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Howes Percival LLP

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP has a large and diverse client base of substantial landowners, trusts and partnerships. Catherine Scott leads a thriving agricultural property practice that handled large farm transactions and tenancies, basic payment and environmental schemes, and the investigations and registration of complex unregistered titles. Estate management for landed estates included specialist advice on agricultural holdings and protected tenancies. The firm also calls on its specialist tax practice to advice rural clients on matters such as iheritance and capital gains tax. Another key name to note is rising star Katharine Danks.


“They are friendly, personal, professional and efficient. So many firms delegate to team members and the relationship is diluted.”

“Catherine Scott and her team are very efficient.”

Key clients

Cholmondeley Estates (Norfolk and Cheshire)

The Holkham Estate

The Sutton Hall Estate

The Gasthorpe Estate

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 1

At Howes Percival LLP 'capable individuals make up the team, which provides good response times'. The 'very thorough and diligent' Joanna Nicholls, firm chair and and practice head Tessa Haskey and development specialist Tracey Hughes are the key partners. Their work encompasses residential development for clients including Bloor Homes, commercial development for major developers and local authorities, the management of portfolio investments, and property finance in sectors such as energy, leisure, automotive, healthcare and education. Nicola Curle is recommended for projects in the education sector.

Key clients

Ford Retail Limited

Lothbury Broadland Unit Trust and Lothbury Property Trust Company Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited (Persimmon Anglia, Essex & North London


Hughes Electrical Limited

Norwich University of the Arts

The Trustees of the Holkham Central Estate

Bloor Homes Limited

Big Sky Developments Limited

Braintree District Council

Citygate Developments Limited

Heritage Developments Limited

Debt recovery Tier 1

Commercial litigation and insolvency partner Alison Kirby leads the debt recovery practice at Howes Percival LLP, which focuses on complex, high-value and high-profile work for its strong commercial client base. Where litigation is required, the firm draws on contacts across the country in the form of High Court Enforcement Officers who can assist with enforcements of writs of control. Associate Gordon Simpson has more than 20 years’ experience in handling contentious disputes, including recovery of debts arising from commercial and construction contracts.


“We have always benefitted from access to a senior partner to direct us to an appropriate solicitor within the organization to best deal with the particular situation. As we have always been satisfied with the advice and attention to detail, we have not found the need to look to other firms.”

“Gordon Simpson  quickly grasped the fundamental points of our claim and advised us on the best way forward to recover the majority of the monies owed. With the guidance of Howes Percival we  were able to recover the majority of the monies owed.”

Key clients

Smith of Honingham

Select Franchise Limited

Tracy Hodges

Environment & planning Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP in Norwich is regularly instructed to act in the negotiation of complex planning obligations and, in 2018, these included a number of planning obligations related to substantial urban extensions, as well as numerous successful planning appeals. Paul Wootton leads the planning practice and is also head of the firm's development sector group. He primarily advises on large-scale residential development schemes. Newly promoted director Jay Mehta frequently assists developers, promoters and local planning authorities with the defence of judicial review challenges. The environmental practice is led form Leicester but solicitor Phillippa Summerlee in Norwich handles contentious matters.


“The firm has first-rate understanding of planning law and practice combined with a commercial approach and very high standards of client care.”

“Jay Mehta has high standards of client care and willingness to provide advice in a timely manner. He has excellent knowledge of planning case law and practice, which he combines with a high level of commercial understanding and professional approach.”

“A commercially astute team of leading lawyers in their field, which has a unique ability of interpreting the law, whilst understanding the commercial objectives of a project in its application.”

“The firm provides proactive and pragmatic advice when you most need it during the various stages of the planning process.”

“A critical friend, often an integral part of our project teams. The Howes Percival planning team seriously punches above its weight when compared to many other practices.”

“Paul Wootton is an outstanding lawyer in his field – approachable, pragmatic and well respected in the market place. Jay Mehta is a shining star.”

