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Howes Percival LLP

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

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Leading individuals

Gerald Couldrake - Howes Percival LLP

Gerald Couldrake - Howes Percival LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

‘A top-class regional practice’, Howes Percival LLP impresses with its ‘fantastic service’. The team acts for owner-managed businesses and family-owned businesses on sales, mergers and reconstructions, and has growing expertise in acquisition finance, where it acts for banks and private equity firms, and property and development finance, where it acts for lenders. The department is also adept at assisting with a broad range of commercial issues, including commercial contracts, standard terms and conditions and franchising work. The ‘experienced’, ‘pragmatic’, ‘unflappable’ and ‘committed’  Gerald Couldrake heads the practice, which includes Daniel Banton and associate Matthew Thompson, who are the main contacts on the commercial side. In a recent cross-border highlight involving the jurisdictions of Ghana and Brazil, Couldrake and Thompson advised Blue Skies Holdings on the $18.2m purchase of a stake in the company from private equity fund 8 Miles. The team also assisted the Business Growth Fund with a £9.5m investment into Medigold Health Consultancy, and acted for Welcome Break Group on its strategically important acquisition of two Starbucks franchises from Starbucks. Other clients include Constant Equity Alpha, Acorne and Gravity Media Group.

‘A top-class regional practice’, Howes Percival LLP impresses with its ‘fantastic service’. The team acts for owner-managed businesses and family-owned businesses on sales, mergers and reconstructions, and has growing expertise in acquisition finance, where it acts for banks and private equity firms, and property and development finance, where it acts for lenders. The department is also adept at assisting with a broad range of commercial issues, including commercial contracts, standard terms and conditions and franchising work. The ‘experienced’, ‘pragmatic’, ‘unflappable’ and ‘committed’  Gerald Couldrake heads the practice, which includes Daniel Banton and associate Matthew Thompson, who are the main contacts on the commercial side. In a recent cross-border highlight involving the jurisdictions of Ghana and Brazil, Couldrake and Thompson advised Blue Skies Holdings on the $18.2m purchase of a stake in the company from private equity fund 8 Miles. The team also assisted the Business Growth Fund with a £9.5m investment into Medigold Health Consultancy, and acted for Welcome Break Group on its strategically important acquisition of two Starbucks franchises from Starbucks. Other clients include Constant Equity Alpha, Acorne and Gravity Media Group.

Leading individuals

Gerald Couldrake - Howes Percival LLP

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

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a strong focus on the automotive and food and drink sectors, but also also acts for clients in the manufacturing, minerals and mining, transport, waste and retail sectors. Key figures include practice head Geraint Davies, who has notable strength in property litigation, and Satnam Chayra, who handles shareholder, director and partnership disputes, in addition to property litigation. Welcome Break Group, HM Revenue & Customs, Molins and Getronics Services (UK) are all clients.

Howes Percival LLP has a strong focus on the automotive and food and drink sectors, but also also acts for clients in the manufacturing, minerals and mining, transport, waste and retail sectors. Key figures include practice head Geraint Davies, who has notable strength in property litigation, and Satnam Chayra, who handles shareholder, director and partnership disputes, in addition to property litigation. Welcome Break Group, HM Revenue & Customs, Molins and Getronics Services (UK) are all clients.

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East Midlands: Finance

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

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP delivers ‘prompt service’ and has significantly increased its offering with the merger with niche insolvency firm Summers Nigh in mid-2017, adding Deborah Nigh and Katie Summers to Carl Mifflin’s team. The team’s main standout feature is its expertise in government contracts insolvency work, but the group also excels in contentious insolvency work undertaken for insolvency practitioners and office holder claims identifying recoveries. In recent work, the group advised the administrator of Data Investments on the appointment of administrators, the removal of incumbent LPA receivers and a potential claim for potential extortionate credit transactions as well as on the refinance of the company’s property, ultimately achieving an imminent return of the company to solvency. The client list also features BDO UK, RSM Restructuring and Mazars.

Howes Percival LLP delivers ‘prompt service’ and has significantly increased its offering with the merger with niche insolvency firm Summers Nigh in mid-2017, adding Deborah Nigh and Katie Summers to Carl Mifflin’s team. The team’s main standout feature is its expertise in government contracts insolvency work, but the group also excels in contentious insolvency work undertaken for insolvency practitioners and office holder claims identifying recoveries. In recent work, the group advised the administrator of Data Investments on the appointment of administrators, the removal of incumbent LPA receivers and a potential claim for potential extortionate credit transactions as well as on the refinance of the company’s property, ultimately achieving an imminent return of the company to solvency. The client list also features BDO UK, RSM Restructuring and Mazars.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP’s team handles a range of matters, from redundancy, restructuring and TUPE processes to multi-party claims and discrimination disputes. Restrictive covenant enforcement and the negotiation and management of senior executive exits are other areas of focus. The group's clients primarily consist of private sector companies, although it is also adept at advising public sector clients. Practice head Paula Bailey, Graham Irons and director Alex Payton form the heart of the practice, with associate Hannah Pryce providing key support. In recent work, the department assisted Marston’s with TUPE issues related to the client’s acquisition of Charles Wells’ brewery, beer brands, canning and bottling plant, and warehouse facilities. Another highlight was defending Integrated Doorset Solutions in tribunal proceedings regarding TUPE claims brought by over 150 claimants in the context of the acquisition of a number of assets from an administrator. The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Mercedes-Benz and Weatherbys are also clients.

