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Greenwoods GRM

MONKSTONE HOUSE, CITY ROAD, PETERBOROUGH, PE1 1JE, ENGLAND
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Work 01733 887700
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Fax 01733 887701
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12599 PETERBOROUGH 4
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www.greenwoods.co.uk

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

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

Greenwoods GRM

Lead partner David Woods at Greenwoods GRM oversees the firm's corporate team in Cambridge, though he works predominantly from Peterborough. He calls upon the firm's expertise in the technology, business services and manufacturing sectors to advise SME clients across the region, as well as entrepreneurs and larger corporates around Cambridge.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Testimonials

'David Woods is the one we use for commercial contracts. He is a very fast thinker and very thorough and I can always rely on him for fast action. He does not try to over-complicate matters to draw them out to earn higher fees. To the contrary, he is excellent at simplification but not at the expense of putting the Agreements at risk.'

'Neville Drummond handles the land Property side and is very thorough and has found a number of bad errors missed by other lawyers. Again, he is very helpful and goes the extra mile to help us out in anything that is urgent. As does David.'

 

Key Clients

Albendan Limited (Derek Watts)

Openarch Group

Key Publishing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented an overseas client in its investment into a UK company in the confectionary sector.
  • Advised a Cambridge headquartered company on the exit of a shareholder.

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Corporate and commercial: Peterborough
Corporate and commercial: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM acts for a diverse range of businesses from start-ups to listed companies and has two vastly experienced partners in David Woods, who works from both Peterborough and Cambridge, and Alastair Gunn, who 'works 24/7 to get the deal done'. 'Whenever I have used the team, it is as if they are carrying the works for themselves; they care and take the role of a professional to the next level', remarks a client. Associate Victoria Robinson is also recommended for commercial agreements and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Other key lawyers:Alastair Gunn

Testimonials

"Greenwoods provides a bespoke client service, that is both engaging and pragmatic."

"The advice is relevant and appropriate, whilst being technical accurate, and Greenwoods provides good breadth of technical knowledge and experience, in line with what I would usually associate with a London firm."

"Alastair Gunn's approach to corporate dealing is without doubt the best I have ever had - he has a special way of getting his team to deliver the total package."

"Alastair Gunn is a tenacious and highly experienced deal advisor; he brings to the mix solid technical expertise, a rounded knowledge of the law and an extremely pragmatic approach."

"Alastair Gunn is able to provide comprehensive advice, whilst also balancing the legal perspective with what is a pragmatic approach to getting the deal done."

Key Clients

OpenArch Holdings Ltd

Albendan Limited

Key Publishing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Prowting Family Concerns in relation to the sale of Holmwood House School in Colchester to Bellevue Education.
  • Advising a shareholder management team in relation to the sale of the share capital of a company to a private equity firm.
  • Representing the management in an MBO in the media sector.
  • Advising the owners of a training company on its sale to a national group.
  • Representing an overseas client in its investment into a UK company in the confectionary sector.
Leading individuals

Alastair Gunn - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

The Peterborough office of Greenwoods GRM has a leading business defence practice and Kathryn Gilbertson is highly respected for handling corporate crime. The firm also provides a specialist prosecution service to private and public prosecutors who are not served by the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2018, the firm acted for large corporate clients including a national hotel chain, a major retailer, a local authority, and a national animal charity.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Gilbertson

Key Clients

Dacorum Council

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Principal Hayley Hotels

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Vivacity

Crown Golf

Camelot

Unite Students

Work highlights

  • Providing advice and assistance following an incident in which a trespasser fell from the roof of an iconic heritage hotel and was found dead in the adjacent river.
  • Advice following poor food hygiene inspection of a grocery store.
  • Advising on a Food Safety investigation and prosecution following a food poisoning outbreak.
  • Instructed to prosecute national supermarket chain following a major accident.
  • Defence of business for disrepair and fire safety issues at a House in Multiple Occupation.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Newly promoted real estate partner Kelly Peck and property litigation senior solicitor Michelle Cox are the key licensing contacts at Greenwoods GRM. They advise clients on strategic matters such as pre-application issues and the suitability of a proposal before clients make a licence application. They also advise on the updating of conditions, licence transfers, and requests for information following incidents or enquiries from the Local Licensing Authority.

