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Howes Percival LLP

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William has over 13 years experience in acting for Government Departments, including the Insolvency Service and HMRC. William has acted for the Insolvency Service in particular in high profile and complex directors disqualification proceedings and also in relation to winding up companies that are trading contrary to the public interest. William also works with the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team and deals with a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters.

  • 2018 – Present: Partner, Howes Percival LLP
  • 2012 – 2018: Director, Howes Percival LLP
  • 2008 – 2012: Associate, Howes Percival LLP
  • 2004 – 2008: Solicitor, Howes Percival LLP (UK qualified in 2005)
  • 2001: Insolvency Service
  • 2000: Admitted as attorney in South Africa
  • 1998: Articled clerk at Blakes Maphanga in South Africa
  • University of Natal Durban (South Africa) – Bcom LLB 

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East Anglia > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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William ShirleyHowes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP is one of only five firms on the UK’s Insolvency Service Panel, as part of which it conducts complex public interest winding up matters, often involving large-scale frauds, and directors disqualification matters. It also leads on insolvency work through its appointment to the Crown Commercial Services legal panel. It also receives high-value corporate and personal insolvency litigation instructions from regional and national insolvency practices. In Cambridge, Michael Green has many years of experience in the restructuring and insolvency sphere, while in Norwich, Morris PeacockWilliam Shirley and senior associate Patrick Manning act for the Insolvency Service.