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Howes Percival LLP

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Robert Colman

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Howes Percival LLP

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Banking, commercial contracts, corporate finance.


Robert is a partner and has considerable experience in all aspects of corporate transactional work. Robert specialises in mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions, including expertise in dealing with asset sales arising out of insolvency situations. Acting for a number of banks and private investors, Robert deals with acquisition and debt finance and its accompanying security for both borrowers and lenders.


Trainee Solicitor Howes Percival LLP 2001-03; solicitor Howes Percival LLP 2003-06; associate Howes Percival LLP 2006-10; partner Howes Percival LLP 2010.


University of Manchester (1999); Nottingham Law School (2001).

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Colman - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Howes Percival LLP has a highly respected corporate and commercial practice that operates as one entity across its network of offices in East Anglia and beyond, but the Norwich office remains a central hub of the department and its lawyers act for numerous owner-managed and family-owned businesses, as well as for high-net-worth individuals in sales and acquisitions, investment transactions and corporate reorganisations. Robert Colman leads the practice and frequently handles acquisitions and disposals, as well as shareholder and investment agreements. He recently supported a client in entering a joint venture for the development and operation of a leisure site. Nathan Horton is the other partner in the practice and he acted for the shareholders of BBC Fire Protection Limited in the company's £8.3m sale to AIM-listed critical maintenance services provider Marlowe Plc. Associate Katherine Brown also played a key role in that transaction.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

At Howes Percival LLP¬†'the service is exceptional, with a quick turnaround even on matters of complexity; the advice is pragmatic and not of the "ivory tower‚ÄĚ academic variety which has little relevance to the needs of the business client'. One client remarks that 'the firm is good value for money, particularly compared with other ‚Äúbig-hitters‚ÄĚ in the region'. Another says 'I rate them higher and consistently better than other local firms for property-related bank lending'. Commercial property partner Joanna Nicholls¬†and corporate partner Robert Colman¬†lead the practice, which focuses heavily on real estate finance. Nicholls is 'the epitome of quiet competence'¬†and property specialist¬†Tessa Haskey¬†is 'readily approachable and confident'. Steven Beach¬†is also recommended for advising banks and private lenders on property security matters. A recent highlight saw Haskey advise Svenska Handelsbanken on the grant of a development loan facility for two sites. She also acted for R Q Capital Limited, Winterton Capital Limited and Markerstudy Insurance Company Limited in securing a development loan.

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