Firm Profile > George Green LLP > Cradley Heath, England
George Green LLP Offices
195 HIGH STREET
George Green LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
‘Morgan Rees has been honest in responding to our requests and suggestions, advising us when our desired strategies could have adverse consequences. This means that we trust him implicitly to advise us well.’
thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Limited
Sims Group UK Limited
Medequip Assistive Technology Limited
Imperial Worldwide Limited
TIA (GB) Limited
Olive Communications Solutions Limited
Inenco Group Limited
RGB P&C Limited
Jeeves Estates Limited
George Green LLP acts for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and large corporates. Paul Bennett leads the corporate services team, which advises clients on M&A, private equity investments, restructurings, joint ventures and general company law matters. Bennett acted for the shareholders of Jobson James Holdings Ltd on the sale of the company to Aston Lark in 2019. Sarah Ward and Kam Johal are also experienced in corporate transactions. James Bird, who is the head of the commercial practice, is particularly knowledgeable about long-term supply contracts connected with the advanced engineering and aerospace sector. Guy Green now practises as a consultant.
‘Very responsive and thorough in their advice.’
‘Philip Round is extremely on the ball and provides first-rate city-quality advice at regional prices.’
‘Very experienced and down-to-earth lawyers with a broad knowledge in all aspects of civil and commercial law, good response time and focus on clients’ business needs.’
‘James Bird is always reliable and provides quick and useful answers for international clients.’
Ortus Secured Finance
Pallet Track Limited
Olive Communications Solutions Limited
Saltus Partners LLP
Diesel Marine International Limited
George Green LLP is an established regional practice with a good track record in property sales and acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters. Kevin Styles, who divides his time between the Cradley Heath and Wolverhampton offices, is the lead partner for site acquisitions and all ancillary work relating to development sites alongside a strong level of expertise in secured lending transactions. Alex-Jayne Lowe and associate Paul Kettle are recommended for transactions, corporate support issues and secured finance work, and Paul Woodman is a key name for residential developments.
St Francis Group
Telent Technology Services Limited and Telent
Eriks Industrial Services
C G Murray & Son Limited
Ortus Secured Finance I Limited and OSF (UK)
Dudley College of Technology
Banking and finance Tier 4
Philip Round, who heads up George Green LLP's practice, has a well-established reputation advising national bridging and development lenders on short-term finance transactions. Commercial property partner Alex-Jayne Lowe has expertise in secured lending. Elsewhere, the team advises clients on cash flow and asset-based lending, acquisition finance and syndicated lending.
Under the leadership of Mark Vandaele at George Green LLP the team continues to be busy advising on divorce, separation and the financial implications of relationship breakdown. It also advises clients when dealing with Children Act applications and the enforcement of any related orders. In addition the practice has been instructed by a number of intervenors in family cases to protect third-party interests and has increasingly been asked to prepare pre- and post-nuptial agreements for the firm’s business and high-net-worth clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘All team members were knowledgeable in their areas, very professional and gave good advice. Most satisfactory.’
‘Rachel Baker did the work for the family court and was very reassuring from the start. She relieved considerable stress and gave advice on possible actions and helped us keep costs down.’
‘A close-knit and high-quality family team that delivers an excellent service to matrimonial finance clients. The firm’s ethos is friendly and approachable but completely professional and as a result, the relatively small family team attracts high-value, complex cases. The team punches well above its weight in terms of financial remedy work.’
‘Mark Vandaele is an excellent financial remedy lawyer with exceptional client care skills. He has the ability to reduce the most complex cases down to the essential issues to allow his clients to make informed decisions based on his expert advice. Rachel Baker is an associate of the highest quality. She has a real instinct for matrimonial finance work and is clearly destined for great things.’
‘Excellent practice providing a broad range of services including private client and corporate. Approachable and helpful individuals who are always prepared to listen. A youthful and dynamic approach displayed.’
‘Very capable organisation.’
Claire Pottinger heads the team at George Green LLP. Pottinger regularly works with accountants and wealth advisers to help local businesspeople. Pottinger is a full member of STEP and is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend. The team often works on a range of cases including the administration of estates, wills, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. It also advises on the setting up and administration of trusts and on lasting powers of attorney.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exacting and efficient service. They have always been of the greatest assistance with advice and prompt in their dealings with myself and official bodies.’
‘Louise Axford communicates in a friendly but professional manner, on a regular basis. The friendly nature of all the staff I have dealt with at George Green is part of what makes it a pleasure to deal with them especially in times of emotional distress.’
