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Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Banking, commercial contracts and corporate finance.


Gerald is a partner and, after a spell running the firm’s Northampton office, he is now head of the corporate and commercial department in the East Midlands region. Gerald is an experienced corporate and commercial advisor. He advises on sales and purchases of businesses, joint ventures and commercial contracts. He advised and is company secretary of both the British Racing Drivers Club (owners of Silverstone Circuit) and the Guards Polo Club (based at Windsor Great Park).


Qualified as a solicitor with a City of London law firm 1985; partner Howes Percival LLP 1989; head of East Midland region corporate and commercial department 2009.


Law Society.


Nobel School, Stevenage; University College London (law degree); College of Law, Lancaster Gate.


Family, hill walking, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands

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In 2019, Howes Percival LLP‘s team expanded significantly, with corporate partners Jahid Ali and Oliver Brookshaw joining the practice from Spearing Waite alongside banking specialists Haydon Simmonds (also of Spearing Waite) and Ian Ilersic (former Head of Legal at Deutsche Bank). The firm predominantly advises medium and large corporates on M&A, investments, joint ventures and commercial agreements. In a recent work highlight, Daniel Banton served as lead adviser to vendor group Persian Properties Limited on the sale of the entire share capital of Station Road Developments (Management) and SRD (Trading). ‘Exceptionally talented’ partner Gerald Couldrake continues to regularly act for selling shareholders in various industries.

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

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South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Howes Percival LLP ‘s corporate team received a major boost in 2020 with the return of ex-partner Andrew Harris from Dentons, where he had led the Milton Keynes corporate and commercial practice. The team acts for family-owned businesses and larger multinational corporates, as well as private equity funders and management teams interested in primary and secondary buyouts. It has extensive expertise in acting for owners selling their businesses, particularly to foreign-based buyers. The practice also covers banking, restructures, acquisitions and disposals. In May 2019, Daniel Banton was promoted to practice head; he specialises in M&A and restructurings. Gerald Couldrake advises on joint ventures and commercial contracts, while Edward Lee‘s primary practice is in M&A, undertaking complicated cross-border transactions. Partner Ian Illseric joined from Deutsche Bank in December 2019.