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Howes Percival LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

In 2018, Howes Percival LLP was appointed to the UK Government Crown Commercial Service full service panel for England and Wales, with its dispute resolution practice well-placed to benefit as a result. Elsewhere, the firm acts for other commercial clients, which range in size from small owner-managed businesses to listed companies. The team includes Satnam Chayra, whose expertise includes shareholder, director and partnership claims, as well as property litigation. Practice head Geraint Davies regularly handles complex, multijurisdictional disputes. The firm's recent work involved matters connected with industries such as food and drink, manufacturing, real estate and construction.

Practice head(s):Geraint Davies

Other key lawyers:Satnam Chayra

Key Clients

HM Revenue and Customs

Welcome Break Group Ltd

Getronics Services UK Limited

MPAC Plc (formerly Molins Plc)

Renewi UK Services Limited

Nampak Plastics Europe Limited

Darby Properties Limited/Darby Group Limited

Intertek Group Plc

Grace Foods UK Limited

Blue Skies (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an overseas-based client in a professional negligence claim against a firm of accountants.
  • Acting for a manufacturing company in a breach of contract and misrepresentation claim against an energy broker.
  • Acting for a UK-based construction in a multijurisdictional tort, construction and contractual claim.
  • Advising a national retailer on termination of various supply and distribution contracts.
Leading individuals

Geraint Davies - Howes Percival LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's three-partner East Midlands team has a strong track record in government insolvency work, and retains a place on the Insolvency Service Panel; the scope of the firm's work includes public interest winding-up matters involving large-scale frauds and director disqualification proceedings, among other matters. In addition, the firm is also a supplier to the Government's Crown Commercial Service panel as part of a consortium, taking the lead on insolvency matters. Beyond government-related mandates, the team handles the gamut of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency issues for insolvency practitioners, businesses (ranging in size from sole traders to listed companies) and business owners, as well as creditors. Leicester-based Carl Mifflin is the national head of the insolvency and restructuring practice. Deborah Nigh and Katie Summers are the lead partners in Northampton.

Practice head(s):Carl Mifflin

Other key lawyers:Deborah Nigh; Katie Summers


'Howes Percival's national coverage and depth of service gives them a market-leading offering.'

'The partner led client care approach is easy to work with, with a single port of call for any query and referral.'

'Carl Mifflin is one of the preeminent lawyers in the business recovery and Insolvency market, not only in the East Midlands but nationally.'

'Carl Mifflin is the finest insolvency lawyer that I have worked with. His approach is robust, assured and commercial. He is my go-to lawyer.'

Key Clients

Mazars LLP


RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

SC Advisory Services Limited t/a Smith Cooper

KL Business Solutions Limited t/a Kingsland Business Recovery

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton LLP

ReSolve Partners LLP

The Insolvency Service

Blakethwaite Limited t/a Blades Insolvency Services

BRI (UK) Limited t/a BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Alexander Lawson Jacobs

Begbies Traynor

David Rubin & Partners

Bretts Business Recovery Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Elwell Watchorn & Saxton, as administrators of Ourspace Investments, on obtaining an administration order in the UK for a Maltese-registered multimillion-pound investment company
  • Assisted Kingsland Business Recovery on the appointment of administrators over a company whose sole asset was a high-value investment property, where the charge-holder had appointed receivers. Having appointed administrators, the firm compelled the receivers to vacate office allowing the property to be refinanced, creditors to be paid in full and the company to exit administration and successfully get back to solvency.
  • Advised a secured creditor on appointing administrators to a property developer LLP where the creditor had lost confidence in the members of the LLP.
  • Advised a secured creditor on winding up a company already in administration and obtaining the appointment of alternative office holders as liquidators.
  • Advised a trustee in bankruptcy of a tax adviser involved in tax avoidance schemes, where the tax adviser had transferred his assets whilst under investigation.
Leading individuals

Carl Mifflin - Howes Percival LLP

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP’s core strengths lie in handling employment aspects of high-value corporate acquisitions, disposals and restructuring projects. Practice head Paula Bailey is an expert in TUPE projects and the negotiation of senior exits, while Graham Irons is particularly recommended for his Employment Tribunal advocacy. The team's sector expertise includes the automotive, food and drink, manufacturing and education industries. Gurdeep Boparai recently joined from Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Paula Bailey

Other key lawyers:Alex Payton; Graham Irons

Key Clients

Children's Investment Fund Foundation

All3Media Group

Bosch Siemens Home Appliances

Welcome Break Group Limited

Marston’s PLC

Terex Corporation

Getronics Services UK Limited


Nampak Plastics Europe Limited


Milton Keynes College

World Vision UK

University of Northampton’s Student Union

Hillarys Blinds Limited

RS Components Limitd / Electrocomponents plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Fen Technology Holdings on the employment aspects of the sale of the company to Inspiralia, a Spanish technology company.
Leading individuals

Graham Irons - Howes Percival LLP

Paula Bailey - Howes Percival LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's ‚Äėdedicated team of clever lawyers‚Äô handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients from industries such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare and education. It is also particularly well-regarded in the minerals and extractives sector. Led by the ‚Äėvastly experienced‚Äô Alan Millband, the practice also generates work from several health and safety service organisations, consultancies and consultants. Nick Benton, who is an expert on employment-related health and safety issues, recently joined from Freeths LLP,

Practice head(s):Alan Millband

Other key lawyers:Geraint Davies; Andrew Swarbrick


'Associate solicitor Andrew Swarbrick is a rising star. He is a shrewd and clever young lawyer, who has a knack for spotting the way through difficult cases'.

