Greene & Greene > Bury St Edmunds, England > Firm Profile

Greene & Greene
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Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has a deep bench of partners who handle regional, national and cross-border corporate transactions, including recent deals in the US, Hong Kong, Malaysia and throughout Europe. Solicitor advocate Simon Ratcliffe leads the practice, in which Neil Walmsley handles acquisitions, disposals, financings and restructurings, and Mark Daly has developed a niche in advising shareholders of high-growth VC-backed science and technology companies. Andrew Cooper is known for corporate restructurings and for providing fundraising advice to technology companies. Mark Whittaker, who joined from gunnercooke LLP in late 2020, is 'commercial, pragmatic, responsive and diligent'.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ratcliffe


‘Mark Whittaker is excellent, Very commercial and pragmatic. Responsive and diligent.’

‘Mark Whittaker delivers on time and with quality. Offers proactive advice and has a very strong grasp of the commercial detail.’

Key clients

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Felda Global Ventures / FGV Holdings

Herbonis AG

Miles and Barr Holdings Limited

Aran Group Holdings Limited

Newmore Capital

Xactium Limited

Wolfgang Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Larsen & Toubro Limited on the disposal of Servowatch Systems Limited (a UK entity) to Rolls-Royce.
  • Acted for FGV on the disposal of its 70% equity interest in FGV Cambridge Nanosystems Limited to Meditech Gloves SDN BHD.
  • Acted for Herbonis AG on the acquisition of Wyreside Products Limited.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has a 'very strong set up for major litigation'. The firm has a compact team that nevertheless handles regional, national and, increasingly, international matters. Lead partners Rob Adam and Michael Batty 'know their fields and have the necessary gravitas'. Newly promoted partner Sarah Western is 'punching well above the weight of a provincial solicitor, taking on City practices'. The firm recently represented a senior employee of insulation manufacturer Celotex in a case arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.

Practice head(s):

Rob Adam; Michael Batty

Other key lawyers:


‘Good solicitors who know their stuff.’

‘Rob Adam and Michael Batty know their fields and have the necessary gravitas.’

‘Rob Adam is extremely good with clients and they very much appreciate his style. He has a very commercial approach in trying to settle disputes but can be tough when needed, a combination not always easily found.’

‘Very strong set-up for major litigation,’

‘Michael Batty is an extremely good partner capable of running the most complex litigation. He has good judgement and is very easy to deal with.’

‘Sarah Western s punching well above the weight of a provincial solicitor, not just taking on City practices as opponents but also as defendants. She is rightly geared by opponents as a formidable opponent whose star is rising fast.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the former marketing director of Celotex, one of the manufacturers of insulation that was used in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment project.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has 'strong knowledge and experience in contentious trusts and probate work, and also provides wonderful client service'. Michael Batty and the 'very personable and reassuring' Rob Adam are 'proactive and give clear advice' on matters including actions for the removal of personal representatives and trustees, challenges to the validity of wills, Inheritance Act claims, and high-value trusts disputes. The firm increasingly acts for a client base in East Anglia, London and further afield. Consultant and full ACTAPS member Kate Chandler has more than 35 years' experience in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Batty; Rob Adam

Other key lawyers:


‘Rob Adam was very personable, human and completely understood what was required.’

‘This team is notable not only for their strong knowledge and experience in contentious trusts and probate work, but also for their wonderful client service. They’re proactive and give clear advice to clients.’

‘I work with Rob Adam at this firm. He is always professional, calm and has fantastic instinct. A really impressive practitioner.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has a private client practice that assists clients across East Anglia, London and further afield nationwide, thanks to its 'responsive, willing and able team with the right skills and experience'. The firm is adept at handling complex taxable estates, trusts, wills, probate and Court of Protection applications. Wayne Perrin, Jonathan Mathers and  are the key partners and they are supported by a large junior team. Tax directors Martine Swaep and Nigel Scase are highlighted for 'their attention to detail and knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Perrin; Jonathan Mathers

Other key lawyers:


‘Responsive, willing and able team with the right skills and experience. Very good customer experience from start to finish.’

‘Ms Zoe Hodge was able to deal with our requests efficiently and effectively. She was very responsive and could be relied upon to do what she said she would do in the timeframe explained.’

‘As a well-established part of Bury St Edmunds, this firm provides a very professional service within the town. It is very friendly, preferring to work on first name terms once a relationship has been established.’

‘I think this practice has managed to maintain a very personal presence during this last difficult year. They have kept their offices open (albeit with the necessary restrictions) and I have always felt confident that I could contact the relevant personnel for advice and assistance.’