Key clients

Persimmon Homes

Bloor Homes

Pigeon Group

Endurance Estates


Bovis Homes

Breckland District Council

This Land Limited

East Cambs Trading Co Limited T/A Palace Green Homes

Big Sky Developments Limited


Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited

Fleur Developments Limited

CK Properties Developments Limited

Ford Retail Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP has a large insolvency practice across its office network, in which Norwich is a key hub. Morris Peacock leads the insolvency service group, which is on the government panel for insolvency matters, and conducts complex public interest winding-up matters, often involving large-scale frauds, and director disqualification work. The firm also undertakes complex insolvency litigation for regional and national IPs, as well as transactional and advisory insolvency matters including CVAs. Alison Kirby, newly promoted partner William Shirley,  associate Patrick Manning and, in Cambridge, experienced partner Michael Green are also recommended.


“Excellent commercial litigators who are particularly well experienced in handling large and complex government litigation in the field of insolvency.”

“They are tactically astute and very commercial in their approach. They have very good knowledge of insolvency matters seen from the perspective of the government’s Insolvency Service, private clients and Insolvency Practitioners.”

“Morris Peacock is adept at commercial litigation and is very tactically aware. He is always in tune with clients’ considerations and can adapt his approach very effectively.”

“William Shirley is an experienced commercial litigator. He is particularly skilled at drafting with a good eye for detail. He  has a very a client-focused and commercial approach.”

“Patrick Manning is a very thorough litigator who is particularly adept in director disqualifications and has excellent knowledge of the law and the particular demands of litigation in that field.”

“Excellent service. Michael Green is exceptional with his knowledge and practical experience.”

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Price Baily LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

McTear Williams & Wood



Mazars LLP

Larking Gowen

Willis Gambier UK Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP provides bespoke planning and strategic advice in complex situations to high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts. Catherine Scott is head of the private client services group across all of the firm's offices and is head of the estates practice. Stuart Maggs is a leading practitioner for strategic planning, management and tax minimisation for trusts, partnerships and companies. Tom Lawrence advises business owners and their families on complex succession and estate planning issues including wills and tax matters.


“The work of Stuart Maggs has been exceptionally impressive. He understands complex issues and can simplify matters for the lay client.”

“Stuart Maggs’ thorough knowledge of family estate matters was far above his competitors and the speed and efficiency with which he produced solutions were of the highest standard. I look forward to receiving his further guidance in the future.”

Property litigation Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP has 'one of the best practices in the region and the team is highly experienced in all areas of contentious commercial, residential and agricultural property work'. Simon Murphy and rising star associate Leanne Davis in Cambridge manage large property portfolios and act for both landlords and tenants in contentious matters. They also advise technology and biomedical clients on dilapidations liabilities, including the biochemical and radioactive decontamination of buildings. In Norwich, Jamie Kidd and William Trow focus on land and development issues, which include a growing caseload of leasehold and freehold enfranchisement disputes.


“This practice has the broad spread of skills required today to provide suitable support for problems concerning the property and probate sectors.”

“The advice given has been consistent, considered and professional over a period of almost five years, in challenging and unusual circumstances. Suitable extra expertise in other fields or counsel is sensibly utilised as required.”

“Jamie Kidd has consistently supported the Administrators for the estate with considered opinions, actions and gentle humour. We have benefited from his extensive knowledge of the the relevant law and case law and from his cautious approach to the possible criminal, devious and blocking aspects of the other party’s approach.”

“Jamie Kidd is a very sensible and effective litigator. He never loses sight of the client’s objectives and has a great record of securing successful outcomes, often without the need to go to trial.”

“Bill Trow is bright, efficient and pleasant to work with.”

Key clients

Co-Operative Group Limited

Greene King Plc

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Norwich University of the Arts

Ministry of Defence

Cholmondeley Estate

Norwich Cathedral

Classical Property Services Limited


Hughes Electrical

Anglia Leisure

Richardsons Leisure

Banking and finance Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP acts for many of the UK’s main banks and also for a private corporate funder with a large turnover of high-risk investments. It also advises private clients on complex refinancing transactions. Joanna Nicholls, whose 'knowledge of commercial transactions is unrivalled', leads the real estate finance and banking practices, and has a steady flow of work in the leisure, real estate developments and healthcare sectors. Tessa Haskey acts for banks and private lenders in relation to property security. Corporate partner Robert Colman handles acquisition and debt finance for both borrowers and lenders.


“Excellent communication and knowledge and high-level diligence.”

“Charlotte Maclean is fantastic to work with and provides excellent support.”

“Joanna Nicholls is always diligent and her knowledge of commercial transactions is unrivalled.”