Howes Percival LLP’s team handles a range of matters, from redundancy, restructuring and TUPE processes to multi-party claims and discrimination disputes. Restrictive covenant enforcement and the negotiation and management of senior executive exits are other areas of focus. The group's clients primarily consist of private sector companies, although it is also adept at advising public sector clients. Practice head Paula Bailey, Graham Irons and director Alex Payton form the heart of the practice, with associate Hannah Pryce providing key support. In recent work, the department assisted Marston’s with TUPE issues related to the client’s acquisition of Charles Wells’ brewery, beer brands, canning and bottling plant, and warehouse facilities. Another highlight was defending Integrated Doorset Solutions in tribunal proceedings regarding TUPE claims brought by over 150 claimants in the context of the acquisition of a number of assets from an administrator. The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Mercedes-Benz and Weatherbys are also clients.

Leading individuals

Graham Irons - Howes Percival LLP

Graham Irons - Howes Percival LLP

Paula Bailey - Howes Percival LLP

Paula Bailey - Howes Percival LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

The ‘top-bracket’ team at  Howes Percival LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious health and safety regulatory work, with particular expertise in the manufacturing and minerals products, healthcare, care homes and domicilary care sectors, as well as in the food and drink and retail sectors. Practice head Alan Millband ‘has vast experience’ and ‘is a very safe pair of hands for both advisory and litigation work’. Poundstretcher and Capita Property Infrastructure are clients.

The ‘top-bracket’ team at  Howes Percival LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious health and safety regulatory work, with particular expertise in the manufacturing and minerals products, healthcare, care homes and domicilary care sectors, as well as in the food and drink and retail sectors. Practice head Alan Millband ‘has vast experience’ and ‘is a very safe pair of hands for both advisory and litigation work’. Poundstretcher and Capita Property Infrastructure are clients.

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East Midlands: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP is ‘exceptionally good at both financial remedy work and private child disputes’. The ‘commercially minded and professional’ team focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals, especially on matters involving businesses, landed estates, tax and cross-jurisdictional issues. The team’s broad gamut of expertise ranges from divorce and civil partnership dissolution to living together agreements, grandparents’ rights and pension arrangements on divorce as well as separation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation disputes. The practice also has expertise in collaborative issues. Key figures include practice head Justine Flack, who recently made partner and whose specialisms include instructions from clients in the agricultural sector, and ‘sensible, calm and yet incredibly robust’ solicitor Alishia Marrocco.

Howes Percival LLP is ‘exceptionally good at both financial remedy work and private child disputes’. The ‘commercially minded and professional’ team focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals, especially on matters involving businesses, landed estates, tax and cross-jurisdictional issues. The team’s broad gamut of expertise ranges from divorce and civil partnership dissolution to living together agreements, grandparents’ rights and pension arrangements on divorce as well as separation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation disputes. The practice also has expertise in collaborative issues. Key figures include practice head Justine Flack, who recently made partner and whose specialisms include instructions from clients in the agricultural sector, and ‘sensible, calm and yet incredibly robust’ solicitor Alishia Marrocco.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP is particularly adept at assisting with group academy conversions, a specialism of practice head Daniel Banton, and employment-related advice ranging from restructuring to the management of parental complains, which are areas of expertise of Graham Irons. In addition to advising the Learners’ Trust on its growth strategy from a six-school multi-academy trust to one that includes eighteen schools, the group also assisted the University of Coventry with changes to its data protection policy in view of expected General Data Protection Regulation changes. Elston Hall Multi-Academy Trust and Services 4 Schools are also clients.

Howes Percival LLP is particularly adept at assisting with group academy conversions, a specialism of practice head Daniel Banton, and employment-related advice ranging from restructuring to the management of parental complains, which are areas of expertise of Graham Irons. In addition to advising the Learners’ Trust on its growth strategy from a six-school multi-academy trust to one that includes eighteen schools, the group also assisted the University of Coventry with changes to its data protection policy in view of expected General Data Protection Regulation changes. Elston Hall Multi-Academy Trust and Services 4 Schools are also 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

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP’s key areas of expertise are strategic land acquisitions and disposals, including for investment funds, portfolio secured lending and refinancing work, residential and commercial development, and landlord and tenant work. While practice head Tessa Haskey is based in Norwich, Lucy Lord in Northampton and Leicester advisers Nicholas James and Stuart Burns form a solid East Midlands offering. Lord recently led advice for Mulberry Property Developments on the development and subsequent sales of six residential sites, including one at London Road, Bicester. The practice also acted for Winrise One on the land acquisition and development funding for a student apartment block. Other clients include Persimmon Homes and Henderson UK Property Fund.

