Firm Profile > George Green LLP > Cradley Heath, England

George Green LLP
B64 5HW

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

Technology and engineering are two standout sector specialities for George Green LLP. Neil Williams is a key figure in the team, handling contractual disputes, corporate warranty claims as well as shareholder and partnership disputes. Morgan Rees is another name of note and handles shareholder disputes and professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Neil Williams; Morgan Rees

Key clients

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

Pallet-Track Limited

HOPPE (UK) Limited

AGCO Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

George Green LLP advises businesses and entities of all sizes on matters such as management buyouts, acquisitions, disposals and shareholder agreements. Senior partner Paul Bennett is a central figure in the team and predominantly represents family businesses and owner managed business on cross-border transactions. Another key figure is Philip Round who covers the spectrum of corporate transactions for clients in the financial services sector. Private equity specialist Guy Green is also highly recommended. Kam Jahal joined the team from FBC Manby Bowdler LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bennett; Philip Round

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bakkavor Group

Ortus Secured Finance

Pallet-Track Limited

Olive Communications Solutions Limited

Saltus Partners LLP

People Solutions Group Limited

St Philips Care Group

Scrivens Limited

DMW Environmental Safety Limited

Blue Sky Cosmetics UK HQ Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

George Green LLP provides comprehensive advice on a range of matters including sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant issues, secured lending transactions and development-related real estate work. Practice head Kevin Styles advises occupiers, developers and investors on a local and national level, while associate Paul Kettle focuses on leasing and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Styles

Other key lawyers:

Alex-Jayne Lowe; Paul Woodman; Philip Round; Paul Kettle

Key clients

St Francis Group

Scrivens Limited

Telent Technology Services Limited and Telent Limited

Eriks Industrial Services

C G Murray & Son Limited

Ortus Secured Finance I Limited and OSF (UK) I Limited

Dudley College of Technology

W Brindley (Garages) Limited

ThyssenKrupp UK Plc

ThyssenKrupp Materials (UK) Limited

Banking and finance Tier 4

George Green LLP stands out for its expertise in bridging finance and short-term lending. Other active areas of the practice include real estate finance, acquisition finance, and corporate banking, including advising on the provision of working capital facilities and secured loan facilities.

Practice head(s):

Philip Round

Key clients

Ortus Secured Finance

OakNorth Bank plc

Stondon Capital Limited

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Frontier Development Capital

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 4

At George Green LLPMark Vandaele handles all aspects of relationship breakdown for married couples, civil partners, cohabitees and those with children. Vandaele's experience includes company disputes arising within divorce proceedings, and he regularly advises clients with businesses valued in excess of £5m. He is also active in private law Children Act work, including cases where a guardian needs to be appointed.

Practice head(s):

Mark Vandaele


Mark Vandaele is a dedicated and tough children solicitor always fighting for what his client wants. He is enthusiastic and full of energy for his clients which is always a comfort for the client‘.

Mark Vandaele has been supportive and always given truthful advice although it might not have been what I wanted to hear. Everything he said happened‘.

‘Mark Vandaele has huge knowledge and experience but is brilliant at passing that knowledge and experience on to clients in terms that are easily digestible‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

George Green LLP, whose team primarily acts for local business owners/managers, generates a wide range of mandates. The work includes the administration of estates, wills, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. Led by practice head Claire Pottinger, the team also advises on the setting up and administration of trusts, including pilot trusts for insurance and death benefit planning.

Practice head(s):

Claire Pottinger

Employment Tier 5

George Green LLP's team is led by Tim Lang, who also acts as a fee paid employment judge. The group has a particular interest in restrictive covenant and confidentiality litigation, as well as TUPE issues. It also assists employers and senior employees with diverse issues, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, transfers of undertakings and breach of contract.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lang

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Smith

Key clients


Hadley Group

Sims Group UK

Property litigation Tier 5

Based in Wolverhampton, George Green LLP is regularly involved in disputes relating to landlord and tenant matters. Led by James Coles, the team assists corporate and industrial tenants with dilapidations claims and lease renewals, and acts for landlords on repossession, disrepair claims, debt collection and forfeiture applications.

Practice head(s):

James Coles

Key clients


Calthorpe Estates Limited

Eriks Industrial Services Ltd

Sims Group UK Ltd

Telent Technology Services Ltd

Thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Ltd

Birmingham Properties Group

Greggs Plc

West Bromwich Building Society

Scrivens Opticians

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive David Stevenson
Corporate/commercial Paul Bennett
Commercial property Kevin Styles
Dispute resolution Neil Williams
Employment Tim Lang
Private client Claire Pottinger
Family Mark Vandaele
Photo Name Position Profile
 Guy Green  photo Guy Green
 Liam Owen  photo Liam Owen
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 34

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TESTIMONIAL: Received great service, efficient and approachable. Would definitely use services again.

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TESTIMONIAL: My family have used George Green LLP for well over half a century – please may I remain a client.

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TESTIMONIAL: Very efficient and gave benefitting advice. Would like to use again.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: I would like to thank you and **** for all what you did for me – so thank you!

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TESTIMONIAL: We both feel very happy that you are handling our affairs.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: **** was great mate! I will be recommended you guys ‘all day long’.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: In less than 12 months, it was all sorted and I was able to get on with the rest of my life.

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TESTIMONIAL: Honestly, he couldn’t have done anything more – he was spot on.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: I think we should thank you for keeping us on our toes and keeping the pressure on, you did a fine job.

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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.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: Many thanks for everything you have done for us. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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TESTIMONIAL: Many, many thanks to you, ****, **** and everyone at George Green for making me feel a valued client.

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TESTIMONIAL: Thanks again. You guys rocked today. Thank you so much.

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TESTIMONIAL: How lovely and simple the transaction process was, so thank you for everything and making my job easy.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: Super service!

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TESTIMONIAL: Wow! Thank you! It’s really appreciated how quick and efficient you have been.

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TESTIMONIAL: What would we do without you is question I never want to ask.

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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.

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TESTIMONIAL: You made a very difficult time so much easier for us and we will always be grateful to you.

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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.