Howes Percival

Address

Northampton

Northampton Office

4 Rushmills 

Northampton 

NN4 7YB

Milton Keynes

Bell House

1st floor Seebeck Place

Knowlhill

Central Milton Keynes

MK5 8FR

Leicester

3 The Osiers Business Centre

Leicester

LE19 1DX

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CONTACT Howes Percival

Howes Percival

Email: gerald.couldrake@howespercival.com

Tel: 01604 230400

Website: www.howespercival.com

Howes Percival Solicitors – Breathing New Life into Law

Howes Percival LLP is a regional law firm operating across the heartland of England with offices in Leicester, Cambridge, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.

Howes Percival provides top-quality legal services to businesses and individuals and we pride ourselves, not only on the expertise of our lawyers but on their energetic, agile and commercial approach.

About Howes Percival

The firm was founded in 1791 and recently we have expanded the firm’s office network, with a focus on key locations like Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

Within the last 5 years we have invested in our six offices, developing a high quality office network to ensure that Howes Percival is one of the leading firms in all the regions in which we operate. This means that our clients enjoy great facilities, excellent service and ease of parking. 

We “Breathe New Life into Law” because we are no ordinary regional law firm. We are energetic, agile and commercial: Our lawyers think outside of the box, delivering innovative and commercial solutions for clients. Our technical ability and commercial focus will inspire you.

As a client, you will be at the centre of our thinking. We will guide you through your issues, adapting as necessary as matters progress.

We are hungry to deliver success for you and we will proactively drive your matter forward.

At Howes Percival you can be sure of excellent advice, delivered by a team of lawyers who are committed to working with you for the long-term

Articles

In the top tier

1st December 2018

LEADING regional law firm Howes Percival has been awarded top tier rankings in 13 different legal specialisms in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 - the authoritative guide to the UK's leading law firms.

The top tier rankings include:

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Key issues need to be addressed

1st November 2018

By Lucy Lord

Partner

Howes Percival

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A growing team

1st November 2018

HOWES Percival has been joined by several new recruits recently, all based at its office in Rushmills, Northampton.

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Law firm champions a dementia friendly approach

1st October 2018

HOWES Percival is working towards becoming a dementia-friendly business.

So far, over 60 staff across the law firm's six offices have received training and have become Dementia Friends.

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Finding a fix for a broken market

1st October 2018

THERE is ongoing pressure for housing in Northamptonshire to meet the demands of a growing population.

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A blueprint for success

1st October 2018

By Alexandra Kirkwood

Associate

Howes Percival LLP

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Fail to prepare - prepare to fail

1st October 2018

By Matthew Thompson

Howes Percival LLP

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At the centre of the sector

1st September 2018

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - the epicentre of the UK's logistics sector.

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Social media policy in place

1st August 2018

A SURVEY conducted by leading regional law firm Howes Percival has revealed that 30 per cent of businesses surveyed did not have a social media policy - potentially leaving them exposed to reputational damage, disclosure of confidential informatio

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Impressive results after investment

1st August 2018

LEADING regional law firm Howes Percival has reported a 14 per cent increase in turnover, with profits up 37 per cent, according to its most recent financial results.

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Advice on acquisition

1st August 2018

HOWES Percival's corporate team has successfully advised the shareholders of Cambridgeshire-based Fen Technology in relation to the acquisition of the business by Tecnologias Avanzadas Inspiralia S.L (Inspiralia).

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What should you be thinking about?

1st July 2018

Matt Thompson

Associate Solicitor

Howes Percival LLP

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A kickstart for development

1st June 2018

By Lucy Lord

Partner

Howes Percival LLP

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Keeping the business community in touch

1st May 2018

By Gerald Couldrake

Partner
Howes Percival LLP

WHILE Howes Percival no longer has an office in Wellingborough, our commitment to its business and professional community remains unchanged.

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Expertise in the food sector

1st May 2018

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE is rightly renowned for the quality and breadth of its food and drink industry.

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Landlords urged to ensure they meet new standards

1st May 2018

LEADING regional law firm, Howes Percival, is urging landlords, if they have not already done so, to review their property portfolio's energy performance to ensure they meet tougher new standards for new lettings.

