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Michael W M Batty

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Greene & Greene

Work Department

Dispute resolution - Commercial Litigation
Finance - Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Insurance - Professional Negligence
Real Estate - Environment
Defence - Motoring and Regulatory


Head of department and director of partner M W M Batty Ltd, Michael specialises in civil litigation including commercial litigation, defamation claims, claims against professionals and claims involving land (such as complex boundary disputes), defending regulatory prosecutions (including environmental prosecutions), defending motoring prosecutions and certain licensing work.

According to a District Judge, Michael is "on top of the law and does an excellent job preparing the evidence and handling the clients and opposition."  He is named as a 'Leading Individual' in Legal 500.


Articled Greene & Greene; qualified 1990; made partner 1993. Clerk to St Edmundsbury Cathedral Chapter and Council, director of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Enterprises Ltd and director of East Anglian Sports Centre Ltd; governor of Great Whelnetham Primary School.


Property Litigation Association; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (East Region Committee Chairman).


Manchester University (LLB Hons).


Being a parent, supporting Carlisle United and participating in and watching a variety of other sports.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

Within: Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia

Greene & Greene ‘compares very well to other firms in terms of client service, technical strength and commerciality’, say clients who pick out ‘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 £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.

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Commercial litigation: Ipswich

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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Commercial litigation: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals (region-wide)

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

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 ‘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 £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: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Clinical negligence: claimant

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: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Greene & Greene has ‘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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