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Five senior promotions at law firm

LEADING regional law firm, Howes Percival has announced five senior promotions in Northampton as it prepares for further growth.

The promotions span the firm’s commercial property, corporate and commercial, employment and intellectual property practices. Erica Gradus (commercial property), Jenna Bruce (intellectual property), Alexandra Kirkwood (commercial property), Hannah Pryce (employment law) and Matthew Thompson (corporate, commercial and banking) have all been promoted to the level of director.

Howes Percival has also named a new head of department for its corporate and commercial services. After more than a decade in the role, Senior partner, Gerald Couldrake, will pass the baton on to Daniel Banton. Gerald will continue to head Howes Percival’s very successful Northampton corporate and commercial team and support Daniel in his new role.

The firm also confirmed that it is continuing its recruitment drive to bolster its commercial offering still further. Commenting on the promotions, Tessa Haskey, Howes Percival’s Chairman said: “Congratulations to everyone on their promotions – which acknowledge the hard work, dedication and invaluable contribution these individuals have made, both in their respective practice areas and to the firm overall. At Howes Percival, we are committed to investing and developing our people, and giving them opportunities to develop their career with the firm. So, I’m particularly delighted for Alexandra and Matthew who started their law careers with us as trainees.

“Corporate and commercial work is a core specialism for the firm and has grown considerably in recent years. We’re hugely grateful to Gerald who has overseen a significant increase in the number, quality and size of deals and led the recent investment in the recruitment of senior level experts. This work will continue under Daniel’s leadership as we look to grow and develop our corporate offering further.”

Commenting on the resilience of the Northampton market, Gerald Couldrake added: “The success of our Northampton office reflects the success of the local economy which continues to be a fantastic place to do business. Northampton enables proactive and entrepreneurial businesses to thrive and grow. Their continued support of the firm enables us to invest in top quality lawyers that our clients enjoy working with.”

Howes Percival provides a full-service legal offering across a wide range of specialist sectors. To find out more, visit the website www.howespercival.com

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