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Stephen Illingworth

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Greenwoods GRM

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Commercial Property




A commercially minded lawyer who understands how property works in a legal context, and who finds ways to enable matters to proceed.

His experience, thoughtfulness and refusal to let circumstances govern his clients’ best interests makes him uniquely able to get his clients what they want. Stephen’s commercial outlook and his intense desire to get things done means he is a very valuable member of any team. He is someone who will make things happen, in spite of the most complex and difficult situations. He has been dealing with commercial property matters, of all sorts, for over 25 years.

East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

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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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

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: Peterborough

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Illingworth - Greenwoods GRM

Within: Commercial property: Peterborough

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'.

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