Jamie Childs > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP


Jamie is a specialist planning solicitor at Howes Percival, with a particular focus on securing legally robust and deliverable planning permissions for clients.

Described as a “rising star” in the Legal 500 (2022), Jamie’s experience includes advising on a number of significant, high profile and contentious residential development projects. Jamie also regularly advises on a wide range of commercial, energy and retail projects.

Jamie is regularly instructed by national and regional housebuilders, land promoters, investors, landowners and local planning authorities.

Jamie has a proven track record of negotiating complex planning agreements on some of the largest development projects in the region. Jamie also has substantial experience in judicial review matters and in providing specialist advice on Environmental Impact Assessment, permitted development rights, highways matters, rights of way, assets of community value and town and village greens.

Jamie’s experience also covers advising on a range of licensing law matters. Jamie has particular experience in advising clients on applications for new or varied premises licenses. Jamie’s combined expertise in both planning and licensing matters means he often provides valuable practical and strategic advice to developers, owners and operators of licensed premises.


  • 2021 – Present: Howes Percival LLP, Director
  • 2019 – 2021: Howes Percival LLP, Senior Associate
  • 2015 – 2019: Howes Percival LLP, Associate
  • 2013 – 2015: Howes Percival LLP, Trainee Solicitor
  • 2012 – 2013: Legal Practice Course, University of Sheffield
  • 2012: Graduated from the University of Sheffield

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

Howes Percival LLP acts for a diverse diverse client base that includes London-based residents’ groups to registered charities and owner-managed bars and restaurants. Planning solicitor Jamie Childs, who works from both the Norwich and Cambridge offices, is the lead practitioner. He has extensive experience in advising on applications for new premises licences or variations to existing premises licences, representing clients at licensing sub-committee meetings and also assisting with the firm’s corporate and real estate matters involving the sale or acquisition of licensed premises. His work also encompasses advocacy work at licensing authority sub-committee meetings where objections have been made to premises licence applications, and niche advice to clients who are looking to apply for new or varied premises licences in connection with a redevelopment of their property.

East Anglia > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Next Generation Partners)

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Howes Percival LLP in Norwich is ‘a regional practice with national expertise, especially in planning, development and commercial property‘, and clients remark that the firm has ‘first-rate planning legal advice combined with high levels of commercial awareness‘. It frequently advises local authorities and other interested parties on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, as well as the negotiation of complex planning obligations, retail and leisure developments and judicial review proceedings. Jay Mehta leads the planning practice following the retirement of Paul Wootton in early 2022. Mehta is ‘incredibly approachable and the way in which he speaks is so clear and concise‘. Director Jamie Childs is ‘calm, speedy, proactive and a trusted asset to the team‘. In 2021, they advised Persimmon Homes on developments in Clacton, Colchester, Earls Colne, Stanford-Le-Hope and Exning.

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.