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Neil R Walmsley

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Greene & Greene

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Corporate and commercial.


Director of partner Neil Walmsley Ltd, Neil specialises in corporate finance and commercial work, including acquisitions, disposals, financing, restructuring of businesses and information technology. Under Sheriff of the County of Suffolk and a Trustee of the Suffolk Community Foundation.

Independent research describes Neil as an "amiable, adept corporate lawyer who always talks sense".  Neil is "a good guy to deal with" and provides "city service at sensible rates".


Articled Halliwell Landau; qualified 1992; joined Greene & Greene 1993; made partner 1996.


Birmingham University (LLB).


Equestrian competition, motor sports.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds is 'an excellent firm with highly professional solicitors and staff, who act promptly and with integrity and treat the clients as people, rather than just another case'. Partner Simon Ratcliffe, who is a dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister, leads the practice and specialises in the acquisition, disposal and reorganisation of private companies. He recently acted for Nexus Underwriting Management Limited in its multimillion-pound acquisition of US-based reinsurer ZON Re, which brought the company into a new line of business. For the same client he handled a £44m fundraising transaction to fund future growth. Neil Walmsley is seen as one of the region's leading corporate finance lawyers and handles a mix of regional, London-based and international transactions. He recently helped Holiday Property Bond with its acquisition of Jigsaw Holidays, and advised a client in the healthcare sector on the multimillion-pound disposal of a property company to a REIT. Andrew Cooper is highly regarded for corporate matters and commercial contracts work, including  supply and agency agreements, and for data protection and GDPR compliance issues. Solicitor Mark Williams is also recommended for M&A, fundraisings and commercial contract law.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Greene & Greene provides 'very good service, very prompt responses and good value for money, particularly compared to London firms', according to one client who describes the practice as 'pragmatic and aware of the challenges SMEs face'. Corporate partners Simon Ratcliffe and the 'quick, knowledgeable' Andrew Cooper frequently act for Nexus Underwriting Management Limited in M&A deals, in which they handle complex acquisition finance arrangements. One recent deal involved a £44m secured loan. Cooper handled a £1.5m investment from a Chinese pharmaceutical company on behalf of Cipher Surgical Limited. Corporate finance specialist Neil Walmsley and partner Mark Daly, who regularly advises shareholders of high-growth VC backed science and technology companies and also handles fundraising and investment transactions for PLCs, SMEs and shareholders, are both recommended.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

'No stone is left unturned' at Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds, where the agriculture and estates practice has a good reputation among regional land agents. It frequently handles farm sales and purchases, Settled Land Act estates work, agricultural tenancy issues, succession planning and taxation including agricultural and business property advice. Director and practice head Jonathan Mathers does 'an absolutely super job; he has excellent attention to detail and huge knowledge when it comes to property purchases' and the lawyers in his team are 'all superb'. Corporate finance partner Neil Walmsley specialises in the acquisition, disposal, financing and restructuring of businesses and rural enterprises. Employment specialist Selene Holden deals with agricultural issues including disputes over family succession, licences for power lines, problems with farm managers, issues caused by land contamination, and development of agricultural land. Property litigator Andrea Nicholls, chartered tax adviser Wayne Perrin and corporate partner Mark Daly also play key roles in the practice. A highlight for the practice was its work for a new farming company in its £16m purchase of a premier estate in Suffolk.

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