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5 November, 2015 - 09:56 By Tony Quested

Howes Percival takes 13 property lawyers from Taylor Vinters

Jonathan Greenhalgh (left) at the Howes Percival office opening earlier this year.

Law firm Howes Percival has taken 13 property lawyers including four key partners from Cambridge UK rival Taylor Vinters. The move represents the transfer of part of Taylor Vinters’ regional real estate team. It was a mutually agreed department transfer.

The new Howes Percival Cambridge office, started by Jonathan Greenhalgh (pictured above left), has raced to a 23 headcount in a few months following the latest coup.

Greenhalgh told Business Weekly when the office opened that the firm had aggressive expansion plans.

Taylor Vinters changed its strategy last year to focus more on international business, marketing itself increasingly as a Cambridge-based firm with the power to take clients into world markets, including Singapore and wider Asia and the US.

Four Taylor Vinters partners, Steven Beach, Michaela Henson, Simon Murphy and Amy Richardson, will transfer to Howes Percival’s new office on Hills Road, along with five associates and solicitors and four other members of staff.

The team will join Howes Percival’s existing Cambridge real estate team, headed up by Greenhalgh, a partner at Howes Percival.

Howes Percival entered the Cambridge market earlier this year with an initial focus on property and corporate work. The recently opened Cambridge office is part of the firm’s strategy to invest in growth to support clients across the Northern Home Counties region, connecting the firm’s offices in the East Midlands and East Anglia.

Tessa Haskey, Howes Percival’s chairman said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Taylor Vinters’ team to Howes Percival. They are very highly regarded in the local market and because of the mix of specialisms and expertise they bring, covering commercial and residential property, planning and property litigation, we feel they are a perfect fit with our existing team in Cambridge.

“Our Cambridge office is heavily focused on the regional commercial property market and therefore, going forward, Howes Percival is the best place for this group to be.  We are working closely with Taylor Vinters to ensure a smooth transition for their existing clients, and we are looking forward to providing those clients with a first class service.

“In addition to having a much larger team on the ground in Cambridge, we also have recognised expertise in complementary specialisms such as construction, minerals and environment in the region. Therefore, the enlarged team will give us an enviable full-service commercial property proposition for both landowners and developers.”

The move forms part of Taylor Vinters’ continued reorganisation to better serve its technology, investment and entrepreneurial wealth clients. Taylor Vinters will retain nine commercial real estate lawyers to work alongside its existing 10-strong private real estate team in delivering services to businesses and charities in the UK and internationally.

Ed Turner, managing partner at Taylor Vinters, says: “Over the past 18 months, we have been repositioning Taylor Vinters to take advantage of the burgeoning demand we see from clients operating in innovative, fast-paced industries; ambitious entrepreneurs whose ideas and demands aren’t constrained by geography.

“The transfer of the regional real estate team reflects our commitment to a narrower business focus – on technology, investment and entrepreneurial wealth clients – but one which is broader in business scope and reach.

“We welcome the smooth transition of this team to Howes Percival where we believe those talented lawyers will have a secure future operating in the general regional market on which they are focussed.

“We wish to thank the staff involved for their contribution to Taylor Vinters’ success over the years. They leave the business with our thanks and very best wishes for a successful future with Howes Percival.”

Howes Percival was ranked by the Legal 500 in 2015 as one of the top three regional heavyweight law firms in East Anglia and the firm’s property specialism was recognised with three Real Estate tier 1 rankings.

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