‘Communication over the past year has been made harder because of Covid but I have felt confident and reassured in the advice and support provided to me. They have explained issues clearly and have provided very valuable support.’

‘We found the firm coped with Covid extremely well, when they closed their offices staff worked from home, but you would never had known, work was carried out as normal, calls diverted to their home lines, various matters emailed, everything worked as normal like clockwork.’

‘All staff from receptionists to lawyers that we dealt with acted in a caring, professional manner. They had qualities to listen to us, ask any appropriate questions to us and offer their expertise to us. We dealt with Martine Swaep, we were impressed by all the work and advice she gave us.’

Employment Tier 2

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has an employment practice that is 'well resourced and able to match larger teams from London and top 50 practices'. From complex exits and TUPE matters to complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, the firm provides a comprehensive range of services. Selene Holden, who has 'great clarity of thought and cuts straight to the chase' is the lead partner, ably supported by the 'extremely responsive, commercial and practical' Greg Jones. Employment barrister Angharad Ellis Owen  handles work in a range of key sectors, including the public health, logistics, horse racing, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Selene Holden

Other key lawyers:

Greg Jones; Angharad Ellis Owen


‘My general impression of the team is that it is well resourced and I felt confident that it would be able to match larger teams from London and top 50 practices but with more affordable fees.’

‘Selene Holden advised me concerning a difficult and complex separation from the firm of solicitors where I had been a partner for a considerable period. She had great clarity of thought from the first telephone call and quickly identified a wide range of powerful arguments some of which had never occurred to me. She is forthright in her communications with opponents and cuts straight to the chase. She is definitely someone to have on your side in a fight and provides sound guidance on when to settle and when to push on.’

‘Selene Holden was friendly and helpful. She understood my situation and explained my options clearly. She was kind when I was upset. Other solicitors I have dealt with the the past at other firms have not been very approachable and full of jargon when speaking.’

‘For a small regional firm, they punch above their weight. I would be happy to have Greene and Greene on my side against larger big City firms.’ Selene Holden has given me wise employment advice on a number of occasions. She adopts a very practical approach and, in my case, certainly appreciated what her client needed.’

‘Greene & Greene provide an excellent service. They have a practical approach while fully understanding all the legal nuances. A great depth of experience provides very useful comparisons for clients.’

‘I work with Greg Jones. Greg is extremely responsive and had helped with a number of difficult issues. I appreciate his experience greatly – a great balance between what is commercial, what is practical and always with an eye to the longer term.’

‘Greene & Greene take the time to really understand their clients’ business and needs. They provide sound, knowledgeable and trustworthy advice. The firm is extremely proactive and routinely provide advice and updates on general current and forthcoming topics that are beneficial to their clients.’

‘In the recent employment Law aspect I dealt with Angharad Ellis Owen throughout and everything that she did was conducted under the usual ethos and she was also striking the right balance of empathy and objectivity. All information requests and responses to our company were full, comprehensive and punctual. We can’t fault this service in any way.’

Key clients

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

The Vitec Group Plc

Treatt Plc

AJN Steelstock Ltd

ForFarmers Ltd

Cobb Europe Limited

Besins Healthcare (UK) Limited

Smith’s Environmental Products | The Swan Group

Tristel Plc

Culford School

Work highlights

  • Worked with the Nexus Group since its inception to provide HR and employment law support on a range of issues across the group.
  • Worked with Vitec plc, a leading global business, over a significant number of years to provide the business with HR and employment law support in the UK on a range of issues across the group.
  • Worked with Cobb Europe Limited, a leading global business, over a number of years to provide HR and employment law support on a range of issues.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Greene & Greene handles a national portfolio of banking and finance work, with a growing number of matters for clients based in London. The firm acts predominantly for borrowers in domestic and cross-border transactions, with recent transactions involving the US, Hong Kong, Malaysia and many European countries. Solicitor advocate and barrister Simon Ratcliffe leads the practice. Corporate finance partners Neil Walmsley and Mark Daly, and corporate partner Mark Whittaker, who joined from gunnercooke LLP, are also involved in large transactions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ratcliffe

Key clients

Cipher Surgical Limited

Nexus Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cipher Surgical Limited on ongoing fundraising from UK and international investors.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Private client > Family Tier 2

At Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds, the family law practice is 'focused, hardworking, determined, bright and well-informed' and is 'a top-rated firm of dynamic, determined solicitors who will always get the job done'. Stuart Hughes, who is 'bright, hardworking, astute, extremely thorough and wise' and the 'responsive, articulate and helpful' Melanie Pilmer are supported by legal executive Emma Alfieri, who is 'efficient and good with clients'. The team frequently advises on high-value financial matters and complex private law children matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Hughes

Other key lawyers:


‘They handled my case superbly and kept me fully informed at all times. The billing process was clean and easy to keep up with and most importantly the advice and support was fantastic.’

