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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

Greene & Greene undertakes high-value, complex and high-profile transactions and provides commercial advice to PLCs, investors, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in East Anglia and beyond. The corporate practice led by Simon Ratcliffe was recently involved in transactions in the UK, Europe and overseas jurisdictions including the US, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Libya. In 2018, it handled transactions with a total aggregate value in the region of £500m.

Practice head(s):Simon Ratcliffe

Other key lawyers:Neil Walmsley; Mark Daly; Andrew Cooper; Mark Williams

Testimonials

"I have always found Greene & Greene to be a very professional and knowledgeable firm in a number of aspects. The partners there are very helpfully and commercially minded. When faced with problems/issues they take a very proactive approach in solving the issues."

"I have found the firm to be the best in East Anglia, where you get a London service and a local price."

"Simon Ratcliffe's knowledge and understanding in M&A is great and our clients like him a lot, especially in healthcare."

"The culture of pragmatic commercial excellence runs deeply throughout Greene & Greene and all members of the team."

"Mark Daly and Andrew Cooper are simply excellent in their attention to detail, pace and commercialism."

"Greene and Greene is always available to provide advice at any time or day. They work extremely hard when we have transactions, sometimes working 15-16 hours a day to get things completed."

"The firm can help in all areas including employment, property, transaction and corporate and we always have the same solicitors to help us which means that they understand the business really well."

"Simon Ratcliffe and Andrew Cooper are extremely knowledgeable in their areas and highly competitive in their fees. I would say that they are extremely detailed and commercial."

Key Clients

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

Berlin Packaging LLC

The Dunamis Group

Treatt Plc

The Vitec Group plc

Wonde Limited

Ablatus Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of The Dunamis Group on the £22m sale of the company to Fulcrum Utility Services Limited (a listed entity).
  • Handled the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Huntington Underwriting Limited, a company based on Labuan.
  • Advised Treatt plc on the £11m sale of Earthoil Plantations Limited to Univar, Inc (global chemical company, listed on the NYSE) and the ongoing commercial relationship between the parties in respect of the business that was sold.
  • Represented Nexus Underwriting Management Limited on the acquisition of the business and assets of Altitude Risk Partners LLP.
  • Advised The Vitec Group plc on its £8.5m acquisition of the leading microphone windshield and suspension systems manufacturer, Rycote, including the related commercial arrangements post completion.
Leading individuals

Simon Ratcliffe - Greene & Greene

Rising stars

Mark Williams - Greene & Greene

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

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

Greene & Greene

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Greene & Greene has a strong standing across East Anglia and handles significant work from outside the region. Rob Adam, who now leads the practice, and Michael Batty are the key partners and together they have a broad-ranging practice that encompasses commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property litigation. Among their recent work are numerous high-value commercial disputes including the defence of a £1.5m breach of fiduciary duty claim.

Practice head(s):Rob Adam

Other key lawyers:Michael Batty; Ben Fox; Sarah Western

Testimonials

'I find the team very pleasant and easy to work with – knowledgeable and efficient.'

'Michael Batty provides excellent service and makes the process very smooth.'

Work highlights

  • Advising a potential witness in connection with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Representing a supplier of construction materials in a £250,000 dispute involving both a developer customer and a materials manufacturer.
  • Representing a client upon the defence of a £400,000 commercial agency claim.
  • Representing a client defending a highly complex £1.5m claim in the High Court alleging dishonest assistance, secret profits and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Successfully acting for a foreign shipping company in obtaining the release of a disputed US$600,000 stakeholder account in relation to the sale of a vessel which had later been arrested.
Leading individuals

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

Rob Adam - Greene & Greene

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene

Greene & Greene has experienced and highly technical lawyers advising on high-value, complex and high-profile banking and finance transactions for borrowers. Practice head Simon TJ Ratcliffe and key partner Mark Daly lead on corporate finance matters, of which a growing number have an international element. The practice acts for international PLCs, investors, SMEs and owner-managed businesses of all sizes. In 2018, it handled deals with a total aggregate value of just under £500m.

