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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.
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.
Howes Percival LLP's top-ranking corporate team in Leicester underwent significant expansion in January 2019, when the firm recruited Jahid Ali and Oliver Brookshaw from Spearing Waite LLP. Ali is experienced in assisting private equity houses and management teams with private equity transactions, while Brookshaw advises listed companies on flotations, secondary share issues and public takeovers. Brookshaw also has fund (including venture capital) formation expertise. Also joining from Spearing Waite LLP was banking partner Haydon Simmonds, who has leveraged finance experience. Elsewhere, the firm is particularly well-known for acting for growing family-owned and management-owned private companies. Daniel Banton heads up the practice in Leicester, while Gerald Couldrake is the main contact in Northampton.
Employment Tier 1
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.
Health and safety Tier 1
Howes Percival LLP's ‘dedicated team of clever lawyers’ 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 ‘vastly experienced’ 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,
Intellectual property Tier 1
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.
Property litigation Tier 1
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.
Education Tier 2
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.
Family Tier 2
Howes Percival LLP is ‘capable of dealing with high-value and complex family law work’. 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 ‘detailed, methodical’ Justine Flack jointly co-head the practice, which counts high net-worth individuals, CEOs, medical consultants and other professionals as key clients.
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.
IT and telecoms Tier 2
The ‘incredibly responsive’ practice at Howes Percival LLP is renowned for its delivering of ‘client-focused solutions’. 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.
Howes Percival LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Howes Percival is a regional commercial law firm operating across the heartland of England. Howes Percival has expertise and resources usually associated with much larger national and City firms and provides top-quality 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 then work closely together with its 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.
Types of work undertaken: The firm was recently appointed to the Government’s Crown Commercial Services General Legal Services Panel for England and Wales.
The firm provides services to a range of clients including, Marston’s Mercedes-Benz, 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.
Corporate and commercial: 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. All aspects of banking law are dealt with and insolvency is a particular specialism. In the commercial arena the firm is also recommended for outsourcing agreements, joint ventures, manufacturing and supply agreements, IT work and intellectual property agreements.
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, insolvency, intellectual property, property litigation and regulatory/environmental: the firm has an extremely experienced dispute resolution team which deals with disputes inside and outside the UK. It also has highly regarded construction, intellectual property/IT, insolvency, property litigation and regulatory/environmental teams.
Employment: an award-winning team providing the full range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients across the country, carrying out high quality work for a range of clients, from household names to owner managed businesses, and 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 high-value litigation disputes.
Family: the team has national and international reach, providing high-level advice upon divorce and relationship breakdown as well as wealth preservation to high-net-worth individuals including company directors, entrepreneurs and celebrities. The team provides expertise in cases involving family businesses, farming businesses, landed estates and trusts. The practice deals with children and private law matters and has 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
|Commercial contracts||Gerald Couldrake|
|Commercial property||Tessa Haskey|
|Commercial property||Jonathan Greenhalgh|
|Commercial property||Lucy Lord|
|Commercial property||Nicholas James|
|Corporate finance||Gerald Couldrake|
|Corporate finance||Robert Colman|
|Corporate finance||Daniel Banton|
|Corporate finance||Edward Lee|
|Farms and estates||Catherine Scott|
|Farms and estates||Stuart Maggs|
|Farms and estates||Jonathan Wortley|
|Fraud recovery||Geraint Davies|
|Government recovery||Morris Peacock|
|Health and safety||Alan Millband|
|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|
|Commercial Property||Mark Davies|
|Commercial Property||Steven Beach|
|Commercial Property||Stuart Burns|
|Commercial Property||Christopher Cubitt|
|Commercial Property||Nicola Curle|
|Commercial Property||Michaela Henson|
|Commercial Property||Tracey Hughes|
|Property Litigation||Jamie Kidd|
|Private Client||Stuart Maggs|
|Commercial Property||Lisa Mantle|
|Property Litigation||Simon Murphy|
|Commercial Property||Jo Nicholls|
|Intellectual Property||Hannah Steggles|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 43 Number of other UK fee-earners : 109
MembershipsResolution Abacus Worldwide
OtherNumber of UK Partners : 43 Number of UK Fee Earners : 109
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
- Health and safety
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- IT and telecoms
- Property litigation