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Manufacturing does matter

1st April 2018

By Gerald Couldrake

Partner

Howes Percival LLP

 

I WAS never a believer in Margaret Thatcher's stance that manufacturing did not matter, that somehow the UK economy could prosper on just the service industry.

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Networking every minute of every day

1st April 2018

By Gerald Couldrake

Partner

Howes Percival LLP

FOR over 200 years, Howes Percival has been part of, and has made it its business to look after, Northamptonshire's business community.

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Cider firm deal completed

1st March 2018

LEADING regional law firm Howes Percival has played a key role in the sale of Suffolk-based cider maker Aspall to American brewing giant Molson Coors. The firm acted for the family shareholders in the sale.

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Meet the teams

1st February 2018

THE Corporate team at Howes Percival finished 2017 having completed another excellent year of transactions.

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Key employment law changes

1st February 2018

By Graham Irons

Partner

Howes Percival LLP

THIS year is set to be an important year in employment law, with high-profile cases and significant new legislation likely to have a major impact on employers.

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Take advantage of growing optimism

1st February 2018

Gerald Couldrake

Partner

Howes Percival Solicitors

DESPITE the continued uncertainty derived from Brexit, 2017 definitely saw an improvement in the UK's economy, markedly for manufacturers.

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Estate planning - hope for the best and plan for the worst

1st February 2018

By Samantha Wilson

Howes Percival LLP

CONTEMPLATING your mortality or the possibility of losing mental capacity is not pleasant. However, forward planning for these scenarios can give you and your family peace of mind.

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Employers need to prepare

1st January 2018

THERE are some important changes in the law for employers to watch out for in 2018.

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Healthy investment

1st January 2018

HOWES Percival LLP's corporate team has successfully advised BGF in its £9.5m investment into Northampton-based Medigold Health Consultancy Limited.

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Tackling the skills shortage

1st December 2017

Is there a skills shortage in Northamptonshire and if there is, what can be done about it? This was the basis of the latest Thought Leadership Lunch, organised by Howes Percival and led by Partner Graham Irons.

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An exceptional year

1st December 2017

THIS has been the year when Howes Percival has really felt at home in its new office located at Rushmills, indeed October 2017 marked the first anniversary of the move.

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Remaining stable

1st November 2017

OUR commercial property team has continued to perform strongly throughout 2017, amidst a local market which has remained stable throughout the uncertainty following the 2016 Brexit vote and 2017 snap general election.

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The public face of private equity

1st November 2017

THE Howes Percival corporate team in Northampton has recently helped two management teams acquire shares in the companies they work for - Fleet Assist Limited, acquired by US fund Eli and Acorne Limited acquired by London based Inflexion.

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A thriving community

1st October 2017

By Gerald Couldrake
Senior Partner
Howes Percival

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Driving force behind our economy

1st September 2017

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE is the heart of the UK, and logistics is right at the heart of the county's industry and prosperity.

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More than two centuries of service

1st August 2017

LOOKING after family owned businesses, and the private needs of the family owners, is at the core of the services which Howes Percival has provided to the Northamptonshire business community for over 225 years since Richard Howes founded our firm

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Help for businesses managing supplier contract delays

1st August 2017

SUPPLIERS failing to deliver on time are a common business problem, but how should businesses deal with poorly performing suppliers?

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Acquisition is an exciting development

1st July 2017

LEADING regional law firm, Howes Percival, has acquired specialist insolvency practice, Summers Nigh Law.

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Setting up in business: the legal aspects

1st July 2017

THERE are, in the UK, estimated to be over 5.3 million businesses which employ over 26 million people, and have a combined turnover of nearly £4 billion.

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A slice of the action

1st June 2017

HOWES Percival LLP has successfully advised Northampton-based private equity firm, Constant Equity, in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in Corby-based manufacturer Keencut.

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Farming seminar

1st June 2017

HOWES Percival has been working with farmers and landowners across the country for over 200 years, specialising in buying and selling farms and estates backed up by a wealth of experience in dealing with all aspects of estate management and issues

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Key location will aid expansion

1st June 2017

LAW firm Howes Percival demonstrated its commitment to growth and expansion in Northampton with a move late last year into new, bigger premises within the town.

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Hungry to tackle legal issues

1st May 2017

THIS will be the first year Howes Percival LLP has sponsored the F & B Achiever of the Year category at the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

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Taxing your estate?

