Leading regional law firm Howes Percival has moved its Northampton office to new, bigger premises on The Rushmills Business Park after more than 30 years based at Oxford House, Cliftonville.
The firm has taken a new 15 year lease on the three storey Nene House, at 4 Rushmills, which has been completely refurbished and configured to Howes Percival’s specification, including the construction of a new atrium to create a larger reception area.
The move is the latest in a series of significant investments by the firm which has seen it move into new offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes and Norwich and opened a brand new office in Cambridge in the last three years. The investment in the new office also reaffirms Howes Percival’s commitment to Northampton and the surrounding area where it has had a presence since 1790.
In total, 65 staff will relocate to Nene House, including the Northampton corporate, property, employment, litigation and private client teams along with the firm’s centralised administrative staff and IT and accounts departments which support the firm’s five other offices across the country.
The new 13,000 sq ft office will give the firm a modern, flexible and open plan working environment with significantly more space including a seminar room that can seat up to 60 guests, a boardroom and four meeting rooms.
Gerald Couldrake, Corporate Partner in Northampton commented: “Howes Percival is growing in Northampton – we have expanded all our teams in the last couple of years from employment and corporate to commercial property and private client and this move sends a strong message to the local market. We had outgrown our old office in the town and now we have space to carry on investing in the business, which is fantastic for the team and for our clients.
“Rushmills is a great location for us - close to the town centre and with great transport links to the surrounding area and beyond. It is also a key location for lots of other professionals including banks and accountancy firms.”
Howes Percival’s Chairman Tessa Haskey said: “The new Northampton office is fantastic. The move means we will have a great new base for the firm to push on and continue to grow in Northampton. Since 2013, we’ve invested in new offices in five key locations, with teams across the East Midlands and into East Anglia all moving into new, modern facilities. The firm has equipped each of them to the same high standard, creating a recognisable and uniform working environment for staff and clients.”
In July, Howes Percival’s Northampton team completed one of the largest corporate deals post-Brexit acting for the exiting shareholders of automotive fleet inspection, refurbishment, storage and logistics group Paragon Automotive Limited in its £105 million sale to British Car Auctions. The new Northampton office will give the firm the opportunity to further invest and grow local sector specialisms such as automotive and high performance engineering.
Howes Percival was a finalist in the Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016 category in the highly prestigious The Lawyer Awards.