Law firm to create 50 jobs as demand for services booms

Paula Bailey, Natalie Clarke and Geraint Davies

Law firm Howes Percival says it will create 50 jobs over the next two years as demand for its services soars.

The firm, which has offices in Leicester and Northampton in the East Midlands – as well as Cambridge, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Norwich, says it has already added 50 people to its headcount over the last 24 months – and will double this figure.

The new roles will include partners, solicitors support roles in the accounts, IT and HR/People functions.

The recruitment follows “unprecedented” growth across all offices and all of the firm’s practice areas.

The firm’s corporate team, which celebrated a record year in 2022 completing over 150 deals with a combined value of £700 million, has seen a 23% increase in headcount. The litigation team has grown by 38% and commercial property by 30%. Other teams that have seen “significant” growth include employment, private client & estates, and the property & social housing team.

Howes Percival’s chairman, Geraint Davies, said: “The firm has enjoyed significant success which has created more interest in our business and more demand for our services. It has definitely been a case of success breeding more success. We have been investing in our teams for a number of years, and as a result, the word got out that we were winning more business, which has generated more interest, both in terms of further instructions and increased recruitment.

“Our people are at the heart of that success, consistently providing excellent service to our clients and our continued growth will be based on the ongoing investment we make in our people, both through external appointments and nurturing our existing talent. We’ve created an incredibly strong support mechanism around our teams to not only safeguard their wellbeing but also recognise and help those who want to progress their career with us.

Natalie Clarke, head of people, added: We’ve always had a strong reputation for our training programme and promoting from within, and we have built on that recently with our new leadership development programme (LEAPS). As a result, part of the plan is definitely to attract talented juniors who are looking for somewhere they can grow and continue their careers, while strengthening our existing teams.

“As well as wanting to attract the best legal talent, we are building our non-fee earner teams so that we can support our people and constantly deliver the best possible service for clients. While we have remained extremely busy, and we hope there are signs that the market is looking brighter, we do see the next year as an opportunity to attract top talent.”