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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene β€˜handles matters in an effective way, with a view to both the legal and commercial contexts’. The firm’s deep bench in Bury St Edmunds includes Simon Ratcliffe, the β€˜practical and commercial’ Neil Walmsley, the β€˜professional and approachable’ Mark Daly (who β€˜swiftly diagnoses the key elements of any job and ensures a shared understanding with the client before undertaking the work in a diligent and timely manner’), Chris Thomson and Andrew Cooper. Solicitor Megan Radcliffe is also playing a growing role in the commercial team. Owner-managed businesses and SMEs make up a significant proportion of the firm’s clients, although the firm also handles matters for larger regional and national players. Highlights included acting for the family owners of a precision glass component manufacturing business on a Β£3m reorganisation of assets; advising the shareholders of CEB Pharma on the Β£1m sale of a business to German company Aristo Pharma; assisting a large Norfolk-base campsite and its shareholders with the sale of property and business assets for Β£2.75m; and handling the multimillion-pound acquisition of Mstream limited on behalf of Nexus Underwriting Management Limited.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene β€˜compares very well to other firms in terms of client service, technical strength and commerciality’, say clients who pick out β€˜clear and concise’ litigators Michael Batty and Andrea Nicholls, employment law specialist Selene Holden and solicitor Ben Fox. The hire of Kate Struthers from a Suffolk charity is a sign of the firm’s ongoing investment in a dispute resolution team that advises many companies and individuals on breach of contract and warranty matters, earn-out disputes and insolvency matters. Batty represented Boortmalt/Pauls Malt in a claim arising from an HSE investigation into a serious accident at one if its sites; he successfully reduced the fine payable by the client to Β£100,000. Other notable cases included the defence of a multimillion-pound warranty claim against company shareholders; the pursuit of a high-value enforcement action against a group of companies with overseas assets; and preparation for an arbitration to settle the debt of an overseas company owed to a UK client.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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Commercial litigation: Ipswich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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Commercial litigation: Norwich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

The team at Greene & Greene provides β€˜knowledgeable, clear and considerate advice, and it has a robust and in-depth understanding of its clients’ business’. The firm mainly advises borrowers, who remark that it provides β€˜excellent service at a reasonable price’, but also plays an active role for lenders and investors. The experienced Simon Ratcliffe leads the department, which includes Neil Walmsley, who undertakes banking transactions as part of a broader practice focusing on corporate finance, acquisitions and restructuring. Corporate partner Mark Daly often advises on fundraising and debt matters; his recent work includes advising a regional property developer on loan funding exceeding Β£5m in value.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene regularly acts for IPs, corporates and individuals in insolvency proceedings and solicitor Andrea Nicholls in Bury St Edmunds is the firm’s standout practitioner. Her practice has a broader focus on commercial and property litigation, which serves clients well in insolvency matters. Clients praise litigator Michael Batty for his β€˜prompt responses and excellent advice’. Senior partner and commercial lawyer Chris Thomson is also recommended, as is Neil Walmsley for business restructuring matters. The firm has acted for a number of companies in liquidation or administration, including HMV Retail Limited and Deben Transport Limited. Recent highlights included the Β£250,000 administration and pre-pack sale of a company to a purchaser backed by two of the original shareholders, and the liquidation of company that involved the winding-up of a multimillion-pound personal estate.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene is β€˜second to none for client service’, and attracts praise for combining β€˜exemplary knowledge with the ability to explain technical issues in layman’s terms’. The firm acts for a broad range of employer clients, including those in the pharmaceutical, software, manufacturing, haulage and insurance industries. It also advises individuals on workplace disputes, settlement agreements and severance packages. Selene Holden stands out for her β€˜empathy, understanding and professionalism’ and clients praise her β€˜ability to explain everything clearly in a professional yet personable way, leaving us confident in her judgement’. Solicitor Greg Jones, who joined from Birketts LLP in Ipswich, is β€˜accessible, responsive and gives clear advice; he takes the time to understand the full situation’. Employment barrister Angharad Ellis Owen brings strong advocacy skills to the team. The firm advised Nexus Underwriting Management Limited on employment due diligence for the acquisition of Hong Kong-based Beacon Underwriters.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