‘The team was always pleasant and attentive to our requirements.’
‘Louise Axford was very professional and did everything in her power to make sure our needs were met.’
‘Excellent team, always approachable and keen to help and to listen. They provide a broad range of services covering private client and corporate requirements. The level of individual specialism is excellent.’
Employment Tier 5
George Green LLP is recognised for its work with owner-managed businesses and for providing support to the firm’s corporate department. It also has solid expertise in TUPE matters in addition to restrictive covenants/confidentiality litigation. Tim Lang leads the team while also acting as a fee-paid employment judge sitting in the South East. Lang is a qualified data protection practitioner too and is adept at offering data protection advice in relation to the workplace. Beverley Smith is well-regarded for her advice to employers and has experience in business immigration matters.
Property litigation Tier 5Wolverhampton-based George Green LLP provides expertise in property litigation work handling development agreement disputes, breach of user and dilapidation claims, Landlord and Tenant Act lease renewal disputes and adverse possession claims, among others. Litigation and dispute resolution Neil Williams and Susan Ford are the key figures.
George Green LLP > Firm Profile
George Green LLP is one of the Midlands’ leading law firms serving both businesses and individuals. The firm’s name has become synonymous with the provision of quality advice distinguished by a pragmatic, no-nonsense and solution-driven approach.
The firm: George Green LLP was established in 1897 and developed into a commercially focused firm from the 1970s onwards, when the firm acted for a large proportion of the Black Country’s traditional businesses. In recent years the firm has also acted for clients from outside the Black Country and West Midlands, including overseas clients and clients from London and the South East. Commercial property is one notable area of recent growth, although the firm’s largest source of fee income remains its corporate and commercial teams.
The firm is particularly well known for its expertise in corporate and commercial work and is regarded as a real alternative to City-based firms. The firm’s dispute resolution, commercial property and employment teams are also well regarded.
George Green’s clients are attracted not only by the quality of advice offered but also the firm’s open and unstuffy approach and personal commitment to their affairs; simply put, relationship- driven advisory. Being based outside a city centre means that the firm does not have some of the overheads of larger competitors, which is reflected in the value proposition the firm offers. The firm takes the time to learn about clients and their businesses so as to maximise the relevance and value of advice given. The firm’s ability to take a holistic approach to clients’ businesses and personal interests puts it in a unique position to help.
Types of work undertaken: Corporate and commercial: the team offers a broad service, handling all aspects of corporate finance-related transactions, including M&A, private equity, company sales, finance and banking. In addition, the department offers a full commercial law service, including commercial agreements, IP and IT.
Commercial property: the firm provides a comprehensive commercial property service, including complex property acquisitions, disposals, leasing, building and development contracts, and property finance. The commercial property team works closely with the property litigation arm of the firm.
Dispute resolution: George Green’s dispute resolution team has considerable experience and expertise in handling a wide range of disputes. The firm adopts a proactive, commercial and no-nonsense approach to the resolution of disputes, whether through negotiation, litigation, mediation, arbitration or otherwise. The firm works closely with clients, identifying the key issues in any dispute, looking at the options available to them, establishing their commercial objectives and devising the best strategy for achieving those aims within any appropriate budget and timescale. Unless there are special factors dictating a different approach, the overall aim is always to deliver the most cost-effective commercial solution for the problem.
Employment: George Green’s employment team delivers timely, practical, expert advice from legal professionals who specialise purely in employment law. As well as employers, the firm also assists employees, helping with settlement agreements and providing advice on contracts, unfair dismissal, discrimination and restrictive covenants.
Family law: the firm’s family team is highly experienced and are all members of Resolution. The team is committed to resolving disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational manner and takes the time to listen to clients and fully understand their needs. The firm offers a supportive and personal service with the expertise and drive to achieve cost-effective solutions, no matter how complex the case may be. The firm offers sound and confidential advice on all aspects of family law.
Residential property: George Green can ease the burden to ensure clients’ house moves proceed as smoothly as possible. The firm aims to offer an efficient and personal service at a reasonable price which represents excellent value. Services include: house sales and purchases; re-mortgages; deeds of gift and declarations of trust.