‘You are generally looked after by one individual in the company from start to finish. I know that the professional way in which Greene & Greene conduct their business is more accessible and efficient and therefore less stressful and time consuming than others.’

‘I was fortunate enough to work directly with one of the main partners, Stuart Hughes, for a period of time. His help, guidance and knowledge, delivered in a calm and friendly manner, was second to none in my opinion. Stuart was consistently clear and concise in his explanations and recommendations making sure I understood each part before moving on to the next part.’

‘The family department has excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, with a focus on sensible advice to clients to help them achieve the best possible outcome.’

‘Stuart Hughes in particular builds great rapport with clients, but maintains his impeccable professionalism. He is regarded as a Solicitor with trust and integrity.’

‘Melanie Pilmer is knowledgeable; responsive, articulate, helpful.’

‘Emma Alfieri is always a very positive person to work with; her advice to clients is clear and concise, she offers value for money and develops good working relationships with her clients, who clearly (and justifiably) trust her.’

‘Greene & Greene is a top-rate firm of dynamic, determined solicitors who will always get the job done.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for the husband in respect of contested financial remedy proceedings.
  • Advised a client in respect of potential claims under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 for financial provision and in respect of a potential TLATA claim for a declaratory order.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has 'a great depth of experience and a practical commercial approach'. The firm has a strong presence in transactions in the engineering, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors, and it is heavily involved in pension fund transactions and portfolio investments. Practice head Neil Grigg deals with retail landlord and tenant matters, as well as development and land promotion work. Jonathan Mathers specialises in rural and agricultural property transactions, while Tim Mendes da Costa frequently acts for London-based clients. Among the junior lawyers, Julia Routledge, Julia Cardy and Hugo Greer-Walker bring to bear a broad range of real estate experience.

Practice head(s):

Neil Grigg


‘Great expertise for difficult matters outside London or in East Anglia. A great depth of experience and a practical commercial approach.’

‘I work mostly with Neil Grigg. Neil is excellent and has dealt with a number of difficult matters for me – I feel very confident when he is advising. He is efficient, practical and very good value – he provides a top London service for East Anglia.’

‘This practice has an excellent reputation in the regional commercial property market. Specifically the practice was able to meet the needs of a fast-moving commercial property company and executing transactions in a diligent and timely manner.’

‘Julia Cardy has provided an excellent service to our commercial property company. She was able to meet the demanding timescales required within a cost effective fee structure. Her communication has been particularly good which is necessary for a fast-moving market.’

‘My experience has been that in whatever field – commerce, employment law or property – Greene & Greene has always provided exceptional advice and followed up / supported by outstanding efficiency from very capable and user-friendly personnel.’

‘I found Greene & Greene to be a very professional and responsive firm to deal with. Our engagement with them was collaborative and positive throughout, which was hugely appreciated by myself and my team, as it helped to keep things as easy as possible. We held a handful of virtual meetings, but just being able to pick up the phone or to send an email to talk something through was really valuable. Billing was transparent, reporting and assistance provided to us throughout the transaction was clear and comprehensive.’

‘The open channel of communication that I and the team had with Hugo Greer-Walker and prompt replies from start to finish were hugely appreciated – particularly at a time when we were all working on a split remote working, experiencing upheaval in general due to the global pandemic, and notably, when working with us on a transaction where lots of last minute changes on the side of the client were presented and quick decisions needed to be made due to time sensitivity often for complex situations.’

Key clients

MSD – Merck Sharp & Dohme

Advanced Air (UK) Ltd

Con-Mech Group Limited

Masterlord Estates

West Suffolk Council

Handelsbanken plc

Half Moon Investment Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the purchase of an additional 83,000 sq ft/ 3 acre Factory site in Thetford for Advanced Air UK Ltd, combined with re-finance of the same site and re-financing of an additional 68,000 sq ft factory site to enable the package of transactions to allow the client manufacturing business to expand.
  • Handled the sale of Hardwick Manor Estate for a private landowner to the (adjoining) West Suffolk Hospital to enable the development of a new Hospital.
  • Handled the disposal of DIY, garden centre, home retail out of town premises for Con Mech Group Limited /Marlows Home and Garden Ltd.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds has developed a strong construction and engineering practice in recent years, having expanded its range of work for funders, developers, contractors, subcontractors and professional advisers. Its recent work has included advising on a £1m dispute concerning a development in London, and advice to a funder on a commercial development near Bury St Edmunds. Specialist construction partner Sarah Western leads the practice, along with property specialist Neil Grigg, construction litigation expert Rob Adam and senior partner Michael Batty. 'A small, efficient team that is great to work with', remarks a client.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Western; Rob Adam; Michael Batty; Neil Grigg

Other key lawyers:

Anna Britland


‘A small, efficient team that are great to work with.’

