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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 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM is 'excellent - a first-class firm with a very strong team in commercial and corporate law', according to one client. Practice head David Woods relocated to Cambridge from the Peterborough office following Duncan Walker's departure to Bircham Dyson Bell. Clients remark that Woods is an excellent and experienced lawyer who offers the rare combination of very commercially-minded advice with a large degree of gravitas'. He recently advised the owner on the £57m sale of cleanroom and healthcare disposables manufacturer Nitritex, and acted for Stratagem IPM on the acquisition of Page Hargrave. Douglas Linette has niche expertise advising UK clients on business operations in Australia, given his role as a consultant to affiliated firm Kemp Strang. Mark Williams  moved to Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds.

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

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a new lead corporate and commercial lawyer in Peterborough in Alastair Gunn since David Woods moved to lead the cross-office practice from Cambridge. The firm has a diverse client base that includes many of the region's SMEs as well as larger companies and PLCs from East Anglia and beyond. It has particular expertise in sectors such as food, media, technology and manufacturing. Associate Victoria Robinson and solicitor Ollie Flowers continued to build their reputation for incorporations, corporate governance issues, commercial agreements and the sale of assets and shares. Highlights for the practice included acting for shareholders of outsourced reliability maintenance services provider PEME in the sale of the business to private equity-backed Edwin James Holdings, and assisting Stratagem with its acquisition of Page Hargrave.

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

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has a leading business defence practice that is regarded as one of the best in the region for corporate crime matters. Leading light Kathryn Gilbertson also provides a specialist prosecution service to private and public prosecutors who are not served by the Crown Prosecution Service. Gilbertson and senior solicitor and experienced advocate Anthony Le, who handles regulatory law and corporate manslaughter cases,  acted for the RSPCA in the prosecution of numerous animal cruelty cases in 2017. Humberside Fire & Rescue, NSAR and Camelot are also among the firm's clients.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Associate Kelly Peck in Cambridge leads the licensing practice at Greenwoods GRM. She is an experienced property lawyer who frequently assists clients with premises licences. Senior solicitor Michelle Cox in Peterborough focuses mainly on property litigation, but her practice also encompasses general licensing enquiries and applications for new licences and temporary event notices, as well as the transfer of licences. The firm handled licensing matters arising from the sale of the Red Lion public house on behalf of its owners, and advised a client in the education sector on an application to vary its premises licence.

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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 in Peterborough is known for 'good responses and clear knowledge of English Law in relation to litigation', according to one client. The firm handles a large caseload of regional work as well as a growing number of high-calibre cross-border matters. 'First-class dispute-resolution lawyer' Greenwoods GRM leads the litigation practice and works across the firm's network of offices in London, Peterborough and Cambridge. In Peterborough, the firm has strong associates in Adele Whaley, who has ten years' experience in commercial disputes, and Jamie McConnell, who regularly handles cases for clients in the financial services sector. The practice's varied workload from 2017 includes cases in sectors such as financial services, food, marine, insurance and property. McConnell handled a £2m claim for the purchaser of marine assets which focused on unpaid royalties. Whaley acted for a company seeking £800,000 in unpaid invoices, which subsequently involved defending a counterclaim for alleged defects in equipment sold to a customer in the US.

Leading individuals

Huw Wallis - Greenwoods GRM

Next generation lawyers

Adele Whaley - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has corporate finance specialists in both Cambridge and Peterborough who advise numerous borrowers, commercial banks and other lenders on acquisition finance and real estate finance, while the litigation team handles financial services disputes. Alastair Gunn leads the practice and calls upon litigators Huw Wallis and associate Jamie McConnell , head of commercial property Karin Horsley and associate Samantha East. Among the firm's highlights are contentious matters including McConnell's work for a currency trader in a dispute with an international banking group, and financing matters including the arrangement of a £400,000 loan on behalf of the lender to fund a share acquisition.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM¬†is ‚Äėvery strong in the employment law area‚Äė and ‚Äėadvice is always pragmatic and timely‚Äė. The firm has one of the largest employment and employee benefits practices in the region, and it is led by the highly regarded¬†John MacAulay, who regularly advises clients on large-scale business reorganisations and difficult TUPE transfers.¬†Managing partner Robert Dillarstone¬†is still actively engaged in fee-earning and clients describe him and associate¬†Keith Williams¬†as ‚Äėvery good at coming up with the pros and cons of a situation such as the benefits of a textbook approach versus a pragmatic approach'.¬†‚ÄėVery approachable‚Äė¬†newly promoted partner¬†Joanna Scally¬†in Cambridge is highly recommended for her ‚Äėclarity of advice and reliable service'. Scally and senior solicitor¬†Siobhan Thomson¬†recently advised Bedford Borough Council on the employment aspects of its move to a digital operating model by 2020, which includes a major staff restructure and more than 250 proposed redundancies. The practice has many strong associates including¬†Suzanne Wrench¬†who has experience in TUPE transfers and tribunal proceedings;¬†Vincent Galea¬†who handles senior hires and departures, and post-termination restrictions; and¬†Natalie Wiliams¬†who is known for complex tribunal litigation.

