Firm Profile > Howes Percival LLP > Milton Keynes, England

Howes Percival LLP
FIRST FLOOR, BELL HOUSE, SEEBECK PLACE
KNOWLHILL
MILTON KEYNES
MK5 8FR
England

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The corporate team at Howes Percival LLP advises a broad mix of owner-managed businesses and larger multinational corporates, as well as clients in the charity, education and automotive sectors, on transactional matters often involving an international element. The practice covers acquisitions and disposals, banking, restructures, in addition to other commercial work. In May 2021, Andrew Harris was appointed as head of corporate, commercial and banking; he has considerable expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, and business reorganisations. Edward Lee's primary focus is in M&A, advising on complex cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harris

Other key lawyers:

Edward Lee

Testimonials

‘The team are clearly highly knowledgeable and great at what they do. They seem to have genuine care for us as a client organisation, and are big supporters of initiatives aligned with our aims in the local area. Also, they see the bigger picture (and help us make the links) which has been very helpful when dealing with more complex matters.’ 

‘Edward Lee is an outstanding lawyer with great commercial nous.’

‘Andrew Harris is professional; he bends over backwards to get work done, especially if it has a time constraint, and is very easy to work with.’ 

‘The team are personable, professional, responsive and very capable.’

‘Edward Lee is highly regarded, with a strategic approach to ensuring the business and corporate community is well served across a range of areas.’   

Key clients

Polyco Healthline Group Limited

Tripod Crest Group

Dynamic Procurement Holdings Limited

Mossbourne Federation

Administrate Limited

Milton Keynes College

Skills4Stem Limited

Software Migrations Limited

Meller Designs Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Working closely with its East Midlands offices, Howes Percival LLP's Milton Keynes team is experienced in the television and publishing sectors, where it assists individuals and companies on reputation management and intellectual property issues. James Howarth is the key practitioner; recommended by clients for his ability to provide 'excellent analysis and practical advice in high pressure situations', Howarth frequently works with publishing houses in libel claims. In 2020, the team assisted Captain Tom Moore and his family with trademark registration.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

James Howarth

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and super supportive’

‘James Howarth provides excellent analysis and practical advice, in high pressure situations’

Key clients

Sir Captain Tom Moore

Lion Hudson

Goldstein Music

Sounds Like Publishing

DOLCE Music Limited

Time Out

Quarto Group plc

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The Milton Keynes employment team at Howes Percival LLP has expertise in the further education and automotive sectors, advising clients on matters including acquisitions, disposals, and restructuring, as well as TUPE, exit strategies, restrictive covenants and tribunal claims relating to whistleblowing and discrimination issues. Practice leader Simon deMaid deals with large scale redundancies, restructures and disability discrimination claims, while director Hannah Pryce is an employment tribunal advocate and advises clients in the education and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon deMaid

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Pryce

Testimonials

‘Simon deMaid is our point of access to Howes Percival. We can always rely on Simon for a fair and balanced view. Extremely helpful, responsive all delivered in a friendly manner.’

‘The team’s professional strengths are already well documented, but what should also be noted are their active questioning and attentive listening skills. These traits ensure that people are put at their ease right from the first point of contact, clear instructions given and potentially difficult conversations which need clarity of thought are able to be had in an honest and open way.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz

Milton Keynes College

P J Care Limited

AFL Hyperscale Limited

Barton Petroleum Limited

HRG UK Limited

C.Brewer & Sons Limited

Radius Group Limited

Alpha-Cure Limited

World Vision

Sugarich Limited

Clare James Automotive Limited

Dachser Limited

RS Components Limited

The Gym Limited

Tsys EMEA

Getronics Services UK Limited

Marston’s PLC

Intellectual property Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP's Milton Keynes practice works closely alongside its East Midlands office to provide clients from the defence, non-profit and medical device sectors with expertise in registrations, trade mark and patent infringement, and misuse of confidential information. James Howarth is the key name in the region and advises on IP issues affecting tech and media companies, contentious and non-contentious.

Practice head(s):

James Howarth

Testimonials

‘Very high quality IP firm with an excellent commercial attitude to costs.’

Key clients

Captain Tom Moore

Tabbers Limited

Welbeck Publishing Group

Owen Mumford Limited

Golf Holidays Direct Limited

Time Out Group plc

Wendy Fair Markets

DX Group

ATSI Limited

Ultimate Performance

Akuma Sports

Juxt Limited

AFL Hyperscale

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Bartington Instruments

Quarto Group Plc

Sounds Like Publishing

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

Based in Milton Keynes, Howes Percival LLP’s commercial property team regularly advises clients on a range of matters, including the acquisition and disposal of residential and commercial development land and built out sites. Headed up by Marcus Carter, who joined from EMW Law LLP in June 2021, the practice has also seen a growth in banking and property finance work.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Carter

Public sector Tier 4

Howes Percival LLP offers multidisciplinary advice to clients in the education and healthcare sectors. Operating from three locations, the practice is co-led by employment law specialist Graham Irons in Northampton; Oliver Pritchard in Norwich, the key contact for healthcare matters; and Daniel Banton in Leicester - he leads the firm's academy sector work, including advice on multi-academy mergers and post-merge reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pritchard; Graham Irons; Daniel Banton

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Group

P J Care Limited

Anchor Carehomes Limited

Learners Trust

Milton Keynes College

Polyco Healthline Group Limited

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

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'.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Scott

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Danks; Stuart Maggs

Testimonials

‘The solicitor came highly recommended and excellent advice and all work is carried out to a very high standard.’

‘We only really use HP. They are very helpful but also I have confidence that they are very thorough.’

‘The Howes Percival Agriculture and Estates team is able to grasp the complexity of a problem and deliver solutions. They inspire total confidence, pragmatic in their approach and always quick to call or respond to our questions.’

‘As clients we felt they were a highly productive team who brought their own individual skills liaising in house to offer effective, honest advice. We felt they cared and had our best interests in mind at all times.’

‘Katharine Danks is a consummate professional with a forensic eye for detail. She managed some time critical situations and was not afraid to stand her ground and hold others to account in a highly skilled manner. Her specialist knowledge was incredibly impressive and invaluable to us. She provided an exceptional and uncompromising service.’

‘Stuart Maggs offered excellent advice in a precise and easy to understand format. He sees through problems and grasps the complexity. So knowledgeable and efficient, responding and maintaining excellent communication with us. Succession issues can be sensitive but Stuart understood that behaviour and emotion must be taken into account in family relationships Always looking for solutions his advice was well considered and delivered the outcome that enabled us to move forward.

Key clients

The Cholmondeley Estates (Norfolk and Cheshire)

The Holkham Estate

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP's 'first-class' practice handles all areas of commercial disputes, including commercial contract claims, tort issues, professional negligence disputes, as well as contentious probate matters. On the public law side, the group is well versed in judicial review proceedings, while also representing various local authorities. Geraint Davies leads the team; while regularly instructed on proceedings in the High Court, Davies also has a strong track record in handling multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Satnam Chayra specialises in property litigation as well as complex partnership and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Geraint Davies

Other key lawyers:

Satnam Chayra

Testimonials

‘First-class regional Commercial Disputes Resolution team led by Geraint Davis and Satnam Chayra, attracting major corporate clients and recognised by peers as a top tier firm in the region. The CDR team’s strong offering is manifest, supported by a robust technological infrastructure that has seen Howes Percival strive during the pandemic.’

‘Geraint Davis and Satnam Chayra – both of whom are stand out lawyers with oodles of technical ability and fabulous demeanours to boot! I can address their qualities compendiously as they are ‘from the same mould’ in that it is a pleasure to be instructed by them both given the quality of instructions, their understanding and distillation of the key issues in the case and the commerciality.

‘Fantastic out of the box view from the team. Amazing work ethics and dedication.

‘Satnam Chayra is hugely knowledge as is her team, a real pleasure to work with and one of the reasons why we will only use Howes Percival for our needs. Her honesty, integrity and the personal approach is what we value most.

