Catherine Scott > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Charities, farms and estates, tax and wealth management.


Catherine is a partner and an agricultural law expert. She has extensive experience in advising farms and estates including complex high-value transactions and rural property advisory work on partnerships, tenancies and specialist agricultural holdings. She works closely with the tax team on estate planning work. She has many years of experience and offers farmers and landowners clear and sensible advice on their property and estate management issues. Catherine is from an agricultural background and most of her clients are farmers and landowners. She is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, she is a Trustee of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and is a Trustee of a number of client family trusts including a large charity.


Qualified Mills & Reeve 1996; solicitor Howes Percival 1996; associate Howes Percival 1999; partner Howes Percival 2001.


Agricultural Law Association; Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.


Framlingham College, Suffolk; Durham University (1993 LLB Hons); College of Law, York (1994 Legal Practice Course).


Family life and the countryside.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Hall of Fame)

Catherine ScottHowes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP in Norwich has a ‘helpful and thorough‘ estates practice that ‘inspires total confidence, is pragmatic in its approach and is highly productive‘. Its work spans the full range of land sales and purchases, agriculture financings, environmental schemes, business sales and matters concerning agricultural holdings and protected tenancies. Practice head Catherine Scott has many years’ experience working with farmers and landowners on complex and high-value property matters. Up-and-coming partner Katharine Danks is ‘a consummate professional with a forensic eye for detail‘ and tax and trusts specialist Stuart Maggs ‘sees through problems and grasps the complexity‘.

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Many partners at Howes Percival LLP acts as charity trustees and have experience in dealing with complex governance issues. The firm has a multi-disciplinary practice, led from Norwich by Catherine Scott, that handles all aspects of charity formations, restructurings and reorganisations, as well as providing real estate and employment law advice. The firm also has a strong tax practice that provides assistance with Gift Aid and enhanced legacy income, as well as inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning for donors.

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

(Leading individuals)

Catherine ScottHowes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP ‘does traditional private client work supremely well‘, according to one of its clients. It has a large practice in Norwich that handles every aspect of tax, wills, trusts and probate work for landowners, business owners and high-net-worth individuals. Lead partner Catherine Scott is a specialist agricultural lawyer who deals with heavyweight transactions, particularly those involving landed estates. Head of tax Stuart Maggs ‘gets to the nub of the issue quickly‘ and frequently acts for ultra-high net worth families and trustees. Tom Lawrence provides ‘a really high level of comprehensive advice‘ on wealth management and succession issues. Jonathan Wortley handles cross-border estates.