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David Woods

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Greenwoods GRM

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Corporate & Commercial


Partner and Head of corporate and commercial


David is praised by clients for his commercial approach, speed of delivery and use of plain English.

He is a solicitor with some 30 years’ experience of doing deals as well as drafting and advising on business contracts.

David heads the firm’s corporate and commercial department and leads the education sector team. In recent months he has headed up teams that have completed trade sales and acquisitions, management buyouts and group restructurings. Clients have included US corporations, UK companies and owner managers. He specialises in drafting and advising on the contracts on which businesses do their business.

He brings a wealth of experience to this work and is praised by clients for his ability to see the bigger picture – how it fits into their business strategy and operations as a whole – when reviewing a draft contract. 

David is also a notary public and able to assist with the services of a notary, including obtaining the apostille on documents where necessary.


David graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours degree in law.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

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

Within: Corporate and commercial: Peterborough

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.

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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: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

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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