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Howes Percival LLP

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Simon Murphy

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Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation


Simon advises on contentious property issues encompassing residential, commercial and agricultural land.

Simon spends most of his time advising on asset management issues including possession claims, the forfeiture of leases, dilapidations, service charge disputes and lease interpretation. He also advises on trespass, overage, rights of light, rights of way, adverse possession and enfranchisement.

Simon is based in the Cambridge office.

Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 have consistently recognised Simon as a leader in his field commenting he ” is best known for commercial landlord/tenant work for retailers, leisure clients and landed estates”.

Simon is a member of the Property Litigation Association.


November 2015 to date – Partner, Howes Percival

2011- 2015 – Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Taylor Vinters

2008- 2011 – Partner Weightmans (legacy firm Mace & Jones)

2007- 2008 – Partner Blake Morgan

2004- 2007 – Senior Associate DAC Beachcroft

2001 -2004 – Senior Solicitor, Mills & Reeve

1999 -2001 – Solicitor, Solomon Taylor & Shaw

1997-1999 – Trainee Solicitor, Oxford City 

East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Murphy - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Property litigation

The practice at¬†Howes Percival LLP¬†is headed by¬†Simon Murphy¬†in Cambridge. Murphy and associate¬†Leanne Davis¬†have market-leading expertise in¬†landlord and tenant matters and¬†frequently manage property portfolios and deal with lease renewals and exits. Among their clients are¬†Cambridge University Endowment Fund,¬†Greene King Plc and¬†Co-Operative Group. They also advise clients in the technology and biomedical sectors on their dilapidations liabilities, including the decontamination of buildings. In Norwich,¬†Jamie Kidd¬†is the key contact. His group handles contentious¬†land and development issues, with a growing niche in leasehold and freehold enfranchisement matters. He recently handled a case for Ford Retail arising from the contamination of land by a neighbouring landowner, which had prevented its sale.¬†UK Power Networks Plc and the¬†Ministry of Defence are also among his clients.¬†Kidd and newly qualified solicitor William Trow¬† ‚Äėdeliver timely advice'.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

The property team at Howes Percival LLP frequently acts for social housing clients on site acquisition and construction matters. Commercial property partner Simon Murphy leads the multi-disciplinary practice from Cambridge. He calls upon the 'excellent' Michaela Henson, who is highly recommended for development work, Helen Stewart who handles acquisitions for East Cambs Trading Company Limited, solicitor Scott Smith who deals with development and golden brick agreements for Hundred Houses Society Limited, and conveyancer Clare Best who undertakes site acquisitions and plot sales for clients including Luminus Homes. Highly experienced property litigator Jamie Kidd in Norwich is a volunteer board member at Norwich Housing Society and regularly handles contentious matters for the firm's housing association clients.

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