Leading individuals

John Macaulay - Greenwoods GRM

Robert Dillarstone - Greenwoods GRM

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

The team at Greenwoods GRM¬†provides ‚Äėan¬†excellent level of service with in-depth advice, especially in complex matters‚Äė. The firm acts for a nationwide client base in sectors such as¬†hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction. The firm provides creative solutions in new areas of health and safety law, including¬†niche areas such as property guardianship regulation.¬†Kathryn Gilbertson¬†is a leading name in the market and clients remark that she has¬†‚Äėan excellent commercial approach‚Äė. As well as handling a full caseload of high-profile matters, she also provides training to the Royal Society for Public Health on health and safety and sentencing guidelines. Her recent cases include advising Neil Crow as director of national construction company Inhouse Design & Build on HSE investigations in which he was deemed responsible for multiple breaches of regulations. The team ensured that he avoided a custodial sentence.¬†Food company Moy Park is also among the firm's clients.¬†Experienced advocate Anthony Le¬†is a key part of the regulatory team and has more than ten years' experience in health and safety matters.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Gilbertson - Greenwoods GRM

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

At¬†Greenwoods GRM, the lawyers are 'very responsive, very clear in their communication and go beyond necessity to ensure that clients are satisfied'. Solicitor¬†Rebecca Bridges¬†specialises in immigration matters and is a key part of¬†John MacAulay's¬†employment department. She is ‚Äėan expert in her field, extremely thorough and gives great attention to detail'. Clients praise her 'tailored and clear explanations, her patience, her understanding and knowledge of clients and the law'. Associate¬†Vincent Galea¬†is also recommended. The firm advises numerous clients in the¬†commercial and education sectors on matters including licensed sponsor issues; Tier 1, 2 and 5 visas; right to work; and modern slavery statements. Bridges recently advised a company in the travel sector on international secondments.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM joins the ranking on the strength of consultant Pauline Anning's specialist pensions practice, which complements the work of Robert Dillarstone and John MacAulay in the firm's standout employment practice. Anning has more than 20 years’ experience in advising corporate entities, public authorities, trustees and unions on occupational pension schemes. Last year, she advised a large client in the insurance sector on the reorganisation of its employee benefits package, which included issues of automatic pension enrolment compliance and pension scheme amendments.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM¬†has a long track record of advising clients in the farming sector, but it formalised its agriculture rural business practice in early 2017 with the hire of strategic land development partner¬†Jeremy Stanton¬†from Roythornes Solicitors. ‚ÄėWe have used the firm for many years and it has always provided valuable legal advice‚Äė, remarks one client who reports ‚Äėexcellent response times, business acumen and value for money‚Äė.¬†Head of property disputes Caroline Gumbrell¬†and¬†rural affairs and property solicitor Emily Pumfrey¬†are described as ‚Äėefficient and reliable‚Äė. Corporate and commercial partner Alastair Gunn¬†also has a key role in the practice, handling¬†corporate transactional matters including MBOs, MBIs, share and asset disposals and acquisitions, and group reorganisations for rural clients. Gunn and Pumfrey recently advised RE Evans Farms on the ¬£12m strategic acquisition of a 1200-acre site in Pembrokeshire comprising two dairy farms.

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

Greenwoods GRM

Associate Victoria Robinson leads the charities practice at Greenwoods GRM, where a multi-disciplinary team acts for regional and national charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations. The practice handles re-organisation, the formation of subsidiaries, joint ventures, mergers, investments, constitutional documentation, employment, data protection and property matters for these clients. Head of the employment and employee benefits team John MacAulay recently acted for a well-known charity in tribunal proceedings brought by former employees. Robinson and head of corporate David Woods handled membership matters for a new charity client. Senior solicitor Ann-Marie Clow led a team that advised St John Ambulance on its national property portfolio. Regulatory team leader Kathryn Gilbertson and property partner Stephen Illingworth also play key roles in the practice.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

