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Five new partners among 14 senior promotions at Howes Percival

Leading regional law firm, Howes Percival has announced 14 senior promotions, including five new partners, Gordon Simpson, Katherine Cereghino, Hannah Pryce, Elizabeth Thomas, and Alexandra Kirkwood.

Leanne Davis, Richard Turner, and Tom Skinner have been promoted to the level of Director.  Neena Jakhu, Owen Franks, Shital Odedra, Leon Head, Georgia Wood, and Will Bond have been made senior associates.

Geraint Davies, Howes Percival’s Chairman commented, “I’d like to congratulate everyone on their promotions which acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and invaluable contribution these individuals have made to Howes Percival. As a firm we have a reputation for promoting from within and it is great to be able to reward people for their exceptional efforts in supporting our clients during this challenging period.

“The whole team have been fantastic over the past 12 months.  As a firm, we adapted well to the pandemic and that gave us a very strong base to move forward as things eased and the economy opened up. Our people have been at the heart of that and consistently provided excellent service to our clients, which has enabled us to capitalise on the opportunities that have arisen. Investment in people, through both external appointments and nurturing our existing talent, is key to our strategy, our continued success and growth.”     

Partner level appointments

Gordon Simpson – specialism: dispute resolution and litigation (Norwich office)

Gordon handles complicated and high-value commercial claims through to trial, combining this with a flexible approach to look for practical and cost-effective solutions. He develops strong business relationships with clients, to help them through the litigation process and identify ways to avoid litigation in the future.

Katherine Cereghino – specialism: corporate and commercial (Leicester office)

Katherine advises on company disposals, acquisitions, share arrangements, company restructuring, reorganisations, and company finance documentation, as well as commercial arrangements and documentation. Katherine has considerable experience advising companies on compliance with consumer protection legislation.

Hannah Pryce – specialism: Employment law (Milton Keynes and Northampton offices)

Hannah has considerable experience of providing contentious and non-contentious employment law advice to a broad range of clients. She has particular expertise in tribunal litigation, including complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims.  Hannah is experienced in contentious senior exits and gives “good, down to earth advice”.  She also delivers in-house training for clients.

Elizabeth Thomas – specialism: commercial property (Cambridge office)

Elizabeth advises property investors, corporate occupiers, charities, and clients in the public sector. She has in-depth experience across a range of commercial property matters.  Elizabeth’s practice also includes buying and selling student accommodation, acting for both UK and OUK investors.

Alexandra Kirkwood – specialism: real estate (Northampton office)

Alexandra joined Howes Percival as a trainee in 2010 and her practice encompasses commercial property sales and acquisitions, residential & commercial development, landlord & tenant matters and property finance. She also regularly assists the firm’s corporate and banking teams with property support work.

Director level appointments

Leanne Davis – specialism: property disputes (Milton Keynes and Cambridge offices)

A member of the Property Litigation Association, Leanne advises on a wide range of contentious property issues, involving residential, commercial, and agricultural land.

Richard Turner – specialism: Corporate matters (Norwich office)

Richard advises on corporate transactions and works on other complex corporate matters, including shareholder arrangements, joint ventures, reorganisations, and partnerships.

Tom Skinner – specialism: Commercial property (Norwich office)

Tom is experienced in dealing with a wide range of property acquisitions, disposals, and refinancing as well as strategic land agreements and infrastructure funding arrangements.

Senior Associate appointments

Neena Jakhu – Insolvency and corporate recovery (Northampton office)

Owen Franks – Commercial property (Northampton office)

Shital Odedra – corporate, commercial, and banking (Milton Keynes office)

Leon Head – Insolvency and corporate recovery (Norwich office)

Georgia Wood – property dispute resolution (Norwich office) 

Will Bond – commercial property (Norwich office)

Howes Percival is ranked in the ‘UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2021’ and in the top 5 Best Law Firms in the country to work for.1. The firm provides a full-service legal offering across a wide range of specialist sectors. For more information visit: https://www.howespercival.com/

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Gordon or Liz at MAW Communications on 01603 505 845

Notes to editors:

1. The prestigious list, which was published in May 2021, confirmed Howes Percival in 72nd position in the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For category. The firm achieved a 2-star Best Companies accreditation, which is given to organisations with an ‘outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement. In addition, Howes Percival ranked 5th in the Top 20 Best Law Firms to Work For 2021 list. 

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.  It has 47 partners and 171 lawyers in total.

The firm is recommended in The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.  In the 2022 guide, no fewer than 11 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; Private Client – Agriculture and Estates; Private Client – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning;  Intellectual Property.