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Alison Kirby

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Howes Percival LLP

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Fraud recovery, litigation and dispute resolution.


Alison is a partner and, acting for both business and government clients, has broad and varied litigation experience of substantial value. This includes: advice and implementation of aggressive civil recovery strategies such as claims coupled with freezing injunctions and provisional liquidation of significant debts; assistance to insolvency practitioners in identifying and bringing claims and the preparation and presentation of winding up petitions in the public interest. Alison takes a practical and cost effective view in advising clients in commercial disputes. She recognises the pressure on clients in those circumstances and responds accordingly.


Fosters 1996-2001; partner Fosters 2001-2005; associate HP 2005; partner Howes Percival LLP 2009.


R3, and appointed to the Law Society's Civil Litigation Committee


Clitheroe Royal Grammar School; Nottingham University (1995).


Flying, gardening.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Norwich

Within: Commercial litigation: Norwich

The litigation practice at Howes Percival LLP frequently deals with high-value, complex and high-profile matters both in the UK and overseas. It also acts for government departments in multimillion-pound litigation. Practice head Alison Kirby has 20 years' trial experience mainly in the High Court, including trials relating to the fraudulent reclaiming of VAT conducted in the First Tier Tax Tribunal. Her practice encompasses a wide range of disputes for business clients and high-net-worth individuals.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Commercial litigation and insolvency partner Alison Kirby leads the debt recovery practice at Howes Percival LLP, which focuses on complex, high-value and high-profile work for its strong commercial client base. Where litigation is required, the firm draws on contacts across the country in the form of High Court Enforcement Officers who can assist with enforcements of writs of control. Associate Gordon Simpson has more than 20 years’ experience in handling contentious disputes, including recovery of debts arising from commercial and construction contracts.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Alison Kirby - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Howes Percival LLP has a large insolvency practice across its office network, in which Norwich is a key hub. Morris Peacock leads the insolvency service group, which is on the government panel for insolvency matters, and conducts complex public interest winding-up matters, often involving large-scale frauds, and director disqualification work. The firm also undertakes complex insolvency litigation for regional and national IPs, as well as transactional and advisory insolvency matters including CVAs. Alison Kirby, newly promoted partner William Shirley,  associate Patrick Manning and, in Cambridge, experienced partner Michael Green are also recommended.

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