Practice head(s):Kelly Peck; Michelle Cox

Work highlights

  • Supporting the acquisition of a property for a new Central Cambridge Restaurant.
  • Supporting the leasehold acquisition of premises on Mill Road in central Cambridge for a new restaurant.
  • Supporting the freehold acquisition of a public house in Cambridgeshire.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has office in London, Cambridge and Peterborough, the latter being an integral part of the firm-wide litigation practice. The firm acts for large corporate clients in East Anglia in commercial and financial services disputes, and practice head Huw Wallis, who works in all three offices, regularly receives referrals from Magic Circle and Silver Circle law firms in London. Associates Adele Whaley and Jamie McConnell are rising stars who frequently handle high-value and complex litigation, often with cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:Adele Whaley; Jamie McConnell

Testimonials

"They show good team work and the ability to ensure we talk with individuals with the correct expertise."

"They take a pragmatic and realistic view, providing options and appropriate guidance."

"Very good technically but able to translate the technical detal into plain English. Very user-friendly, the team provides timely advice and is very accessible."

"Huw Wallis and Jamie McConnell are always available for a chat early on in a matter just to make sure that the right steps are taken before a matter escalates."

"We work with Greenwoods across a number of legal areas, and they always have the right person, whatever the issue."

"Everyone we have worked with over the years has been able to get up to speed quickly with our specific issues, and has then provided clear, concise and easily understood advice."

"When called upon to act they have also been prompt and thorough in their approach, always leading to the desired outcome."

"Jamie McConnell took the time to listen and understand the background to the dispute and then advise on possible courses of action."

Key Clients

Brewin Dolphin

Work highlights

  • Advising one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury boats on various international claims.
  • Acting for one of the largest growers and suppliers of high-quality fresh vegetables in Europe in relation to a landmark claim for damages arising from a breach of the Groceries Code.
  • Retained on an ongoing basis by a major UK financial planning and investment management company with over 100,000 UK clients as off-panel adviser on various financial services matters, principally relating to alleged negligence/FSMA claims.
  • Acting for a former F1 racing driver in a dispute with a co-director/shareholder in relation to alleged unfair prejudice and related claims for our client to reimburse up to £2.5m to the company.
  • Acting for one of the world’s leading fire door manufacturers in defending claims from a London Borough about the safety of its products arising from concerns from the Grenfell disaster.
Leading individuals

Huw Wallis - Greenwoods GRM

Rising stars

Adele Whaley - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

The merger in 2018 that created Greenwoods GRM gave the firm a stronger presence in the banking and finance market thanks to its team of five lawyers in the London office. In East Anglia, practice head Alastair Gunn is the key partner. He works closely with real estate partners Karin Horsley and Samantha East, and litigation associate Jamie McConnell, to advise financial institutions in the UK and overseas.

Practice head(s):Alistair Gunn

Other key lawyers:Karin Horsley; Samantha East; Jamie McConnell

Work highlights

  • Retained as off-panel adviser on major financial services matters relating to alleged negligence/FSMA claims arising from various investments and ancillary matters.
  • Defending a US$3m claim by a Gibraltan investment company.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a large employment and employee benefits practice spanning its Cambridge, Peterborough and London offices, with experienced and respected partners in practice heads Robert Dillarstone and John Macaulay. Partners Joanna Scally, who has significantly grown the profile of the Cambridge office, and Peterborough-based Keith Williams are also highly recommended in a practice that acts for large regional employers and, increasingly, London-based corporates.

Practice head(s):John Macaulay; Robert Dillarstone

Other key lawyers:Joanna Scally; Keith Williams

Testimonials

"Every member of the team has always demonstrated a polite, professional and approachable manner. Every issue is dealt with promptly and to a very high standard."

