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Howes Percival recruits Private Client Partner in Cambridge

Howes Percival has strengthened its team in Cambridge with the appointment of Stephen Patch as Partner and head of its Private Client team in the area.

Stephen joins Howes Percival from Shoosmiths where he led the High Net Worth division of their Private Client operation based in Milton Keynes. The move to Cambridge sees Stephen returning to the city, having spent a number of years advising clients in the area before taking up the role in Milton Keynes.

Stephen is an experienced Private Client solicitor specialising in estate planning for high net worth individuals, business owners, farmers and more recently professional sportspeople. He is full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is also ‘top ranked’ in the leading professional directory Chambers and Partners – High Net Worth Guide 2022

The appointment is part of a national expansion plan for the Private Client team which has secured five new appointments starting between December 2022 and February 2023 to meet the demand for its services. The team is focused on high net worth individuals and families with complex financial, succession and estate planning needs.

Cambridge partner Jonathan Greenhalgh commented, “We are delighted to welcome Stephen to Howes Percival.  He is a very experienced lawyer and a fantastic addition to the team in Cambridge.  Stephen is perfectly placed to extend our service in the city, having previously spent a number of years working in the Cambridge legal market and is well-known in the professional community for Private Client work.

“As part of our plans for growth, the Cambridge market has been identified as a key area to expand our Private Client offering.  We have seen strong demand from clients for complex and high value estate and tax planning work and with the appointment of Stephen we have a clear plan to grow the Private Client team in the area and are again demonstrating our continuing commitment to the region.”

For more information on Howes Percival’s Private Client services including estate planning visit: https://www.howespercival.com/services/wills-probate-tax-and-trusts/

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Picture: L to R Cambridge partner Jonathan Greenhalgh, Stephen Patch and Tax Manager Tony Jones.  

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 2023 guide, no fewer than 10 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 – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning; Intellectual Property.

Howes Percival has been ranked in the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list three years running.  The 2022 list saw the firm rise 13 places to 59th position in the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For category and 8th in the Top 10 Best Large Law Firms to Work For list. The firm achieved a 2 star Best Companies accreditation, which is given to organisations with an ‘outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement