Katharine Danks > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Agriculture and Estates




Katharine is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association which recognises her detailed knowledge of various aspects of agricultural and rural issues including trusts, taxation, land law, agricultural holdings, Town and Country Planning and the Common Agricultural Policy. Katharine has experience in acting for landowners, landlords, tenants and lenders in respect of agricultural property matters including agricultural holdings act advice, farm business tenancies, acquisitions and disposals (including overage, options and other strategic land agreements) and secured lending on agricultural land and entitlements.

Katharine has led complex matters for agricultural clients involving agricultural and rural property, tax and trusts issues.

Katharine trained at Eversheds LLP and qualified into the Real Estate Development team in 2006. Post-qualification Katharine gained over three years’ experience at Eversheds dealing with a range of property matters, from complex promotion and option agreements to deeds of easement and reports on title. Katharine joined Howes Percival LLP in January 2014.

  • 2019 – Present: Howes Percival LLP, Partner
  • 2017 – 2019: Howes Percival LLP, Director
  • 2015 – 2017: Howes Percival LLP, Associate
  • 2014 – 2015: Howes Percival LLP, Solicitor
  • 2006 – 2011: Eversheds, Solicitor
  • 2004 – 2006: Eversheds, Trainee Solicitor

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Finance > Banking and finance

Howes Percival LLP has an ‘approachable and knowledgeable‘ corporate, commercial and banking practice that works in a cohesive manner across its Cambridge and Norwich offices, as well as its sites in Leicester, Milton Keynes and Northampton. In Norwich, practice head Joanna Nicholls is a specialist in real estate finance, as is head of real estate Tessa Haskey, who clients describe as ‘experienced and highly engaging‘. Property partners Steven Beach, who has particular expertise in dealing with security for property development finance, and Michaela Henson in Cambridge also play pivotal roles in finance work. Norwich-based agricultural law partner Katharine Danks advises landowners, landlords, tenants and lenders on secured lending transactions.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Leading individuals)

Katharine DanksHowes Percival LLP

The agriculture and estates practice at Howes Percival LLP is regarded as being ‘totally supportive, knowledgeable and approachable‘. The firm is adept in farm and rural property transactions, financing transactions, agricultural holdings and tenancies and business structuring. Norwich-based practice head and Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association Katharine Danks is described as giving advice which is ‘clear, concise and timely’. Private client partner Stuart Maggs is ‘always available, strategic and has exceptional specialist knowledge’ of tax and succession planning. Catherine Scott departed to Mills & Reeve LLP in January 2023.

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

Howes Percival LLP has a prominent private client practice that handles work across East Anglia and beyond, and in which the Norwich office plays a central role. Tom Lawrence leads the practice following the January 2023 departure of Catherine Scott to Mills & Reeve LLP. Lawrence’s work includes advising on complex intergenerational estate planning, the creation of trusts and wills, and tax matters. Stuart Maggs provides strategic advisory and estate planning services for high and ultra-high-net-worth families and trustees. Key partner Katharine Danks frequently assists farmers, families and landed estates with issues concerning partnerships, tenancies and land projects. Senior associate Jan Tyler also stands out ‘owing to her combination of expertise and professionalism with a compassionate and down-to-earth manner’.