1st May 2017

By Stuart Maggs
Howes Percival

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Town needs a business plan

1st May 2017

BUSINESS people with extensive first-hand experience of working and living in Northampton have taken time out to share their vision for the future of the county town.

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Commitment to business community

1st May 2017

WHILE Howes Percival no longer has an office in Wellingborough, our commitment to its business and professional community remains unchanged.

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Companies warned to prepare for changes

1st May 2017

THIS is set to be a very significant year from an employment law perspective, with a number of key changes taking place.

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The sky is the limit

1st April 2017

A PRIVATE equity fund chaired by Sir Bob Geldof, 8 Miles LLP, has snapped up a 18.5 per cent stake in Northamptonshire headquartered Blue Skies Holdings Limited from its shareholders.

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Manufacturing matters

1st April 2017

I WAS never a believer in Margaret Thatcher's stance that manufacturing did not matter, that somehow the UK economy could prosper on just the service industry.

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Standing the test of time

1st April 2017

FOR over 200 years, Howes Percival has been part of and has made it its business to look after Northamptonshire's business community.

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Business risk from divorce

1st April 2017

IT is said you should never mix business with pleasure and the reason for this may become clear to anyone who works with their spouse and then goes through a divorce.

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The great Easter egg challenge

1st April 2017

STAFF from solicitors Howes Percival LLP and accountants MHA MacIntyre Hudson went head-to-head in a race to see who could donate the most Easter Eggs towards a very worthy cause - vulnerable children living in Northamptonshire.

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Are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

1st March 2017

The government is changing the way it funds apprenticeships in England as part of a drive to increase the number of apprenticeships in England to three million by 2020.

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Packaging company acquired by international group

1st March 2017

NORTHAMPTON-based packaging company Woodway Packaging Limited has been acquired by international distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl PLC in a deal supported by leading law firm Howes Percival and financial and business advisers Grant Thornton

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Entrepreneurs can take advantage

1st February 2017

LAST year definitely saw an improvement in the UK's economy, perhaps remarkably so given the turmoil pre and post-Brexit.

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What's new for employers in 2017?

1st February 2017

THIS year will see some significant changes for employers.

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How will our laws be affected?

4th January 2017

CERTAINLY for lawyers, the greatest anticipation for 2017 concerns the impact that Brexit will have on the laws that, for most of us, we have grown up with.

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The sector at the heart of county's prosperity

1st November 2016

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE is the heart of the UK, and logistics is right at the heart of the County's industry and prosperity.

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Part of one of largest recent transactions

1st September 2016

LEADING regional heavyweight law firm Howes Percival has acted for the exiting shareholders of automotive fleet inspection, refurbishment, storage and logistics group Paragon Automotive Limited in its £105 million sale to British Car Auctions.

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Know your priorities

1st July 2016

IF you were to assess every single legal aspect that was required to be put into place prior to setting up in business, most sensible people would choose not to bother.

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New website helping schools convert to academy status

1st July 2016

LEADING regional heavyweight law firm, Howes Percival has launched a dedicated website for schools considering conversion to academy status and academies wishing to grow into larger chains.

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Know your priorities

16th June 2016

IF you were to assess every single legal aspect that was required to be put into place prior to setting up in business, most sensible people would choose not to bother.

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Expert assistance in management buy-out

1st June 2016

NORTHAMPTON-headquartered Panther Warehousing has been sold as part of a £17m management buy-out.

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Firm awaits outcome of prestigious industry awards

1st June 2016

HOWES Percival has been shortlisted for Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016 in the highly prestigious The Lawyer Awards.

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Expert assistance in management buy-out

19th May 2016

NORTHAMPTON-headquartered Panther Warehousing has been sold as part of a £17m management buy-out.

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Details of significant people now have to be registered by law

1st May 2016

FROM April this year most UK companies (other than those publicly traded companies subject to DTR 5 reporting requirements) and LLPs will have to keep a new statutory register of people with significant control (PSC) and from June will be required

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Lunch helps young sports stars

1st May 2016

AT the most recent fundraising lunch held at Northamptonshire Country Cricket Club for Sports Aid, over 100 people came to listen to Team GB Olympic 1500 metre runner Hannah England.