‚ÄėFriendly and efficient firm‚Äė¬†Greenwoods GRM¬†‚Äėoffers a very good level of service to clients thanks to exceptionally professional and pleasant staff and partners who are very approachable and helpful‚Äė. Former head of private client¬†Tim Addinell¬†¬†joined¬†Woodfines LLP, so associate Kerri Pellington Woodrow, who works between the Cambridge and Peterborough offices, now oversees the department. STEP-qualified senior solicitor¬†Clare Harris¬†is ‚Äėaccessible, clear with her advice and reliable; she can explain the issues in layman‚Äôs terms'.¬†'The service provided has been excellent throughout', says one client who praises Harris for her 'very personal, empathetic and excellent professional approach'. She recently handled the administration of the multimillion-pound estate of a senior executive at a FTSE100 company.

Next generation lawyers

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

Greenwoods GRM¬†has ‚Äėfirst-class people in a great team who are on the ball‚Äė. The firm handles the full range of private client work including wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, and Court of Protection matters, and it has several STEP-qualified lawyers. Head of the private client department Kerri Pellington-Woodrow¬†‚Äėexplains things to clients in simple language and is incredibly helpful, empathetic and approachable'. Her recent highlights included¬†advising the trustees of an accumulation and maintenance trust of which part had become a¬†qualifying interest in possession following the Finance Act 2006. She was also appointed by the Court of Protection to act as finance deputy for a client with severe brain injury.¬†¬†'I was very pleased with the level of service and the quick response', says a client of consultant Trevor George. Senior solicitor Anna Turner¬†is also recommended for the administration of complex estates.

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

At¬†Greenwoods GRM¬†‚Äėthe level of service is very high, responses are¬†swift and the team has good business knowledge and good depth‚Äė. The firm has a long track record of advising high-profile clients in the education sector including a growing number of Cambridge Colleges and large independent schools. The firm's academies schools team regularly advises on setting up multi-academy trusts. The multi-disciplinary team includes¬†employment law, which is a key part of the firm‚Äôs education practice and associate Joanna Scally¬†is ‚Äėvery approachable and knowledgeable in her subject both generally and particularly relating to education‚Äė. She recently acted for Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on the restructuring of its front-of-house and catering team. Managing partner Robert Dillarstone¬†¬†also advises on employment matters.¬†Head of corporate¬†¬†David Woods, associate Victoria Robinson, property partner Stephen Illingworth¬†and associate Kelly Peck¬†are all key players in the practice.

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East Anglia: Real estate

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

Greenwoods GRM

'The Cambridge office continues to grow and has developed into a forceful centre in the commercial property area', remarks a client of Greenwoods GRM. The firm handles increasingly high-value work for clients in the development, investment, financial, education and food sectors. Associate Kelly Peck is 'an effective and thoughtful lawyer' and leads the commercial property practice in Cambridge, which works closely with the team in the firm's Peterborough office. She handles a wide range of property work from the management of property portfolios to lease acquisitions.  She recently advised Fairline Yachts Limited on options and lease agreements with a total value of £16m, which included issues with short-term licences and leases, and strategic surrenders. The complex transaction was completed in under five days. She also acted for Solarflare Communications Limited in a lease agreement with a value of £150,000 per year. Associate Neville Drummond, who has 18 years' experience in commercial, residential and rural property transactions, is also recommended.

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

Greenwoods GRM

For some clients, Greenwoods GRM is 'the go-to firm for commercial property work in the wider Peterborough region; it has a wide and capable talent pool operating effectively and proactively'. 'A particular strength is the ability to work as part of a professional team across disciplines, genuinely working with other professionals, to the benefit of the client', remarks one client. Directors Stephen Illingworth (who is 'approachable, knowledgeable and very insightful with considerable experience, having advised on many high-profile schemes') and Karin Horsley (who has 'a strong track record of involvement in high-value work') are highly recommended. Associate Katrina Bretten and solicitor Emily Pumfrey recently advised St John Ambulance on property sales, lease surrenders and leasehold matters for a £5m portfolio. Clients also recommend associate Samantha East  and senior solicitor Kirstie Goulder, who has niche expertise in the emerging area of property guardianship, as part of a 'high-quality and well-rounded practice'.

