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 practice, which is led by Neil Williams, handles corporate and commercial disputes for both UK and international clients. Its wide-ranging experience includes professional negligence claims, commercial contracts disputes, public procurement claims and directors’ disqualification proceedings. In 2019, Morgan Rees represented TIA (GB) Limited in court proceedings against a businessman who had received funding from the client for an unfair prejudice petition, and against the client's solicitors who had drafted the funding agreement. Solicitor advocate Liam Owen joined from Bell Lax Limited in 2019.

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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.’

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

RGB P&C Limited

Jeeves Estates Limited

AGCO Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

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.

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‘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.’

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Ortus Secured Finance

Pallet Track Limited

Olive Communications Solutions Limited

Saltus Partners LLP

Diesel Marine International Limited

Scrivens Limited

Parweld Limited

Central Pharma

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

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.

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St Francis Group

Scrivens Limited

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.

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Ortus Secured Finance

OakNorth Bank plc

Stondon Capital Limited

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Catalyst Property Finance

West Bridging Limited

Kelgate Limited

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 4

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.

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‘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.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

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.

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‘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.

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Thomas Dudley Group

AGCO Ltd

Sims Group UK Ltd

Hadley Group

Inenco Group Ltd

Saltus Partners LLP

Handicare Ltd

Property litigation Tier 5

Wolverhampton-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.

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AGCO Ltd

Scrivens Opticians

Calthorpe Estates Limited

Eriks Industrial Services Ltd

Sims Group UK Ltd

Telent Technology Services Ltd

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
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 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