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Howes Percival appoints new Chairman

Howes Percival has elected a new Chairman.  Partner and head of litigation, Geraint Davies, has taken over the role for a three-year term.

Geraint joined the firm as a solicitor in 1996 and helped to develop a large and experienced litigation team with a national reputation, before becoming the litigation practice group leader for the whole firm in 2012.  He has been a member of the Howes Percival board since 2014.

He replaces Tessa Haskey who steps down following two terms as Chairman.  During her tenure, Tessa oversaw a period of sustained, strategic investment and growth, as the firm increased its presence across the East Midlands and East Anglia.  Most notably the firm entered the Cambridge legal services market, re-entered the Milton Keynes market and partner numbers increased to 50.         

Commenting on his election, Geraint Davies said, “It’s a huge privilege to be elected Chairman of Howes Percival.  The firm has an amazing history and a fantastic set of people with a real depth of experience and talent.  

“I want to thank Tessa for doing an outstanding job, leading the firm for the last six years.  In that time, Howes Percival has seen significant growth and transformation.  I’m hugely excited about taking over the reins, though to be honest, it’s been a bit of a baptism of fire.  The outbreak of the Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown has been challenging but our staff have been fantastic in helping us move our business quickly and seamlessly from office to home working.”

“Our teams have been working hard to help clients get to grips with the rapidly changing situation.  We’ve worked with many of our clients for years, helping them grow their businesses – now it’s a case of helping them protect their people and their investments as best we can.  These are unprecedented times and it remains to be seen what long term impact Covid-19 has on business in general and the professional services sector, specifically.  But for now, we are working hard to provide our clients with advice, updates and guidance on how to navigate this period of huge uncertainty.”

Howes Percival’s dedicated ‘Coronavirus Hub’ webpage with advice and information for businesses and individuals can be found at:  https://www.howespercival.com/coronavirus/

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Notes to editors:

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.  It has 50 partners and 169 lawyers in total.

The firm is recommended in The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.  In the 2020 guide, no fewer than 12 different departments achieved the guide’s highest possible ranking (Tier 1): Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation; Dispute Resolution – Debt Recovery; Finance – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Human Resources – Employment Law; Human Resources – Health and Safety; Private Client – Agriculture and Estates; Private Client – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning; Technology, Media & Telecoms – Intellectual Property.