Practice head(s):Simon Ratcliffe

Other key lawyers:Neil Walmsley; Mark Daly; Andrew Cooper

Key Clients

Treatt plc

Applied Design & Engineering Limited

Cipher Surgical Limited

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

Wonde Limited

Ablatus Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Applied Design & Engineering Limited in connection with multiple rounds of debt fundraising and debt restructuring, and fundraising for a new corporate vehicle.
  • Advice to Cipher Surgical Limited on significant equity fundraising through the course of 2018, including investments by a Chinese syndicate.
  • The department advised Wonde Limited on a variety of closely linked corporate transactions that were critical to the future success of a fast-growing and exciting EdTech business.
  • The firm advised Ablatus Therapeutics Limited on a variety of closely linked corporate transactions that were critical to the future success of this fast-growing and exciting medical device company.
Leading individuals

Simon Ratcliffe - Greene & Greene

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

Greene & Greene

'Extremely efficient' head of dispute resolution Rob Adam, who joined from Ashtons Legal in 2018, and senior partner Michael Batty at Greene & Greene, ensure that the firm has a strong presence in contentious insolvency matters. They draw upon the firm's strong commercial, employment, property and tax practices to assist IPs with pre-packs and other insolvency-related transactions. Corporate partner Mark Daly also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Rob Adam; Michael Batty

Other key lawyers:Mark Daly; Sarah Western

Testimonials

"Rob Adam establishes an excellent rapport with clients who really trust him and his pragmatic approach. He knows exactly when he can and should do the work himself and when it is appropriate to instruct counsel."

"Rob Adam is a pleasure to work with on a case."

"A good growing team across East Anglia. Mark Daly and Rob Adam are serious players."

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in connection with the defence of a guarantee based claim for in excess of £1.5m and negotiating a settlement for a considerably lower sum.
  • Advising client in respect of a failed IVA and successfully negotiating a settlement resulting in the dismissal of the IVA Supervisor’s petition.
  • Acting for a client on an application to stay a bankruptcy, for permission to continue acting as director and on an urgent application to annul a Bankruptcy Order.
  • Representing a client on the sale of a business against a backdrop of a bankruptcy petition and successfully agreeing terms agreeable to all creditors.
  • Acting for a client on an application to annul his wife’s bankruptcy petition.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene

Greene & Greene is praised as 'strong in responding quickly to any HR issue that arises and providing clear and concise advice'. The firm advises on the full spectrum of employment law issues through a small team of experienced lawyers. Selene Holden leads the practice which has particular expertise in the education, insurance, horse racing, food, recruitment and manufacturing sectors. Newly promoted partner Greg Jones is 'one of the brightest stars of his generation of employment lawyers - underestimate him at your peril'. Angharad Ellis Owen is a rising star.

Practice head(s):Selene Holden

Other key lawyers:Greg Jones; Angharad Ellis Owen

Testimonials

 

"Selene Holden and Angharad Ellis-Owen have been outstanding. Their work has been to the highest level and we have often achieved an excellent outcome due to their thoroughness."

"Greg Jones has a commercial attitude to resolving problems but still gives clear advice on options. He understands our business and its culture."

"Selene Holden is extremely personable. Her correspondence and documentation are always crisp, clear and to the point."

"Selene Holden and Greg Jones have both been unfailing in their attention and I would not hesitate to recommend them."

"A highly professional yet personal approach. Local and easy to access but knowledge and skills compare very well with larger distant firms."

"Selene Holden has on more than one occasion provided me with first-class advice and support. Her kind, well balanced, professional and knowledgeable approach makes her stand out from the many competitors I have worked with in the past."

"Greg Jones is excellent. He is proactive, utterly professional, commercial and gives clear advice. He instilled confidence and we felt completely assured that the best resolution was achieved for our circumstances."

 

"Greg Jones is fast, efficient and a very good tactician."

"Angharad Ellis-Owen is a very creative problem-solver with very thorough attention to detail."

"Their clients are stellar and the quality of the output is unparalleled."

Key Clients

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

The Vitec Group Plc

Treatt plc

Taylor Made Joinery Interiors Ltd

ForFarmers Limited

Cobb Europe Limited

Besins  (UK) Limited

Direct Table Foods Limited

Tristel Plc

HBP Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing support and assistance to ForFarmers UK Ltd on a range of complex employment matters for an internationally operating feed company that offers Total Feed solutions for conventional and organic livestock farming.
  • Providing general employment law advice to Church Manor Estates Company Plc, recently drafting bespoke employment contracts and documentation and advising on a business restructure.
  • Provide on on-going support to Holiday Property Bond: HPB Management Limited on the full spectrum of HR related matters and corporate support.
  • Advising prestigious joinery business Taylor Made Joinery and Interiors Limited and reviewing its full suite of employment documents and contracts and delivered training to the senior leadership team.
  • Advising international business Cobb Europe Limited on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters and Greg Jones has delivered a number of training days to the UK HR Team.
Leading individuals