"It is unique in that it provides practical solutions and is not afraid to deal with any issue head on."

"John McCaulay and Stephanie Wilcox are the most friendly and likeable people you could ever wish to work with, nothing is too much trouble."

"The team takes the time to build long-term relationships and to really understand your business."

"All the team work hard to understand your business and what will work for you."

"The team provided exemplary service. They dealt with the legal matters but also had a thorough understanding of the practical implications of the law and took into consideration our own specific circumstances when providing advice."

"Sophie Askew and Adele Whaley were both highly skilled but also highly experienced. They balanced a thorough understanding of the law with a practical approach to ensure we obtained the best outcome possible."

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Bedford Borough Council

Real VNC

UL International UK Ltd

Moy Park Ltd

Churchill College

Work highlights

  • Advising RealVNC on TUPE matters in relation to the management buyout of its automobile division.
  • Providing a a full employment advice service to a leading UK children’s charity.
  • Advising a multinational manufacturer and marketer of home appliances on an unfair dismissal claim brought by a purported self-employed engineer.
  • Advising a US healthcare manufacturer on all aspects of employment law within its UK businesses.
Leading individuals

John Macaulay - Greenwoods GRM

Robert Dillarstone - Greenwoods GRM

Next Generation Partners

Joanna Scally - Greenwoods GRM

Keith Williams - Greenwoods GRM

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

The practice at Greenwoods GRM is regarded as one of the region's leaders in the field of health and safety, thanks largely to the stellar track record of leading light Kathryn Gilbertson who leads the regulatory team. The firm acts for a national client base in matters ranging from safety compliance and fire safety through to the defence of corporate criminal prosecutions. The firm is best known for its work within the hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction sectors, and it has a standout practice for matters involving food safety regulation.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Gilbertson

Key Clients

Principal Hayley Hotels

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Crown Golf Ltd

Moy Park Ltd

NSAR

Royal Society for Public Health

Work highlights

  • Advised and assisted Moy Park Ltd following a fork lift truck accident in which the injured party sustained major injuries resulting in the amputation of his left leg and significant damage to the right leg.
  • Advised McColl’s Retail Group PLC in defence of health and safety prosecution where Bristol Council alleged that an elderly customer slipped and fell on a store entrance mat and subsequently died due to his injuries.
  • Advised Dacorum Borough Council during an investigation by HSE after Dacorum reported a number of cases of Hand Arm Vibration (a notifiable occupational disease) under RIDDOR.
  • Providing advice and assistance following an incident in which a trespasser fell from the roof of Principal Hayley Hotels and was found dead in the adjacent river.
  • Advising on a major accident involving contractors repairing electrical cabling within the plant room of Unite Students accommodation site, in which contractors sustained severe electric shock with life changing injuries.
Leading individuals

Kathryn Gilbertson - Greenwoods GRM

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM offers immigration services through its three offices in Cambridge, Peterborough and London. The recruitment of immigration specialist Ina Iteva in London from Deloitte consolidates the work done by John Macaulay's employment team across East Anglia. The firm advises numerous clients in the commercial, not-for-profit and education sectors on matters including licensed sponsor issues; Tier 1, 2 and 5 visas; right to work; and modern slavery statements.

Practice head(s):John Macaulay; Ina Iteva

Testimonials

"Greenwoods is always our first and only point of call on immigration. It is very approachable, friendly and professional."

"My experience is they are exceptional at tailoring their responses to my requirements and they are very clear in their language to ensure accurate compliance."

"Ina Iteva is fantastic. She is always reliable in availability and advice, providing clarity and reassurance as you go through each step."

"Ina Iteva is always up-to-date, always sure of the priorities and always presents things in a way to benefit you."