‘Sarah Western stands out – hardworking and very easy to work with.’

‘Sarah Western and Anna Britland always make the task straightforward and explain things in a clear way. Where required, they are happy to liaise directly with other professionals involved in the process, so as to get the best possible outcomes and avoid me being caught in the middle of a transaction.’

‘I have always received a good service from all partners, in particular Sarah Western and Anna Britland, and they are always willing to deliver and turn around legal responses in demanding timescales when requested. ’

‘A solid team of passionate solicitors who know the detail and get the job done with an eye to the client’s commercial aims and to delivering great value. The people you want in your corner.’

‘Rob Adam and Sarah Western are absolute stars: they deliver fantastic results for clients, work tirelessly, and are exceptionally driven. They are legal ninjas.’

‘They have a hands-on and pragmatic approach to finding practical solutions.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the former marketing director of Celotex, one of the manufacturers of insulation that was used in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment project.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The Bury St Edmunds office of Greene & Greene has an experienced litigation practice that frequently handles property-related matters, many of which exceed £1m in value. Rob Adam and Property Litigation Association member Michael Batty are the lead partners in a small but highly skilled team, in which Sarah Western is 'rightly feared by opponents as a formidable opponent whose star is rising fast'.

Practice head(s):

Rob Adam; Michael Batty

Other key lawyers:


‘Sarah Western is punching well above the weight of a provincial solicitor, not just taking on City practices as opponents but also as defendants. She is rightly feared by opponents as a formidable opponent whose star is rising fast.’

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Greene & Greene is a long-established firm of solicitors based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Its lawyers advise individuals and businesses all over the UK and internationally.

The firm: Greene & Greene’s lawyers advise individuals and businesses all over the UK and have many years of experience in the areas on which they advise. Its focus is on providing constructive, practical advice to get clients where they want to be in the most straightforward and efficient manner.

With an approach that works the firm regularly attracts new clients who have been using large firms in London, but now receive a more cost efficient, personal and tailored service from its office in Bury St Edmunds.

Clients and fellow professionals recommend the firm to others and independent legal directories rate Greene & Greene as one of the best law firms in East Anglia.

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Types of work undertaken: Greene & Greene specialises in:
Corporate: advising large and small businesses on a range of business affairs operating in all sectors. Examples of recent advice include high-value mergers and acquisitions, investments, reorganising the ownership of businesses, introducing share option schemes and a large variety of commercial contracts and terms of trade.

Employment: supporting both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law, such as attending employment tribunals, negotiating settlement agreements and arranging severance packages. The expanding team also advises on terms and conditions and contracts of employment, company policies and procedures, TUPE transfers, redundancy and business reorganisations, unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment matters.

Commercial property: an expert team skilled in providing practical advice to investors, landlords, owner occupiers and tenants on a wide range of matters, including, agricultural and rural affairs, commercial property, construction and engineering, energy and renewables, tenancy issues, pension fund property purchases, property development and property litigation.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the sheer diversity of the case load and the breadth of Greene & Greene’s client base reflect the reputation of its dispute resolution team. It is a team skilled in providing practical advice to both commercial and private clients on how to achieve effective and swift solutions to disputes, avoiding substantial costs often associated with court proceedings.

Family and relationships: its lawyers are recognised, qualified experts who have in-depth practical expertise in all aspects of family and/or relationship disputes, providing advice to individuals and families. Each member of the family law team, which includes a qualified mediator, has experience in acting for parties in divorce proceedings and associated financial proceedings. The team has successfully represented mothers, fathers and grandparents as well as separating cohabitees in proceedings concerning children. Nuptial agreements now form a significant part of the team’s work and Greene & Greene is considered the leading firm in West Suffolk in their preparation.

Tax, trusts, wills and probate: the team has a wide range of skills and expertise. It has qualified solicitors, chartered tax advisors, trust and estate practitioners and tax technicians. Several members of Greene & Greene’s team are qualified in more than one area, making them well placed to provide both breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise in areas such as trust information, assistance with day-to-day administration, trust compliance issues (legal and taxation), will drafting, probate, power of attorney and estate administration.