Key Clients

Poundstretcher Limited

Citation Professional Solutions

Hamilton Deed (Health and Safety Services)

Welcome Break Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a tyre recycling company and its director on breaches of health and safety law surrounding the guarding of dangerous parts of machinery.
  • Represented a specialist piling company in a health and safety prosecution arising from a serious accident on a construction project.
  • Represented a renowned national UK retailer in a health and safety prosecution arising from health and safety offences committed at several stores and also advised it on an appeal against sentence
  • Represented a residential care home business in a case involving serious fire safety offences.
  • Advised and represented a company in a health and safety investigation following a serious injury to an employee who fell from height at the company’s premises.
Leading individuals

Alan Millband - Howes Percival LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP¬†is ‚Äėcapable of dealing with high-value and complex family law work‚Äô. Although financial cases (particularly those involving land and estate, tax, business and jurisdictional issues) are at the heart of the caseload, the team also undertakes a broad range of other family and child-related instructions. Examples include divorce and civil partnership dissolution, Children Act proceedings and cohabitation agreements. Amy Walpole¬†and the ‚Äėdetailed, methodical‚Äô Justine Flack¬†jointly co-head the practice, which counts high net-worth individuals, CEOs, medical consultants and other professionals as key clients.

Practice head(s):Amy Walpole; Justine Flack;


' They are Among only a handful of firms in the East Midlands capable of dealing with high value and complex family law work'.

'Justine Flack has a detailed, methodical approach which instills confidence in clients and gets results'.

'They work together well, clearly good communication between the team members.

'Justine Flack understands the complications around divorce and approaches this difficult process with clear guidance and advice. She is entirely focused on good outcomes for her clients'.

Work highlights

  • Representing the husband, who is a director and a shareholder in a significant local business, in divorce proceedings.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a cross-practice team, which provides support on corporate, property, construction, commercial and data protection issues. Primary, secondary and faith schools turn to the group for advice on single academy conversions and multi-academy trusts. The firm also generates work from colleges and universities.  Graham Irons (who co-heads the practice with Daniel Banton and Mark Davies) advises on restructuring and employment matters, as well as the management of parent companies.

Practice head(s):Graham Irons; Daniel Banton; Mark Davies;

Key Clients

Milton Keynes College

Coventry University

De Montfort University

Learner’s Trust

Elston Hall Multi Academy Trust

Northwood Park Educational Trust

Learning Link Multi Academy Trust

Services 4 Schools Limited

Christ the King Catholic Collegiate

Perry Hall Multi Academy Trust

Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Codsall Multi Academy Trust

St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Perry Hall Multi Academy Trust on the conversion of Woodthorne Primary School into an academy within the Perry Hall Multi Academy Trust.
  • Advising All Saints Church of England Primary School on its conversion to academy status within St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust.
  • Advising Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy Company on updating its academy documentation.
  • Assisting Codsall Multi Academy Trust with constitutional issues.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's East Midlands practice is spearheaded in Northampton and Leicester by Lucy Lord and the 'ultra-commercial' Nicholas James respectively. It handles a varied workload, including investment fund acquisitions and disposals, residential and commercial development, property finance (including portfolio lending and refinancing), and landlord and tenant work. In addition to James, Stuart Burns is another key partner in Leicester. Alexandra Kirkwood and Erica Gradus are highly regarded associates in Northampton.

Practice head(s):Lucy Lord (Northampton); Nicholas James (Leicester)

Other key lawyers:Stuart Burns; Alexandra Kirkwood; Erica Gradus


'Howes Percival is excellent at covering all the aspects of work undertaken by an investment and development property company. Complex lettings, land transactions and acquisitions are handled with great skill and practicality'

'Nicholas James is ultra-commercial and Stuart Burns is superb at detail'

