Firm Profile > George Green LLP > Wolverhampton, England

George Green LLP
19 WATERLOO ROAD
WOLVERHAMPTON
WV1 4DY
England

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

George Green LLP's commercial litigation group, which is praised for its 'great technical knowledge and strategic ability', handles a wide variety of high-stakes cases, including shareholder, professional negligence, banking, insurance and IP litigation. 'Determined' group head Neil Williams recently handled a major procurement dispute and a complex conspiracy to defraud claim, while Liam Owen is currently involved in a dispute relating to a trust worth over £8m. 'Calm and assured' practitioner Morgan Rees is noted for his role in business critical litigation, including defamation, debt recovery and complex derivate claims.

Practice head(s):

Neil Williams

Other key lawyers:

Liam Owen; Morgan Rees

Testimonials

‘This is a very impressive small team of litigators. It is well led, but the partners are good at allowing the more junior colleagues to take responsibility for cases. The result is that the junior lawyers are more engaged.’

‘Good quality commercial litigation practice operating at the high standard normally associated with city centre firms.’

‘Liam Owen is a standout new partner with experience in construction-related commercial disputes, who punches above his weight.’

‘Mr Morgan Rees is a talented lawyer with an encyclopaedic brain and a strategic nous.’ 

‘I have used Morgan Rees for 3 years, I would always want him on my side in a dispute. His reassuring, measured tone against a very vexatious, aggressive and oppressive litigant has seen me through some very tough times. His strategic vision cannot be underestimated.’

‘Morgan Rees is a technically gifted and tough, commercially driven operator.’ 

‘Neil Williams is a very experienced, level-headed commercial litigator who has seen and done it all before, and has the knack of always being able to see the wood from the trees.’

‘Liam Owen comfortably handles complex litigation.’

Key clients

thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Limited

Sims Group UK Limited

Medequip Assistive Technology Limited

Saltus Partners LLP

TIA (GB) Limited

Olive Communications Solutions Limited

Jeeves Estates Limited

Argus Fire Protection Company Limited

Inenco Group Limited

Leadscale Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

George Green LLP is home to an ‘excellent’ practice which predominantly caters to SMEs and OMBs, also regularly acting for large corporates on small to mid-cap M&A transactions. Practice head Paul Bennett - described as being ‘on par with many large firm partners’ - has strong capabilities with regards to succession planning, distressed transactions and private equity deals. He has been particularly active within the pharmaceutical industry of late; his team also enjoys long-established connections with the local manufacturing market. Sarah Ward is another prominent name, with a track record in shareholder arrangements, investments, joint ventures and company law. On the commercial front, James Birdleads by example’ on IT and IP agreements, providing a distinguished level of capability in respect of long-term supply contracts in the aerospace and engineering fields.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Ward; James Bird; Kam Johal; Philip Round

Testimonials

‘A strong team; well-led, with an impressive client base’

‘They take a sensible commercial approach to resolving legal issues ’

‘We have required quick turnaround of several contract reviews with big, international companies and the team at George Green have reacted very quickly. In all occasions I have been fully informed as to the scope of their work, timeframes and cost and every time this has been adhered to.’

‘James Bird leads by example, judging by his team’s performance. James made sure he understood our business on the first assignment I gave him and this has been crucial in the advice he has given us throughout. James always makes sure that his written advice is followed up with a phonecall whereby he makes sure that all points are explained in layman’s terms and gives his reasoning behind the advice.’

‘George Green are a very focused legal practice providing an excellent range of services at cost effective rates.’

‘George Green have been excellent in providing both advice and more detailed services around these areas. They have also assisted with the successful buyout of a partner organisation in recent times, which was handled very effectively and achieved an excellent outcome for our organisation.’

‘Key contacts at George Green LLP are James Bird and Paul Bennett, who have assisted our business with various legal matters over the years. James in particular provides an excellent service and is always responsive to legal queries.’

Key clients

Ortus Secured Finance

Pallet Track Limited

Olive Communications Solutions Limited

Saltus Partners LLP

Diesel Marine International Limited

Scrivens Limited

Dudley Taylor Pharmacies Limited

Central Pharma

Manfield Partners

Hinton Perry & Davenhill

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

With a team hailed as a ‘credit to the legal profession’, George Green LLP’s commercial property work spans acquisitions and disposals, site purchases and development site ancillary work, landlord and tenant matters, as well as secured lending transactions. Cradley Heath based department head Kevin Styles is supported by Alex-Jayne Lowe, a ‘go-to­’ choice for various bridging lenders. The other key partner in the team is Paul Woodman who specialises in residential development acquisitions and notably counts housing associations, education providers and charities among his client list.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Styles

Other key lawyers:

Alex-Jayne Lowe; Paul Woodman

Testimonials

‘I utilise the services of George Green LLP for real estate work, both standard landlord and tenant and also litigation services. A strong team; they are responsive and deal with instructions in a proactive and commercial manner.’

‘Kevin Styles is knowledgeable and well experienced in all aspects of real estate work. I find he is sensible in his approach but is more than capable of standing up to the big boys when required.’

‘We have worked with George Green for over 10 years and they adopt a very pragmatic and commercial approach to our property transactions as they do not hold things up for unnecessary minutae.’

