Howes Percival gears up for future growth with national recruitment drive

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  • 30 new jobs to meet increased current and future demand for legal services, 14 of them in the East Midlands

Leading law firm Howes Percival is embarking on a recruitment drive that should create over 30 new jobs following a post-pandemic increase in client instructions.

The leading law firm, which is ranked in the ‘UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2021’ and in the top 5 Best Law Firms to work for1., has openings for qualified lawyers, fee earners and support staff in a range of specialisms across its offices in the East of England and the East Midlands.

Currently, Howes Percival has 14 new jobs available in the East Midlands, where its Leicester, Northampton and Milton Keynes offices are based.

The drive the result of a sustained increase in demand for legal services and also the firm’s decision to make strategic hires in areas where it anticipates opportunities and future growth as the economy bounces back.

This year, Howes Percival has experienced growth in several of its key legal sectors. Its corporate, commercial, and banking team reported an ‘incredibly busy’ start to 2021, completing 32 deals in the first quarter, with a combined value of £263 million. Challenges presented by the pandemic created an increase in demand for legal advice on employment, regulatory and private client matters and other areas have also seen growth as clients have taken advantage of opportunities that have arisen as a result of the improving economic climate, for example, in commercial property.

Howes Percival’s Chairman, Geraint Davies (pictured), commented: “The high volume and quality of transactions and new instructions this year is testament to the dedication and expertise of our people and our ability to quickly adapt to new ways of working to maintain our high standards of client care. As we move forward businesses and individuals will continue to require legal guidance as they adapt to and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the post pandemic economy and introduce innovative ways of working and servicing their markets. Whilst most businesses still face challenges, many of our clients have already started to see their businesses grow and like us they have been able to create new jobs which is good to hear.

“As a firm, we have a strong reputation and a good track record of attracting the top talent. Already this year, we have made senior level appointments in our corporate, commercial, and banking, commercial property, employment law and dispute resolution teams. But we are now launching a concerted recruitment drive to meet the growing demand for our services and support our client base. We want to attract talented people who share our values, want to make a difference for our clients and who will play a key part in the continued success of the firm.

“We recently conducted an independent client feedback programme to help us identify our strengths and potential weaknesses. It showed that our expertise, strong client relationships and friendly, approachable people are the main reasons why clients choose to work with us. We understand that our people are integral to our success and therefore making sure that Howes Percival continues to be a fantastic place to work is central to our growth strategy.”

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, and Norwich. The firm provides a full-service legal offering to corporate and private clients. Clients include Government departments, international brands, and household names such as Davidsons Developments, Persimmon Homes, Anchor Hanover Group and FTSE listed pub operator Marston’s. The firm maintains a strong core client base of SMEs and family-owned businesses, plus high net worth individuals.

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