Key clients

RQ Capital Limited

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Barclays Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

C Hoare & Co

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) now Handelsbanken Plc

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The charities practice at Howes Percival LLP has many partners who act as charity trustees and have experience in dealing with governance issues. The multi-disciplinary group handles charity formation and administration, including advising on new and changed structures, incorporations, conversion, governing documents and mergers. Notable skills include tax advice from the estates practice, which frequently advises on Gift Aid, enhanced legacy income and inheritance tax matters. Head of private client services Catherine Scott is the key contact.

Key clients

Norwich University for the Arts

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP handles a mixed case load of local, national and international work from Cambridge and routinely deal with multimillion-pound litigation. The firm hired Michael Green from Weightmans LLP to lead its litigation practice and clients describe him as 'a fantastic lawyer with good interpersonal skills and a strong understanding of the law'. Rising star associate Victoria Sandell is 'thorough, grounded, down-to-earth and really puts the hours in when necessary'.


‘They manage that hard-to-achieve balance between knowledge and approachability, and seem to do so effortlessly. I honestly cannot think of another firm that litigates this well and this consistently and certainly not that does so at such reasonable rates.’

‘Michael Green, because he sits as a Deputy Judge, has an unparalleled understanding of how the judicial mind operates and what will and won’t work before a Judge.’

‘Victoria Sandell is a real star who I would use if I needed legal representation. She offers clients Magic Circle representation at a fraction of the price and her bedside manner with clients is outstanding.’

‘Leon Head is a very strong candidate who will undoubtedly be going places very quickly. All in all, the Cambridge branch of HP has an outstanding insolvency team.’

‘Excellent instructions to counsel, close partner involvement and attention with pragmatic and commercial advice and total commitment to the client’s case and commercial objectives.’

‘Michael Green is an excellent, assured and experienced litigator with a thoroughly commercial approach and very sound instincts and advice.’

‘Victoria Sandell, is a highly capable, confident and very hardworking case manager. They are a real pleasure to work with as counsel.’

‘Victoria Sandell’s clients loved her and really appreciated her commitment to the cause. The case was very far from straightforward, and she proved equal to the various and varied challenges it threw up, on the way to a successful conclusion.’

‘Victoria Sandell is just the sort of litigator you want to have on your side in the trenches during a long, drawn out war.’

Key clients



Bowker BMW

Algean Sarl

Bens Cookies

Masters Logistical Ltd

Frampton International


Willis Gambier UK

Commercial litigation: Norwich Tier 2

The litigation practice at Howes Percival LLP frequently deals with high-value, complex and high-profile matters both in the UK and overseas. It also acts for government departments in multimillion-pound litigation. Practice head Alison Kirby has 20 years' trial experience mainly in the High Court, including trials relating to the fraudulent reclaiming of VAT conducted in the First Tier Tax Tribunal. Her practice encompasses a wide range of disputes for business clients and high-net-worth individuals.

Key clients

Select Franchise Limited

C E Davidson Limited and Irwin Leasing Limited

Smith of Honingham

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has a broad commercial property practice that handles high-value residential development projects for clients such as Hill Residential and commercial development work for the likes of Turnstone Estates, as well as the management of real estate investment portfolios and property finance transactions for major lenders. The firm has niche expertise in key sectors such as tourism, leisure, education, technology and the public sector. It has a group of highly experienced partners in practice head Jonathan Greenhalgh, 30-year market veteran Steven Beach and strategic land specialist Michaela Henson. Director Will Stokes is a rising star.


“Overall, the firm has a strong team with good sector specialists. I have found them to be good and approachable.”

“Will Stokes is sensible, approachable and tends to keep us in the picture through the process.”

Key clients

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Hill Residential Limited

Turnstone Estates Limited

Greene King Plc

Girton College, Cambridge

East Cambs Trading Company Limited

Abcam Plc

Ely Cathedral

Artisan (UK) Developments Ltd

Newcore Capital Management LLP

Luton Hoo Estate

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has 'a strong team that responds rapidly to both the clients' and fellow professionals' needs in complex and pressured situations'. Practice head Nathan Horton frequently acts for owner-managed businesses across a range of sectors in sales and acquisitions, reorganisations and shareholder or investment agreements. A client remarks that the firm has 'a refreshing and practical approach' to multimillion-pound deals, which in 2018 included the high-profile sale of Aspall Cyder to Molson Coors.


