Over 150 clients and friends helped leading regional law firm Howes Percival celebrate 20 years in Leicester with a special event at The Curve Theatre.
In July 1997, Howes Percival opened its first Leicester office on New Walk with just six lawyers. Today the firm employs over 60 staff at its Meridian Business Park office, providing the full range of corporate and family law services.
New and long standing clients from a wide range of sectors including local businesses, agriculture, land owners, developers, education and not for profit organisations gathered to mark the anniversary, along with key contacts from banks, accountants and other intermediaries. Guests were treated to celebration drinks, canapes and a live band.
Howes Percival Leicester Partner, Geraint Davies, who was a solicitor with the firm when the Leicester office opened, commented: “It was fantastic to see so many friends of the firm together in one place. There were lots of clients and contacts who are still with us from those very early days in the city, along with staff who were there at the start too. It was a chance to say a massive ‘thank you’ to them and to everyone who has supported us and worked with us over the years. Many thanks also to everyone at The Curve for helping to create such a great event for us.
“Since opening that first office on New Walk, the firm has gone from strength to strength. The office has been at the heart of the Leicester business community for 20 years and focused on providing a great service to organisations and individuals. But it will always be about the people, and we’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best in the region over the years. Here’s to the next 20 years and making more new friends as we continue to grow in the city!”
As part of the 20 year celebrations, Howes Percival staff are taking part in a year-long series of fundraising and volunteering events in support of three local charities: Alex’s Wish, Leicestershire Cares and Action Homeless.
The celebrations got off to a flying start in July when 12 brave members of staff took part in the Skyline Zip Wire Challenge in Victoria Park - descending a 200m Zip Wire at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour to raise money for Alex’s Wish.
Other fundraising and volunteering activities so far confirmed for the year include three community events with Leicestershire Cares, a not-for-profit organisation which helps businesses to find volunteering opportunities to support charities and community groups in Leicestershire and Rutland. Howes Percival will also hold a Christmas Quiz, the proceeds of which will go to Action Homeless, a Leicester based charity and social enterprise committed to improving the lives of people affected by homelessness.