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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: elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Batty - Greene & Greene

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia

The litigation practice at Greene & Greene is 'very good, very effective and good value for money'. The firm has a 125-year history and remains one of the market leaders in Bury St Edmunds for advice to companies and high-net-worth individuals. It has a large and diverse client base of  large and small businesses across a range of industry sectors, for which it handles disputes both nationally and internationally. Practice head Michael Batty  has 'a good manner and is an astute and effective mediator and negotiator'. He recently defended shareholders who had sold their company against a multimillion-pound warranty claim brought by the purchaser. He also acted for a home improvement company in a high-value case concerning the supply of allegedly defective materials to a property developer. The firm recently hired Rob Adam from Ashtons Legal, who has a reputation as one of the regions big-hitters and has a broad practice that encompasses  commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property disputes. Experienced solicitor Andrea Nicholls  is also recommended for commercial litigation.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The insolvency and corporate recovery practice at Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds works closely with the firm's commercial group and dispute resolution department to provide cost-effective service. Litigator Michael Batty leads the practice and is recommended for 'his grasp of the relevant law and procedure and by his meticulous approach to the handling of difficult cases'. He recently defended a £1.5m claim under a guarantee brought by the administrators of a company following the administration of the guarantor’s company. Solicitor Andrea Nicholls also has wide expertise in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds joins the ranking thanks to its highly-rated litigation practice, which acts for both corporate clients and individuals in professional negligence cases against solicitors, accountants and surveyors, as well as other professions. 'Measured, considered, realistic and professional' head of dispute resolution Michael Batty calls on senior solicitor Andrea Nicholls, solicitor Ben Fox and assistant Kate Struthers to handle complex cases, which last year included a £100,000 claim against solicitors for a residential conveyancing matter in which defects in a newly built home were discovered not to have been covered by guarantees the purchasers believed to be in place. Batty also pursued a £200,000 claim against solicitors for failure to ensure that the estate of an elderly man with significant assets was executed before his death.

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East Anglia: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

At Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds the advice is 'clear and concise'. 'The level of service is first-rate', according to one client who adds that 'the lawyers have a very thorough knowledge of litigation'. Another views the firm as having 'a standout East Anglian practice capable of carrying the fight to the best known London firms and winning'. In Michael Batty's litigation department the 'professional and diligent' Ben Fox  is a rising star who exhibits 'great attention to detail and is well organised, concerned for clients' welfare and shows considerable perseverance'. 'His strongest point is his determination to obtain an acceptable and satisfactory outcome for his client; he does not run out of steam', remarks one client. Consultant and ACTAPS member Kate Chandler 'has that instinctive insight into personalities that all top private client litigators need, along with a determination to see her clients through to the winning-post'. The recruitment of respected litigator Rob Adam from Ashtons Legal adds yet more experience to the practice. The firm recently advised on the removal of an executor from a multimillion-pound estate.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Greene & Greene has an experienced litigation department led by Michael Batty , who recently acted for public interest company North Norfolk Planning Watch CIC in a challenge to a decision by North Norfolk District Council to grant permission for the demolition of a property in Blakeney and the erection of a modern property in its place, despite objections from the local community and national bodies. Batty led an application for a judicial review, which was heard in the High Court. Commercial property partner Neil Grigg who handles both transactional and contentious property matters, is recommended for 'very good response times, business acumen and value for money'. The arrival of respected litigator Rob Adam , who previously led the dispute resolution practice at Ashtons Legal, adds further experience in property litigation. Partner Ben Fox and solicitor Andrea Nicholls, who recently handled a high-value right of way case, are also recommended.

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