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

Matthew Talbot leads the Howes Percival LLP team out of Leicester. In Milton Keynes, James Howarth heads up the firm’s regional presence. An experienced litigator, Howarth focuses on contentious matters, particularly in the publishing, tech, and media sectors.

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

James Howarth leads the team at Howes Percival LLP  in representation of its clients in disputes, particularly those operating in the publishing industry, he is a specialist in defamation matters. On the non-contentious side, associate Jenna Bruce heads up the department, with her extensive expertise in copyright and contracts she advises clients like Massive Music and Sounds Like Publishing.

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

Howes Percival LLP‘s ‘outstanding’ team, which ‘stands out from the competition’, is a popular choice among fashion brands, retailers, food and drinks companies and manufacturers for IP and trade mark portfolio work. Litigator and a food and drink specialist Matthew Talbot heads the team, which includes Hannah Steggles , an expert in IT and data protection matters. Fellow GDPR expert in Northampton, James Howarth has a background in publishing and focuses on defamation and privacy matters. In the same office, Jenna Bruce takes the lead on software mandates. Trade mark attorney Sarah Dacre is a recent addition to the team in Leicester.