Howes Percival recommended for 20 different practice areas in the Legal 500

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The 2021 edition of The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms – has recommended Howes Percival for 20 different practice areas and awarded the firm top tier rankings in 11 different legal specialisms.

The guide, which is based on independent research, interviews and feedback from clients about the service they received firms and lawyers, also recognises the UK’s leading lawyers – 36 Howes Percival lawyers received specific accreditation in this year’s directory.

Howes Percival has achieved top tier rankings for:

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution – Debt Recovery
  • Finance - Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
  • Human Resources - Employment
  • Private Client – Agriculture and Estates
  • Private Client - Tax, Trusts and Probate
  • Real Estate - Commercial Property
  • Real Estate – Environment & Planning
  • Real Estate - Property litigation
  • Intellectual Property

Nine further Howes Percival specialisms are recommended in the guide; Banking and Finance, Charities and Not for Profit, Construction, Family, Public Sector (Healthcare and Education), IT and Telecoms, Media and Entertainment, Health and Safety, and Social Housing.

The Legal 500 highlights individuals who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence. 21 Howes Percival lawyers are recognised by the legal directory as elite ‘leading individuals’, with a total of 36 Howes Percival lawyers recommended this year. Six Howes Percival Partners – Steven Beach (commercial property), Geraint Davies (litigation and insolvency), Andrew Harris (corporate and commercial), Gerald Couldrake (corporate and commercial), Graham Irons (employment) and Matthew Talbot (intellectual property) achieved ‘Hall of Fame’ status.

Over the past 12 months Howes Percival has continued to grow and has made a number of significant hires, bolstering the firm’s expertise in key areas including corporate, commercial and banking. The firm has received increased instructions from both existing and new clients, ranging from owner-managed businesses to SMEs and government contracts to international clients.

Commenting on the firm’s rankings Howes Percival’s chairman, Geraint Davies said;  “This is an excellent set of rankings and recommendations - something the whole firm can be proud of. Once again, our core strengths have been recognised. We also saw a number of significant improvements in the rankings this year and it was fantastic for the teams to see recognition for all the hard work they have put in. I’m particularly pleased to see the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team in the East Midlands recognised with a new top tier ranking and our expanding Banking and Finance team and our Family team achieving higher rankings this year.

“It is also great to see client feedback describing Howes Percival as ‘a powerful regional practice with first-class London quality and superb value for money’ – which is absolutely fundamental to our offering.

“A key element of our continued success has been the ability to recruit talented lawyers who share our ethos of working together to provide clients with high-quality, commercially minded, accessible advice. It’s an approach that relies on our experts making the time to sit alongside clients and work through the challenges. Our partners take a hands-on approach, which clients really value – and that comes through strongly in The Legal 500 recommendations.”

Geraint Davies continued: “This has been an exceptional year. Covid-19 has brought different challenges for everyone. Over the last few years we have invested heavily in technology which has enabled us to seamlessly adapt to the new working environment. We were able to switch quickly to agile, remote working and are continuing to receive new instructions and find more creative ways of servicing our clients’ needs.”

Full details of Howes Percival’s rankings can be found on the Legal 500 website.


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