Key Clients

Mulberry Property Developments Limited

Mulberry Commercial Developments Limited

Handelsbanken plc

Santander UK plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

C Brewer & Sons Limited

Motorvogue (Northampton) Limited

Davidsons Developments Limited

Charles Street Buildings Group

Henderson UK Property Fund

Persimmon Homes Limited

Welcome Break Group Limited

In ‘n’ Out Centres Limited

Grenson Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mulberry Property Developments on the estate set up and subsequent plot sales for eight of the client’s residential developments in the Midlands.
  • Acted for Mulberry Commercial Developments as the buyer of a commercial development site in Bedford, acquired by way of sub-sale, for £5m.
  • Acted for developer landlord Mulberry Commercial Developments on the grant of a development agreement for lease and lease in respect of a 3.5 acre site housing a 60,000 sq ft commercial building with associated office space.
  • Acted for a lender on the finance of a scheme for the redevelopment of a town centre conservation area in a prominent market town in Northamptonshire which included the conversion of listed buildings and the development of new residential, commercial and retail units.
  • Acted for a shoe manufacturer on the ten-year letting of a retail unit in a premier retail arcade in Central London.
Leading individuals

Lucy Lord - Howes Percival LLP

Rising stars

Alexandra Kirkwood - Howes Percival LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's head of property litigation in Leicester is Satnam Chayra, who primarily handles landlord and tenant matters (such as dilapidations, lease renewals, rent recovery, contentious breaks and forfeiture), although she is also active in other general property litigation, including boundary disputes and negligence cases. Also based in Leicester is Geraint Davies, who has more than 25 years of property litigation experience. Director Jane Bloomer leads on property litigation matters in Northampton and, like Chayra, is also known as a landlord and tenant specialist, but she is also strong in residential and commercial insolvency related possession claims, as well as matters involving rights of way, restrictive covenants, easements and adverse possession, among others.

Practice head(s):Satnam Chayra (Leicester); Jane Bloomer (Northampton)

Other key lawyers:Geraint Davies (Leicester)


'Thorough and detailed approach to cases. An ability to cut to the chase and to give clear and concise advice'

Key Clients

C Brewer & Sons Limited

Kettle Interiors UK Limited

O Donovan Waste Disposal Limited

Welcome Break Group Limited

Nampak Plastics Europe Limited

Renewi UK Services Limited

Rodericks Dental Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a client on a £14m reinstatement claim following fire damage to premises.
  • Representing client in an adverse possession claim against Network Rail.
  • Representing a land agent in relation to a dispute relating to a promotion agreement.
  • Representing a client in relation to claim for breach of collaboration agreement.
  • Representing a client in relation to a lease exit following exercise of a break clause.
Leading individuals

Geraint Davies - Howes Percival LLP

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

The ‚Äėincredibly responsive‚Äô practice at Howes Percival LLP¬†is renowned for its delivering of ‚Äėclient-focused solutions‚Äô. On the contentious front, areas of particular experience include IT contract disputes, IP infringements and acting on threats to suspend the provision of vital services. Key strengths in the non-contentious sphere span software development, maintenance and licensing, app development and outsourcing agreements, as well as data protection and security issues. Matthew Talbot¬†heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot;

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Jennna Bruce;


'Both Matthew Talbot and Jenna Bruce offer excellent advice and are always willing to accommodate. It\s also a real pleasure to talk to them and engage with them'.


Key Clients

Business Software Alliance, Inc. (“BSA”)

Global Reach Technology Limited

Getronics UK Limited

Retail Assist Limited

FibreFab Limited

University of Coventry

Rodericks Dental

Autodesk Inc.

Internetwork Media Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed as sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the BSA whose members include Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens, Autodesk to act against UK based companies who are not properly licensed when using the software of its members.
  • Advising the client in relation to numerous IT transactions throughout the year dealing with household names on the other side.
  • Advising the client on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.
  • Advising Getronics on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.
Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's team is particularly knowledgeable about the food and drinks industry, but it also acts for clients in other sectors, such as fashion, software and media. Practice head Matthew Talbot handles a wide variety of trade mark, copyright, patent and design rights disputes, and has notable experience of European Food Protection matters. The team's non-contentious work includes assisting several high-profile clients with trade mark filings and general portfolio management.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot;

Other key lawyers:James Howarth;

Key Clients

Business Software Alliance, Inc. (“BSA”)

Coventry University

Start-rite Shoes Limited

FibreFab Limited

Sequin Art Limited

Just Hype Limited

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

Charles Martell & Son Limited

APT Training & Consultancy Ltd

Robovision Limited

Memorial Walls Ltd

Imperial International Ltd

The National Forest Company

Autodesk Ltd

National Business Register

Internetwork Media Ltd

Samworth Brothers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed as sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the Business Software Alliance, whose members include Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens, Autodesk and many other software companies.
  • Acting for FibreFab Limited as the claimant in a complex trade mark dispute with a competitor; the matter relates to the client’s branding and goes to the core of its business.
  • Dealing with Just Hype Limited's whole trade mark portfolio, including the drafting of necessary agreements to finalise the company’s IP arrangements
  • Acting for Shoe Zone Retail Limited in relation to its IP portfolio, various trade mark and passing off matters, and registering new trade marks.
  • Successfully acting for a leading mental health care training provider in a trade mark infringement claim.
Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

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