“Nathan Horton demonstrated excellent commercial judgement to keep transactions running smoothly and he takes the pressure off clients.”

“The most important strength that Howes Percival displayed was the time and ability to get to know our business, its shareholders and, therefore, our goals. This enabled them to align their service offering to match our desires implicitly.”

“All of the Howes Percival team that worked on our share sale, but specifically Nathan Horton, took the time to ensure that we fully understood all of the processes and documentation that was in place.”

“They absolutely understood that we were not from a legal background and as such communicated in ways that made the whole transaction as painless as they could for us.”

Key clients

Quattro Recruitment Limited

Ford Retail Limited

Hughes Electrical Limited

Employment Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has 'highly valued professional advisers' in its Norwich and Cambridge offices, and practice head Matthew Potter is respected for his work for both PLCs and large SMEs. Potter frequently handles heavyweight and high-profile litigation on behalf of boardroom directors and CEOs. Associate Nicola Butterworth is a rising star who advises on all areas of employment law from policy drafting and business change, to defending complex Employment Tribunal claims.


“The team at Howes Percival is knowledgeable and responsive.”

“Their ability to deliver timely advice and pragmatic solutions, combined with an eagerness to support our business is very much appreciated.”

“Our main contact has a very common-sense approach and is very knowledgeable from a legal perspective but also with our business and history in mind. A very responsive individual who will ensure practical advice is provided with the business’ aim in mind.”

Key clients


Gallagher Bassett International Ltd

Bauder Ltd

Thomas Ridley and Sons

Fox’s Marina and Chandleries

S Sacker (Claydon) Ltd

Maxxis International Plc


Social housing Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has a multi-disciplinary social housing team led by experienced housing management lawyer  Simon Murphy, who draws upon the expertise of property litigator Jamie Kidd, property development partner Michaela Henson and a large pool of conveyancing, planning and construction talent. The firm has strong relationships with all of the East Anglian Registered Providers operating in Cambridge and frequently handles golden brick agreements, development purchases and site assembly matters.

Key clients

Hundred Houses Society Limited

The Papworth Trust

Flagship Housing Group Limited

East Cambs Trading Company Limited

Luminus Homes Limited

Construction Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP joins the rankings having hired two construction specialists. Director Simon Franklin in Cambridge joined from Teacher Stern LLP and he handle all aspects of non-contentious construction law including strategic procurement. He has extensive experience in working with developers and housebuilders on projects including student accommodation, hospitals, retail developments and urban regeneration schemes. Solicitor Emma Raspin in Norwich joined from Cozens-Hardy LLP and her recent work includes dealing with all construction issues relating to the sale of a multimillion-pound property portfolio.

Key clients

Ford Retail Limited (Trust Ford)

Fleur Developments Limited

Carislease Limited

Alaris Developments Limited

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP continued to grow its client base in 2018, notably among owner-managed and family-owned businesses. It focuses predominantly on corporate acquisitions, reorganisations and commercial work. Lead partner Nathan Horton, who works between the Cambridge and Norwich offices, draws on expertise in the firm's other offices to service the needs of clients in the local market, as well as his own in-depth knowledge of acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, shareholder and investment agreements and corporate reorganisations across a range of industry sectors.

Education Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP joins the ranking this year having handled a growing volume of real estate work for clients in the education sector. Steven Beach and Michaela Henson are highly experienced property partners who act for the firm's growing client base, which includes the University of Cambridge and Norwich University of the Arts. Simon Murphy is recommended for contentious property matters. Nathan Horton leads the firm's academies team, which handles academy conversion and ongoing post-conversion matters. Legal director Nicola Curle handles land disposals for FE colleges.


“The team at Howes Percival LLP is a small, focused operation that possesses a wide knowledge of our property portfolio and is able to handle every kind of instruction that is passed to them.”

“The individuals take an interest in what they do and see the wider context in which the tasks sit and are therefore able to provide detailed and relevant advice in all situations.”

“We appreciate the depth and breadth of Steven Beach’s knowledge of the law associated with the property sector as well as his specific knowledge of our property portfolio. His ability to provide concise and succinct advice is a particular quality that we have appreciated.”