At Greene & Greene, highly respected litigator and head of dispute resolution Michael Batty handles complex clinical negligence matters as part of his broader professional negligence practice. He is supported by senior solicitor Andrea Nicholls and solicitors Ben Fox and Kate Struthers. The team is currently handling a claim against a regional hospital for a client who suffered a ruptured kneecap immediately after knee surgery. The rupture was not identified by the hospital, physical therapists or the GP, which resulted in further damage. Another on-going claim against a hospital centres on a post-operative infection suffered by a client. The delayed diagnosis resulted in the client’s admission to the intensive therapy unit.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene is β€˜large enough to offer comprehensive expertise and resources, but small enough to provide a personal service’. Its agricultural and rural business team has an established client base of landowners and agents, and it has steadily developed a reputation as one of the key advisors for the Newmarket horseracing community having acted in high-profile transactions for clients in the equestrian industry. Rural property partner Jonathan Mathers is β€˜efficient, highly experienced and practical – a "go-to" lawyer’. Clients note that the team provides β€˜a good personal service and not too much complex legal speak’. Corporate partner Neil Walmsley regularly advises on the sale, acquisition or restructuring or rural businesses. Selene Holden is recommended principally for employment matters but her practice encompasses agricultural issues such as family succession disputes, licences for power lines, land contamination matters and land diversification projects. Agricultural Law Association member, litigator and senior solicitor Andrea Nicholls is also recommended. The firm recently acted for the seller of a well-known Newmarket stud farm.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Mathers - Greene & Greene

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene is β€˜excellent; it provides first-class advice that always meets clients’ needs and is highly professional even in extremely difficult matters’. ACTAPS member, consultant and family lawyer Kate Chandler and solicitor Ben Fox β€˜have a thorough understanding of probate law and invaluable expertise in the field of highly pressurised litigation’. Fox is also described as β€˜knowledgeable, professional and extremely good at his job; he knows how to be sympathetic to the human cost of contentious matters’. Head of the private client department, STEP member and chartered tax adviser Wayne Perrin is also recommended. Chandler and Fox worked together on many high-value contentious matters, including the successful removal of an executor from an estate valued at more than Β£5m. They also provided advice to a cohabitee on a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 concerning a multimillion-pound estate, and acted in a challenge to the validity of a will on the grounds of want of knowledge and approval.

Next generation lawyers

Ben Fox - Greene & Greene

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene has a highly capable family team and is seen as one of the leading practices based in the Bury St Edmunds area. Stuart Hughes leads the team has a reputation as a robust litigator who also excels settling matrimonial matters amicably through constructive negotiation. Hughes is qualified as a mediator and is assisted by collaboratively trained solicitors Melanie Pilmer - and Emily Woodhouse. Pilmer specialises in resolving complex financial disputes that often involve business assets. Consultant Kate Chandler supports the team with her experience in divorce and Inheritance Act matters. Hughes and Pilmer recently achieved a favourable settlement for a husband by arguing that assets valued at Β£5m were entirely non-matrimonial and the claims of his wife were limited to needs, enabling a negotiated settlement without court proceedings. Juliet Harvey joined Birketts LLP in Ipswich.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

β€˜One of the leading practices in the region’, Greene & Greene has a team of β€˜well-qualified and trained experts’ whose β€˜overall service is comprehensive and efficient’. From its base in Bury St Edmunds The eight-lawyer team acts for clients across East Anglia and includes three qualified chartered tax advisers, including partner and STEP member Wayne Perrin, who is β€˜proactive in his advice and clear in his explanations’; and β€˜friendly and extremely diligent’ solicitor Nigel Scase, who has β€˜the ability to find innovative, alternative solutions’. Partner Jonathan Mathers handles property and private client matters, and is β€˜approachable, professional and sensitive to clients’ needs’. Estate and trust solicitor Martine Swaep also garners praise. Key matters from 2016 included advising a high-net-worth individual on her entitlement under her deceased husband’s will.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene (Bury St Edmunds)

Greene & Greene has β€˜a good, efficient practice that is responsive to the needs of the client as well as the purchaser or vendor, and which provides specialist advice at a reasonable cost’. Michael Batty leads the firm’s disputes resolution team and Andrea Nicholls is a highly experienced commercial, agricultural and property litigator. Both are members of the Property Litigation Association. Solicitor Kate Struthers advises on a wide range of property litigation matters on behalf of property owners, landlords and tenants. Her work includes residential possession claims, disputes over easements, breach of leasehold and freehold covenant matters, dilapidations and service charge recovery for residential and commercial properties. The team recently acted in a complex boundary dispute involving rectification of title, adverse possession and entitlements to easements. It also handled a matter that concerned the nature and extent of rights of access to a village playing field for a parish council.

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