Matthew Talbot > Howes Percival LLP > Leicester, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP
LE19 1DX

Work Department

Intellectual property.


Matthew is a partner and specialises in all areas of UK and European intellectual property law, particularly contentious matters. He advises clients regarding trade marks, copyright, design rights, passing off, patents, European food protection and defamation. Matthew also has substantial experience in IT disputes and has frequently appeared before the English courts, the European Court of Justice and the UK and European Patent Offices. Matthew is the head of the IP/IT team at Howes Percival, having joined in November 2006 to set up their IP/IT offering. He acts for clients across the UK and Europe covering all areas of intellectual property and large IT disputes.


Trainee solicitor Holman, Fenwick & Willan 1996-98; assistant solicitor Harvey Ingram 1998-2003; partner Harvey Ingram 2003-06; partner Howes Percival 2006 to date.


Kinds School, Worcester (1979-1986); Plymouth Polytechnic (1987-1990 Hydrographic Surveying and Marine Law 2:1); Guildhall University (1993-97 commendation in CPE and LPC); Nottingham University (2003-05 LLM in IP Litigation).


Football, cricket, fishing, cooking.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Matthew TalbotHowes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLPcouple excellent knowledge and experience in this field with a hands on, personable approach’, handling intellectual property litigation, international trade mark portfolio management on behalf of retails, manufacturers and food and drinks clients. Team leader Matthew Talbot is ‘a highly capable, personable and problem-solving IP lawyer’ specialising in complex trade mark, copyright, patent and design rights disputes. With a background in food and drink law, he is well-equipped to advise on European Food Protection matters such as PGIs, PDOs and TSGs. Hannah Steggles‘ practice focuses on patent, trade mark and design right litigation. Directors Jenna Bruce and trade mark attorney Sarah Dacre are also of note.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Matthew TalbotHowes Percival LLP

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.

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

Howes Percival LLP, which gained the practice from Maier Blackburn LLP in early 2024, is principally focused on the creative industries and possesses thorough expertise in media law in addition to film, TV, videogames as well as merchandising. Steven Maier and Cathleen Blackburn are both based in Oxford, the former is knowledgeable of domain names and trade marks, while the latter is strong in cross-border copyright and in trade and academic publishing. James Howarth in Milton Keynes frequently acts for high-tech manufacturers and co-leads the team alongside Matthew Talbot in Leicester. Kavita Raikundalia is also based in Milton Keynes and is adept in design filings and trade mark strategy.