Howes Percival

12th July 2022

Howes Percival has expanded its Commercial practice with the appointment of Max Windich, a commercial contracts lawyer specialising in the IT, technology, life sciences and academic sectors. He joins the leading regional law firm as a partner within its Corporate, Commercial, and Banking (CCB) practice.

For the last six years, Max ran his own legal consultancy, Windich Legal, providing specialist legal services to clients in the Thames Valley from tech start-ups to universities and multinationals. Prior to that he was at Penningtons Manches LLP.

Max has particular expertise advising on procurement and outsourcing transactions, IT and technology contracts, complex supply chain and licensing arrangements and creative collaborations in arts and fashion. Max supports several key clients as an extension of their in-house function, priding himself on his close relationships with in-house counsel and his tailored approach to individual client needs.

Andy Harris, partner, and head of Howes Percival’s CCB team said, 

“Max is hugely liked and respected by his clients, and his practical and personable approach will fit perfectly with Howes Percival. I’m delighted to welcome him. There is real momentum behind the national expansion of our Commercial team. It is only twelve months since Paula arrived to head up the team and we’ve now completed three senior hires, to complement the home-grown talent we already had.

“Our aim is to be the ‘go-to’ firm for corporate, commercial, and banking advice in the Central and Eastern regions. Attracting and retaining talented individuals is key to achieving this and Max’s appointment continues this approach.”

Paula Dumbill, partner, and head of Commercial at Howes Percival commented, 

“Max’s appointment, and his distinct sector expertise, strengthen our capability to offer specialist commercial contract services to a broad range of clients. His experience and client base will support our aims to further develop our technology and innovation sector practice as well as helping to extend our geographical reach into the Oxford market.

“Technology lawyers have the unique challenge of providing clear, actionable advice to fast-growing, fast-moving and disruptive businesses who don’t just need to know their legal position, but also how best to execute in that position. Max brings great experience in that role and will be a real asset to the team.”

Howes Percival’s CCB practice advises clients on significant and transformational acquisitions, disposals, as well as a full range of contractual matters. It provides a dedicated banking and finance service to its borrower clients, and to banks, financial institutions, funds, and other lenders. In recent years, the CCB team has grown to over 30 fee earners and to enable the firm to offer specialist services to clients, it was restructured to create three dedicated service lines.

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