Stuart Maggs > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Farms and estates, tax and wealth management, wills and probate.


Stuart is a partner in the property and estates team at Howes Percival, dealing with landed estates, high-net-worth individuals and business owners. After training as a barrister he spent many years providing tax advice via accountancy firms before returning to the law once more. Stuart has 15 years’ experience in devising bespoke taxation solutions for his clients. He presents lectures and seminars regularly on topical tax issues and is CTA qualified. Stuart has particular expertise in estate planning and minimising inheritance and capital gains tax, both onshore and offshore.


Pupillage at Pump Court Tax Chambers 1998; KPMG 1998-2000; BDO Stoy Hayward 2000-04; partner Spofforths LLP 2004-10; senior manager Grant Thornton LLP 2010-12; partner Howes Percival LLP 2012 to date.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich

(Leading individuals)

Stuart MaggsHowes Percival LLP

At Howes Percival LLP, ‘the team has strength in depth so you receive a seamless service‘ and clients praise its ‘great depth of knowledge‘. The firm has four partners in Norwich whose work covers lifetime estate planning, specialist advice in IHT and capital gains tax, gifting, trust planning, probate services for high-net-worth and complex estates, and a host of trusts matters. Catherine Scott is head of the private client services group and head of the estates team. She is a specialist agricultural lawyer who frequently acts for landed estates. The ‘professional, diligent and personableTom Lawrence has extensive experience acting for high-net-worth non-UK domiciled clients, while Stuart Maggs is head of the tax practice and a key adviser to ultra-high-net-worth families and trustees.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Howes Percival LLP has a broad practice that advises on farm and estate sales, environmental schemes, tenancies and tax structuring, though its forte is trusts and estate matters. Practice head Catherine Scott leads a four-partner group in Norwich, in which private client partner Stuart Maggs provides strategic advice for families and trusts on their business and personal matters, including preparing wills, estate planning, trusts, powers of attorney. Katharine Danks is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and advises on a range of matters including trusts, taxation, land law, agricultural holdings, Town and Country Planning and the Common Agricultural Policy.