Howes Percival

We are a leading commercial law firm, offering a wide range of legal expertise to our clients.

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Best Company to work for in the UK
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Best Company
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With six offices and nearly 300 staff, Howes Percival offers its people the opportunity to advance their careers in a number of directions. The law firm's key practice group areas include corporate, private client services, litigation and property.

Training and development is a priority and it is keen to recognise achievement and progress people quickly on merit.

This large company has offices in Manchester, Northampton, Cambridge, Leicester, Milton Keynes and Norwich, and its clients are spread far wider; hence its investment in technology such as high-quality video conferencing facilities.

It is actively engaged with local communities and encourages staff to make the most of volunteering opportunities. Each office chooses a charity to support in its area.

Howes Percival celebrates difference and diversity in its recruitment policies and encourages everyone to be themselves. Its values are built around teamwork, positivity, trust, agility and approachability.

Training contracts and vacation schemes introduce newcomers to the business and give them an awareness of areas such as marketing as well as legal matters. The company has won Lex 100 awards, which are voted on by trainees and newly qualified solicitors, for client contact, quality of work, living up to expectations, approachability, inclusiveness and vacation schemes.

Staff benefits include private medical insurance, income protection, flexible working, a group pension plan and payment of professional subscriptions. There is also a bonus scheme, financial support for studying professional qualifications and paid charity days

Featured Workplace Factors

Wellbeing

90% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Online training is available to support effective working from home and the company has mental health first-aiders in all of its offices, available when people feel they need them. Managers regularly undertake informal check-ins with their teams to make sure that they are supported.

Fair Deal

68% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Christmas parties are normally held to recognise people's efforts throughout the year. Covid restrictions in 2020 meant they were unable to get together in person - so staff were sent vouchers to compensate, which they could use to buy food for virtual Christmas lunches. The initiative received positive feedback.

Giving Something Back

65% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

Howes Percival has adopted strategies to reduce its environmental impact, including minimising waste and encouraging recycling; removing plastic cups from its sites; selecting energy providers based on their green credentials; promoting energy efficiency; and reducing business travel through the use of Zoom and webinars.

Benefits

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