Key clients

University of Cambridge

North Hertfordshire College

Girton College, Cambridge

Cambridge Union Society

Norwich University of the Arts

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

South Essex College

Family Tier 3

The family law practice at Howes Percival LLP is part of an integrated private client group that works across its offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich. Working closely with the estates and private client team, it focuses on wealth preservation where clients have business and land assets and other inherited wealth. Lead partner Amy Walpole and associate Sophie Key frequently handle divorce, financial negotiations, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation issues and Children Act matters for high-net-worth individuals.


‘The team is approachable and responsive.’

‘Amy Walpole and Laura Clay-Harris are both strong in communication and respond to emails promptly.’

‘Approachable, determined and knowledgeable, they want to achieve best possible outcomes.’

‘Amy Walpole’s standout quality was her determination to achieve a fair result for her client even when difficult problems were obstructing progress. She persisted even when I felt like giving in to demands made by the other side. She gave me the confidence to carry on and achieve a good outcome.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP specialises in providing planning and strategic advice in complex situations to high-net-worth individuals, families and trusts. This includes lifetime planning, probate, powers of attorney, inheritance and capital gains tax, trusts and pensions advice. The practice is led from Norwich but in Cambridge, associate Amy Wallhead is building the firm's reputation. One client describes the practice as 'very client-service orientated – they show a deep care for making sure clients receive the very best advice'.

The firm: Howes Percival is a regional commercial law firm operating across the heartland of England. Howes Percival has expertise and resources usually associated with much larger national and City firms and provides top-quality legal services to businesses, the government and individuals. The firm prides itself on the agile, energetic and commercial approach of its lawyers.

Howes Percival values excellent client relationships and invests time and resources in understanding its clients’ businesses, the sectors they operate in and their requirements. The firm’s offices and teams then work closely together with its clients to provide them with a seamless, high-quality service. The location of the firm’s office network helps it provide services to clients across the country.

Types of work undertaken: The firm was recently appointed to the Government’s Crown Commercial Services General Legal Services Panel for England and Wales.

The firm provides services to a range of clients including, Marston’s Mercedes-Benz, Persimmon Homes, the University of Cambridge, Greene King and All3Media. However, it also has a large client base of owner-managed businesses and individuals. It has particular expertise in the automotive, development and construction, education, food and drink, and leisure and tourism sectors.

Corporate and commercial: Howes Percival is a market leader in corporate work and has particular expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, MBOs and MBIs, and private equity transactions. All aspects of banking law are dealt with and insolvency is a particular specialism. In the commercial arena the firm is also recommended for outsourcing agreements, joint ventures, manufacturing and supply agreements, IT work and intellectual property agreements.

Commercial property: Howes Percival has a highly skilled and extremely well-regarded commercial property team providing specialist advice on all aspects of the sale and purchase of residential and commercial development land and built out sites, option and clawback arrangements, commercial leases and property portfolio management, banking and finance, planning, environmental issues, mines and minerals, construction and property tax.

Dispute resolution, insolvency, intellectual property, property litigation and regulatory/environmental: the firm has an extremely experienced dispute resolution team which deals with disputes inside and outside the UK. It also has highly regarded construction, intellectual property/IT, insolvency, property litigation and regulatory/environmental teams.

Employment: an award-winning team providing the full range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients across the country, carrying out high quality work for a range of clients, from household names to owner managed businesses, and gaining new instructions based on reputation alone. Members of the team provide solution-focused commercial employment advice, taking a robust approach to litigation (having gained a number of costs awards in favour of clients) and are particularly experienced in handling high-value litigation disputes.

Family: the team has national and international reach, providing high-level advice upon divorce and relationship breakdown as well as wealth preservation to high-net-worth individuals including company directors, entrepreneurs and celebrities. The team provides expertise in cases involving family businesses, farming businesses, landed estates and trusts. The practice deals with children and private law matters and has two qualified collaborative lawyers.

Private client: a highly respected team providing advanced estate planning including preparation of wills, formation of trusts and bespoke tax solutions for landowners, directors and high-net-worth individuals with extensive experience advising farms and estates, administering trusts and advising charities. The team includes three Fellows of the Agricultural Law Association and is a retained adviser on Camelot’s legal panel. Team memberships include ACTAPS and STEP.

