Paula Dumbill > Howes Percival LLP > Leicester, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP
LE19 1DX

Work Department

Corporate, Commercial & Banking



Paula is an experienced commercial contracts and information technology specialist with particular expertise in advising on complex projects. She has a wealth of experience of commercial trading arrangements across a broad range of sectors and has a keen interest in innovation and technology.

Paula is recognised as a ‘leading individual’ in Legal 500 (2021) and is noted to be ‘calm and considerate with a brilliant eye for drafting’.

Before joining Howes Percival, Paula was a partner at Browne Jacobson solicitors where she was head of the commercial team in the East Midlands and lead health tech partner.


2021 – Present: Howes Percival LLP, Partner

2010 – 2021: Browne Jacobson LLP, Partner

2001 – 2010: Browne Jacobson LLP, Solicitor

1999 – 2001: Browne Jacobson LLP, Trainee

1998 – 1999: Browne Jacobson LLP: Paralegal

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

(Leading individuals)

Paula DumbillHowes Percival LLP

East Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Matthew Talbot leads the ‘excellent‘ group at Howes Percival LLP, where he is well recognised for his contentious IT work. Adding complementary transactional bench strength, Hannah Steggles and Paula Dumbill are the go-to partners for tech, infrastructure and outsourcing and commercial projects. Re-joining from Dentons in February 2022, director Chris White bolsters the practice’s expertise in hardware procurement, software development, licensing and data protection issues.

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands

Howes Percival LLP‘s recently restructured collective corporate, commercial and banking practice is led by Jahid Ali and Paula Dumbill in Leicester, head of corporate and commercial, respectively, supported by Northampton-based corporate partner Matthew Thompson, who leads on mid-market M&A transactions. Gerald Couldrake is another prominent practitioner in the same office. Ali continues to be active in corporate M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, while Dumbill is recognised for her expertise in commercial contracts and IT projects. Promoted to partner in May 2022, Katherine Cereghino advises on M&A, corporate governance and commercial contract issues. Senior associate Miles Barnes is highlighted for his ‘standout knowledge, output and communication‘.

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The ‘dynamic, experienced and fantastic‘ team at Howes Percival LLP handles the full scope of transactions within a variety of sectors, including the construction and manufacturing industries. The ‘very experienced and unflappableAndrew Harris leads the Milton Keynes-based team with his expertise in M&A and corporate reorganisations within the automotive sector, supported by director Tom Redman, who has an ‘affable, down-to-earth style‘ when handling private equity transactions. Paula Dumbill primarily advises clients on commercial trading arrangements regarding technology projects, while senior associate Shital Odedra is ‘very efficient, hardworking, and tenacious‘ when advising directors and shareholders on their respective duties and agreements.