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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds is 'an excellent firm with highly professional solicitors and staff, who act promptly and with integrity and treat the clients as people, rather than just another case'. Partner Simon Ratcliffe, who is a dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister, leads the practice and specialises in the acquisition, disposal and reorganisation of private companies. He recently acted for Nexus Underwriting Management Limited in its multimillion-pound acquisition of US-based reinsurer ZON Re, which brought the company into a new line of business. For the same client he handled a £44m fundraising transaction to fund future growth. Neil Walmsley is seen as one of the region's leading corporate finance lawyers and handles a mix of regional, London-based and international transactions. He recently helped Holiday Property Bond with its acquisition of Jigsaw Holidays, and advised a client in the healthcare sector on the multimillion-pound disposal of a property company to a REIT. Andrew Cooper is highly regarded for corporate matters and commercial contracts work, including  supply and agency agreements, and for data protection and GDPR compliance issues. Solicitor Mark Williams is also recommended for M&A, fundraisings and commercial contract law.

Ashtons Legal's corporate and commercial practice works across all of its offices in East Anglia, including Bury St Edmunds. The firm frequently handles transactional work for companies in the care homes industry, and the food and beverage industry. Geoff Hazlewood leads the practice and works from both Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. He 'considers and details all aspects of the position but whilst advising caution, he is not too risk-averse'.

Fraser Dawbarns 'scores highly in all aspects - clients receive quick responses, a thorough service and good value for money'. Daniel Ball leads a commercial practice that handles multimillion-pound acquisitions and projects for a large number of SMEs across the region. Tony Cheetham has 'an excellent overview of a wide range of legal issues that can affect a business'. Silke Trevor is 'very enthusiastic, hardworking and patient'. Associate Carla Goodyear is 'extremely efficiently with professional ability and expertise; she has a deep understanding of the complexities that present themselves in enterprises'. Jenny Rushmer is also recommended.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar¬†is ‚Äėvery effective at dealing with matters for owner-managed businesses from both a legal and commercial perspective‚Äė. Clients note that it is ‚Äėable to tailor the amount of work required to enable small transactions to be dealt with cost effectively‚Äė and that the team is 'highly competent, efficient and diligent in the work undertaken'. In Thetford, Tim Stevenson¬†has developed his commercial practice over more than 40 years and is ‚Äėvery experienced¬†and able to approach matters in a practical and commercial way‚Äė. 'Very competent and commercial' associate Aimee Hedley¬†also specialises in corporate and commercial matters, on which she regularly advises agricultural clients. Paul Garner¬†in Wisbech, who is also head of employment law, has more than 30 years‚Äô experience in commercial and contractual matters.¬†Steve Welcomme¬†is also recommended for his 30 years' experience in business law. The practice advised a transport company on a ¬£2.5m share sale, and handled a ¬£1.2m share issue for a new client.

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