James Howarth > Howes Percival LLP > Milton Keynes, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property


James helps clients with intellectual property law and media issues. With a particular focus on contentious matters, he has extensive experience of disputes involving trade marks, passing off, copyright (whether artistic, literary or software), database rights, design rights, patents and domain names. 

His practice also regularly features work involving defamation, privacy and data protection issues (including interim injunction applications and the ‘right to be forgotten’). 

James has acted for major corporations, SMEs and private individuals in various forums including the High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the UK Intellectual Property Office and WIPO.

Having trained as a lawyer after a career in publishing, James joined the IP/IT team at Howes Percival as a partner in October 2015. He is primarily based in the firm’s Milton Keynes office, but looks after clients in locations across the UK.


Trainee solicitor, Manches (2005 – 2007); Solicitor, Manches (2007 – 2009); Associate, Manches (2009 – 2011); Senior Associate, Manches (2011 – 2013); Senior Associate, Penningtons Manches (2013 – 2015); Partner Howes Percival 2015 to date.


University of Wales, Swansea, BA in English Literature (1993 – 1996); University of York, Masters in Renaissance Literature; College of Law, Birmingham, PgDL in Legal Studies, General (2002 – 2004); University of Oxford, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Contentious IP specialist James Howarth leads the south east offering at Howes Percival LLP from the firm’s Milton Keynes office. With a particular focus on publishing and tech manufacturing, the team is specifically known for handling disputes involving software and licensing issues.  In addition, clients can benefit from the firm’s provision of in-house trade mark and domain name watch services as well as its association with the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

With significant experience in publishing and TV, the media and entertainment team at Howes Percival LLP is particularly known for its work in copyright, defamation and privacy disputes. Coordinated by Matthew Talbot, it also features James Howarth, a contentious specialist with representative experience in both the Intellectual Property Office and High Court. More broadly, the firm covers legal issues such as passing-off, image rights and a broad spectrum of trademark issues. Jenna Bruce, renowned for her expertise in commercial areas, is recommended for the drafting of rights agreements. Vicki Howe is another name to note.