Selene Holden - Greene & Greene

Next Generation Partners

Greg Jones - Greene & Greene

Rising stars

Angharad Ellis Owen - Greene & Greene

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene

Greene & Greene has 'a strong regional team that is highly regarded and provides excellent all round agricultural legal advice and expertise'. The firm acts for a diverse range of clients ranging from long-established estate owners to new investors in the agricultural sector. The practice, led by Jonathan Mathers, assists with farm sales and purchases, Settled Land Act estates work, agricultural tenancy issues, succession planning, general taxation issues, and agricultural and business property matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Mathers

Other key lawyers:Neil Walmsley; Selene Holden; Wayne Perrin; Mark Daly; Julia Routledge

Testimonials

"The firm, and partner Jonathan Mathers, have been a breath of fresh air in comparison to my previous firm, which was were totally reactive and never proactive."

"Jonathan Mathers stands out as being very easy to work with - pleasant, straightforward, helpful and quick to respond. All dealings with him have been clear and prompt."

"I cannot recommend Jonathan Mathers him highly enough."

"The partners within the agricultural department are approachable and contactable and bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise."

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Buyer in the purchase of a large farm including land, farm buildings and a Grade I listed farmhouse in Suffolk.
  • Acting for the Seller on sale of a large unregistered farm on the Essex/Suffolk border.
  • Acting for the buyer on the purchase of a farm for an investor client with a refinancing element.
  • Acting for the seller on the disposal of all farming assets.
  • Split of family farm and sale of 9 lots.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Mathers - Greene & Greene

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

Greene & Greene

At Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds, two experienced litigation partners, Rob Adam and Michael Batty, lead the contentious trusts and probate practice. Much of the day-to-day work is done by rising star associate Ben Fox, who specialises in this area, and consultant and ACTAPS member Kate Chandler, who has 35 years' experience in matters such as breach of trust and Inheritance Act 1975 claims. Key areas of work are the removal of personal representatives and defence of personal representatives who are facing claims, and the firm has had successes in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

Practice head(s):Michael Batty; Rob Adam

Other key lawyers:Ben Fox; Kate Chandler

Testimonials

'Kate Chandler and Ben Fox work very closely together and by doing so, are a very strong unit with an extensive knowledge of contentious litigation.'

'Kate Chandler has a wealth of knowledge in this field. Her legal network meant I got a first-class barrister representing me in High Court thus achieving a very successful outcome.'

'Ben Fox has a amazing attention to detail and depth of legal knowledge. He also possesses a rare quality in a lawyer, showing a degree of compassion when at times in contentious litigation it can become highly emotionally charged.'

'Ben Fox always returned my emails or phone calls within 24 hours over a four-year case, which is no mean feat.'

'Together they make a superb team and willing to rise to the challenge to represent their client in best possible way. I would not hesitate in recommending them.'

Work highlights

  • Application by a cohabitee in the High Court, Family Division under Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 in a multimillion-pound estate.
  • Advice given on the removal of an executor of a high-value estate and subsequent account on a wilful default basis.
  • Advising a beneficiary of a life interest trust in relation to potential breaches of trust in an estate comprising assets held in offshore trusts.
  • Advising on the challenge to the validity of a will on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval.
  • Advising a trustee facing allegations of numerous breaches of trust.
Rising stars

Ben Fox - Greene & Greene

Kate Chandler - Greene & Greene

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene

Greene & Greene is 'a classy outfit that provides a level of service and legal vigour that can stand up against any firms in East Anglia and many in London'. 'There is nobody I would trust more', says a client of managing partner and head of family law Stuart Hughes. Associate Melanie Pilmer is a rising star. Both work closely with the firm's corporate and private client practices to provide a holistic service that encompasses financial and property matters, including asset protection in pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):Stuart Hughes

Other key lawyers:Melanie Pilmer

Testimonials

'Firstly, the team is approachable and that compares favourably to other firms. However, they are also extremely knowledgeable, having a wide array of experiences in assisting other clients and within wider case law.'

'It is the "go-to" firm, as I know I can trust them to look after my clients' interests and provide a service that goes above and beyond.'

'Stuart Hughes is a standout individual. His approach to clients in what are clearly very testing times is outstanding.'