Leading individuals

Stephen Illingworth - Greenwoods GRM

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM is known for 'fantastic response times from obvious experts in all aspects of construction, especially high-end matters, with useful and practical information at their fingertips, good client relationships and in-depth knowledge of the industry and law'. It provides 'a well-rounded and competitively priced value-added service to clients'. Howard Crossman, who has more than 25 years' experience in big-ticket construction matters and advises leading UK contractors, leads the practice and works between the London and Peterborough offices. He 'provides excellent attentive service both in disputes and non-contentious matters'. 'He beats everyone else hands down and is the man you want for construction disputes', remarks one client. Associate Katrina Bretten is also recommended. She recently advised motor dealer group Marshall of Cambridge on drafting, negotiating and implementing a suite of construction documents for new, multimillion-pound motor dealerships for key brands in Ipswich, Exeter, Greenham and Lincoln.

Leading individuals

Howard Crossman - Greenwoods GRM

Next generation lawyers

Katrina Bretten - Greenwoods GRM

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

At Greenwoods GRM, property litigation comes under the purview of the wider dispute resolution practice, but it has a number of skilled lawyers with niche experience of property disputes. Associate Caroline Gumbrell  leads the practice and focuses mainly on commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant matters. Senior solicitor Greenwoods GRM is a leading expert in the emerging area of property guardianship and clients remark that she 'responds to queries very quickly and always has ideas and strategies on best practice and issues of a reactive nature; she is very knowledgeable in this niche area of law and has gradually become the guru for guardianship companies'. Senior solicitor Michelle Cox  is recommended for contentious commercial lease renewals, dilapidations claims, leases under the Telecommunications Act and breaches of covenant. The firm advises clients based across East Anglia and in London. In one recent highlight, Cox and Gumbrell acted for a property owner in Norwich in a claim against the local council for its disposal of its interest in a historical site in the city centre.

At Greenwoods GRM, property litigation comes under the purview of the wider dispute resolution practice, but it has a number of skilled lawyers with niche experience of property disputes. Associate Caroline Gumbrell  leads the practice and focuses mainly on commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant matters. Senior solicitor Greenwoods GRM is a leading expert in the emerging area of property guardianship and clients remark that she 'responds to queries very quickly and always has ideas and strategies on best practice and issues of a reactive nature; she is very knowledgeable in this niche area of law and has gradually become the guru for guardianship companies'. Senior solicitor Michelle Cox  is recommended for contentious commercial lease renewals, dilapidations claims, leases under the Telecommunications Act and breaches of covenant. The firm advises clients based across East Anglia and in London. In one recent highlight, Cox and Gumbrell acted for a property owner in Norwich in a claim against the local council for its disposal of its interest in a historical site in the city centre.

Leading individuals

Caroline Gumbrell - Greenwoods GRM

Next generation lawyers

Kirstie Goulder - Greenwoods GRM

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods GRM

The practice at Greenwoods GRM has a new shape since corporate partner Duncan Walker  joined Bircham Dyson Bell & Cambridge and Mark Williams  moved to Greene & Greene, but corporate partner David Woods is now in place in Cambridge to handle large transactions for clients in the technology sector. He acted for shareholders of NextG-Com Limited in its sale to an international IT company. Associate Victoria Robinson advises on the creation and exploitation of mobile apps, Huw Wallis handles commercial disputes relating to ICT contracts, and senior solicitor Jamie McConnell is recommended for disputes involving both IT contracts and intellectual property.  The firm counts Data Interchange, The Retail Data Partnership and Red Fish Systems among its clients.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie McConnell - Greenwoods GRM

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods GRM

The intellectual property practice at Greenwoods GRM handles a broad range of issues for the firm's clients in the media sector, particularly those involved in magazine and online publishing. The firm also has expertise in the technology sector, which generates IP work for lawyers in its Cambridge office. Head of corporate and commercial David Woods  leads the practice, drawing on his 20 years' of experience in IP contracts and corporate transactions involving IP-rich businesses. Litigators Adele Whaley and associate Jamie McConnell, who is a rising star in the market, are recommended for contentious IP matters. Whaley recently helped a company pursue a copyright infringement and passing off case, which resulted in a former employee removing material from a new website.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie McConnell - Greenwoods GRM

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods GRM

The corporate and commercial practice at Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has many clients in the media industry, for which it handles acquisitions and disposals. It also excels in the licensing and exploitation of media assets, advice to e-commerce and digital businesses, and data protection matters. The firm also handles defamation issues and provides pre-publication advice. Corporate partners Alastair Gunn and David Woods, who has niche expertise in e-commerce, are the key contacts. The firm’s association with Australian  firm Kemp Strang, which sent Douglas Linnette to the firm's Cambridge office, sees it advise UK media clients on their activities in the Australian market. Associate Adele Whaley is also recommended for contentious matters. Highlights for the practice included assisting a magazine publisher with a multimillion-pound equity fund raising transaction.

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