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Howes Percival LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's banking and finance team acts for lenders (including Barclays Bank and NatWest) and borrowers on mandates across a range of sectors, with particular strength in the agriculture sector. The practice is highly active in property finance mandates; in 2017, it handled £220m-worth of completed property finance transactions. Lisa Mantle heads the practice and regularly acts for offshore investors and lenders, as well as property developers and borrowers.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP 'is simply fantastic; response times are always excellent, its understanding of the client's business is always spot on, and advice always meets clients' needs'. The practice acts for a number of household-name brands (including Mercedes-Benz), as well as senior executives, for which it handles complex tribunal claims and severance issues. Recent highlights include advising Welcome Break on warranties, indemnities and TUPE issues related to its acquisition of two Starbucks franchises, and acted for the shareholders of Woodway Packaging on the employment aspects of its acquisition by international distribution and outsourcing group, Bunzl, which involved advising the directors on the terms of their new service agreements. Paula Bailey heads the team in Milton Keynes, which includes Simon DeMaid, who 'always understands clients' needs, explains the risks behind each decision and does everything in his power to mitigate those risks'.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Clients are 'very happy' with the service received by the commercial property team at Howes Percival LLP, which established its commercial property team in Milton Keynes with the recruitment of Lisa Mantle in 2017 from Brecher LLP. Mantle brings an extensive track record in property finance, development work, and commercial property acquisitions and disposals. The practice has quickly established itself as a go-to firm for portfolio secured lending and refinancing, and for landlord and tenant work. Clients include Oakmayne Properties and Dukelease Properties.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP acts for developers, institutional landowners, banks, occupiers, contractors and consultants on a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Recent highlights include assisting Barwood Capital with drafting a bespoke suite of construction documents to be used on a series of future developments; acting for Ford Retail on construction issues related to the refurbishment of the client's existing leasehold dealership in Epsom; and drafting and negotiating all construction documentation on behalf of Welcome Break Group in relation to the procurement of Fleet Service Station. Philippa Hebbard heads the practice and is noted for her non-contentious expertise.

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Howes Percival LLP

‚ÄėHighly rated for intellectual property‚Äô,¬†Howes Percival LLP¬†‚Äėhas a broad range of knowledge and is able to run big and small cases efficiently and cost effectively‚Äô, with particular expertise in the publishing and manufacturing sectors, as well as being adept at handling disputes involving software or online features. ‚ÄėExcellent litigator‚Äô¬†James Howarth,¬†based in Milton Keynes, ‚Äėcombines good legal knowledge with excellent commercial judgement‚Äô. Howarth has been representing manufacturing sector client Fibrefab in a complex trade mark dispute with a competitor, and on the advisory side has been acting for publishing sector client Lion Hudson on an option agreement for a film based on one of its titles. National department head¬†Matthew Talbot¬†is based in the firm‚Äôs Leicester office.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP regularly acts for clients across the creative industries, including television production companies, music distributors, fashion houses, theatres, advertisers and publishers, with particular strength in copyright, defamation and privacy dispute matters. James Howarth has extensive experience of copyright and passing off disputes, with a specialism in the publishing and digital sectors, while associate Jenna Bruce possesses longstanding experience in the media sector, having previously worked in-house at ITV. Recent highlights include advising DOLCE Music on various music licensing matters and artist engagements and assisting GC Biosciences with obtaining an injunctive order requiring Virgin Media to disclose the IP address used by the creator of a blog site which infringed copyright and defamed the claimants.

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