Key clients

Getronics Services UK Limited

MPAC plc (formerly Molins plc)

Renewi UK Services Ltd

Intertek Group plc

Grace Foods UK Limited

Just Hype Limited

Trent Pottery Company (Leicester) Limited

Pete Norris Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP utilises its multiple regional offices to provide a comprehensive service to clients across the East Midlands, advising on investment fund acquisitions and disposals, sale and leaseback transactions, real estate finance work and landlord and tenant issues. Lucy Lord is the name to note in Northampton, where she regularly advises developers on the sale of residential plots to affordable housing providers through golden brick and development agreements. The Leicester team is led by Nicholas James and includes Stuart Burns, who specialises in commercial and residential strategic land acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas James; Lucy Lord

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Burns; John Herd

Testimonials

‘Excellent service at great value.’

‘Lucy Lord – understands the business and has exceptional eye for detail producing quality support.’

‘An excellent practice for complex matters, especially acquisitions and development funding. The quality of work is outstanding and client liaison superb. Good people too.’

‘John Herd has been excellent in advising us on the structure of land options and the subsequent sale of either land or the SPV’s associated with the land . He knows what deadlines mean and has dealt very effectively with lawyers acting for the other side with great maturity and, when required, subtle dexterity.

‘We have worked with several of the employee’s who have always delivered for us, if I was going to mention one, it would be Stuart Burns. Stuart has now been apart of our team since the signing of our first site in the UK and continues to absorb himself in our business to better understand our needs to be able to better support us. My biggest appreciation of Stuart is his of course legal knowledge but also his commercial knowledge too, which allows us to have straight forward conversations and make quick decisions.

‘The team at HP undertake a broad range of transactional and professional work and are able to advise us on a wide range of transactional and professional matters across the various in-house specialisms. More importantly, the cooperation and joined up thinking displayed by individuals across those disciplines ensures that the best advice and guidance can be secured in the most efficient and cost effective way.’

‘Our principle contact is Stuart Burns. I have worked with Stuart for around 10 years and he has provided advice in a number of contexts and across a wide range of issues. Stuart will simply go the extra mile when circumstances dictate. It is clear that fee hours aside, Stuart puts the interests of his clients and their commercial parameters central and has a solid understanding of how his advice fits with our commercial parameters.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Handelsbanken plc

Santander UK plc

Barclays Bank plc

C.Brewer & Sons Limited

Westmoreland Properties Limited

Davidsons Developments Limited

TM Sutton Limited and Instant Cash Loans Limited

Stoneygate Football Club Limited

Kaplan Property Ltd

Persimmon Homes Limited

Raynsway Estates Limited

Wilson Enterprises Limited

Westmoreland Investments Limited (Part of Charles Street Buildings (Leicester) Limited group)

Mulberry Property Developments Limited

Mulberry Industrial Properties Limited

Mulberry Strategic Land Limited

Motorvogue (Northampton) Limited

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP handles all aspects of real estate work, ranging from commercial development projects to property finance work and the management of property investment portfolios. Tessa Haskey and Tracey Hughes, who focuses on complex development projects, are the lead partners in Norwich. Clients of Joanna Nicholls, who deals with development, landlord and tenant and investment work, state 'nothing seems to faze her or disturb her calm even approach to things'. Nicola Curle, who frequently advises education and local authority clients, and residential development project specialist Christopher Cubitt are also key partners.

Practice head(s):

Tessa Haskey

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Hughes; Joanna Nicholls; Nicola Curle; Christopher Cubitt

Testimonials

‘The team at Howes Percival is unique in the way they collaborate in bringing all their necessary experts to you as a new client in order to understand your needs and the best fit for you as a client and how you work. A diverse team with a clear understanding of billing and transparency allows for a good working relationship with someone always there to take a call or run through any issues.’

‘The team covers a range of specialisms and has individuals with key skills in property and planning law which suits our needs.’

‘Many of the lawyers within the practice are willing to work in an agile basis to assist with getting transactions over the line.’

‘In my experience with HP the difference factor in comparison to other law firms is how tangible the partners are, not just at the beginning of the project, but throughout.’

‘Joanna Nicholls takes personal interest throughout the project, she’s pragmatic and she gets the job done.’

‘Always available, at the end of a phone or email in these trying Covid times. We appreciate the difficulties of providing a service in the current situation, but Howes Percival have mastered the problem more effectively than other firms we have dealings with.’

‘We mainly work with Joanna Nicholls and Tessa Haskey. Joanna never ceases to amaze with the speed with which she can master a load of documentation dropped on her desk the night before and get to the heart of the matter. Nothing seems to faze her or disturb her calm even approach to things, she remains pragmatic and adept at achieving desired outcomes within commercially realistic timetables and budgets. Tessa always conveys the impression that you are her only client and that her considerable skills of pragmatic problem solving are solely reserved for you.’

Key clients

Hughes Electrical Limited

Flagship Housing Group

Lind AG Limited

Anglia Maltings

Ford Retail Limited

Lothbury Broadland Unit Trust and Lothbury Property Trust Company Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited (Persimmon Anglia, Suffolk, Essex & North London regions)

Norwich University of the Arts

Braintree District Council

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP's corporate team has expanded significantly in recent years, and is acts for companies of varying sizes on M&A transactions, demergers and management buyouts. Jahid Ali leads the Leicester corporate team and specialises in VC investments and PE transactions. The Northampton office is home to senior partner Gerald Couldrake, while director Matthew Thompson advises on mid-market M&A transactions. Former head of corporate Daniel Banton departed in May 2021 to take up an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Jahid Ali

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Couldrake; Matthew Thompson; Miles Barnes

Testimonials

‘Quality service well managed team with excellent communication and value for money.’

‘Matt Thompson – approachable and understands the business needs.’

‘The breadth of experience, knowledge, and network of the team.’

‘Miles Barnes is an excellent deal orientated commercial lawyer. He understands us, our business and what we are trying to achieve. Miles has assisted us with a number of projects and we are very pleased with the advice and service we have received.’

Key clients

The shareholders of RIB Group Limited

Ataraxia 4 Ltd

Heath Crawford & Foster (Holdings) Limited

NQ2 Limited

C.Brewer & Sons Limited

Euro Food Brands Limited

Cadman Capital

Shareholders of Metrol Springs

Shareholders of EBR Analytics

Longwall Venture Partners

Ataraxia Broking Ltd

The Property Investor Partnership Ltd

Motor Insurance Bureau

Strategic Resources Limited

Debt recovery Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP acts for government departments, including the Insolvency Service, in high-value debt recovery matters. The firm also handles work for clients in the education, professional services, agriculture, retail, automotive, construction, energy and tourism sectors. Michael Green in Cambridge, who has more than 20 years’ experience in large complex insolvency and recovery matters including the FSA-led winding up of a mutual insurance company and provisional liquidations, and insolvency partner Morris Peacock in Norwich are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green; Morris Peacock

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Credo Capital Finance Ltd

Quattro Recruitment Limited

Pure Resourcing Solutions Limited

Select Franchising Limited

Marine & Industrial LLP

M&K (UK) Ltd t/a Anglia Access Platforms

Bussey & Sabberton Bros. Limited

Ben Burgess & Co Limited

Collease Truck and Trailer Rentals Limited

Archimedean Limited

Wicksteed Leisure Limited

Employment Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP offers a full service to its employment clients, frequently handling TUPE martters, enforcement of restrictive covenants, tribunal claims and the employment aspects of high-value acquisitions, among others. Practice head Paula Bailey ‘runs a brilliant team’ that has particular experience in the automotive, food and drink, manufacturing and education sectors and includes director Alex Payton, who is commended for his ‘responsiveness and wrap around support’. Graham Irons acts on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters and is noted for being ‘extremely knowledgeable and very approachable’. Hannah Pryce is experienced in contentious senior executive exits and gives ‘good, down to earth advice’.

Practice head(s):

Paula Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Graham Irons; Alex Payton; Hannah Pryce

Testimonials

‘Paula Bailey runs a brilliant team that offers consistent technical and pragmatic advice. Their level of responsiveness and client attentiveness goes above and beyond. ’

‘Alex Payton needs to be  acknowledged for his collaborative and conscientious style, offering sound commercial solutions in a clear and concise manner. Alex’s responsiveness and wraparound support should be commended, as should the personal touch that he applies in all that he does.’

‘I have dealt with quite a few legal firms in the employment area. Of course most will give you the legal information you want and have asked for, but some do it from a very black and white perspective or give you advice but always cover themselves. The Howes Percival employment team obviously give us the advice from a legal perspective but also seem to be willing and understand how it effects us as a company and as such what we should do to mitigate this.’

