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Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Essex
Corporate and commercial: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP 'outstanding' corporate and commercial team is spread across six offices and focuses on a breadth of matters for mainly charity and education sector clients. Overseen by Tony Fisher, the team handles significant high-value transactional work. Ashton Carter is experienced in share and asset sale and purchase transactions, as well as corporate restructuring. Leah Groves is highlighted for her 'in-depth, specialist knowledge'.

Practice head(s):Tony Fisher

Other key lawyers:Ashton Carter; Leah Groves


'Ashton Carter is always very helpful, available and diligent in his approach to dealing with matters. He adds a personal touch and remains accessible at all times.'

'Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble for Ashton Carter; he's always willing to help find the right way forward in any situation.'

Work highlights

  • Acted in a statutory type 3 de-merger of a company.
  • Led the restructuring of a substantial family cycle business on the departure of one of the shareholders.
  • Advised on an internal restructuring mandate for a client.
Leading individuals

Tony Fisher - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ashton Carter - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Leah Groves - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex
Commercial litigation: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP's litigation practice group acts on the full range of litigation matters, and has additional niche expertise in sports and media related litigation. Overseen by practice head Bushra Elzubeir, who joined from Pinney Talfourd LLP, the team is skilled in litigating across borders for a variety of sector-specific clients. Tony Fisher has expertise in contractual disputes and Jason Torrance is well versed in ADR.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Tony Fisher; Jason Torrance

Next Generation Partners

Bushra Elzubeir - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex
Employment: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

The employment practice at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP spans five offices and is able to leverage expertise from the firm’s commercial and dispute resolution groups, offering clients a blend of contentious and non-contentious services. Team head Bushra Elzubeir often takes the lead on matters including high-value unfair dismissal claims while Leah Groves has experience in health-care related transactions and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Leah Groves

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP is best known for its public law litigation work and handling immigration cases under the Legal Aid Scheme. Practice head Ashlee Campbell is also able to advise on the full range of business immigration matters. Other areas of expertise include the points-based system, family applications, British citizenship and European Union and asylum applications and human rights matters.

Practice head(s):Ashlee Campbell

Key Clients

Suffolk Social Services

Essex Social Services

Norfolk Social Services

Next Generation Partners

Ashlee Campbell - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

The personal injury practice group at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has experience across the full scope of claimant work involving accidents at work, road traffic accidents, public liability claims, and fatal accident claims. The team is overseen by litigator Bushra Elzubeir and has recently been involved in numerous high-value matters. Rhian Lowe is the key practitioner in the team and has expertise in public liability claims and accident prevention.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Rhian Lowe; Christopher Yemm; Lauren Hancock

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant who sustained multiple serious injuries in a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for the claimant in a claim for injuries following a road traffic accident where allegations of fundamental dishonesty were raised by the defendant.
  • Acting for a minor who sustained injuries in accident at school resulting in him developing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

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South East: Private client

Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP's family practice group is overseen by the 'diplomatic' Simon Osborn, whose expertise lies in complex high-value financial crime and family litigation matters. The team has been acting for a number of private clients in cross-border financial remedy applications in relation to divorce proceedings. Melanie Wilson joined the department from Birketts LLP as a partner. Other key practitioners include Charlotte Knappett, who has experience in handling private law matters relating to children, having represented a client in a Hague Convention proceedings, as well as Rachel Earnshaw, who also specialises in child care proceedings.

Practice head(s):Simon Osborn

Other key lawyers:Rachel Earnshaw; Melanie Wilson; Charlotte Knappett 


'Fisher Jones Greenwood is very efficient and professional. They keep you up to date and explain matters in a jargon-free way.'

'Simon Osborn consistently provides very good advice in a manner which is both friendly and professional.'

Leading individuals

Simon Osborn - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rachel Earnshaw - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

The 'first-class service' offered by the private client team at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP covers all aspects of wills and probate. Overseen by Holland-on-Sea-based practice head, Susanne Grimwade, the team has expertise in court of protection applications, wealth planning, and long-term care planning measures. Recent work includes acting as executors in a £530,000 inheritance act claim, as well as other complex high-value instructions. Colchester based Sarah Rankin is noted for her 'invaluable approach', while Andrea Godfrey and Amy Burton  are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Susanne Grimwade

Other key lawyers:Sarah Rankin; Andrea Godfrey;


'Sarah Rankin and her team were responsive, understood my situation, and were willing to take the extra step.'

'Susanne Grimwade always goes the extra mile to give outstanding service to her clients.'

Next Generation Partners

Andrea Godfrey - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Rising stars

Amy Burton - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Essex
Commercial property: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP provides a 'bespoke personal service' for commercial property clients. The team undertakes sector-specific work in farming, agriculture, and high-value property development. Practice head Ellen Petersen has expertise in acquisitions of land for business development and investment purposes, while the Chelmsford-based Chris Jones has more than three decades of experience in the sector. Sharon Smith is highlighted for the ability to provide an 'absolutely bespoke personal service.'

Practice head(s):Ellen Petersen

Other key lawyers:Chris Jones; Sharon Smith


'What differentiates Fisher Jones Greenwood from its peer group is that the team really care passionately about the advice it offers, and that the solutions offered are tailored specifically to each client. Their attention to detail and commercial understanding is exemplary.'

'Sharon Smith has unparalleled planning knowledge and a direct approach to dealing with the same. She provides an excellent service.'

'Ellen Petersen is very focused and an expert in her field. Ellen is someone you can rely upon, someone you can trust and do business with.'

'Sharon Smith is a very experienced planner and has worked both for local authorities and in private practice. She is professional and works with precision, giving your matter wholly focused attention and the feeling you are her only client. She provides an absolutely bespoke personal service.'

'Ellen Petersen always goes the extra mile to make sure the clients best interests are served. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and covers all issues in a timely prompt manner.'

Key Clients

Chilton Grain

Chilton Storage

Cloud FM

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of part of a grain trading business as a going concern, including the creation of 10-year lease to the buyer at annual rent in excess of £200,000 per annum.
  • Share sale and corporate restructure with property finance.
  • Sale of working business park, subject to occupational tenancies and incorporating the rules relating to the transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) and commensurate VAT provisions.
  • Corporate restructure and re-finance arrangements with leaseback arrangement with commercial property as a major asset.
Rising stars

Leon Pascal - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Louise Smith - Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

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