Simon Murphy > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Social housing

Their local knowledge and experience over a number of years and their commitment to diversity and inclusion is also appreciated‘, says a client of Howes Percival LLP. Another highlights the firm’s ‘genuine interest in our organisation, including their willingness to share experiences and knowledge of local resources that might be relevant and useful‘. The firm has a four-partner team that counts Accent Housing and Chorus Homes among its clients. The practice is led by Estelle Corner in Norwich, who joined with a team from Spire Solicitors LLP and handles development, property and sales, and Cambridge-based Simon Murphy who focuses on housing management. They draw on the expertise of property partners including Michaela Henson in Cambridge, who frequently assists Hundred Houses Society with real estate matters.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Simon MurphyHowes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP provides ‘high-quality service to the local market‘ and clients remark that the firm has ‘a very high reputation with property legal matters‘. Simon Murphy in Cambridge, who acted on a high-value lease interpretation claim where proceedings have been issued in the High Court, and Jamie Kidd in Norwich, whose work includes rent review and dilapidations claims, lead the practice. Director Leanne Davis, who is the key contact for portfolio clients including Greene King, and senior associate Bill Trow, are also key figures in the Cambridge office. Kidd acted for Iron Mountain in a high-value dilapidations claim issued in the Technology and Construction Division of the High Court.