William Shirley > Howes Percival LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

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 

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

(Leading individuals)

William ShirleyHowes Percival LLP

At Howes Percival LLP, the insolvency and corporate recovery practice is ‘cohesive, collaborative and well-run‘. Michael Green in Cambridge, who ‘combines his excellent technical knowledge with a commercial approach‘, leads the practice, while Morris Peacock in Norwich is the lead partner for the firm’s work for the Insolvency Service. Peacock advised on the investigation into the failure of BHS Limited and connected companies and subsequently on directors’ disqualification proceedings against three defendants. Also in Norwich, William Shirley, who has ‘great experience at dealing with knotty disputes‘, is the client partner for the work carried out on behalf of the Official Receivers across England and Wales, which includes both contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters.

East Anglia > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

Howes Percival LLP is best known for its work for government departments, including Official Receivers, and it is on the Crown Commercial Services Panel. This work encompasses fraud recovery matters, asset tracing and urgent injunctive relief to freeze assets for recovery. It continues to assist major companies with recovering unpaid invoices, and frequently conducts enforcement actions in court. The lead partners are insolvency specialists Michael Green in Cambridge and Morris Peacock in Norwich. Peacock leads the firm’s work for the Insolvency Service, working closely with William Shirley. Litigator Gordon Simpson is another key name.