Simon Murphy > Howes Percival LLP > Cambridge, 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

Known for providing ‘practical and pragmatic’ advice, the team at Howes Percival LLP is adept at advising on service charges, regularly assisting housing associations and charities. In Norwich, practice co-head Estelle Corner focuses on development and property transactions, and in Cambridge co-head Simon Murphy specialises in housing management matters. Michaela Henson in Cambridge, frequently acts for Hundred Houses Society and Accent Group in real estate matters. Senior associate Jonathan Parker, who has extensive experience in section 106 allocated affordable housing matters, joined the Norwich office from Birketts LLP; and associate Katie Reading joined from Spire Solicitors LLP in April 2023.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Simon MurphyHowes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP is regularly praised by clients for its ‘great knowledge of the law’, particularly in relation to commercial dilapidations and beneficial interests in land. Practice heads Simon Murphy and Jamie Kidd  are based in Cambridge and Norwich respectively, with Murphy having deep expertise in service charge disputes, while Kidd handles adverse possession and enfranchisement issues. Director Leanne Davis in Cambridge and senior associate Bill Trow in Norwich, who ‘displays a level of experience well beyond his years of practice‘, are also central to the practice. Kidd recently handled a £1.2m commercial terminal dilapidations claim for landlord DCS 452 Limited.