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Commitment to business community

1st May 2016

WHILE Howes Percival no longer has an office in Wellingborough, our commitment to its business and professional community remains unchanged.

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Community should work closely together to make smart business decisions

1st April 2016

FOR over 200 years, Howes Percival has been part of, and has made it its business to look after, Northamptonshire's business community.

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Whose contract law governs?

1st April 2016

YES, I'd love to sell to Nigeria! What could possibly go wrong?

Let's imagine you've sold some goods to a customer, based, say, in Nigeria, and you are having trouble getting paid. What can you do?

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Whose contract law governs?

24th March 2016

YES, I'd love to sell to Nigeria! What could possibly go wrong?

Let's imagine you've sold some goods to a customer, based, say, in Nigeria, and you are having trouble getting paid. What can you do?

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Leaving a business behind

1st March 2016

The goal of most owners of family businesses no matter how large or small is to keep the business and the profit therefrom within the family.

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Partner shortlisted for award

1st March 2016

FAMILY law partner Jane Cowley has been shortlisted by the East Midlands Chamber?(Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) following her nomination to receive the annual Business Woman of the Year accolade.

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Events beyond your control are so often where things go wrong

1st February 2016

WHILE on a macro level the global outlook for 2016 looks decidedly uncertain, on a micro level the local economy in Northamptonshire is pretty resilient.

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Teams turn out for annual quiz night

1st January 2016

HOWES Percival LLP solicitors held their annual Christmas Quiz evening on 9 December at Northampton's Picturedrome for a sell-out audience of 23 teams of quiz fans.

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When a festive break provokes a marital split

1st January 2016

THE festive season, can spell the end of strained relationships, but there are ways to make divorce and family breakdown less painful and protracted comments Jane Cowley Family Law Partner at Howes Percival LLP.

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Focus on fairness in the workplace in the coming year

1st January 2016

WHEN it comes to employing people, the law never stands still. In 2016 employers will see a focus on fairness in the workplace with three key changes for businesses.

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A phenomenally successful 2015

16th November 2015

THIS has been an exciting year for Howes Percival, as we re-launched one office and opened a brand new office in a new location. We also refreshed our brand.

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Plenty of advice available in the early days

18th June 2015

ACCORDING to the Federation of Small Businesses, at the start of 2014 in the UK there were an estimated 5.2 million businesses, which employed 25.2 million people, and had a combined turnover of over £3,500 billion.

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Why buy local?

30th March 2015

Lawyer and Partner, Gerald Couldrake, of Howes Percival solicitors outlines the advantages of nurturing local customer and supplier relationships

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Activity increasing but there is still much to be wary of

21st July 2014

AT Howes Percival the demand for my team of lawyers who specialise in buying and selling businesses has increased dramatically over the past few months.

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Is your business idea sustainable?

22nd June 2014

FROM the perspective of being a partner in a law firm that started trading in the 1790s, you might think that we view staying in business to be a straightforward matter.

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Getting your tactics right

27th May 2014

ANTICIPATION is already reaching fever pitch with the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to start in June.

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Spring clean your business

28th April 2014

AS the economy improves and most businesses are moving into a phase of expansion, there is less time to work on your business as the pressures of dealing with suppliers and customers increase. 

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Painting a picture of times gone by

31st March 2014

A PORTRAIT of Howes Percival's founder Richard Howes has been gifted to the law firm by his great, great, great grandson,

Australian filmmaker Oliver Howes.

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Rent under scrutiny

24th February 2014

FOLLOWING the collapse of household names such as Comet, Jessops and Blockbuster, commercial landlords will be hoping for reassurance in relation to rental income from an upcoming Court of Appeal case concerning the administration of Game.

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Sigh of relief for the construction sector

27th January 2014

IN an attempt to boost the economy and development, the government has introduced changes to rates payable on new commercial properties which are vacant.

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New appetite for acquisitions

27th January 2014

THE second half of 2013 definitely saw an improvement in the UK's economy, markedly so in the final quarter of the year. 

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Regulations set to undergo changes

2nd January 2014

WHENEVER a business is sold to another company its employees are covered by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE).  The TUPE Regulations will undergo major reform this month.  Madeline Watts of Howes Percival s

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