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a specialist pensions consultant in Pauline Anning, who works from both the Peterborough and London offices. She advises on the design, establishment and restructuring of pension arrangements, as well as merging and winding up schemes, negotiating with the Inland Revenue and handling pension-related disputes. Employment practice head John MacAulay and managing partner Robert Dillarstone also handle pensions matters as part of their broader practices.

Practice head(s):John Macaulay; Robert Dillarstone; Pauline Anning

Work highlights

  • Pauline Anning, Consultant, advised a hotel which had established, some time ago, a funded unapproved pension arrangement.
  • Advising a national children’s charity on their pension scheme issues.
  • Pauline Anning, Consultant, advised the trustees of the final salary scheme for a large private school in relation to GDPR.
  • Pauline Anning advised a large manufacturer on how to comply with pension legislation.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a new head of its agriculture and rural business practice in senior associate Emily Pumfrey, following Jeremy Stanton's move to Birketts LLP. Pumfrey, like many in the practice, comes from a farming background and she is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. The practice draws on the expertise of its corporate, private client, property and employment practices to assist clients in the agriculture sector, and corporate partner Alastair Gunn plays an active role in its high-profile transactions.

Practice head(s):Emily Pumfrey

Other key lawyers:Alastair Gunn; Clare Harris; Stephanie Wilcox; Amy Castleman; Caroline Gumbrell; Kelly Peck

Testimonials

"They understand the personality and idiosyncrasies of their clients."

"The Greenwoods team is a friendly and dynamic team, which strikes the perfect balance of being approachable and giving first-class advice."

"All of the team members are willing to give their honest opinions on matters, which has become an increasingly rare asset. The team work extremely closely, which gives them a wide knowledge base, and you always get the feeling that you are getting many minds for the price of one!"

"I deal predominantly with Kelly Peck and Emily Pumfrey. Both individuals have in-depth knowledge of a wide range of subjects. Emily is the epitome of calm, and has handled a number of complex and tricky matters in recent months, with a combination of efficiency and reasoned advice which has helped clients reach successful conclusions in every instance."

Key Clients

Norwich Livestock Market Limited

RE Evans Farms Limited

Produce World Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Norwich Livestock Market Limited on the Judicial Review of Norwich City Council’s decision to surrender its lease, and ultimately all of its propriety interests in the land Norwich Livestock Market occupies.
  • Negotiated a bespoke option agreement for the acquisition of 125 acres of farm land in rural Pembrokeshire, followed by the subsequent completion of the acquisition, adding to RE Evans Farms Limited growing dairy business in Wales.
  • RE Evans Farms Limited struck a deal with two brothers to add a further 90 acres of land to their farm holding, and Emily Pumfrey assisted with completing both transactions.
  • Produce World Investments Limited recognised the need to re-purpose the site at Swinderby, Lincolnshire and after obtaining planning consent for change of use, struck a deal to sell the site for in excess of £3,000,000 to a housebuilder.
  • Offering regular employment advice to one of the world’s largest fresh produce providers.
Rising stars

Emily Pumfrey - Greenwoods GRM

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

The charity and not-for-profit practice group at Greenwoods GRM saw its roster of clients grow in 2018 as more regional and national charities turn to it for advice on regulatory, employment and property matters. Regulatory and corporate defence specialist Kathryn Gilbertson, employment partner John Macaulay and lead commercial property partner Stephen Illingworth all play key roles in the practice, which has a long-standing relationship with St Johns Ambulance.

Practice head(s):Victoria Robinson

Other key lawyers:David Woods; John Macaulay; Stephen Illingworth; Ann-marie Clow

Testimonials

"Greenwoods GRM's key strength is the ability to understand our organisation rather than provide generic advice. Even though we are an SME, we are always treated with the sense we are a number one priority for the firm. This is different to other legal practices I have worked with in the past."

Key Clients

St Johns Ambulance

Work highlights

  • Supporting the world’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, with management of their property portfolio.
  • Supporting the RSPCA with sensitive prosecutions in the Cambridgeshire area.
  • Supporting The Nene Park Trust with a 999-year lease on local land and commercial properties and other assets which now generate some of the income required to maintain the Park.
  • Compulsory sale of land connected to the £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme includes a major new bypass to the south of Huntingdon and upgrades to 21 miles of the A14.
  • Provided full advice service to a well-known children’s charity for some 18 years.

