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Midlands firm Howes Percival has taken on BMW's former head of legal Andrew Armitage to launch a specialist automotive unit
Armitage was head of legal at BMW from 1999-2001 and prior to that was the Rover Group's legal services director. He specialises in corporate commercial work and financing. Armitage will work out of the firm's Milton Keynes office as director of Howes Percivial's automotive sector. Armitage said: "Although I'd never worked with Howes Percival, I knew of them by reputation. I didn't want to work for a huge firm and I knew Howes Percival were looking to build a niche in the automotive sector." Armitage will work alongside Brandon Ransley, Howes Percival's head of Milton Keynes corporate finance, to establish the automotive unit. Other Howes Percival lawyers, from areas such as commercial property and litigation, will be drafted into the group on an ad hoc basis when clients require additional advice. Armitage said: "We're already talking to a number of automotive clients about what else we can do for them. For instance, we're reviewing one client's distribution agreement in the light of the new draft block exemption. I'm also talking to industry contacts to approach new clients."