Howes Percival appoints Paul Wootton as Partner and Head of Planning

Leading regional heavyweight law firm, Howes Percival has appointed specialist planning lawyer Paul Wootton as Partner and Head of the firm’s Planning Team. Paul joins Howes Percival from Eversheds.

Paul has a leading reputation as a planning lawyer. He advises on all aspects of planning and compulsory purchase law and is a member of the Law Society’s Planning and Environmental Law Committee.

Paul acts for public and private sector clients and has advised on some of the largest regeneration projects in Great Britain, including the London Development Agency in connection with the Olympics and their legacy and the Covent Garden Market Authority on the redevelopment of the Nine Elms area. He also advises Catalyst and Blackstone on the redevelopment and regeneration of the Stratford Island site.

Paul’s appointment further enhances Howes Percival’s service for existing clients and helps expand the work of the firm’s highly regarded property team. He joins Howes Percival from Eversheds where he was head of both the Planning and Energy and Natural Resources Teams. While Paul will be based at the firm’s Norwich office, he will work across the firm’s offices in East Anglia and the East Midlands.

Tessa Haskey, Howes Percival’s Chairman commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Paul to Howes Percival. He is a hugely respected planning lawyer and brings an enormous amount of expertise and experience to the firm.”

“Howes Percival has a strong reputation for its commercial property work – receiving top-ranking for four different Real Estate categories in the most recent Legal 500 guide. Paul’s appointment together with our new Cambridge-based commercial property team expands our offering significantly, opening the door to a new client base as we further diversify the firm into new locations. This high calibre appointment further demonstrates our commitment to the commercial property sector.”

Paul Wootton said:

“This is an exciting time to join Howes Percival and I’m very proud to become part of the planning and development team here, which is so highly regarded. It was the quality of the team that first attracted me to Howes Percival and the firm has a unique ‘cradle to grave’ proposition for developers in the region.”

“Commercial Property is right at the heart of the firm’s strategy going forward as the new Cambridge office shows. The team are already highly regarded by agents and developers in the region, so my job is to build on that solid base and look for opportunities to expand into new geographical markets and develop the team’s national reputation.”

The firm recently invested in two new offices in Cambridge and Milton Keynes to enable further growth and support clients across the Northern Home Counties region, connecting the firm’s existing offices in the East Midlands and East Anglia. Howes Percival also recently announced plans to move to new £3 million state-of-the-art offices in Norwich. The new offices, the largest office development in city centre for five years, will be ready in early 2016.