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

Greenwoods GRM

At Greenwoods GRM, head of private client Kerri Pellington-Woodrow is predominantly based in Peterborough, but also oversees the practice in Cambridge, where associate Clare Harris is the key lawyer. One client describes Harris as 'considerate and engaging, she always seeks to go the extra mile'. Harris has greatly raised the profile of the firm in Cambridge and has attracted work from high-value and complex estates, hence the firm's rising up the ranking this year. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and handles the full range of wills, trusts and estate planning, as well as Court of Protection matters.

Practice head(s):Kerri Pellington-Woodrow; Clare Harris

Testimonials

'The team give careful consideration to the client's needs and ensure the work is relevant and focused on the best solution.'

'Whenever I have approached the practice, whether by phone correspondence or email, the query has always been dealt with quickly and efficiently.'

'Clare Harris is always prompt, courteous and easy to understand. She is extremely helpful and very good with clients, putting them at ease and dealing with them very professionally.'

'I have found Clare Harris to be very welcoming to clients and she explains her advice and the implications clearly and in an appropriate language for them.'

'Members of the team seem capable, knowledgeable and very supportive of each other.'

'We dealt primarily with Clare Harris over some complicated will arrangements involving international issues. She was knowledgeable, conscientious, clear and courteous.'

'The strength is the mixture of capabilities and specialities readily available when needed. My instructions were dealt with very efficiently and accurately and my interactions with all the team were courteous and friendly.'

'Clare Harris provided most of the expertise I needed in the most efficient and courteous manner and our interactions were friendly yet focused.'

'Greenwoods GRM always gives a quality service, and is very knowledgeable. Matters are dealt with promptly and when discussing planning opportunities the advice given is not just legally correct it also considers practical aspects.'

'I usually work with Clare Harris, who always gives a quality service and always engages in planning and conversations. Clare is very friendly and explains issues with very little jargon and gives a straight answer.'

'I found Greenwoods impressive and sophisticated, for a reasonable price. The quality of their documentation is very good. I chose Greenwoods because of its quick response, grasp of what I wanted to achieve, and the approachable personality of the people I spoke to.'

'Clare Harris has an impressive grasp of detail and the ability to get to the point.'

Work highlights

  • Advising clients on the transfer of 450-500 acres of agricultural land into a discretionary trust to protect the farm for future generations.
Rising stars

Clare Harris - Greenwoods GRM

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

Department head Kerri Pellington-Woodrow at Greenwoods GRM has built the firm's referral network of local accountants and IFAs, resulting in a busy 2018 for the practice, which now calls on additional expertise from the London office created through that year's merger. One client describes her as 'an efficient and strong communicator with a very good client manner'. She frequently handles complex matters, including for international clients requiring advice on domicile and UK tax issues. She recently handled a challenging matter involving proving a French holographic will in the UK probate registry.

Practice head(s):Kerri Pellington-Woodrow

Other key lawyers:Trevor George

Work highlights

  • Advising a Saudi Arabian based family to create trusts to hold interests in two London residential properties, with a value of £7.5m.
  • Advising a Thailand based client with £2m of worldwide assets on his potential UK inheritance tax liability.
  • Preparing a deed to create a charitable trust to provide counselling, education and support for those suffering from gender dysphoria.
  • The administration of the estate of a French national who died in the UK, which involved issues of domicile as well as proving a French will in the UK probate registry.
  • Instructed by executors to deal with the administration of the estate of a deceased farmer with a value of £2m.
Leading individuals

Kerri Pellington-Woodrow - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a long track record of advising high-profile clients in the education sector, among which are FE colleges, academies, large independent schools and 15 Cambridge colleges. The firm's academies schools team frequently advises on setting up multi-academy trusts. Head of corporate  David Woods leads the practice with support from managing partner Robert Dillarstone. Employment partner Joanna Scally and property partner Kelly Peck also play key roles.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Other key lawyers:Robert Dillarstone; Joanna Scally; Kelly Peck

Testimonials

"The employment team, with which we deal, has taken time to get to know the specific challenges and circumstances of our business which allows it to provide realistic tailored advice."