Offices: Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Daniel Banton
Banking Haydon Simmonds
Banking Ian Ilersic
Banking Tessa Haskey
Charities Tom Lawrence
Charities Richard Lovett
Commercial contracts Gerald Couldrake
Commercial property Tessa Haskey
Commercial property Jonathan Greenhalgh
Commercial property Lucy Lord
Commercial property Nicholas James
Corporate finance Gerald Couldrake
Corporate finance Robert Colman
Corporate finance Daniel Banton
Corporate finance Edward Lee
Education Graham Irons
Education Daniel Banton
Employment Paula Bailey
Employment Graham Irons
Employment Simon DeMaid
Employment Matthew Potter
Family Amy Walpole
Family Justine Flack
Farms and estates Catherine Scott
Farms and estates Stuart Maggs
Farms and estates Jonathan Wortley
Fraud recovery Geraint Davies
Government recovery Morris Peacock
Health and safety Alan Millband
Insolvency Carl Mifflin
Insolvency Katie Summers
Insolvency Deborah Nigh
Insolvency Michael Green
Intellectual property Matthew Talbot
Intellectual property James Howarth
IT and telecoms Matthew Talbot
Litigation and dispute resolution Geraint Davies
Litigation and dispute resolution Satnam Chayra
Litigation and dispute resolution Michael Green
Planning and environment Paul Wootton
Planning and environment Chris May
Planning and environment Alan Millband
Commercial Property Mark Davies
Corporate Jahid Ali
Commercial Property Steven Beach
Corporate Oliver Brookshaw
Commercial Property Stuart Burns
Commercial Property Christopher Cubitt
Commercial Property Nicola Curle
Estates Katherine Danks
Commercial Property Michaela Henson
Commercial Property Tracey Hughes
Planning Paul Hunt
Property Litigation Jamie Kidd
Tax Stuart Maggs
Private Client Stuart Maggs
Commercial Property Lisa Mantle
Property Litigation Simon Murphy
Commercial Property Jo Nicholls
Insolvency Deborah Nigh
Insolvency William Shirley
Intellectual Property Hannah Steggles
Insolvency Katie Summers
Healthcare Oliver Pritchard
Corporate Oliver Pritchard
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Colman  photo Robert Colman
 Tessa Haskey  photo Tessa Haskey
 Nathan Horton  photo Nathan Horton
 Jamie Kidd  photo Jamie Kidd
 Alison Kirby  photo Alison Kirby
 Richard Lovett  photo Richard Lovett
 Jo Nicholls  photo Jo Nicholls
 Morris Peacock  photo Morris Peacock
 Catherine Scott  photo Catherine Scott
 Amy Walpole  photo Amy Walpole
 Paul Wootton  photo Paul Wootton
 Jonathan Wortley  photo Jonathan Wortley
Number of UK partners : 43
Number of other UK fee-earners : 109
Abacus Worldwide
Number of UK Partners : 43
Number of UK Fee Earners : 109

The Lex 100 Verdict

Recruits at Howes Percival were impressed by the firm's 'reputation, location and scale of work', and appreciative of 'the exposure given to trainees from day one'. Many felt that 'client contact' was higher at Howes Percival than at other similar-sized firms. Others were delighted with the 'responsibility you are given from the start' such as 'the ability to run files and take on large transactions'. The approachability and 'supportiveness of all staff' was unanimously praised by respondents, earning Howes Percival its status as a Lex 100 Winner in this category. The firm has also earned Lex 100 Winner medals for inclusiveness, client contact, living up to expectations and quality of work, which is reflected in reports of 'good supervision', an 'interesting and varied workload' and 'friendly and helpful colleagues'. On the other hand, the 'limited social events' and 'moving between offices during training' were frustrations felt by a majority of trainees. 'Preparing the first draft of a transfer for a multi-million pound estate' and 'going to Silverstone for the British racing drivers club annual general meeting that I helped organise', were among best moments. On the flip side, 'commuting', 'changing seats', and 'not feeling able to manage the volume of work' were regarded as worst moments. But, overall, Howes Percival is highly attractive to applicants for its 'people', 'breadth of practice areas', and 'rate of growth'. If you want to work for an inclusive, approachable firm with high-quality clients, then consider applying to Howes Percival.