‘Hannah Pryce is a delight to work with. Always has time for you whatever time it is. Always gets back to you when messages are left and gives us good, down-to-earth advice. I cannot speak highly enough of her.

‘I have a lot of time for Graham Irons, who is always willing to discuss our issues.’

‘Howes Percival are a very customer-responsive practice. Having some key contacts makes it easy to gain reliable, credible and sensible employment advice. There are many strong members of their team and are always responsive to the questions asked as quickly as is possible.’

‘Graham Irons is extremely knowledgeable and very approachable. He is flexible and responsive, whatever the question. He has an excellent sense of humour, which aids the provision on sometimes dry subjects!’

‘Hannah Pryce is very approachable, supportive and provides sensible, balanced advice.’

Key clients

All3Media Group

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

De Montfort University

First Circle Packaging Limited

Getronics Services UK Limited

GraceKennedy Limited

Hillarys Blinds Limited

Home-Start UK

Marston’s PLC

Mercedes-Benz

RS Components Limited

Terex Corporation

The Gym Limited

Tsys EMEA

World Vision UK

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP has two key strands to its insolvency work. It is one of five firms on the national Insolvency Service Panel, which sees it handle director disqualification work and complex public interest winding up matters, often involving large-scale frauds. Its government work also encompasses work for the Official Receivers of England and Wales, and an appointment to the Crown Commercial Services legal panel as part of a consortium in which it leads on insolvency work. It also handles high-value corporate and personal insolvency litigation, often involving multimillion-pound claims. Michael Green in Cambridge leads the insolvency and corporate recovery practice, while Morris Peacock oversees the firm's work for the Insolvency Service from Norwich, where William Shirley and senior associate Patrick Manning are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green; Morris Peacock

Other key lawyers:

William Shirley; Patrick Manning

Testimonials

‘A well respected team. One of my favourites for technical ability and commerciality’

‘Michael Green – makes you feel safe in his advice but also listens.’

‘Michael Green is someone who listens to me and is someone I can trust to deal with a case professionally, commercially and, when required, sympathetically.’

‘A commercial and versatile approach to problems with a focus on how to deliver the best outcome for their clients.’

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM (formerly Baker Tilly)

Price Bailey LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners

McTear Williams & Wood

Ensors

BDO UK LLP

Mazars LLP

Larking Gowen

The Official Receivers for England and Wales

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Praised by clients as 'one of the most diverse teams in the insolvency market', Howes Percival LLP assists with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency mandates. Complex investigatory issues are a speciality of the practice, including matters relating to tax avoidance schemes, for-ex investment fraud and the misappropriation of company funds. Department head Carl Mifflin is recognised as 'one of the stand-out individuals in the insolvency field'; his recent work includes advising directors of hospitality sector companies on their duties relating to Covid-19 restrictions.

Practice head(s):

Carl Mifflin

Testimonials

‘The team are solution driven and utilise other departments in the firm well to provide commercial and robust advice to the client.’

‘My key contact is Carl Mifflin. Carl is experienced and extremely knowledgeable and is very good at determining when it is appropriate to use specialists in other sectors within his firm. Carl is extremely personable and works well with clients as well as my team staff.’

‘Compares well with other firms. Provides good quality advice.’

‘Carl Mifflin provides sensible, considered advice, demonstrating very good technical knowledge in an approachable manner.’

‘I find the team extremely responsive, good at what they do and I have complete trust in the advice they provide. In addition, they are very reasonable and always flexible when it comes to billings.’

‘My main contact is Carl Mifflin. He is an excellent lawyer and often someone I speak to when in a difficult situation. I trust Carl’s advice and know I can rely on him.’

‘The Team at Howes Percival is arguably one of the most diverse in the Insolvency market. It continues to deliver high quality work and service.’

‘Carl Mifflin is one of the stand out individuals in the insolvency field. His manner enables him to build quick and warm relationships with his client, whilst he is able to tell it how it is, supported by his broad depth of technical knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Mazars

Grant Thornton

BDO

Begbies Traynor

RSM

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

Quantuma

Duff & Phelps

ReSolve

Larking Gowen

Menzies Corporate Recovery

BRI Business and Recovery

FRP Advisory

Intellectual property Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP's intellectual property practice acts for a broad range of clients, many of whom are from the clothing, IT and food and drink sectors - a particular area of specialism of practice head Matthew Talbot. The team is commended for being 'very approachable and friendly' while offering an 'efficient service' on all things relating to IP, including trademark portfolio management, registrations, applications as well as representation in disputes. Hannah Steggles is noted for her expertise in patent, trade mark and design right litigation. Jenna Bruce 'gives good solid commercial advice' on matters pertaining to software licenses and brand enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

Jenna Bruce; Hannah Steggles

Testimonials

‘Expert and highly personable, combining excellent legal and commercial insight with real personality and warmth.’

‘Extremely easy to get along with, with practical and helpful advice at every stage of litigation. Always a pleasure to pick up the phone to any of the team. My principal contacts are Matthew Talbot, Hannah Steggles and Jenna Bruce, all of whom I enjoy working with.’

‘Everyone at Howes Percival has the same proactive approach – regardless of the department. Communication is totally on point, they tell you they are going to do something and its done and on the odd occasion its not possible, they update you.’

‘Their approach to business, the way they engage with you makes it easy to work with them. Their knowledge, willingness to share, and analysis are fantastic and support us in making the best-informed decision. The fact that we could do all our business online with them has been truly remarkable, and they are swift to respond to our queries and making themselves available for a call or an online meeting.’

‘Matthew Talbot and Jenna Bruce’s ability to see the larger picture and then drill down into the detail, keeping all the puzzle pieces together, is the reason we are partnering with Howes Percival. People buy from people, and they have done a remarkable job to understand our needs, business and vision. We look forward to a longstanding partnership. With them having our backs, I know that we can reach our goals and objectives even in these uncertain times.’

‘Very approachable and friendly team. Clear advice and good transparency on fees. Efficient service and quick to respond. ’

‘Jenna Bruce gives good solid commercial advice in a timely and efficient manner pulling from other members of the firm when needed but remains in control to make sure everything gets done properly and in the timescales required. Excellent service.’

Key clients

Business Software Alliance, Inc. (“BSA”)

Coventry University

De Montfort University

Start-rite Shoes Limited

FibreFab Limited

Prokon Software Limited

Just Hype Limited

Toatee Limited

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

Robovision Limited

APT Training & Consultancy Ltd

Craft Buddy Limited

Memorial Walls Ltd

Imperial International Ltd

The National Forest Company

Autodesk Ltd

National Business Register

Internetwork Media Ltd

Samworth Brothers Ltd

Evolve IT Consulting Ltd

E-Bate Limited

Viridian International Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Scott

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Maggs; Tom Lawrence; Jonathan Wortley

Testimonials

‘I do not think this practice is unique, rather it does traditional private client work supremely well. The team actually does work extremely well as a team. They communicate very well amongst themselves, so there is always one of the team available to clients.’

‘Tom Lawrence provides a really high level of comprehensive advice. Quick to respond, this is a high quality and very competent team.’

‘Stuart Maggs is experienced and gets to the nub of the issue quickly.’

‘Dealing mostly with the private client commercial development and planning teams, I find Howes Percival great to work with. More collaborative than many other solicitors and prepared to put in the effort.’

‘Outstanding technical ability.’

‘Stuart Maggs – outstanding technically, calm and considered approach.’

‘They think beyond just the direct legal matter and strategically plan the approach they recommend you take and use their multiple specialisms with a one team approach.’

Planning and environment Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP handles a broad range of planning work that encompasses large-scale project development, advice to housebuilders and land promoters, the negotiation of complex planning obligations and compulsory purchase matters. Among the firm's many recent highlights is its work for Turnstone Estates on two £50m leisure developments in Colchester and Southend. Practice head Paul Wootton (who has 'unparalleled experience and an exceptionally bright mind') and directors Jay Mehta (who combines 'an in-depth understanding of planning law and practice with first-rate client care') and Jamie Childs all work in both the Cambridge and Norwich offices.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wootton

Other key lawyers:

Jay Mehta; Jamie Childs

Testimonials

‘Jamie Childs is a high quality individual. I’m impressed with his ability and conscientiousness, not least in the difficult past 12 months. His grasp of up to date legislation and that on the horizon is also noteworthy.’

