Howes Percival plans major expansion of family practice with Harvey Ingram hire

Howes Percival has brought in former Harvey Ingram partner Jane Cowley to head its new family law team, as the firm forges ahead with plans to expand its private client offering.

Jane Cowley
Jane Cowley

As well as heading the family group, Cowley will lead the firm’s East Midlands private client group.

The firm has set itself the target of increasing the five-strong private client team to 15 by April 2011, with three new members set to join next month.

Cowley said the target was challenging but achievable: It’s ambitious but absolutely realistic. Since joining I’ve already been kept extremely busy with client work. There’s a huge demand out there and this is a realistic and achievable plan.”

Before joining Howes Percival, Cowley had been a partner at Harvey Ingram, where she headed the firm’s family law team, since 2002.

Commenting on her departure, she told The Lawyer: “It was a huge decision to make as I’d spent so long at Harvey Ingram.

“With Howes Percival I was attracted because of the open culture, the people, and the progressive nature of the firm.

“It’s also exciting to be able to develop the practice. The firm has an amazing reach and client base.

“It’s also important for me to work with a firm that has a commercial offering which directly complements what I do. It’s a very good fit.”

Managing partner Jit Singh said Cowley’s arrival and the launch of the family practice signalled a “big milestone” in the firm’s growth.