well as providing litigation services in various ongoing actions.
  • Ongoing complex High Court litigation, including interim injunctive relief against various parties.
  • Defending copyright infringement proceedings in respect of a well-known game.
  • Advising in multiple related actions for breach of procurement regulations against the procuring body, misuse of confidential information and patent infringement against a rival services provider.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

With particular experience in reputation and privacy management, as well as IP, Howes Percival LLP's media team acts for both private clients and media-sector companies. The team primarily acts on contentious matters, including High Court and injunctive relief proceedings, with a particular focus on trade marks, copyright and passing-off on the IP side. James Howarth is the key figure within the firm's Milton Keynes office, and has substantial experience handling work for publishing sector clients. In non-contentious IP work, associate Jenna Bruce is a name to note given her in-house experience in the media industry.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Jenna Bruce


'Howes Percival is a well-rounded practice with expertise in this field'

'James Howarth and his assistant Victoria Howe are a formidable team.'


Key Clients

Time Out

Quarto Group plc

Lion Hudson

Goldstein Music Publishing

Sounds Like Publishing Limited

DOLCE Music Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising this leading Christian trade publisher on various publishing matters, both contentious and non-contentious.
  • Representing this household name in High Court action for copyright infringement.
  • Advising this leading non-fiction trade publisher on various matters.
  • Representing lottery winner in privacy proceedings against publisher and counter claim in libel.
  • Representing this client in proceedings concerning passing off, trade mark infringement and breach of undertakings.

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