‘First-rate knowledge of planning law combined with a commercial approach.’

‘Jay Mehta combines an in-depth understanding of planning law and practice with first-rate client care. We highly value his input on projects. ’

‘Paul Wootton and Jamie Childs, whilst very capable in their own rights, also work as a brilliant team. With Paul’s unparalleled experience and exceptionally bright mind having the ability to simply get the answer (let alone the question) before you’ve finished asking, Jamie’s thoughtful absorption covers all bases.’

‘After all his years in the business, Paul Wootton still fizzes with excitement at a new challenge. It’s a joy to see let alone work with. Jamie Childs’ comprehensive consideration makes law text books look light on detail!’

Key clients

Persimmon Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Flagship Group (including Victory Housing)

Pigeon Group

Endurance Estates

Turnstone Estates

Breckland District Council

South Holland District Council

Braintree District Council

This Land Limited

East Cambs Trading Co Limited T/A Palace Green Homes

Big Sky Developments Limited T/A Big Sky Living

Axis Land Partnerships

Marden Homes Limited

Serruys Property Company Limited

NEEB Holdings

Eurovia Infrastructure Limited

FW Properties Limited

Heritage Developments Limited

Laragh House Developments Limited

Enterprise Residential Development Limited

ESCO Developments Ltd

Norfolk Homes Limited

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Hundred Houses Society Limited

Wellington Construction

Bennett Plc

Fleur Developments Limited

Orchard Homes (East Anglia) Limited

Burgess Homes Limited

Building Partnerships Limited

Shockingly Fresh Limited

Eutopia Homes

Crisp Maltings Group / Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited

Property litigation Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP is known for '‘high-quality service and great value for money'. The firm handles a broad range of property disputes for high-profile clients such as Co-Operative Group, Iron Mountain and the Ministry of Defence. Jamie Kidd in Norwich and Simon Murphy in Cambridge are the lead partners. Kidd's team focuses on land and development issues, with senior associate Bill Trow heavily involved in contentious matters. Murphy's group has unrivalled knowledge of landlord and tenant matters, with senior associate Leanne Davis a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Kidd; Simon Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Bill Trow; Leanne Davis

Testimonials

‘High-quality service and great value for money. Prepared to fix fees and stick to them.’

‘The team was available at short notice to provide advice and deal with an urgent matter that had far reaching implications.’

‘Professional but also friendly and approachable.’

‘ Jamie Kidd initially handled our case and we experienced a very smooth transition to Bill Trow – the two individuals seemed to gel in the most natural manner as a team and we soon nicknamed them the “A Team”. Jamie continued to watch our case as it unfolded with interest and support to Bill as and when required giving occasional input with fresh and innovative ways of looking at arising issues.’

‘The team have a real ability to think outside the box but most of all act to the highest degree of integrity. ’

‘Bill Trow became an integral individual within our own team. We felt 100% supported by Bill which gave us the strength we needed during the most challenging of times. Bill’s consistent attention to detail and efficiency in reverting to us with accurate information, detail and advice within extremely impressive timeframes makes him stand out from others within his sector. Any client is in good hands with Bill Trow.’

Key clients

Co-Operative Group Limited

Greene King Plc

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Iron Mountain

Ministry Of Defence

Cholmondeley Estate

Norwich Cathedral

C Brewer & Sons Limited

Lothbury

Hughes Electrical

Property litigation Tier 1

Howes Percival LLP advises a diverse range of clients, including corporates,  investment funds, institutional landlords, developers and private individuals, on contentious issues. Leicester-based Satnam Chayra leads the property litigation team in the East Midlands; alongside assisting commercial landlords with managing portfolios, Chayra also handles dilapidations, lease renewals, rent recovery issues, applications for consent, contentious breaks and forfeitures. Director Jane Bloomer, who is also experienced in landlord and tenant work, is the name to note in Northampton, and Geraint Davies leads the litigation and insolvency group across the firm's multiple offices, while also serving as firm chairman.

Practice head(s):

Geraint Davies; Satnam Chayra

Other key lawyers:

Jane Bloomer

Testimonials

‘For the size of the firm, the quality of legal product is astonishing. We took a case to trial with Howes Percival – it was a factually and legally complex four day dispute and the HP team marshalled everything perfectly; would be easy to consider that they were a City silver circle firm for the quality of service provided. More often than not they achieve a commercial and pragmatic settlement but, when that isn’t possible, they are with the client all the way and are very much up for the fight! Tremendous value too; I do not know how they can provide such quality advice and litigation for such reasonable fees.

‘Satnam Chayra is confident, client-friendly, commercially minded and a fierce litigator in your corner. Tells it how it is too. Wonderful to work with!’

‘A very personal but still professional relationship makes Howes Percival unique. Communication, promptness and efficiency is definitely one of their strengths.’

Key clients

C Brewer & Sons Limited

Kettle Interiors UK Limited

O Donovan Waste Disposal Limited

Nampak Plastics Europe Limited

Renewi UK Services Limited

Gravity Media UK Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has 'good communicators, internally and externally, providing efficient service'. The practice, which is spread across East Anglia and the East Midlands, advises on large term and revolving credit facilities, financial covenant resets and waivers of breaches, as well as the full range of real estate finance matters. Joanna Nicholls is the lead banking partner in Norwich. Head of real estate Tessa Haskey also handles commercial property and banking matters. She frequently acts for private lenders in relation to property security, as does property partner Steven Beach in Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Nicholls

Other key lawyers:

Tess Haskey; Steven Beach

Testimonials

‘Good communicators internally and externally, providing efficient service.’

Key clients

RQ Capital Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Barclays Bank plc

Santander UK Plc

Handelsbanken Plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Bank of Scotland plc

The Property Investor Partnership Limited

Cambridge and Counties Bank Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

With offices in Leicester and Northampton, Howes Percival LLP has a strong presence in the region. The team, which works closely with the firm's Milton Keynes office, is highly capable in acquisition finance and real estate finance transactions, advising UK clearing banks, private banks and institutional investors. Haydon Simmonds leads the practice and handles leveraged and acquisition financing transactions for various lenders, often with a cross-border element. Lucy Lord is the key contact for real estate financing work and acts for a number of developers.

Practice head(s):

Haydon Simmonds

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Lord; Harriet Rogers

Testimonials

‘HP are highly visible as a Team and regular make sure that they are actively talking to the Professional Community. They build up an excellent rapport and are seen as a ‘go to firm’. Large, commercial and approachable Team.’

‘Great collaboration between areas and always available / approachable. The culture at HP is very similar to how we work with a real team ethos, and everyone is treated with equal respect regardless of seniority.’

‘The banking and finance team at Howes Percival stand out from other firms in the region due to their market presence and visibility of key individuals. The team interacts seamlessly with their corporate M&A colleagues and for the East Midlands and wider region offer a sizeable and joined up presence, ideal for lower-mid and mid-market deals. Haydon Simmonds is a key part of the deal-making scene in the Leicester market in particular, since he joined the firm.’

‘Haydon Simmonds offers a highly responsive, hard-working, professional and friendly attitude which makes him a great lawyer to work with.’

‘Howes Percival are a forward thinking and client centric firm, that have a depth of experience across various legal disciplines.’

‘Their Banking Partner, Haydon Simmonds, is most helpful and is always willing to provide help and guidance on more generic legal matters.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK Plc

Handelsbanken Plc

RQ Capital Limited

Barclays Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Bank of Scotland plc

Cambridge and Counties Bank plc

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Scott

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Cubitt

Testimonials

‘Queries are answered in easy to understand language. At this difficult time the firm is communicating in a timely manner.’

‘Christopher Cubitt handled the case and showed excellent availability, as well as being very easy to work with.’

