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31 July, 2017 - 23:00 By Kate Sweeney

Howes Percival targets national insolvency growth following acquisition

Howes Percival Summers Nigh

Law firm Howes Percival is targeting further national expansion of its insolvency team following the acquisition of Summers Nigh Law, and the recruitment of Michael Green, Weightman's former national head of Restructuring/Insolvency.

Summers Nigh Law is a niche insolvency firm with a significant number of local and national clients in the development & construction, manufacturing, technology, automotive, food & drink, agriculture and education sectors. Summers Nigh Law's two partners, Katie Summers and Deborah Nigh, together with their five support staff have transferred to Howes Percival's nationally recognised insolvency team. Katie and Deborah have joined Howes Percival as partners.

Michael Green has over 20 years' experience dealing with large complex commercial disputes and also sits as a part-time Judge on the South East Circuit and as a Chancery Judge in London.

The latest expansion follows a period of sustained investment and growth for the firm as a whole and Howes Percival's insolvency practice specifically. In recent years, the firm has opened new offices in Cambridge, Manchester and Milton Keynes and seen partner numbers grow from 28 to 43.

In 2014, corporate and personal insolvency expert, Carl Mifflin was recruited from Shakespeares to establish a new insolvency practice in the East Midlands. Carl now heads up the insolvency team nationally.

In addition to acting for insolvency practitioners nationally, Howes Percival's insolvency team acts on a variety of disputes for two Government departments. Led by Alison Kirby and Morris Peacock, the firm is contracted to HMRC to act on civil fraud and insolvency related work and The Insolvency Service.

Earlier this year, Howes Percival significantly extended its Government work, when in consortium with PwC, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and Sharpe Pritchard LLP it was selected to the Crown Commercial Services General Legal Services Panel for Central Government as a Tier 1 Provider. 

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: (left to right) Katie Summers, Carl Mifflin, Michael Green, Geraint Davies, Deborah Nigh.

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