'This is a specialised and boutique department. Stuart Hughes is fearless and aggressive in the pursuit of the right outcome for his clients. Nothing and no-one scares him and he will interrogate information assiduously to find any hidden nuggets to help the case.'

'Melanie Pilmer is an experienced and user-friendly lawyer who undertakes in and out of court resolutions. Kind with clients, unflappable and never afraid to run a decent point, she is unfailingly polite but determined.'

'Melanie Pilmer has impressed us with her attention to detail, responsiveness and excellent cross-border knowledge and experience.'

'Stuart Hughes and Melanie Pilmer are both a pleasure to deal with professionally.'

"Stuart Hughes is a very good tactician. He fights very hard for his clients, yet is objective and able to take a detached view. He is an excellent team player with counsel, and a pleasure to work with.'

'The team has the strength of several layers of experience, headed by Stuart Hughes who has a wealth of experience in family cases, both as a traditional lawyer and as a mediator. With this level of skill set and experience it allows the team to adapt to the needs of the client – which is where they stand out from other firms.'

'Stuart Hughes has the incredible ability to retain the most complex and dense financial facts and arrangements for the duration of the case.'

Work highlights

  • Advised and prepared a complex £16m pre-nuptial agreement.
  • Acting for the applicant in a case where there were serious cross-allegations involving domestic abuse, neglect, alcoholism and violence.
  • Advising where the parties asserted beneficial interests in property located in the UK and France.
  • Advising on a collaborative basis in respect of divorce involving UK and overseas assets, including trust assets, of over £3m.
  • Successful application for a prohibited steps order to prevent children’s move and change in schools.
Rising stars

Melanie Pilmer - Greene & Greene

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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

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds excels in tax matters, having three qualified Chartered Tax Advisers and two qualified members of the Association of Taxation Technicians, and frequently handles complex taxable estates, trusts and personal tax issues, often liaising directly with HMRC to ensure the correct outcome. Wayne Perrin and Jonathan Mathers, whose skills include residential and agricultural property matters, are the key partners advising high-net-worth individuals with large estates. Martine Swaep and Nigel Scase are rising stars.

Practice head(s):Michael Batty; Rob Adam

Other key lawyers:Wayne Perrin; Jonathan Mathers; Martine Swaep; Nigel Scase

Testimonials

'It is an excellent firm, well established in a cathedral city covering a wide area of East Anglia and beyond. It has an extensive range of commercial and private expertise.'

'Jonathan Mathers has been dealing faultlessly with property issues, concerning our trust, of which I am a trustee.'

'My experience of Greene & Greene was of a highly professional practice that provided very clear advice, both verbal and written. Issues were dealt with promptly.'

'Nigel Scase was most efficient. He set out very clear parameters, including the costs, and I was kept fully informed at all stages.'

Work highlights

  • Application by a cohabitee in the High Court, Family Division under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 in an estate.
  • Advice given on the removal of an executor of a high-value estate and subsequent account on a wilful default basis.
  • Advising a beneficiary of a life interest trust in relation to potential breaches of trust in an estate comprising assets held in offshore trusts.
  • Advising on the challenge to the validity of a will on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval.
  • Advising a trustee facing allegations of numerous breaches of trust.
Leading individuals

Wayne Perrin - Greene & Greene

Rising stars

Martine Swaep - Greene & Greene

Nigel Scase - Greene & Greene

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East Anglia: Real estate

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

Greene & Greene

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds frequently handles multimillion-pound transactions and climbs the ranking this year. It works on transactions across East Anglia and further afield, and one client remarks that the firm has 'in-depth knowledge of dealing with commercial property transactions with prompt attention and timely responses'. Practice head Neil Grigg handles transactions involving pension funds and energy projects. Associates Julia Routledge, Helen Hendry  and Julia Cardy are all rising stars. Tim Mendes da Costa handles high-value transactions across the UK.

Practice head(s):Neil Grigg

Other key lawyers:Julia Routledge; Julia Cardy; Jonathan Mathers; Helen Hendry; Tim Mendes da Costa

Testimonials

"The service is second to none, I have used many solicitors in my town and none come close to Greene & Greene. The solicitors are experts in their field and the advice is direct and to the point."

"The firm is good for development work and commercial conveyancing."

"Neil Grigg is particularly skilled and widely respected by all who deal with him."

"Neil Grigg is direct, efficient and knows his stuff - I find his advice useful and succinct, and he is very good at getting things moving."