Key clients

The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust

Hillside Animal Sanctuary Limited

History of Advertising Trust

Flagship Housing Limited / Flagship Housing Developments Limited

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP is praised for its 'excellent legal knowledge coupled with great commercial approach'. In 2020, the firm handled claims with a total value exceeding £300m. Practice head Michael Green, who works from both the Norwich and Cambridge offices, has more than 20 years’ experience in dealing with large complex commercial disputes, in particular shareholder disputes, warranty claims, partnership advice, restraint of trade, technology claims, contract disputes, contentious probate and insolvency. Director Victoria Sandell has a broad litigation practice and frequently runs her own cases.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Sandell

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal knowledge coupled with great commercial approach.’

‘Legal knowledge, approachability, availability, responsiveness.’

Key clients

Dave Thomas Property Management Ltd

Tingdene Homes Limited

Southampton International Boat Show Limited

Masters Logistical Services Limited

Saxton 4 x 4 Ltd

Cholmondeley Estate

Commercial litigation: Norwich Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has a lean but highly skilled litigation practice, which handles high-value, complex and high-profile disputes across many UK jurisdictions and overseas. In 2020, the firm handles claims with a value in excess of £300m and clients praise it for its 'seamless and hassle free' service. Michael Green, who works in both the Norwich and Cambridge offices,  is ably supported by director Gordon Simpson, who is 'extremely supportive and is always on hand to offer the best advice'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Simpson

Testimonials

‘The level of service that I received has been extremely impressive and my contact, Gordon Simpson, has made himself available whenever I needed assistance. What is also extremely impressive is the way Gordon actively encouraged the progression of trainees within the business. The way in which he mentored trainees meant that during incredibly busy periods the team ethic that was developed helped me tremendously with my case.’

‘I have been dealing with Gordon Simpson of Howes Percival for nearly two years. During that period Gordon has been extremely supportive and demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the law and has been and continues to be extremely dedicated. Gordon’s standout quality is his integrity and he possesses every attribute that you would hope for in a legal professional.’

‘My dealings with Howes Percival over the years have always been a seamless and hassle-free exercise. Even when dealing with very complex matters, the team have taken time to work with us to ensure all parties were clear in the objectives. The honest opinion of the team at Howes Percival is key to the ongoing relationship gap personnel have with them.’

‘Gordon Simpson of Howes Percival is our trusted legal partner of choice. He is always on hand to offer the best advice and does so based on “client first” perspective. Due to the open and honest communication that Gordon offers, we have actively promoted Howes Percival to colleagues within the recruitment sector.’

Key clients

Shareholder of Large Agricultural Family Company and Associated Companies

Dave Thomas Property Management Ltd

Tingdene Homes Limited

Southampton International Boat Show Limited

Masters Logistical Services Limited

Saxton 4 x 4 Ltd

Quattro Recruitment Limited

Cholmondeley Estate

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP provides 'personal, friendly service and professional, pragmatic advice'. The firm has a broad practice that encompasses major residential development projects, commercial developments, property investment portfolio management, property finance, and leases and acquisitions in key sectors such as energy, leisure and tourism. Michaela Henson and Jonathan Greenhalgh lead the Cambridge property team, supported by experienced partner Steven Beach. Legal director Elizabeth Thomas is praised for her 'enthusiasm, tenacity and professionalism' in landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Henson; Jonathan Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:

Steven Beach; Elizabeth Thomas; Scott Smith

Testimonials

‘Personal, friendly service and professional, pragmatic advice from Jon Greenhalgh, Michaela Henson and Scott Smith.’

‘Attention to detail, efficiency and a willingness to embrace the support of others.’

‘This practice is unique where they have a wide a range of legal services within real estate; from construction advice, property acquisition, corporate services all the way to litigation with delinquent tenants. Their cross-pollination of a client’s goal/strategy from the outset and throughout the project is strong. The legal team are professional, knowledgeable and experienced. They are commercially reasonable in their pricing which is appreciated. ’

‘Elizabeth Thomas is by far, my stand out lawyer at Howes. She is hardworking, very responsive and has excellent follow through when asked to carry out a task. I value Beth’s enthusiasm, tenacity, professionalism and judgement calls as an experienced lawyer.’

‘Michaela Henson has always been a very helpful and commercial partner at Howes, she has used her position of strength to help me agree commercial reasonable legal rates so that I can proceed with a transaction with a view to carry over the gaps in their costs in the next bigger acquisitions. She believes in investing in long term relationships and partnerships with clients.’

‘Having had five years of dealing with Howes Percival LLP during the sale of our land, I can only say that I hold this practice in high esteem in which they handled and resolved several difficulties which resulted in a successful outcome! After such a lengthy time we were grateful for the respect always shown to us.’

‘Michaela Henson has always been extremely pleasant, helpful and understanding. We were extremely fortunate to have encountered such an outstanding person. I have learned a lot and appreciated the whole team at this practice.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

Greene King PLC

Loughborough Town Properties Limited

Turnstone Estates Limited

East Cambs Trading Company Limited (trading as Palace Green Homes)

Welch’s Group Holdings Limited

Newcore Capital Management LLP

Ely Cathedral

Laragh House Developments Ltd

Luton Hoo Estate

Abcam PLC

Girton College, Cambridge

Enterprise Residential Development Limited

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

Clients appreciate the 'professional, friendly service' on offer at Howes Percival LLP 's Cambridge office. Oliver Pritchard, who leads the corporate practice across East Anglia, works in both Norwich and Cambridge; 'incredibly detail-focused' director Brigitta Naunton is full-time in Cambridge, handling corporate and commercial SME and mid-market transactions with a focus on M&A, investments, corporate restructurings and governance, shareholder arrangements and commercial agreements. Clients note that '‘the team has a wide range of experience and provide commercial and practical advice to ensure transactions are completed on a timely basis'.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pritchard

Other key lawyers:

Brigitta Naunton

Testimonials

‘We use Howes Percival for property, HR, corporate finance and company law issues so deal with them across many departments. There is almost no part of our legal requirements that HP can’t satisfy. On a personal basis, I have also used them for wills and inheritance work. Invariably, everyone is pleasant to deal with – professional and attentive.’

‘All the people we engage with are professional and attentive undertaking the work in a timely manner. This is done with a light touch making it easy to deal with them. The associates/legal execs are particularly diligent and knowledgeable and it is impossible to tell the difference between their work and that of the more senior solicitors.’

‘I worked with this team on a recent MBO, and I found them to be responsive and very knowledgeable. They each contributed to the process in a credible and positive way, and the legal drafting was handled with a great degree of skill and tenacity.’

‘Brigitta Naunton is incredibly detail-focused, and handled the day-to-day client matters. Oliver Pritchard led the team, and showed a great deal of commercial sensitivity. They both provided timely and impactful advice, skilfully adjusting when the terms of the deal changed suddenly.’

‘The team has a wide range of experience and provide commercial and practical advice to ensure transactions are completed on a timely basis. They work closely with the client to provide a personal service and plan to ensure that any potential issues are identified early and can be resolved.’

‘Oliver Pritchard always gives close personal attention to any transaction and manages the team well to ensure that client service is of the highest quality.

‘Professional, friendly service ’

‘Oliver Pritchard grasped the nature of our rather unusual deal quickly.’

Key clients

Hughes Electrical Group

Norse Care Limited

The Lind Group

Accentuate Group Ltd/Global Chair Components Ltd

British Marine Federation

Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd Glazing Vision Limited

Ely Cathedral Enterprises Limited

Glazing Vision Limited

Mortar Investments PTE Limited

Tingdene Homes Limited

Snowmountain Enterprises Limited

Stonbury (Holdings) Limited

Eurokey Recycling Limited

Garashield

South Norfolk Healthcare C.I.C

HSBC Bank plc

Ford Retail Limited

Abacus Hotels Limited

Fleur Developments Limited

Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP's Norwich office is a key pillar of its firmwide corporate, commercial and banking practice. Oliver Pritchard leads the East Anglia corporate team, which acts for numerous mid-market companies across the region, as well as for large family-owned businesses. It is particularly notable for advice on M&A deals, demergers and MBOs, and it frequently acts for clients in the leisure and tourism sectors. Pritchard has a special focus on healthcare deals, supported by senior associate Richard Turner.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pritchard

Other key lawyers:

Richard Turner

Testimonials

‘Oliver Pritchard always gives close personal attention to any transaction and manages the team well to ensure that client service is of the highest quality.’

‘Richard Turner is hard working and diligent, always working to provide top quality service to clients on a timely basis.’

