Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Howes Percival LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Howes Percival LLP

The verdict

With a ‘very good regional reputation and a strong commercial property team’ plus ‘good work/life balance’, Howes Percival sets the bar high for regional commercial firms across the UK. Trainees are enthusiastic about the firm’s ‘approachability and inclusivity’. One trainee ‘was a paralegal here so I knew how the firm operated, the high-level clients, the great support network, and that I fitted in well before I applied for a training contract’. In terms of the training itself, respondents praised the amount of trust placed in trainees. One said ‘in contrast to some of my peers at City law firms, I have more client contact, freedom to take the lead on projects (with partner supervision, of course) and work on more varied matters’. Another trainee adds that ‘all staff, including partners and fee earners, are approachable and will try to help and/or guide you where possible. I don’t feel afraid to ask questions and there is always a really positive environment for personal development and learning’. These comments are in line with the overall feedback and lead to the firm’s five Lex 100 Winner awards for overall quality of work given, amount of client contact, work/life balance, inclusiveness of the workplace environment, and approachability of supervisors and partners. With offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich, trainees often move between locations for seats, a process which some claim could be better organised. Work highlights include ‘going to court on my own to present an order to a judge’ and ‘working on a multi-million pound freezing injunction which included cryptocurrencies’. If you are looking for top-quality regional training, Howes Percival is a strong contender.