Leading regional heavyweight law firm, Howes Percival has expanded its Milton Keynes office with the recruitment of James Howarth as Partner specialising in intellectual property and media litigation. He joins Howes Percival from Penningtons Manches LLP in Oxford.
James specialises in litigation services for clients across a range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on technology and media. Before becoming a lawyer, James worked for several years in publishing, so has a particularly deep knowledge of that industry.
James brings extensive experience in the litigation of IP matters (patents, copyright, trade mark disputes, passing off, breach of confidence actions) as well as media law (defamation, privacy and comparative advertising) and domain name recovery to the firm. He also has experience of various forms of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration as well as proceedings in the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
Matthew Talbot, Howes Percival Partner and leader of the IP team commented, “James is a greatly respected lawyer in his field and I’m delighted to welcome him to Howes Percival. The firm has a national reputation and James’ experience will be a huge asset to the firm and our clients. I am delighted to be adding to what is already a really strong team in this area.”
“Intellectual property – be it a logo, a brand, an innovation, an artistic work or a piece of software – is one a company’s most valuable assets. Failure to protect it can place a business at risk by allowing others to take an unjustified competitive advantage. At Howes Percival, we have a strong track record of providing clients with practical, commercially minded advice to help them both protect and maximise their intangible assets.
“Milton Keynes is a modern, fast growing city with a strong cluster of technological and digital companies. James’ appointment further strengthens our capability to offer IP and IT services to a broad range of clients operating in different sectors in the city.”
Howes Percival was recently recognised in the 2015 Legal 500 directory, with no fewer than 12 different departments achieving the guide’s highest possible ranking, including intellectual property and commercial litigation.
Howes Percival moved to a new office in Knowlhill in February 2015, following a significant increase in the number of new instructions in the Milton Keynes area. The office provides a full-service legal offering, including corporate and commercial, IP/IT, employment law, commercial property, property litigation and high net worth family and private client work.