Howes Percival LLP’s key areas of expertise are strategic land acquisitions and disposals, including for investment funds, portfolio secured lending and refinancing work, residential and commercial development, and landlord and tenant work. While practice head Tessa Haskey is based in Norwich, Lucy Lord in Northampton and Leicester advisers Nicholas James and Stuart Burns form a solid East Midlands offering. Lord recently led advice for Mulberry Property Developments on the development and subsequent sales of six residential sites, including one at London Road, Bicester. The practice also acted for Winrise One on the land acquisition and development funding for a student apartment block. Other clients include Persimmon Homes and Henderson UK Property Fund.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

‘A top-class regional firm’, Howes Percival LLP acts for landlords and tenants alike in portfolio management work and lease renewals and exits. Satnam Chayra and director Jane Bloomer both specialise in this area, while practice head Geraint Davies handles a range of property-related contractual disputes including lease disputes and renewals, covenant disputes, dilapidation claims and licence issues. The group’s client roster includes large corporates alongside owner-managed businesses, investment funds, developers and private individuals such as Welcome Break Group, Nampak Plastics Europe and C Brewer & Sons.

‘A top-class regional firm’, Howes Percival LLP acts for landlords and tenants alike in portfolio management work and lease renewals and exits. Satnam Chayra and director Jane Bloomer both specialise in this area, while practice head Geraint Davies handles a range of property-related contractual disputes including lease disputes and renewals, covenant disputes, dilapidation claims and licence issues. The group’s client roster includes large corporates alongside owner-managed businesses, investment funds, developers and private individuals such as Welcome Break Group, Nampak Plastics Europe and C Brewer & Sons.

Leading individuals

Geraint Davies - Howes Percival LLP

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

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP ’s contentious practice handles IT contract disputes and infringement actions in relation to intellectual property rights in IT products, while on the non-contentious front the firm's expertise spans software development, licence and support agreements, agreements in relation to the procurement, and installation and maintenance of hardware, including agreements for turnkey solutions. Practice head Matthew Talbot and associate Jenna Bruce are the main practitioners in the region, with director Hannah Steggles providing key support in data protection and domain name instructions. In addition to assisting the Business Software Alliance with a large number of software infringement actions, the practice also advised Retail Assist on a number of IT transactions. Getronics Services UK mandated the group to assist with the terms of IT service agreements in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions. Other clients include Global Reach Technology, FibreFab and the Crown Commercial Service.

Howes Percival LLP ’s contentious practice handles IT contract disputes and infringement actions in relation to intellectual property rights in IT products, while on the non-contentious front the firm's expertise spans software development, licence and support agreements, agreements in relation to the procurement, and installation and maintenance of hardware, including agreements for turnkey solutions. Practice head Matthew Talbot and associate Jenna Bruce are the main practitioners in the region, with director Hannah Steggles providing key support in data protection and domain name instructions. In addition to assisting the Business Software Alliance with a large number of software infringement actions, the practice also advised Retail Assist on a number of IT transactions. Getronics Services UK mandated the group to assist with the terms of IT service agreements in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions. Other clients include Global Reach Technology, FibreFab and the Crown Commercial Service.

Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP

Based in Leicester, the team at Howes Percival LLP impresses clients with ‘excellent response times’ and ‘a deep bench’. The group has a strong focus on software protection and trade mark instructions. Manufacturers in the retail and food and drinks sector also make up a large portion of the client list. Showing ‘excellent business acumen’, practice head Matthew Talbot has ‘a quick understanding of the underlying issues of a case’. ‘Tenacious’ senior associate Jenna Bruce is also recommended. A major recent highlight on the contentious side was acting for the Business Software Alliance and its members, such as Microsoft, in a large volume of infringement actions against UK businesses which use unlicenced software. On the non-contentious side, the group assisted Just Hype with the management of its intellectual property portfolio, advising both on the drafting of its licence agreements and trade mark prosecution work, liaising closely with international partners in regard to international trade mark applications. Start-rite Shoes, Sequin Art and Shoe Zone Retail are also on the client roster.

Based in Leicester, the team at Howes Percival LLP impresses clients with ‘excellent response times’ and ‘a deep bench’. The group has a strong focus on software protection and trade mark instructions. Manufacturers in the retail and food and drinks sector also make up a large portion of the client list. Showing ‘excellent business acumen’, practice head Matthew Talbot has ‘a quick understanding of the underlying issues of a case’. ‘Tenacious’ senior associate Jenna Bruce is also recommended. A major recent highlight on the contentious side was acting for the Business Software Alliance and its members, such as Microsoft, in a large volume of infringement actions against UK businesses which use unlicenced software. On the non-contentious side, the group assisted Just Hype with the management of its intellectual property portfolio, advising both on the drafting of its licence agreements and trade mark prosecution work, liaising closely with international partners in regard to international trade mark applications. Start-rite Shoes, Sequin Art and Shoe Zone Retail are also on the client roster.

Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

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