"We value the level of engagement and proactive relationship management, as the firm has invested time and resources in providing valuable legal training and legal update events."

"Jo Scally and Siobhan Thomspson provide reassuringly reliable and realistic advice. They collaborate effectively ensuring that the service is always responsive and that someone is available when we need them."

Key Clients

Churchill College

St. Catharine’s College

Homerton College

Kamiya Schools Limited

Cambridge Academy of English

Four Cs MAT

Work highlights

  • Advising Cambridge Academy of English, an institution in the top 2% of all UK English language schools, on complex property matters.
  • Acting for a MAT generally and on all property-related matters.
  • Advising a MAT on the conversion of a joining school, the fourth school to join the group.
  • Advising a MAT on the conversion of a school, this being the 11th school to join the group.
  • Advising a MAT on the conversion of a joining school, the third school to join the MAT.
Next Generation Partners

Joanna Scally - Greenwoods GRM

Kelly Peck - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM handles high-value work for clients in the development, investment, financial, education and food sectors. Kelly Peck leads the Cambridge practice and works closely with Karin Horsley, who works mainly from the Peterbourough office. Peck continued to build the firm's presence in the market in 2018, through her strong connections with agents, surveyors and other professional referrers. She is supported by associate Neville Drummond who has 20 years' experience in commercial and residential property transactions, and who handles landlord and tenants matters.

Practice head(s):Kelly Peck

Other key lawyers:Karin Horsley; Neville Drummond; Ellen Cole

Testimonials

"The firm provides rapid response, is to the point and there is no wasting of time. It is good value for money and has experienced and knowledgeable people."

"Neville Drummond is calm and has a good sense of humour."

"They are very professional, experienced, intellectual and knowledgeable. Compared to other firms, Greenwoods takes a very friendly and down-to-earth approach to ensure its clients fully understand the advice."

"I have worked with Kelly Peck over the years and there has never been a task too large or too difficult or too complicated for her. She uses her knowledge, experience, logical thinking and commercial accruement to get the job done within the timescale, regardless of how tight it is."

"Our situation was quite complex and required a lot of liaison, both nationally and internationally. Greenwoods took all these issues on and even managed to complete the process ahead of schedule. It is absolutely remarkable in the way that it took the pressure off us as its clients in a very pressurised situation."

"From the very outset we were reassured that this was a task Greenwoods could take on and were willing to lead and steer us through all the ups and downs along the way. We found the commitment, expertise and professionalism of Kelly Peck crucial in this process."

"Greenwoods provides a very responsive and professional service ensuring you understand the issues and providing the most appropriate advice on how to proceed."

"Kelly Peck is a helpful, responsive and attentive member of the Greenwoods team."

Key Clients

Cambridge Academy of English

Fairline Yachts

OpenArch

Robin Nichols

Qualitest Group UK

Robinson Manufacturing

LC Landlords Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Cambridge Academy of English, an institution in the top 2% of all UK English language schools, on complex property matters.
  • Supporting the expansion plans of Fairline Yachts Ltd, a British manufacturer of luxury motor yachts.
  • Retainer for OpenArch Properties Limited, a leading property rental specialist within the Cambridgeshire area.
  • Dealing with secured borrowing against a multi-let building in central London to raise project finance for the development of an exciting new mixed-use development scheme in Holborn, London for this international client.
  • A large, multimillion-pound deal acting for the landowner, selling a site for development.