Private client: George Green’s highly experienced private client team is fully committed to assisting clients with their personal legal affairs. The team’s expertise means it can deliver a complete and relevant solution that is tailored to a client’s unique circumstances. Services include: preparing a will, administering an estate, powers of attorney, trusts and inheritance tax and succession planning.
|Chief executive||David Stevenson|
|Commercial property||Kevin Styles|
|Dispute resolution||Neil Williams|
|Private client||Claire Pottinger|
|Paul Bennett||Senior partner and corporate finance partner handling a broad range of transactional…||View Profile|
|Guy Green||Consultant; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; management advisory. Cases include: £750m IPO…||View Profile|
|Tim Lang||Employment lawyer and fee-paid employment judge.||View Profile|
|Alex-Jayne Lowe||Alex-Jayne has over ten years’ post-qualified real estate experience dealing with a…||View Profile|
|Liam Owen||Associate and solicitor advocate (civil), specialising in shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contentious…||View Profile|
|Kevin Styles||Partner specialising in commercial property transactions dealing with both sales and acquisitions.…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 17 Number of other UK fee-earners : 34
TESTIMONIAL: Received great service, efficient and approachable. Would definitely use services again.
TESTIMONIAL: My family have used George Green LLP for well over half a century – please may I remain a client.
TESTIMONIAL: We have been very pleased with the service provided by ****, and we shall use her again for any future conveyancing.
TESTIMONIAL: Very efficient and gave benefitting advice. Would like to use again.
TESTIMONIAL: This is the second time **** has acted for us. Always excellent service given and we hope to use his services many more times – thank you.
TESTIMONIAL: I would like to thank you and **** for all what you did for me – so thank you!
TESTIMONIAL: We both feel very happy that you are handling our affairs.
TESTIMONIAL: I have just been thinking how assuring it is to have you as the solicitor acting on our behalf. It was a very informative meeting, thorough and very much an education.
TESTIMONIAL: **** was great mate! I will be recommended you guys ‘all day long’.
TESTIMONIAL: His knowledge in this area is second to none, he knew exactly the way to handle the situation and moved it forward at a fast pace.
TESTIMONIAL: In less than 12 months, it was all sorted and I was able to get on with the rest of my life.
TESTIMONIAL: Honestly, he couldn’t have done anything more – he was spot on.
TESTIMONIAL: Thanks again for your assistance through this process – it has been incredibly stressful at times, but it has been a pleasure to deal with you. I am really pleased with the service from you and George Green – it was a good recommendation.
TESTIMONIAL: I think we should thank you for keeping us on our toes and keeping the pressure on, you did a fine job.
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you so much **** for all your hard work and patience; you have done a great job for us all in the last few months and we are all very appreciative of you efforts.
TESTIMONIAL: **** has represented us on two occasions in the last year: a commercial property lease and now a property purchase. On both occasions I have found **** to be very professional, informative, and tenacious. She pushed the legal process along to ensure completion was on time and kept me informed at all times. The service levels exceeded our expectations.
TESTIMONIAL: Many thanks for everything you have done for us. We couldn’t have done it without you.
TESTIMONIAL: She is lovely, but not only that, super-efficient and knew exactly what I was getting at; in fact, she took the words out of my mouth so I didn’t really have to say much. Brilliant. I was a bit gobsmacked actually because she was so genuine and concise.
TESTIMONIAL: I just wanted to let you know what a great job George Green did and **** in particular. He ran rings around the opposition and we have done the deal on very good terms.
TESTIMONIAL: I can only thank you for your patience and kindness. I shouldn’t have needed that but thank you for being there. I hope no one I know ever needs your services, but if they do I will be sending them your way!
TESTIMONIAL: Many, many thanks to you, ****, **** and everyone at George Green for making me feel a valued client.
TESTIMONIAL: Thanks again. You guys rocked today. Thank you so much.
TESTIMONIAL: How lovely and simple the transaction process was, so thank you for everything and making my job easy.
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for your excellent communication – so important during these times. It has been a pleasure working with you. I will certainly recommend you to my family and friends.
TESTIMONIAL: Super service!
TESTIMONIAL: Wow! Thank you! It’s really appreciated how quick and efficient you have been.
TESTIMONIAL: What would we do without you is question I never want to ask.
TESTIMONIAL: I’m sure that without your expertise in this field, and all the work you did behind the scenes, I would not have had such a positive outcome. The level of experience and expertise you and your associates showed was exemplary and without this I would not have come through this unscathed. We will definitely be in touch with you when we need a solicitor.
TESTIMONIAL: You made a very difficult time so much easier for us and we will always be grateful to you.
TESTIMONIAL: Your personal help and assistance has been invaluable, as has that of other personnel in the office. We would not hesitate to recommend you.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands
- Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands