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Howes Percival LLP

3 THE OSIERS BUSINESS CENTRE, LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE19 1DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0116 247 3500
Fax:
Fax 0116 247 3539
DX:
17013 LEICESTER-2
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Web:
www.howespercival.com

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester, Northampton)

Howes Percival LLP acts for private equity funds, and family and management-owned businesses, among others, and has a strong presence in the automotive sector. In this space, practice head Gerald Couldrake advised Motorvogue on its acquisition of two car dealerships and assisted Paragon Automotive with its sale to BCA Marketplace for £105m of initial consideration followed by a £30m earn-out. In other work, the firm managed the £17m management buyout of Panther Warehousing, including structuring the incoming management shareholding. Chris Rees assisted SPAR UK with drafting new supply contracts, and led on the restructuring of KCT Holdings to facilitate a generational shift in management. Clients also include Welcome Break, Nampak and Shanks Waste Management.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Gerald Couldrake - Howes Percival LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Gerald Couldrake - 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 (Leicester, Northampton)

Howes Percival LLP attracts instructions from high-net-worth individuals as well as regional, national and multinational private and public-listed companies, such as Welcome Break, Molins, Shanks Group, Intertek Group, Derby Properties and Grace Foods. HM Revenue & Customs and The Insolvency Service are also clients. The group is acting for a global company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute pertaining to a major contract in the energy sector and representing a client in a dispute with a bank over alleged negligence related to the sale of interest rate hedging products. The team also handled a property management dispute arising regarding a luxury property based overseas. Geraint Davies leads the team, which includes Satnam Chayra, who splits her time between Leicester and Milton Keynes and handles commercial and property disputes.

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East Midlands: Finance

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

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester)

Led by the ‘astute, commercial and hardworking’ Carl Miffin, Howes Percival LLP’s ‘excellent’ group acts for board members, liquidators, administrators and trustees in bankruptcy in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters; clients include The Insolvency Service, HMRC, Grant Thornton UK, Griffins and Mazars. The team defended a director against a six-figure breach of director duties claim, alleging inconsistencies with the Companies Act during a share buy-back agreement arranged by the client, and advised a trustee on the bankruptcy of members of a 1980s pop music band. It is also assisting the liquidators of County Developments (Northampton) with realising the real estate assets of the company.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester, Northampton)

Renowned for its TUPE expertise, Paula Bailey’s group at Howes Percival LLP supports companies with the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The team assisted the management team of EE Smith Contracts with employment matters related to a £11m management buyout such as drafting bonus structures and handling ancillary documentation. It also provided TUPE advice to a major corporation regarding its substantial restructuring project and handled matters arising from a global move of production facilities for a construction business. On the contentious side, the firm defended a regional manufacturer against a group employment tribunal claim regarding validity of pre-transfer employment liabilities, managing a grievance procedure brought by a HR manager alleging discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing and bullying. The firm also represented an employer in a discrimination claim pertaining to a contested redundancy of an employee on maternity leave. The team acquired several new clients in the automotive and food and beverages sectors, including LSH Auto UK.

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 (Leicester)

At Howes Percival LLP, ‘very strong and experienced’ practice head Alan Millband has ‘credentials of the highest calibre’, suitable for the ‘largest and most serious cases’. The group is particularly active in the manufacturing, mineral products and retail sectors, defending companies in litigation, guiding through investigations and advising on long-term risk management strategy. It is assisting a health and safety services provider with challenging a HSE enforcement action and supported the sole proprietor of a manufacturing business throughout an investigation and prosecution arising from a fatal workplace accident. Millband represented a medical professional in an investigation over alleged manslaughter by gross negligence and is assisting an industrial manufacturer with a HSE investigation into a non-fatal workplace accident. Other recent work included acting for the manager of a care home in an investigation following a fatal injury sustained by one of the residents.

