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Howes Percival LLP

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Alison Kirby

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Howes Percival LLP

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Fraud recovery, litigation and dispute resolution.


Alison is a partner and, acting for both business and government clients, has broad and varied litigation experience of substantial value. This includes: advice and implementation of aggressive civil recovery strategies such as claims coupled with freezing injunctions and provisional liquidation of significant debts; assistance to insolvency practitioners in identifying and bringing claims and the preparation and presentation of winding up petitions in the public interest. Alison takes a practical and cost effective view in advising clients in commercial disputes. She recognises the pressure on clients in those circumstances and responds accordingly.


Fosters 1996-2001; partner Fosters 2001-2005; associate HP 2005; partner Howes Percival LLP 2009.


R3, and appointed to the Law Society's Civil Litigation Committee


Clitheroe Royal Grammar School; Nottingham University (1995).


Flying, gardening.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Norwich

Within: Commercial litigation: Norwich

Howes Percival LLP is known for ‘great customer service‘ from a ‘knowledgable and experienced team‘. The firm has 'excellent commercial litigators who are particularly well experienced in handling large and complex government litigation; they are tactically astute and very commercial in their approach'. Alison Kirby leads the practice in Norwich and is recommended for her ‘attention to detail, clarity, speed of response and reliability‘. The firm handles high-value, urgent, complex and high-profile regional, national and cross-border commercial disputes, as well as acting for  government departments in high-stakes litigation. Kirby recently handled a multimillion-pound case in the financial services sector, which involved a longstanding fraud by financial advisors. She also acted for the operator of a hotel in a dispute arising from contracts negotiated without authority by a former employee. Director Gordon Simpson has more than 20 years' experience in contentious matters, particularly in the energy sector.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

The debt recovery practice at Howes Percival LLP is led by Alison Kirby, who has more than 20 years' experience in commercial litigation and insolvency, and who frequently acts on behalf of the Crown. Insolvency partner Morris Peacock and director Gordon Simpson, whose litigation practice includes many cases of debt recovery arising from commercial and construction contracts, also play key roles. Recent highlights for the practice include many cases for Larking Gowen and Lovewell Blake on the collection of outstanding book debts following the liquidation of companies, for Easton & Otley College and independent school Langley School Limited on the recovery of unpaid term fees and invoices, and for Bussey & Sabberton Bros Limited on the recovery of unpaid hire purchase agreements. The firm now offers reviews of clients' internal procedures and debtor lists to maximise recoveries.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Alison Kirby - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Howes Percival LLP 'ranks among the top firms in this area', according to one client. 'Without doubt one of the best insolvency law firms in the country', remarks one barrister who adds that 'it is the "go-to" firm in the area'. Alison Kirby advises both corporate and government clients and is 'not only a highly-skilled and experienced insolvency litigator, but also has a commitment to clients which is rarely seen, going far beyond what is expected'. 'Tactically astute' insolvency and directors disqualification specialist Morris Peacock is 'adept at commercial litigation and is very tactically aware; he is always in tune with clients’ considerations'. He acted for the Insolvency Service in certification proceedings against Dominic Chappell following the failure of BHS. Michael Green recently acted for Peters Elworthy & Moore as trustee in the liquidation of a large warehousing group. Director William Shirley, who has more than 13 years' experience in acting for government departments,  is 'an experienced commercial litigator who is particularly skilled at drafting with a good eye for detail; he also has a very client-focussed and commercial approach'. Associate Patrick Manning is 'particularly experienced in litigation concerning government matters such as applications by the Official Receiver and HMRC'.

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