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 > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Simon MurphyHowes Percival LLP

Litigation is the largest practice at Howes Percival LLP and property litigation accounts for a significant proportion of its work. Jamie Kidd in Norwich and Simon Murphy in Cambridge co-lead the practice. Kidd’s team focuses on land and development issues for clients including the Ministry of Defence and Ford Retail. It also acts for landed estates and major housing associations. Murphy oversees the firm’s work on landlord and tenant matters. Among his clients are Greene King and Cambridge University. Cambridge-based senior associate Leanne Davis is one to watch.

East Anglia > Real estate > Social housing

Howes Percival LLP has a multi-disciplinary social housing team that has strength and depth in property transactions, development work and contentious matters. the firm has a strong following across East Anglia, having advised on numerous golden brick agreements, development purchases and site assembly matters. Housing management specialist Simon Murphy in Cambridge leads the practice, which calls upon property development partner Michaela Henson. In Norwich, property litigator Jamie Kidd and new hire from Leathes Prior Christopher Cubitt, who is a commercial property partner, also act for RPs.