‘Kevin Styles is our main partner contact there who without fail responds quickly to queries and chases us in a non-confrontational manner if we are late with anything’

‘The team at George Green LLP are a credit to the legal profession, they all work together to deliver excellent advice and a very efficient service. ’

‘Alex-Jayne Lowe has been my go to person at George Green for the last three years. She has excellent real estate knowledge coupled with deep understanding of the commercial realities in decision making. Provides clear and concise advise and always keen to pick out the key issues and potential options.’

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 and ThyssenKrupp Materials (UK) Limited

St Philips Care

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Neil Williams leads an experienced team at George Green LLP that deals with all types of contentious probate matters, 'readily competing with the Birmingham offices of national law firms in terms of the quality of its work and lawyers'. The group receives a regular flow of instructions from individual beneficiaries, executors, administrators and trustees. The versatile team is also skilled at advising on disputes arising from negligently drafted wills and actions concerning the construction of wills and trusts. Liam Owen is another notable practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Neil Williams

Other key lawyers:

Liam Owen

Testimonials

‘Liam Owen was very prompt with information received. He would provide feedback and advice and replied just as quickly which helped to speed up the ongoing issue. He was excellent with regards to communication, always returning calls, sometimes out of hours ’.

‘The associate with whom I was in contact with was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in this field – I  thoroughly recommend George Green & Co’.

‘Liam Owen offers a high level of calm approachability to his clients, which he combines with a methodical and logical analysis of the issues thrown up by any given case. He is also highly responsive to queries and reasonable in relation to his fees. Clients will get his full attention which is very reassuring ’.

‘George Green is a highly reputable outfit in the West Midlands area, which readily competes with the Birmingham offices of national law firms in terms of the quality of its work and lawyers. Its success amounts to a clear demonstration of the presence which a regional law firm can have’.

‘Liam Owen is a highly experienced litigator. In the area of contentious trusts and probate work (as in others), Liam Owen is meticulous and extremely thorough. That way he is in the best position to know the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s case at an early stage. He leaves no stone unturned’.

‘Liam is also a pleasure to work for as an instructing solicitor. As to this, quality of communication is a core strength of the firm generally and of Liam in particular: he is always  up-to-date and in the best possible position to assist with any enquiry or concern in relation to the case ’.

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 4

Mark Vandaele leads the team at George Green LLP that covers all aspects of family law. The majority of its cases involve divorce, separation and the financial aspects of relationship breakdown but it also advises clients dealing with Children Act applications as well as receiving instructions from intervenors in family cases seeking to protect third party interests. Associate Rachel Baker is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Mark Vandaele

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Baker

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Claire Pottinger leads the department at George Green LLP that advises on a wide range of private client matters for local business owners and managers. Pottinger is a full member of STEP, a fully accredited member of the Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend.  She is skilled at advising on a myriad of issues from the creation and administration of trusts through to lasting powers of attorney as well as inheritance tax and capital gains tax mitigation. Associate Louise Axford is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Claire Pottinger

Other key lawyers:

Louise Axford

Testimonials

‘Fundamentally, I think it is the efficiency of the firm that is its most significant strength. In my experience, many solicitors tend to underestimate the importance of an efficient service to clients. A firm that expedites work within a specific and reasonable timeframe, provides a valuable USP that places it ahead of other firms’.

‘Louise Axford has provided a reassuring, professional and efficient service. It was vital to procure a solicitor with not only legal acumen but also with the inherent abilities to deal with and expedite the many, varied tasks that our situation required’.

‘Very proactive. Clear advice. Claire Pottinger has a depth of knowledge in this sphere and gives practical advice’.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Operating from Cradley Heath, Philip Round fronts George Green LLP’s banking and finance offering with a particular focus on short-term lending and bridge finance. The group is also engaged for all varieties of cashflow and asset-based lending including real estate and acquisition finance, as well as growth capital. The other key partner is Alex Jayne-Lowe, a specialist in commercial and residential real estate development lending.

Practice head(s):

Philip Round

Other key lawyers:

Alex Jayne-Lowe

Key clients

Ortus Secured Finance

OakNorth Bank plc

Stondon Capital Limited

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Catalyst Property Finance

West Bridging Limited

Kelgate Limited

Hollyblue Healthcare

IMX Group

Build Finance Limited

Employment Tier 5

The team at George Green LLP is known for its work with owner managed businesses and for providing corporate support to its corporate department. In addition it has solid experience in TUPE and restrictive covenants/confidentiality litigation. Tim Lang leads the team whilst also acting as a fee paid employment judge sitting in the South East. Beverley Smith  advises a wide range of businesses on their people issues.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lang

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Smith; Michelle Wooding

Testimonials

‘The employment team is small, but is very client orientated and client focused always willing to jump onto urgent matters. Both of the team members are down to earth and commercial in their approach which is what we look for in dealing with our day to day matters. They are also very responsive’.  

‘The lawyers take time to listen to what we have to say about any matters before starting to ask questions and build up their advice. We have worked with Michelle Wooding for several years and have also found her support and advice to be of the highest quality. We feel that she talks to us in practical terms that we can understand rather than everything in long, legal terms and references’.

Key clients

Sims Group UK Limited

AGCO Limited

Hadley Industries Plc

Dudley Council

J. Browne Construction Company Limited

PCE Ltd

Maier UK Ltd

Argus Fire Protection Company Limited

Inenco Group Limited

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
 Philip Round  photo Philip Round Philip is a partner in the firm’s corporate services team. He is…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 34