‘Oliver Pritchard grasped the nature of our rather unusual deal quickly.’

‘Richard Turner dealt with the detail of our deal in a very efficient manner.’

‘Oliver Pritchard led the team, and showed a great deal of commercial sensitivity.’

Key clients

Hughes Electrical Group

Norse Care Limited

The Lind Group

Accentuate Group Ltd/Global Chair Components Ltd

British Marine Federation

Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd

Glazing Vision Limited

Mortar Investments PTE Limited

Snowmountain Enterprises Limited

South Norfolk Healthcare C.I.C

HSBC Bank plc

Ford Retail Limited

Abacus Hotels Limited

Fleur Developments Limited

Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association

Employment Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP is highly regarded for its advice to employer clients in key sectors such as the manufacturing, technology, financial services and food industries. It has a substantial respondent-based Employment Tribunal practice that handles more than 50 claims each year. Matthew Potter who is 'extremely knowledgeable, very practical and pragmatic in how knowledge and law translates into practical actions', leads the practice from Cambridge. He brings more than 25 years' experience to board-level disputes and exits. Associates Jonathan Mumby and, in Norwich, Kate Melton are increasingly involved in HR matters and dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Potter

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Mumby; Kate Melton

Testimonials

‘A very attentive partner and excellent advice.’

‘Matthew Potter is an absolutely fantastic solicitor. He is extremely knowledgeable and very practical and pragmatic in how knowledge and law translates into practical actions.’

‘Matt Potter is superb. A knowledgeable and commercial professional.’

Family Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP's family law practice is based in Norwich, though it also delivers services through its Cambridge office, and increasingly acts for high-net-worth clients in complex financial cases. Amy Walpole, who has 'a fantastic combination of great judgment, attention to detail and excellent client care', and senior associate Sophie Key are the key practitioners and the team's work encompasses complex divorces involving inherited wealth, trusts and investments, as well as contentious proceedings concerning finances and children.

Other key lawyers:

Amy Walpole; Sophie Key

Testimonials

‘What I found to be the most unique and reassuring factor about Howes Percival was its adaptability.’

‘In the main I dealt with Amy Walpole and Sophie Key who I always found to be extremely knowledgeable, able to offer accurate advice which was in a manner that could be understood. I greatly appreciate their frank assessment of my position which kept me reassured that they had my interests foremost but that not all outcomes were possible.’

‘A powerhouse in their region, taking on the more complex and difficult cases.’

‘Amy Walpole has a fantastic combination of great judgment, attention to detail and excellent client care. A great solicitor to have on your side.’

Family Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP's family law department 'is known for a quality service' advising clients from various backgrounds, many of which are high net-worth. A specialism of the practice are complex financial cases, in particular those involving estates, businesses as well as tax and jurisdictional issues. The team further represents clients in children act proceedings, including with regard to domestic violence. Practice head Justine Flack is a 'fair, constructive' qualified collaborative lawyer with a focus on breakdown of marriages and the preservation of assets, such as businesses, properties and pensions.

Practice head(s):

Justine Flack

Testimonials

‘I switched to Howes Percival on a recommendation and this proved to be an excellent decision. Every member of the team I had contact with was incredibly professional, friendly and accessible.’

‘Justine Flack was my main point of contact and was outstanding. From my initial call, I had total confidence in her advice and guidance. Justine very quickly assessed my case and her recommendations ultimately proved the basis of the judge.’

‘I found this practice to be pragmatic whilst handling my case with sensitivity. Howes Percival were professional and punctual, if my solicitor was away from her desk there was always someone to handle my call.’

‘This was my first experience with talking to a solicitor on my own. Finance is not my strongest point but Justine Flack helped to put me at ease and explained things clearly.’

‘The firm has a commercial presence in Leicester and is known for a quality service.’

‘Justine Flack manages cases in a professional and experienced manner.’

‘Very positive – I consider the firm to be a professional outfit and think very highly of Justine Flack.’

Health and safety Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has 'commercially astute, diligent lawyers providing an unrivalled service', according to one client. The firm frequently acts for clients in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and education sectors, and has particular expertise in cases arising from minerals and extractive industries. Practice head Alan Millband, who works from both the Norwich and Leicester offices, has a national reputation as a health and safety lawyer and acts for clients across the UK. Legal director Robert Starr, who splits his time between Cambridge and Northampton, is 'a standout lawyer, commercially astute, sensitive to clients and passionate about his work'.

Practice head(s):

Alan Millband

Other key lawyers:

Robert Starr

Testimonials

‘I have no hesitation to refer work to Rob Starr. He is a standout lawyer, commercially astute, sensitive to clients and passionate about his work. A true delight to work with.’

‘Extremely easy to work with – they provide support and guidance on the wider topic so that you are then able to make a balanced decision on the best way to deal with any situation..’

‘Alan Millband is superb and always give s us support on topics that are current – or about to become so. He provides insights into trends within the industry and actions being followed by enforcement officers so that we ensure that our clients are aware of such issues and we can inform them so that they have awareness of issues faced by others that we can then educate on how best to prevent them facing the same events.

‘As a company we have now worked with Howes Percival for a number of years. The service provided is unrivalled with a range of services provided from telephone support through to representation of clients in court and guest speaking at safety seminars.’

‘The team led by Alan Millband is always on hand to advise and support as required and go above and beyond expectation on every occasion.’

‘I found the team to be extremely professional in its approach and they provided me with high quality and easy to understand advice. I appreciated the way the advice was framed with a menu of options and recommendations that I could take to my executive board and talk through. I also appreciated how they met with the executive board and explained their recommended course of action and how the legal process would work.’

‘Robert Starr is the most competent and knowledgeable regulatory solicitor that I have dealt with. Robert has provided advice on a number of cases from lower level coroners to a serious Crown Court case, his case management is fantastic as is his knowledge. He became a trusted and valued part of our regulatory process.’

‘This is a small but focused team – Robert Starr is a particular talent. He has a strong white-collar crime background and a great relationship with clients.’

Key clients

Citation Limited

AHR Employment and Safety Services Ltd

M&J Engineers Limited

Hamilton Deed

Anchor Hanover Group

Anchor Carehomes Limited

Rotherham United Football Club

Poundstretcher Limited

Logistex Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP advises a broad range of IT clients on all their IT contracts, handles their litigation arising from, among others, outsourcing contracts, and has acted against international heavyweight IT companies on a number of occasions. The team also advises on a broad array of non-contentious matters relating to software and app development, payment systems, cloud based services and IT procurement and more. Matthew Talbot is the practice head and heads up the enforcement work for large, international IT and tech companies. Hannah Steggles and Jenna Bruce frequently act on software development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Steggles; Jenna Bruce

Key clients

Business Software Alliance (BSA)

Getronics UK Limited

FibreFab Limited

University of Coventry

DeMontfort University

Just Hype Limited

Autodesk Inc.

Internetwork Media Limited

Licensing Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP acts for a diverse range of clients, among them London-based residents groups, registered charities and owners of bars and restaurants, on applications for new premises licences and variations to existing licences. The 'extremely helpful and approachableJamie Childs, who works in both the Norwich and Cambridge offices, is a director in the planning group who handles licensing matters. His work includes advocacy before licensing authorities, as well as the sale and purchase of licensed premises.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Childs

Testimonials

‘Howes Percival assists us in many areas of our business where specialist legal advice and skills are required. Their response is always prompt and complete, seeing the issue through to its conclusion.’

‘I have recently worked with Jamie Childs on a licensing matter and he has been extremely helpful, taking on tasks where I required help and expertise. It is reassuring to have a contact who is always approachable, whatever the matter.’

Key clients

Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association

Pedro’s Restaurant Limited t/a Harry’s

Heritage Developments Ltd

Dragonfly HQ Ltd

J. Bunn Homes (Blakeney) Limited

Public sector Tier 2

Howes Percival LLP has a growing education and healthcare practice that advises on corporate, employment, insolvency, property, construction, commercial contract and data protection matters. In Norwich, insolvency specialist Morris Peacock and new hire from Browne Jacobson LLP, Oliver Pritchard, who has a national reputation in healthcare matters, are key partners. Up-and-coming name Nicola Curle frequently acts for FE institutions in surplus land disposals and development projects including new student accommodation developments. In Cambridge, Michaela Henson is a leading adviser on commercial developments and site assembly work, Simon Murphy handles contentious property issues for Cambridge University, and Steven Beach advises on investment property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Henson; Morris Peacock; Oliver Pritchard

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Curle; Simon Murphy; Steven Beach; Tom Skinner

Testimonials

‘A very approachable law firm with customer care at its heart.’