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Commercial property: Peterborough
Commercial property: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM handles high-value work for clients in the development, investment, financial, education, charitable and food sectors. The firm's portfolio clients include a local property company with more than 100 properties, a major motor dealer with a national portfolio, a nationwide charity, a white goods manufacturer, and a publishing company. Karin Horsley leads the practice, supported by partners Samantha East and Stephen Illingworth. Horsley handles high-value transactions for both UK and overseas clients; East focuses on secured lending in the property sector; and Illingworth frequently acts for developers.

Practice head(s):Samantha East; Karin Horsley

Other key lawyers:Stephen Illingworth; May Ozga; Ann-Marie Clow

Testimonials

"The practice offers a very good service and would be rated as better than other practices we have used."

"David Woods is very accomplished and skilled and appears to understand the client's business very well."

"Samantha East has always made an effort to be available and responds very quickly with excellent advice."

"Reda Paul dealt very efficiently with a transfer of property for me and, although our interactions were via email or phone, they were conducted with courtesy just as I would expect."

Key Clients

Barracudas

Fengate Developments

Priden

Japan H.L Ltd

St John Ambulance

Agellus Hotels

RE Evan Farms

Nene Park Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the founders of Barracudas, the UK’s largest operator of activity day camps for children, in obtaining significant development capital investment.
  • Supported Fengate Developments in the sale of property to Meadow Foods, including a huge plot of land adjacent to its manufacturing site to create new production facilities.
  • Acting in a £1m share sale of Priden (UK) Limited with significant property elements; the transaction involved ten freehold properties and two leasehold properties.
  • Acting for a housing developer acquiring a site for residential development.
Leading individuals

Karin Horsley - Greenwoods GRM

Stephen Illingworth - Greenwoods GRM

Rising stars

Ann-Marie Clow - Greenwoods GRM

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

'The service I received was absolutely first-class and, in my experience, almost without equal', remarks a client of Greenwoods GRM. The construction practice is led by leading light Howard Crossman who is mainly based in London but also works from the Peterborough office. Crossman frequently works on large international projects. The firm recruited standout construction partner Lorna Carter from Hewitsons to take the lead on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the Cambridge office. Solicitor Sarah Lidgett in Peterborough handles construction disputes and has a niche focus on construction health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Howard Crossman

Other key lawyers:Lorna Carter; Sarah Lidgett

Testimonials

"The construction team is led by Howard Crossman who provides hands-on, value-added services to all of his clients. He is friendly, prompt and courteous. He is also meticulous and pays great attention to detail."

"Sarah Lidgett is very organised and efficient. The day I went to court for the injunction, Sarah and the barrister made sure I was fully aware of proceedings. I found Sarah to be very capable and easy to approach."

"I had a dedicated partner who is available, responsive and exceptionally able, and who discusses matters on a level that is capable of being understood by foreign nationals."

"The firm is a truly exceptional service provider. The responses are well thought out, very timely and in some cases almost instantaneous."

"Sarah Lidgett is friendly, has a positive approach and provides quick responses."

"I would commend this firm for its speed in dealing with issues. Many solicitors I have encountered before seem to take ages to action letters and report back. Greenwoods is very efficient."

"We have been working with Howard Crossman, who we have found very efficient and easy to deal with. We feel confident with the advice he gives and comfortable that he understands our predicament and gives careful consideration before embarking on that advice."

Key Clients

Morrison Utility Services Ltd

Woods Hardwick Ltd

Jackson Coles Ltd

Cladding UK Ltd

D Brown Building Contractors

Leverton Brothers Ltd

Work highlights

  • A major post-Grenfell cladding dispute.
  • Providing support for a multi-billion dollar international construction and engineering consulting group, comprised of over 18,500 staff members through various subsidiaries assisting clients in over 100 countries around the world.
  • Complex Technology and Construction High Court litigation matter.
  • Drafting and negotiating construction documents for the College on substantial project.
  • Supporting a joint venture alliance of the largest Utility and Maintenance Contractors in the UK.
Leading individuals

