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Greene & Greene is a long-established firm of solicitors based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Its lawyers advise individuals and businesses all over the UK.

The firm: The firm was established in 1893 by John Wollaston Greene, part of the Greene family which has included a governor of the Bank of England, a director general of the BBC and the internationally acclaimed author Graham Greene. The family is also known for its links with brewers Greene King plc. The firm focuses on giving constructive, practical advice to clients, in order to achieve their goals in the most straightforward and efficient manner possible. It is known for being a stable partnership, its forward-thinking, proactive approach and the very best specialist lawyers that are a pleasure to deal with and who have enviable client lists.

Types of work undertaken: Greene & Greene specialises in:

Company commercial: the firm advises large and small businesses on a range of business affairs operating in all sectors. Examples of recent advice include high-value mergers and acquisitions, investments, reorganising the ownership of businesses, introducing share option schemes and a large variety of commercial contracts and terms of trade.

Employment: Greene & Greene advises both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law, such as attending employment tribunals, negotiating compromise agreements and arranging severance packages. The expanding team also advises on terms and conditions and contracts of employment, company policies and procedures, TUPE transfers, redundancy and business reorganisations, unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment matters.

Property: Greene & Greene has an expert team skilled in providing practical advice to both commercial and private clients on a wide range of matters, including residential sales and purchases, agricultural and rural affairs, commercial property, construction and engineering, energy and renewables, buy-to-let transactions, tenancy issues, leasehold enfranchisement, pension fund property purchases, property development and property litigation.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the sheer diversity of the case load and the breadth of Greene & Greene's client base reflect the reputation of its dispute resolution team. It is a team skilled in providing practical advice to both commercial and private clients on how to achieve effective and swift solutions to disputes, avoiding substantial costs often associated with court proceedings.

Family and relationships: Greene & Greene's specialists are recognised, qualified experts who have in-depth practical expertise in all aspects of family and/or relationship disputes, providing advice to individuals and families. Each member of the family law team, which includes a qualified mediator, has experience in acting for parties in divorce proceedings and associated financial proceedings. The team has successfully represented mothers, fathers and grandparents as well as separating cohabitees in proceedings concerning children. Nuptial agreements now form a significant part of the team's work and Greene & Greene is considered the leading firm in West Suffolk in their preparation.

Personal affairs: the firm's private client team has a wide range of skills and expertise. It has qualified solicitors, chartered tax advisors, trust and estate practitioners and tax technicians. Several members of Greene & Greene's team are qualified in more than one area, making them well placed to provide both breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise in areas such as trust information, assistance with day-to-day administration, trust compliance issues (legal and taxation), will drafting, probate, power of attorney and estate administration.

International services: the firm acts for non-residents and overseas clients on a wide range of business, financial and personal matters. It has a number of contacts with law firms and accountants in the Far East and in the Caribbean, and with a number of specialist tax practitioners in England. With their assistance in conducting appropriate due diligence, it can ensure that clients' affairs are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

  • Number of UK partners: 12
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 19
  • Number of consultants: 4
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Company commercial: 31
  • Dispute resolution: 9
  • Employment: 4
  • Commercial property: 13
  • Private client: 32
  • Family: 11

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