Leading regional law firm Howes Percival has appointed Venetia Phipps as a solicitor in its corporate and commercial team, based in the firm’s Cambridge office. Venetia was previously at Hewitsons LLP in the city.

Venetia advises both private and public sector clients on a range of issues including acquisitions and disposals, mergers and collaborations and group reorganisations. She also advises on company start-ups, corporate governance, investments, funding agreements and company secretarial issues.

Jonathan Greenhalgh, Partner and head of the Cambridge office said, “We are delighted to welcome Venetia to Howes Percival. Our plan is to continue growing our corporate and banking offer and Venetia’s experience and expertise will be invaluable to our growing list of clients.

“In no time at all we’ve made a name for ourselves in Cambridge as a commercial property practice, with a really strong focus on development. I believe we are a match for any property team in the region, never mind just Cambridge. At the same time we are broadening our range of services and have a number of non-property related key hires lined up this year, starting with Venetia. We know from talking to clients that there is a real demand for a fresh legal alternative in the city. Our aim this year is to continue to expand our range of services for our clients while, at the same time, providing a new home for the best legal talent in Cambridge.”

Howes Percival moved to new, larger offices in Terrington House, on Hills Road in Cambridge in 2016, just over a year after setting up in the city. The move followed the acquisition of part of Taylor Vinters’ real estate team in November 2015 and a period of sustained growth resulting from a high level of new instructions.

In the last two years, Howes Percival has also invested in new offices in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich, in addition to moving into Cambridge.