Howard Crossman - Greenwoods GRM

Lorna Carter - Greenwoods GRM

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

The regulatory practice at Greenwoods GRM advises national companies, property developers, SMEs and private individuals on environmental compliance matters. Lead partner Kathryn Gilbertson is a committee member for the Eastern Region of the UK Environmental Lawyers Association (UKELA), and has an outstanding reputation for regulatory and business defence matters nationwide. The firm's work covers the full range of matters from noise complaints to the handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Gilbertson

Key Clients

Dacorum Council

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Principal Hayley Hotels

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Vivacity

Crown Golf

Gerda Security

Camelot

Unite Students

Work highlights

  • Providing advice and assistance following a series of noise complaints.
  • Advice and guidance on the interpretation of the various Asbestos Regulations and how these impact on the recycling of plasterboard.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough acts for clients across East Anglia, as well as a growing number from London, handling contentious matters for both landowners and occupiers. The firm has also developed a niche in property guardianship cases, which in 2018 saw the firm acts in a high-profile case at the High Court. Caroline Gumbrell plays a key role in the practice but is now a consultant, so Michelle Cox took over the leadership of the practice. Rising star Kirstie Goulder takes the lead on property guardianship matters. Associate Amy Castleman is also one to watch.

Practice head(s):Michelle Cox

Other key lawyers:Caroline Gumbrell; Kirstie Goulder; Amy Castleman

Key Clients

Norwich Livestock Market Ltd

Middle Level Commissioners

Work highlights

  • Opposition to Adverse Possession Application of land belonging to MLC.
  • In an important landmark case for the local agriculture sector, Greenwoods GRM LLP was pleased to advise Norwich Livestock Market Limited on the Judicial Review of Norwich City Council’s decision to surrender its lease, and ultimately all its propriety interests in the land Norwich Livestock Market occupies.
Leading individuals

Caroline Gumbrell - Greenwoods GRM

Next Generation Partners

Michelle Cox - Greenwoods GRM

Rising stars

Amy Castleman - Greenwoods GRM

Kirstie Goulder - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

Corporate partner David Woods leads the IT and telecoms practice group at Greenwoods GRM in Cambridge, which grew its client base of technology companies and software houses in 2018 and continued to advise its many corporate clients on issues such as data privacy and software as a service (SaaS) delivery. Woods frequently provides advice on digital and online matters, as well as traditional software development and licensing arrangements. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell also handles a growing caseload of technology-related disputes.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Testimonials

"I think this team's strength is its adapability. This team was willing to jump into a fight and help me at very short notice."

"Jamie McConnell is a listener and a thinker. He can view problems from different perspectives and has the ability to 'forward think'. This helps him prepare for most situations."

Key Clients

Data Interchange Plc

Red Fish Systems Ltd

The Retail Data Partnership Limited

Rising stars

Jamie McConnell - Greenwoods GRM

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

The intellectual property practice at Greenwoods GRM is led by corporate partner David Woods and is best known for its in-depth knowledge of the media sector. It frequently advises magazine and online publishers on IP matters. The firm also has growing expertise in the technology sector. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell has a strong track record in contentious matters, which recently included successfully protecting the infringement of the trading name of ta large online sports supplement store, and defending a multimillion-pound design right infringement claim.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Other key lawyers:Jamie McConnell

Work highlights

  • Defending a multi-million-pound design right infringement claim in the marine industry.
  • Successfully enforced and prevented the further infringement of a UK based manufacturer’s CTM.
Rising stars

Jamie McConnell - Greenwoods GRM

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Corporate partner Alastair Gunn at Greenwoods GRM runs a media practice group that advises clients on corporate, employment, immigration and regulatory matters. Employment specialist Joanna Scally and managing partner Robert Dillarstone play key roles in the practice. The firm frequently acts for magazine and newspaper publishers, as well as employees of large media outlets.

Practice head(s):Alasdair Gunn

Other key lawyers:Joanne Scally; Robert Dillarstone

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Legal Developments in the UK

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