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East Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester, Northampton)

Howes Percival LLP’ team is led by Sharon Eyre, who splits her time between Leicester, Northampton and Milton Keynes. The firm acts for will beneficiaries in a range of contentious matters, such as assisting a deceased’s spouse with a contested will, and challenging a will in a case involving family farming business. Other recent work included handling complex probate proceedings pertaining to a contested handwritten will and managing a proprietary estoppel claim related to a challenged estate. Lindsey Atterbury left the firm.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester)

Howes Percival LLP’s ‘first-class’ team is led by the ‘impeccably thoroughJustine Flack, who ‘leaves no stone unturned’. Focused primarily on family finance cases, it acts for high-net-worth individuals, including legal and financial practitioners and entrepreneurs, in relationship breakdown and divorce proceedings, associated financial, pension and childcare arrangements, drafting prenuptial agreements, and handling cohabitation disputes. The firm acted for a spouse in financial proceedings involving assets based abroad, represented a parent in a Children Act dispute concerning contact with the child, and handled financial proceedings for a divorcee who held over £6m in business assets. Jane Cowley joined Gateley Plc.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester, Northampton)

Howes Percival LLP’s team assists high-net-worth individuals and small- to medium-sized business owners on matters such as succession planning, lifetime trusts, tax strategies and compliance, estate administrations and Court of Protection work. The group recently assisted the executors of a high-value estate comprising real estate, farming land, liquid assets and bonds with probate application. It also obtained a deputyship order for an individual without legal capacity, and handled succession planning for two business owners. New practice head Sharon Eyre splits her time between Leicester and Milton Keynes. Jane Cowley and Lindsey Atterbury left the firm.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester, Northampton)

Howes Percival LLP handles a range of employment matters for institutional players in the education sector. For example, Alex Payton represented an educational institution regarding race and religious discrimination claims before the employment tribunal. Practice head Graham Irons also assists with parental complaints and Alan Millband is another name to note. Other work includes advising schools on conversion to academies and assisting governing bodies with issuing disciplinary proceedings. Elston Hall Multi Academy Trust, The LEARNERs’ Trust and Heart Education Trust are clients.

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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 (Leicester, Northampton)

The ‘consistently impressive’ team at Howes Percival LLP acts for clients such as Charles Street Buildings Group, Raynsway Group and Motorvogue (Northampton). Key contacts include Stuart Burns, who advises occupiers on property investment schemes and strategic residential and commercial transactions, and property development specialist Nicholas James, who manages all aspects of sales and acquisitions for regional developers and landowners. The group also advises on real estate finance and all aspects of landlord and tenants relations. Recent work includes assisting an investment group with the financing of a construction project in the retail sector.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester)

Geraint Davies’s team at Howes Percival LLP provides ‘commercial, pragmatic advice’ to clients such as institutional landlords, developers and private individuals. It specialises in tenant and landlord relations, managing property portfolios and handling break clauses and dilapidation claims. Satnam Chayra is challenging a landlord’s refusal of consent to alter and repair, and is handling nuisance abatement proceedings arising from water egress for a client in the automotive sector. Jane Bloomer is pursuing an eviction order for a landowner client, following breaches of alienation and user covenants by the client’s commercial tenant. The group is also representing a developer in a protracted boundary dispute. Clients have also included C Brewer & Sons, Henderson UK Property Fund, Darby Properties and Shoe Zone.

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 3

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester)

The ‘always responsive’ group at Howes Percival LLP combines ‘commercial pragmatism’ with a ‘breadth of knowledge and expertise’, advising large technology companies on a commercial matters. Work highlights saw the team handling IT contractual matters and software licensing for GlobalReach Technology, managing IT services supply agreements for Getronics Services UK in light of proposed acquisitions, and designing contractual framework for IT services delivered by Tellja domestically and internationally. It is also advising members of the Business Software Alliance, including Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens and Autodesk, on contractual breaches related to various software packages. Matthew Talbot heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP (Leicester)

Howes Percival LLP’s team ‘punches above its weight’, assisting retailers, designers, technology companies, educational institutions and food manufacturers with contentious and non-contentious IP work. Practice head Matthew Talbot is supported by Hannah Steggles. The group is representing Universal Garmets in a case against Poundstretcher and Poundstretcher’s suppliers relating design right infringement and other IP claims, and advising Shoe Zone on various trade mark and passing off matters. It also manages Just Hype’s entire trade mark portfolio and its filing of trade mark applications worldwide. Leicester University, Asiana, AE Rodda & Son, Zatchels and Charles Martell & Sons are also clients.

Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

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