Fri, 12 Jan 2024 | BUSINESS SALE
Howes Percival, a law firm with offices in Leicester and Northampton, has expanded into Oxford for the first time with the acquisition of specialist firm Maier Blackburn. Following the deal, Maier Blackburn’s office will now become the Oxford office of the merged firms, with the company’s partners Cathleen Blackburn and Steven Maier joining Howes Percival.
Founded in 2012, Maier Blackburn specialises in intellectual property (IP), media law, litigation and dispute resolution, particularly focusing on media and entertainment organisations, IP rights holders, publishers and individuals including performers, authors and agents. The company has a strong reputation in the media and entertainment sector and extensive experience representing high-profile clients in the UK, US and Europe.
Howes Percival Chairman Geraint Davies said that Maier Blackburn has “carved out an incredible niche in the world of IP and media law and their knowledge and experience in their specialist areas is second to none.”
He continued: “By joining forces, we want to enable them to continue providing a world class service to their clients, as well as expand the services they are able to offer.”
Davies added: “Oxford presents an exciting new opportunity for us. With offices in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Cambridge we already have clients in the region and relevant experience, for example, working with scientific and academic clients. We will be looking to build a team that can specifically serve the needs of the city and the wider area.”
The acquisition comes after a period of significant investment and growth for the company, which has opened new offices in Manchester, Cambridge and Milton Keynes over recent years, while increasing turnover by 33 per cent in the past three years.
Following the acquisition of Maier Blackburn, the company now has a team of 55 partners and a total of 147 lawyers operating across offices in Oxford, Manchester, Leicester, Northampton, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Norwich.
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