Michael Green > Howes Percival LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Michael specialises in large complex commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on company/shareholder disputes, partnership advice, restraint of trade, technology disputes, professional negligence claims, contract disputes, agency disputes, contentious trusts & probate and insolvency. His clients include BDO, Mazars, RSM, Bens Cookies, many in the automotive industry and Cambridge tech companies.

Michael is a Member of the Association for British Recovery Professionals (R3) and the Association of Contentious Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). He has extensive experience of litigating in the higher courts and is ranked Tier One in legal directories (Chambers & Partners and Legal 500) being described as “commercially minded, astute and a leading individual in litigation and insolvency”. Michael is a Solicitor-Advocate and is dual qualified as a barrister.


2017- present: Partner, Howes Percival

2005 – 2017: Partner, Weightmans

2003 – 2005: Partner, Hegarty LLP

1997-2003: Trainee / Solicitor, Hegarty LLP

1996-1997: Paralegal, Hammond Suddards (now Squire Patton Boggs)


1990 – 1993 University of Reading

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

(Leading individuals)

Michael GreenHowes 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.

East Anglia > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Norwich

The litigation practice at Howes Percival LLP is ‘approachable, understanding of the situation, knowledgable in their field‘. Practice head Michael Green splits his time between Norwich and Cambridge, leading the firm’s work in large and complex commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on company and shareholder disputes, warranty claims, partnership advice, restraint of trade matters, technology claims, and contractual disputes. He advised a large farming business on a £50m shareholder dispute. Director Gordon Simpson is ‘patient and thorough in his explanations and advice, and his experience in his field was evident as he could almost predict what the other side would be doing‘, according to one client.

East Anglia > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge

(Leading individuals)

Michael GreenHowes Percival LLP

The litigation group at Howes Percival LLP is ‘responsive and empathetic‘. It handles high-value, complex and high-profile matters both domestically and internationally, in part due to its Government Panel status. As a Crown Services panel member, the firm frequently acts for government departments in multimillion-pound litigation and matters of public interest. It also acts for major corporate clients, notably in the agriculture and rural sectors. Practice head Michael Green handles a broad range of commercial disputes but focuses predominantly on company/shareholder matters, warranty claims, technology disputes, and and cases concerning restraint of trade. Director Victoria Sandell is also highly recommended.

East Anglia > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Howes Percival LLP has seen significant growth in the number of contentious trust and probate instructions over the past two years, particularly in multimillion-pound disputes arising from the administration of estates and trusts. The practice is led from Milton Keynes, but ‘thorough, authoritative and personable‘ Cambridge-based litigation partner Michael Green is a full member of ACTAPS and is closely involved in key matters. He ‘understands the imperatives of settling a dispute and how to assist the parties with that process, even when in a non-contentious or neutral position‘.