International services: acts for non-residents and overseas clients on a wide range of business, financial and personal matters. It has a number of contacts with law firms and accountants in the Far East and in the Caribbean, and with a number of specialist tax practitioners in England. With their assistance in conducting appropriate due diligence, it can ensure that clients’ affairs are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Residential property: the team is known for its extensive knowledge of the local housing market and its lawyers are regularly recommended by local agents and other professionals. Its team can assist with sales and purchases, re-mortgages, equity release schemes and unregistered properties.

Dispute Resolution (Senior Partner) Michael Batty
Dispute Resolution Rob Adam
Family & Relationships Stuart Hughes
Corporate (Managing Partner) Simon Ratcliffe
Corporate Mark Daly
Corporate Andrew Cooper
Corporate Neil Walmsley
Real Estate Neil Grigg
Agriculture & Rural Affairs Jonathan Mathers
Employment Selene Holden
Employment Greg Jones
Tax Trusts, Wills & Probate Wayne Perrin
Property Tim Mendes da Costa
Residential Property Ansa Khan
 Rob Adam  photo Rob AdamPartner, Rob specialises in dispute resolution work.  Main areas of which are…
 Michael W M Batty  photo Michael W M BattyHead of department and director of partner M W M Batty Ltd,…
 Julia Cardy  photo Julia CardyChartered Legal Executive
 Andrew Cooper  photo Andrew CooperPartner
 Mark Daly  photo Mark DalyMark is a partner specialising in corporate finance and commercial work, including…
 Sarah Ellis  photo Sarah EllisGraduate legal Executive
 Angharad Ellis Owen  photo Angharad Ellis OwenBarrister
 Neil J Grigg  photo Neil J GriggDirector of partner Neil Grigg Ltd, Neil specialises in property requirements for…
 Selene Holden  photo Selene HoldenSelene is head of department and director of partner Selene Holden Limited.…
 Stuart Hughes  photo Stuart HughesStuart is an accredited family law specialist, mediator and collaborative lawyer, and head…
 Greg Jones  photo Greg JonesSolicitor
 Jonathan Mathers  photo Jonathan MathersDirector of partner Jonathan Mathers Ltd, Jonathan specialises in private client work.…
 Tim Mendes da Costa  photo Tim Mendes da CostaSolicitor
 Wayne Perrin  photo Wayne PerrinWayne is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered tax adviser (CIOT). Working primarily…
 Melanie Pilmer  photo Melanie PilmerSolicitor
 Simon TJ Ratcliffe  photo Simon TJ RatcliffeDirector of partner Simon Ratcliffe Ltd, Simon specialises in intellectual property, corporate…
 Nigel Scase  photo Nigel ScaseChartered Tax Advisor
 Martine Swaep  photo Martine SwaepEstate and Trust Practitioner
 Neil R Walmsley  photo Neil R WalmsleyDirector of partner Neil Walmsley Ltd, Neil specialises in corporate finance and…
 Sarah Western  photo Sarah WesternSolicitor
Number of UK Partners : 14
Number of other UK Fee Earners : 18
Number of Consultants : 2

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TESTIMONIAL: I can’t thank you enough for your wise, consistent and altogether brilliant counsel during this difficult process. I seriously don’t think that I would have been able to keep it together without your guidance. I was very lucky to have had you on my side

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TESTIMONIAL: We have a long standing relationship with the employment team at Greene & Green, looking to them for professional guidance and advice as we established our business and set up our internal HR function. Knowing that we have such approachable, knowledgeable and commercial partners at the end of the phone has been a great source of confidence as we have navigated our way through a variety of employment matters in recent years. We would have no hesitation in recommending the employment team at Greene & Greene

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TESTIMONIAL: Thank you so much with the help, guidance and concern for my claim. The outcome could not have been better. I will be letting my family, friends and colleagues know of my experience with Greene & Greene

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TESTIMONIAL: I can’t thank you enough for your wise, consistent and altogether brilliant counsel during this difficult process. I seriously don’t think that I would have been able to keep it together without your guidance. I was very lucky to have had you on my side

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TESTIMONIAL: An excellent firm with highly professional solicitors and staff, who act promptly and with integrity and treat the clients as people, rather than just another case

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TESTIMONIAL: Thank you so much for your help and guidance over the last 13 months. You have navigated me through what might have been a rocky journey and for that I will be eternally grateful.

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TESTIMONIAL: Pragmatic, honest, highly professional, enviable grasp of the law but carries it lightly, sensitive, approachable, realist and with huge common sense

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TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for your time and excellent service supporting Public Trust and our clients, dealing with beneficiaries can be challenging and very rewarding at the same time

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TESTIMONIAL: It is rare nowadays to find a legal firm who provide an efficient and cost-effective service based on common sense and clear documentation, and who value long term client relationships