Our employment team has some great news that we want to share with you...
The 2024 edition of The Legal 500 - the authoritative guide to the UK's leading law firms - has just been published and we are proud to announce that our employment team has retained its status as a top tier law firm for employment services.
The Legal 500 is essentially the clients' guide to the best law firms in the UK and is widely regarded as offering a definitive judgement of law firm capabilities. The guide ranks firms into tiers, with tier 1 being the highest ranking. We are thrilled that Howes Percival's employment team has once again achieved tier 1 status.
Our top tier rating is a great endorsement for the employment team (and the firm as a whole) and we would like to thank our clients for supporting us in achieving this level of success
In relation to our team, The Legal 500 says:
“Howes Percival LLP‘s East Midlands employment group is led by Paula Bailey out of the Leicester office and Graham Irons in Northampton, with the support of Alex Payton and Hannah Pryce. The firm stands out for its particular expertise in dealing with complex tribunal claims, TUPE, restructuring, enforcement of restrictive covenants and senior executive exits. Employment-related data protection and confidentiality issues are also within the experienced team’s scope.”
“Exhibiting ‘great strength and breadth of skill‘, Howes Percival LLP‘s team handles a myriad of both contentious and non-contentious issues, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants and senior executive exits, in addition to acting in tribunal claims. The ‘excellent‘ Simon deMaid heads up the Milton Keynes-based practice and has wide knowledge of large-scale redundancies, disability discrimination claims, and executive terminations within the manufacturing and healthcare sectors; Hannah Pryce frequently assists and collaborates with clients to deliver training.”
“Howes Percival LLP provides an ‘efficient, communicative and personable service' to its clients across East Anglia and further afield. Practice head Matthew Potter in Cambridge has extensive experience in board-level disputes and exits. Norwich-based legal director Laura Brown is valued by clients for her 'honesty and excellent problem-solving skills'; she also provides ‘superb client management with consideration and instinctive understanding' in both domestic and cross-border matters for clients in the leisure, technology, education, energy and renewables, motor, manufacturing and food sectors.”
‘Nothing is ever too much trouble, and this firm really prides itself in its relationship management with their clients. Even when you drop issues on them at short notice, they are able to help and support. The advice we get is clear and well thought through and has helped me to develop in my own learning and experience of employment law.’
‘Graham Irons and Hannah Pryce in particular stand out for me. The team are really friendly and approachable – I never feel daunted having to pick up the phone to them.’
‘The people truly make interactions with Howes Percival around some of the most complex employment issues so much easier!’
‘They take the time to truly understand the organisation and the culture of the organisation and provide information and advice appropriate to all situations.’
‘You get a very personal touch when dealing with Howes Percival. Always seem to be up-to-date with the latest legislation and always easy to deal with. Billing is clear, with no “hidden extras”.’
‘Hannah Pryce is exceptional in her advice and the way she can explain the current legislation and how it covers my particular issues.’
‘Strength – training and investment in their Associates. Staff wellbeing – I know this is important to them as an organisation.’
‘Great professionalism and communication, Simon deMaid is excellent.’
‘Everyone is helpful, polite, professional, knowledgeable and pragmatic; they take a common-sense approach to providing advice.’
‘Simon deMaid stands out. He is a good listener and has an almost uncanny ability to capture and then summarise what you have said. His advice is clear and specific – so many lawyers sit on the fence! His demeanour is calm and unflappable and he will do everything he can to help.’
The team is efficient, communicative, good at meeting timescales, and personable.’
‘Laura Brown is extremely knowledgeable; I value her honesty and excellent problem-solving skills. She demonstrated empathy and offered support to others involved in the case where appropriate. Her goal is to get a resolution between the two parties before it reaches tribunal. She sets realistic expectations, the good and bad; her communication and efficiency are excellent.’
‘Excellent engagement with the local business community through professionally delivered, topical employment seminars and webinars which are beneficial, informative and readily assimilated.’
‘Laura Brown is highly competent and knowledgeable with excellent customer focus. She provides superb client management with consideration and instinctive understanding allied to expertise in all aspects of employee relations negotiations.’
‘From initial engagement through to completion, they provided an exceptional service. Transparent, effective communication, concise information, and fully supportive.’