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Howes Percival LLP

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie) – a trustworthy figure that can be relied upon to deal with a matter thoroughly and come to the right result

The verdict

The verdict

A ‘regional firm with high-profile clients’ Howes Percival trainees get to work with some pretty cool clients who they’re ‘expected to correspond with’. This ‘greater degree of individual responsibility and autonomy’ is one of the things trainees love about working at the firm: ‘I was given responsibility from day one’ enthused one trainee. Much to their delight the training contract is ‘less about photocopying’, instead trainees are assigned ‘challenging and advanced work’ (though on occasion, rookies can be the ‘last one in the office due to preparing bundles’). The firm ‘offers a full range of services so you get exposure to services for businesses and individuals’, and ‘the quality of work given to trainees is better than that at equivalent firms’. Recruits say their ‘general job satisfaction is higher than that of my peers elsewhere’. The ‘varied workload’ isn’t the only thing that satisfies new recruits – the firm’s ‘friendly and approachable people’ also make the training experience enjoyable. Of the things that trainees disliked about Howes Percival, ‘potentially having to move offices when you move seat’ was a frequently voiced complaint and ‘poor relocation allowances’ made things more difficult. A ‘lack of social events’ also dissatisfied newcomers, but ‘completing contingent multi-million pound sales’ and ‘running a tribunal claim file’ redressed the balance. The firm’s involvement in CSR-related activities is great and trainees feel that ‘these things are done genuinely and not just to improve our public image’. If you want to work at a firm with a ‘great culture’ where ‘you can balance work and training with home life’, Howes Percival is a great option.