Oliver Pritchard > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Corporate, Commercial and Banking




Oliver is a senior corporate lawyer with particular expertise in advising on transactions in the health and social care sector, where he is recognised as a leading lawyer nationally in the Legal 500 (2020 edition). He has a wealth of experience in leading teams of lawyers on corporate transactions and other large scale projects within the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Howes Percival in January 2020, Oliver worked for over 20 years at Browne Jacobson solicitors and was head of the firm’s commercial health team.

  • 2020 – present: Howes Percival, Partner
  • 2012 – 2019: Browne Jacobson, Partner and head of Commercial Health
  • 2008 – 2012: Browne Jacobson, Partner
  • 2000 – 2008: Browne Jacobson, Solicitor
  • 1998 – 2000: Browne Jacobson, Trainee

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Howes Percival LLP is particularly adept at advising its public sector clients, which include universities and colleges as well as care home operators and specialist care providers, in relation to employment, construction, property, data protection and contractual matters. The practice is experienced in academy conversions having acted for a number of primary, secondary and faith schools across the country. Norwich-based Oliver Pritchard and Northampton-based Graham Irons jointly head the practice. Irons is well-versed in advice regarding transfers of undertakings in the context of academy conversions.

South East > Public sector > Public sector

Howes Percival LLP operates across multiple practice areas to assist clients in the education and healthcare sectors. Jointly leading the team is employment law specialist Graham Irons in Northampton and healthcare expert Oliver Pritchard in Norwich, who has over two decades of expertise in the field.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

Howes Percival LLP‘s education and health practice is ‘well led and professional in all its dealings, ensuring clear, concise and helpful advice is given, and their proactivity and responsiveness are exemplary‘. The firm acts for a growing number of universities and colleges across East Anglia, as well as regional and national care home operators. Land development partner Michaela Henson in Cambridge and, in Norwich, insolvency expert Morris Peacock and healthcare specialist Oliver Pritchard are the practice heads. Also in Norwich, emerging partner talent Nicola Curle frequently handles land disposals, developments and student accommodation projects, and planning specialist Jamie Childs is ‘responsive, calm, speedy, easy to contact and proactive‘. In Cambridge, Steven Beach assists corporate tenants and landlords, higher education bodies and other public sector clients on property matters.

East Anglia > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Howes Percival LLP has ‘the ability to be commercial while protecting the clients interests and ensuring their client’s needs are met‘. Clients note that the practice has ‘a tenacious attitude towards negotiation to get deals over the line‘. The firm has a growing presence in SME and mid-market corporate transactions. Oliver Pritchard leads the corporate group in East Anglia, which is part of an eight-partner practice across all of the firm’s offices. He advised on the multimillion-pound management buyout of Falcon Tower Cranes, the UK’s largest tower crane supplier.

East Anglia > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Norwich

(Leading individuals)

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Howes Percival LLP has ‘a great corporate team with experts in their field who are commercially minded and always focused on maintaining momentum in negotiations‘. The firm is active in local M&A transactions, among recent examples being its work for Falcon Group Services Limited, the UK’s largest tower crane supplier, on its MBO, and its commercial advice to trade association British Marine Federation regarding the Southampton International Boat Show. Oliver Pritchard leads the corporate practice in East Anglia and is ‘diligent, with a high level of expertise, and he always makes himself available‘. Associates Richard Turner and Lizzy Page are highly recommended by clients.