‘Tom Skinner is a standout commercial property associate at Howes Percival. Tom has brought a huge of amount of expertise to the contracts he has worked on for our councils, always finding solutions to issues which arise and eager to provide clarification on issues when needed.’

Key clients

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Girton College, Cambridge

Norwich University of the Arts

Norse Care Limited

University of Cambridge

Braintree District Council

South Norfolk Healthcare C.I.C

South Holland District Council

Social housing Tier 2

The Norwich and Cambridge offices of Howes Percival LLP offer in-depth knowledge of property transactions, development projects, regulatory matters and property litigation. Lead partner Simon Murphy in Cambridge handles contentious property issues encompassing residential, commercial and agricultural land. He works closely with property development partner Michaela Henson, who has long experience in acting for RPs, and senior associate Scott Smith, who has expertise in leasehold, transfer of engagements and shared ownership matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Henson

Key clients

Hundred Houses Society Limited

The Papworth Trust

Flagship Housing Group Limited / Flagship Housing Developments Limited

East Cambs Trading Company Limited

Chorus Homes Limited

Accent Housing Limited and Accent Homemade Limited

Construction Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP's Cambridge team is a key component of the firmwide construction practice, acting on behalf of lenders, commercial developers, contractors and consultants. It recently assisted Loughborough Town Properties Limited with the construction and refurbishment of student accommodation. Legal director Simon Franklin, who mainly focuses on non-contentious matters but also manages disputes, is is head of the construction practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Franklin

Key clients

Braintree District Council

Turnstone Ely Limited

Turnstone Colchester Limited

Alaris Developments Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP has a small team across Leicester and Northampton, which supports the firm's top-tier East Anglia offering, while also leading on significant trusts matters for East Midlands clients. Experienced director Alexandra Hornsby the key figure - she has a particular focus on charities, and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She is praised for her 'extremely friendly, approachable and knowledgeable' approach.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Scott (Norwich)

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Hornsby

Testimonials

‘Alexandra Hornsby is extremely friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.  She gave clear and concise advice, was easy to contact and very quick to respond to queries setting everything up in the timescale we agreed together.’

‘Good technical knowledge and flexibility to meet client demands. They dealt with my clients in a very professional manner while retaining the human element.’

‘Alexandra Hornsby was absolutely excellent. So knowledgeable and helpful, took care to understand my needs (and knowledge level), educated me on gaps in my knowledge, was full of ideas and options, then swift to implement.  A dream legal adviser!’

‘Down-to-earth solicitors and very commercially focused and efficient advice.’

‘The team are very accessible and welcoming. They are quick to answer questions and queries which is not always the case with legal firms. They appear more commercial and entrepreneurial than some competitors.’

‘Wonderfully friendly and helpful approach. Staff all seemed top quality, knew their stuff, were full of ideas and always delivered on their promises.  A complete pleasure to work with, unlike some other law firms, to whom you often seem to be their 10th most important client. Howes Percival made me feel I was their ONLY client.’

Planning and environment Tier 3

Howes Percival LLP predominately advises housebuilders on all elements of residential development schemes, and is also adept at assisting with plans to build supermarkets, student accommodation and mixed-use developments. Chris May and Paul Hunt are the key partners in the Leicester office; both have experience in representing clients in the Court of Appeal, and assisting with the negotiation and drafting of agreements relating to large projects in the local area. Associate Sarah Hollis focuses on the housebuilding sector.

Other key lawyers:

Chris May; Paul Hunt; Sarah Hollis

Key clients

Jamie Lewis Residential Lettings Limited/CODE Student Accommodation

Kler Group Limited

Mulberry Property Development Limited

Persimmon Homes (North Midlands) Limited

Davidsons Developments Limited

Hazelton Homes (Midlands) Limited

Countryside Properties (WPL) Limited

Hampton Brooks

Langton Homes

Fisher German

Summix Ltd

Manor Oak Homes

Christchurch Properties Ltd

Persimmon Homes (East Midlands)

Jelson Ltd

Memoria Ltd

CJC Development Company Ltd

Grace Homes Ltd

Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Persimmon Suffolk

HNC Developments LLP

HGT Developments LLP

Windermere Capital Ltd

Palmer-Tomkinson Trust

Public sector Tier 3

The public sector offering at Howes Percival LLP provides advice to health and education sector clients on matters relating to property, construction and employment ,as well as commercial contracts and data protection issues. The team acts for schools as well as higher and further education institutions, including colleges and nationally renowned universities. In the healthcare sector, the team advises GPs, care homes and specialist care centres. Oliver Pritchard, Graham Irons and Daniel Banton jointly head the offering.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pritchard; Graham Irons; Daniel Banton

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Group

P J Care Limited

Anchor Carehomes Limited

Learners Trust

De Montfort University

Milton Keynes College

University of Coventry

The firm: Howes Percival is a leading regional, full service law firm operating across the heartland of England. The firm has expertise and resources usually associated with much larger national and City firms and provides legal services to businesses, the government and individuals. The firm prides itself on the agile, energetic and commercial approach of its lawyers.

Howes Percival values excellent client relationships and invests time and resources in understanding its clients’ businesses, the sectors they operate in and their requirements. The firm’s offices and teams work closely together with clients to provide them with a seamless, high-quality service. The location of the firm’s office network helps it provide services to clients across the country.

In 2021, the firm was ranked in the Best Companies to Work For list for the second year running. In addition, Howes Percival ranked 5th in the Top 20 Best Law Firms to Work For 2021 list.

Types of work undertaken: Howes Percival provides services to a range of clients including, Marston’s, Persimmon Homes, the University of Cambridge, Greene King and All3Media. However, it also has a large client base of owner-managed businesses and individuals. It has particular expertise in the automotive, development and construction, education, food and drink, and leisure and tourism sectors.

The firm is also appointed, as part of a consortium, to the Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Full Service Panel for England and Wales and is a Tier 1 supplier to CCS’s General Legal Advice Services panel, used by all UK central government ministerial and non-ministerial departments.

Corporate: Howes Percival is a market leader in corporate work and has particular expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, MBOs and MBIs, and private equity transactions.

Commercial: In the commercial space the firm is recommended for outsourcing agreements, joint ventures, manufacturing and supply agreements, IT work and intellectual property agreements.

Banking:  All aspects of banking law (both transactional and advisory) are dealt with by Howes Percival’s specialist banking and finance team. The firm acts for both lenders and borrowers, across a range of corporate and real estate credits, on transactions of all sizes.

Commercial property: Howes Percival has a highly skilled and extremely well-regarded commercial property team providing specialist advice on all aspects of the sale and purchase of residential and commercial development land and built out sites, option and clawback arrangements, commercial leases and property portfolio management, banking and finance, planning, environmental issues, mines and minerals, construction and property tax.

Dispute resolution: The firm has an extremely experienced dispute resolution team which advises national and international companies, government clients and individuals on commercial disputes in the UK and overseas.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: Howes Percival’s extensive insolvency and corporate recovery team operates nationally and has a strong reputation for handling insolvency work both in the UK and overseas. Alongside offering advice on formal insolvency proceedings, the team advises businesses suffering financial stress – from sole traders through to large public limited companies.

Intellectual property: Howes Percival’s intellectual property team advises clients across a range of business sectors and is experienced in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. The firm’s solicitors handle an extensive caseload of litigation in the English High Court, the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court and the European Courts, as well as the UK and European Intellectual Property offices.

Property litigation: The firm’s property litigation team predominantly advises large organisations as well as investment funds, institutional landlords, developers, owner managed businesses and private individuals. The team also regularly manages property portfolios for landlords and tenants alike and handle their lease renewals and exits. Howes Percival’s property litigation lawyers have a particularly exemplary and meticulous approach to contentious break clauses and dilapidations claims as well as a significant amount of experience working with clients in the development sector, landed estates and regularly consults on land diversification.

