Howes Percival has confirmed it has created 50 new roles in the last two years to meet increased demand for its services post- pandemic and is set to extend that growth with a new, two-year recruitment plan. In the coming two years, the law firm plans to create more than 50 additional new roles with new positions across the firm’s six offices, including partners, solicitors and support roles.
Support roles include accounts, IT and HR/People functions while the firm will be recruiting fee earners across all areas of the business. The recruitment follows unprecedented growth across all offices and all of the firm’s practice areas. The firm’s Corporate team, which celebrated a record year in 2022 completing over 150 deals with a combined value of £700m, has seen a 23% increase in headcount. The Litigation team has grown by 38% and Commercial Property by 30%. Other teams that have seen significant growth include Employment, Private Client & Estates, and the Property & Social Housing team. Howes Percival’s decision to invest in new offices in Milton Keynes and Cambridge has also paid off, with Milton Keynes doubling in size and the latter forecast to have significant strategic growth as it has now become a full-service office.
Howes Percival is currently ranked in the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For and eighth in the Best Law Firms in the country to work for. The firm has also been accredited for 20 years for Investors in People and has been shortlisted in the Top 20 UK Employer of the Year Accredited 250+ organisations in The Investors in People Awards 2023.
Howes Percival’s Chairman, Geraint Davies, said:
“The firm has enjoyed significant success, which has created more interest in our business and more demand for our services. It has definitely been a case of success breeding more success. We have been investing in our teams for a number of years, and as a result, the word got out that we were winning more business, which has generated more interest, both in terms of further instructions and increased recruitment.
“Our people are at the heart of that success, consistently providing excellent service to our clients and our continued growth will be based on the ongoing investment we make in our people, both through external appointments and nurturing our existing talent. We’ve created an incredibly strong support mechanism around our teams to not only safeguard their wellbeing but also recognise and help those who want to progress their career with us.”
Natalie Clarke, Head of People said:
“We’ve always had a strong reputation for our training programme and promoting from within, and we have built on that recently with our new leadership develop- ment programme. As a result, part of the plan is definitely to attract talented juniors who are looking for somewhere they can grow and continue their careers, while strengthening our existing teams.
“As well as wanting to attract the best legal talent, we are building our non-fee earner teams so that we can support our people and constantly deliver the best possible service for clients. While we have remained extremely busy, and we hope there are signs that the market is looking brighter, we do see the next year as an opportunity to attract top talent.”