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Howes Percival expands Northampton office with specialist regulatory lawyer appointment

Leading regional law firm, Howes Percival has expanded its Northampton office with the appointment, at Director level, of specialist regulatory lawyer, Robert Starr. 

Robert has built a formidable reputation advising companies and individuals on a wide range of issues. His arrival further strengthens Howes Percival's growing regulatory team and Robert brings with him his extensive experience of representing clients under investigation by enforcing authorities including the HSE, CQC, Environment Agency, Police and Fire Authorities. He also appears regularly before the Coroners court in relation to fatal accidents. 

A former prosecutor with the Serious Fraud Office, he not only has an in depth understanding of the approach of regulators but, has managed large complex cases and undertaken numerous internal investigations into fraud, corruption and whistleblowing allegations. He joins Howes Percival from Walker Morris LLP. 

Geraint Davies, Partner and Head of Litigation said; "Regulation and health and safety law is an evolving, growing area of law.  Regulations apply to nearly every area of business - from a relatively low-risk office to higher-risk environments like a quarry.  The consequences for organisations or individual managers of breaching the law are extremely serious.  Breaching health and safety regulations is a criminal office, which can lead to substantial fines and, or, imprisonment. 

"Our specialist team, led by Alan Millband, has a leading reputation for its work.  The team specialises in many regulated sectors and activities, advising clients on the law, on compliance and on dealing with regulatory bodies. I am delighted to welcome Robert the team.  He is hugely respected in his field of law and brings an enormous amount of expertise and experience to the firm.  His appointment forms part of our ongoing strategic investment to develop specialist areas of the law so we can deliver an ever-wider range of services to clients." 

The 2020 edition of The Legal 500 - the authoritative guide to the UK's leading law firms - awarded Howes Percival top tier rankings in 12 different categories including Health and Safety and Dispute Resolution in the East Midlands. 

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