Health and safety: The team has a deserved reputation for pragmatism, client-focus, commercial awareness and strategic-thinking in the health and safety field, where it handles a full range of contentious and non-contentious work. It is known for its work across a variety of sectors, including construction, manufacturing, healthcare and education, and is renowned for its work in the minerals and extractives sector.

Employment: An award-winning team providing the full range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients. The team carries out high quality work for a range of clients across the country, from household names to owner managed businesses, gaining new instructions based on reputation alone. Members of the team provide solution-focused commercial employment advice, taking a robust approach to litigation (having gained a number of costs awards in favour of clients) and are particularly experienced in handling complex, high-value litigation disputes.

Family: The team provides high-level and solution-focused advice upon the financial aspect of divorce and relationship breakdown. They regularly advise upon pre-nuptial agreements and other strategies for wealth preservation in families.  They specialise in representing high net worth individuals including company directors, entrepreneurs and celebrities or their spouses. They have expertise in cases involving family businesses, farming businesses, complex corporate structures and trusts.  The team also advises on private children law issues and domestic violence. They benefit from two qualified collaborative lawyers.

Private client: A highly respected team providing advanced estate planning including preparation of wills, formation of trusts and bespoke tax solutions for landowners, directors and high-net-worth individuals with extensive experience advising farms and estates, administering trusts and advising charities. The team includes three Fellows of the Agricultural Law Association and is a retained adviser on Camelot’s legal panel. Team memberships include ACTAPS and STEP.

Offices: Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Haydon Simmonds
Banking Tessa Haskey
Wills and probate Tom Lawrence
Commercial contracts Gerald Couldrake
Commercial property Tessa Haskey
Commercial property Jonathan Greenhalgh
Commercial property Lucy Lord
Commercial property Nicholas James
Corporate and Commercial Gerald Couldrake
Education Graham Irons
Employment Paula Bailey
Employment Graham Irons
Employment Simon DeMaid
Employment Matthew Potter
Family Amy Walpole
Family Justine Flack
Farms and estates Catherine Scott
Farms and estates Stuart Maggs
Fraud recovery Geraint Davies
Government recovery Morris Peacock
Health and safety Alan Millband
Insolvency Carl Mifflin
Insolvency Katie Summers
Insolvency Deborah Nigh
Insolvency Michael Green
Intellectual property Matthew Talbot
Intellectual property James Howarth
IT and telecoms Matthew Talbot
Litigation and dispute resolution Geraint Davies
Litigation and dispute resolution Satnam Chayra
Litigation and dispute resolution Michael Green
Planning and environment Paul Wootton
Planning and environment Chris May
Planning and environment Alan Millband
Corporate Jahid Ali
Commercial Property Steven Beach
Corporate Oliver Brookshaw
Commercial Property Stuart Burns
Commercial Property Christopher Cubitt
Commercial Property Nicola Curle
Estates Katharine Danks
Commercial Property Michaela Henson
Commercial Property Tracey Hughes
Planning Paul Hunt
Property Litigation Jamie Kidd
Tax Stuart Maggs
Private Client Stuart Maggs
Property Litigation Simon Murphy
Commercial Property Jo Nicholls
Insolvency Deborah Nigh
Insolvency William Shirley
Intellectual Property Hannah Steggles
Insolvency Katie Summers
Healthcare Oliver Pritchard
Corporate Oliver Pritchard
Commercial Property Marcus Carter
Commercial Paula Dumbill
Corporate and Commercial Andy Harris
Corporate and Commercial Matthew Thompson
Regulation and Compliance Robert Starr
Health and Safety Robert Starr
Planning Jay Mehta
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Number of UK partners : 51
Number of other UK fee-earners : 119
Resolution
Abacus Worldwide
Agricultural Law Association
Employment Lawyers Association

Howes Percival is committed to diversity and inclusion and, as part of ongoing recognition of the importance of equal opportunities in the workplace, launched a new strategy in 2021 to ensure equality and diversity remain ‘key strategic and business priorities’ and are given renewed focus going forwards.

The firm has appointed three partners – Jahid Ali, Katharine Danks and Alex Payton – to lead the new initiative. They are supported by the firm’s Equality and Diversity Committee which is actively driving key initiatives to ensure we are a truly a diverse employer. These include signing up to the 10,000 Black Interns programme and running regular internal events to support equality and diversity initiatives such as Pride, International Women’s Day and Black History Month.

Under the renewed strategy, we have undertaken a comprehensive equality and diversity survey and are reviewing all of our processes and policies, including recruitment, promotions, appraisals and equality and diversity training, to ensure that they continue to align with our aims.

We continue to be a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter which is a public commitment by legal practices to promote the values of diversity and inclusion throughout their business.

As a minimum, all staff have basic equality and diversity training as part of their induction. This is supported by compulsory group training sessions held on a regular basis for new starters and a ‘refresher’ training session for all staff every three years. The training introduces all staff to the legal concepts in relation to equality and diversity and how discrimination or harassment can arise in practice and reinforces our key policies as well as how to raise concerns. Training attendance is monitored by the Equality and Diversity Committee as well as the Board.

We recognise that we must not be complacent when it comes to improving diversity within our firm and our equality and diversity strategy is under constant review.

Please contact Jahid Ali, our Equality & Diversity Partner, for any further information: jahid.ali@howespercival.com


CLIENT: Stuart Bizley, Non-Executive Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Big Sky Developments
TESTIMONIAL: Howes Percival acted for Big Sky Developments Ltd in the acquisition of a high value residential development scheme which included multi-party planning and infrastructure agreements. The team maintained excellent response times throughout the matter and were able to work effectively to tight deadlines. Part of the matter involved a funding arrangement in connection with the development for which the team were able to negotiate a favourable position. The team is made up of experienced individuals who are approachable, helpful and quick to respond. I continue to work with them on a range of projects and would have no hesitation in recommending them.


CLIENT: Angela Robson, Deputy Vice Chancellor
COMPANY/FIRM: Norwich University of the Arts
TESTIMONIAL: The Howes Percival team are always extremely helpful and quick to respond. They are very approachable and always able to provide clear, practical advice that is tailored to our needs. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Howes Percival to other organisations.


CLIENT: Owner and Managing Director, Duncan Geddes
COMPANY/FIRM: The Vita Group
TESTIMONIAL: We really appreciate all the help and support provided by the team at Howes Percival. Our deal happened incredibly quickly and the team were able to react and help us meet a really tight deadline, without compromising on the high quality service, ensuring we were protected throughout the transaction.


CLIENT: Alison Shaw, Head of HR Shared Services
COMPANY/FIRM: Marston’s Plc
TESTIMONIAL: We really enjoy working with the team at Howes Percival. A consistently efficient and friendly service and we always appreciate their sound advice, support and guidance.


CLIENT: James Knight, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Craft Leisure
TESTIMONIAL: A very professional, responsive and reassuring organisation, who give the impression that they genuinely have the best interests of their clients at heart. All members of the team were good at listening to our opinions, taking them on board and offering sound and imaginative advice based on our needs and expectations. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending them to others, and using them for the next project.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Mid-sized East Midlands-based Howes Percival is known for its approach to training and has a ‘good reputation for being friendly and approachable’. Trainees were attracted to the firm for its ‘vision’, ‘mission’ and ‘ethos - being a people-centric firm with strong ties to the local community'. Those that attended the vacation scheme said that they felt connected with the firm, and felt that it would be an excellent firm to train with. With a strong reputation for its commercial real estate practice, Howes Percival offers trainees lots of ‘responsibility and more complex tasks from earlier on in my training contract’. One trainee commented favourably on their experience of home working: ‘I think we were in the office more (between lockdowns) than some other firms where trainees have worked from home entirely through the last year. I think this made for a better learning experience even though this time in the office was limited and only a few people could be in at a time. Training is described as ‘well-rounded’, with one recruit adding that it ‘provided me with opportunities to get to grips with every aspect of being a solicitor and managing files from start to finish which some of my peers have not had the chance to do at other firmsNegatives mentioned were the period of furlough and diversity within the firm. But highlights include ‘being given a simple transaction to lead. I felt it showed that the other fee earners in the team had confidence in me and this gave me more insight into what a career in the team post-qualification would be like. If you are looking for a training contract in the East Midlands area, Howes Percival could be a great fit.