"Julia Cardy, who I cannot fault, understands the commercial rental sector and exactly where I am coming from when we discuss matters. Her accuracy and attention to detail has been excellent."

Key Clients

MSD (Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd)

Treatt Plc

AFT Fluorotec Limited

Nexus Underwriting Management Ltd

The Vitec Group plc

Masterlord Estates Ltd

Phico Therapeutics Ltd

HPB Management Ltd

Brightwell Estates Ltd

Astex Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Two separate matters at two separate locations in London for Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD): the acquisition of lab space at London Bio Science Innovation Centre (part of Royal Veterinary College) and the Crick Institute for research facilities.
  • The £12.5m disposal by J. D & R. J Baker Farms Limited of a ten-acre development site based upon two sites of adopted highway.
  • Corporate support to Vitec Plc in relation to the £9m acquisition of premises and business in Gloucester.
  • Acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited in a complicated subletting at office premises in Maidenhead - letting to Maersk Shipping.
  • The £5.5m purchase of complex agricultural/commercial/residential land.
Leading individuals

Neil Grigg - Greene & Greene

Tim Mendes da Costa - Greene & Greene

Rising stars

Helen Hendry - Greene & Greene

Julia Cardy - Greene & Greene

Julia Routledge - Greene & Greene

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Greene & Greene

The construction and engineering practice at Greene & Greene is led by litigators Rob Adam and Michael Batty, who frequently handle contentious matters for main contractors and sub-contractors as part of their broad dispute resolution practices. In 2018, the firm hired solicitor Sarah Western from Birketts LLP who has a background in litigation but is now working as a specialist in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters for developers, main contractors and sub-contractors. Real estate partner Neil Grigg also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Rob Adam; Michael Batty

Other key lawyers:Sarah Western; Neil Grigg

Testimonials

"The solicitors at Greene & Greene are all exceptional and I would not contemplate using any other firm. They are always well informed, technically excellent, commercially minded and have consistently given me excellent advice."

"Sarah Western is great to work with - she is very professional, personable and knows her stuff."

"Sarah Western was extremely helpful when she assisted me with a dispute. The action taken resulted in us getting an outcome that surpassed our expectations."

"Sarah Western advised us on all of the outcomes, so we were able to weigh up our options, which meant we were able to make an informed decision when it came to taking action."

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a project manager in an action for specific performance.
  • Acting on behalf of a client regarding substantial structural defects to factory premises.
  • Advising client in respect of potential obligations and liabilities under construction contracts.
  • Acting for a sub-contractor in several adjudications against a main contractor in respect of disputed Final Accounts.
  • Acting for a developer in respect of a claim for defective soil contamination works undertaken by a main contractor.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Greene & Greene

The property litigation practice at Greene & Greene is 'responsive, knowledgeable and decisive in giving advice, and it has all areas of expertise under one roof'. Rob Adam took over as head of the dispute resolution practice in late 2018 and his practice frequently includes contentious property matters exceeding £1m in value. Experienced mediator Michael Batty also handles high-value and complex matters and one client describes him as 'really impressive in terms of dealing with commercial matters swiftly and effectively'.

Practice head(s):Rob Adam; Michael Batty

Other key lawyers:Ben Fox; Sarah Western

Testimonials

"I find this practice a breath of fresh air in comparison to other firms that I have worked with in the past. They work as a team, are professional, think about and ask intelligent, relevant questions."

"They listen, are easy to communicate with and instructions are always followed accurately and with prompt attention."

"My recent, very satisfactory experience with Greene & Greene has been as a result of the work carried out by Rob Adam. A matter which dragged on for a considerable period of time was resolved once he became involved. I found him that he dealt with matters in a timely and efficient manner, keeping me informed as matters progressed."

"Wayne Perrin and Rob Adam combine to provide a strong team in complex, agricultural and trust law cases."

Work highlights

  • Successfully challenging on behalf of a Client the applicability of section 106 obligations to a property.
  • Advising trust in relation to rights concerning occupation of high value trust property, Landlord and Tenant and agricultural land issues.
  • Representing a land owning client faced with the prospect of an adjoining property development in relation to the potential enforcement of a restrictive covenant and property boundaries.
  • Advised tenant in connection with notices served pursuant to the Agricultural Holdings Act in connection with a valuable farming estate.
  • Acting for landowner in dispute concerning the closure of a railway crossing that threatened to block access to our client’s farm and destroy the land value.

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