Howes Percival expands in Cambridge again as Weightmans’ former National Head joins to set up Litigation team
Leading regional law firm, Howes Percival, has further expanded its range of services with the appointment of litigation partner, Michael Green and private client specialist, Amy Wallhead as an associate solicitor.
The new appointments follow hot on the heels of employment law partner, Matthew Potter and corporate and commercial solicitor Venetia Phipps who joined Howes Percival’s Cambridge office earlier this year.
Michael Green - litigation partner - Michael joins Howes Percival from Weightmans’ London office where he headed the disputes Team in London and was national head of restructuring and insolvency.
Michael has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with large complex commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on company/shareholder disputes, warranty claims, partnership advice, restraint of trade, technology claims, contract disputes, contentious probate and insolvency. He has experience working with the retail, leisure, manufacturing, technology and financial and professional services sectors.
Michael is a full member of the Association for Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) which specialises in contentious trust and probate work. He also sits as a part-time judge on the south east circuit and as a chancery judge in London.
Amy Wallhead - associate solicitor, private client - Amy advises on all aspects of non-contentious private client work including powers of attorney, estate administration, trusts, wills and estate planning and court of protection matters. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). She is a Dementia Friends Champion and regularly holds Dementia Friends sessions. She is also an active member of the Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliances. Amy was previously a senior solicitor at Hewitsons LLP.
Commenting on his appointment, Michael Green said, ’Howes Percival is a firm with a big reputation for litigation and the combination of that and the chance to set up the team in Cambridge was too good to miss. There is still a real buzz around the city about the firm coming to Cambridge, and rightly so. My London based and national clients were very happy to move to the firm with me which says a great deal for Cambridge and its growth as a commercial city.’
Partner and head of Howes Percival’s Cambridge office, Jonathan Greenhalgh, said, ’I am delighted to welcome Michael and Amy to Howes Percival. This is an exciting time to join the firm - since entering the Cambridge legal market two years ago, the practice has gone from strength to strength. We are expanding our team and range of services in response to growing demand from clients in Cambridge and further afield. Michael is a very experienced dispute resolution lawyer, with a national reputation for the quality of his work and, has a proven track record for building teams from scratch.’
’Howes Percival has a fantastic reputation for its private client work and it is a growth area for the firm as more people look to protect their assets and plan for the future. With clients seeking advice on wealth management, family inheritance and succession planning matters. Amy’s appointment means that we can start to build a dedicated private client practice in Cambridge, backed by the wealth of experience across the firm.’
Howes Percival entered the Cambridge legal market in early 2015 with a new commercial property team, headed up by Jonathan Greenhalgh, previously a partner in the city with Birketts. Jonathan has led the expansion of the team since, including the move to new, larger offices in Terrington House, on Hills Road in 2016. The move followed the acquisition of part of Taylor Vinters’ real estate team and a period of sustained growth resulting from a high level of new instructions.