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

Greene & Greene
IP33 1QB

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Greene & Greene has a strong standing across East Anglia and handles significant work from outside the region. Rob Adam, who now leads the practice, and Michael Batty are the key partners and together they have a broad-ranging practice that encompasses commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property litigation. Among their recent work are numerous high-value commercial disputes including the defence of a £1.5m breach of fiduciary duty claim.


‘I find the team very pleasant and easy to work with – knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘Michael Batty provides excellent service and makes the process very smooth.’

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds frequently handles multimillion-pound transactions and climbs the ranking this year. It works on transactions across East Anglia and further afield, and one client remarks that the firm has 'in-depth knowledge of dealing with commercial property transactions with prompt attention and timely responses'. Practice head Neil Grigg handles transactions involving pension funds and energy projects. Associates Julia Routledge, Helen Hendry  and Julia Cardy are all rising stars. Tim Mendes da Costa handles high-value transactions across the UK.


“The service is second to none, I have used many solicitors in my town and none come close to Greene & Greene. The solicitors are experts in their field and the advice is direct and to the point.”

“The firm is good for development work and commercial conveyancing.”

“Neil Grigg is particularly skilled and widely respected by all who deal with him.”

“Neil Grigg is direct, efficient and knows his stuff – I find his advice useful and succinct, and he is very good at getting things moving.”

“Julia Cardy, who I cannot fault, understands the commercial rental sector and exactly where I am coming from when we discuss matters. Her accuracy and attention to detail has been excellent.”

Key clients

MSD (Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd)

Treatt Plc

AFT Fluorotec Limited

Nexus Underwriting Management Ltd

The Vitec Group plc

Masterlord Estates Ltd

Phico Therapeutics Ltd

HPB Management Ltd

Brightwell Estates Ltd

Astex Therapeutics Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

At Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds, two experienced litigation partners, Rob Adam and Michael Batty, lead the contentious trusts and probate practice. Much of the day-to-day work is done by rising star associate Ben Fox, who specialises in this area, and consultant and ACTAPS member Kate Chandler, who has 35 years' experience in matters such as breach of trust and Inheritance Act 1975 claims. Key areas of work are the removal of personal representatives and defence of personal representatives who are facing claims, and the firm has had successes in the Chancery Division of the High Court.


‘Kate Chandler and Ben Fox work very closely together and by doing so, are a very strong unit with an extensive knowledge of contentious litigation.’

‘Kate Chandler has a wealth of knowledge in this field. Her legal network meant I got a first-class barrister representing me in High Court thus achieving a very successful outcome.’

‘Ben Fox has a amazing attention to detail and depth of legal knowledge. He also possesses a rare quality in a lawyer, showing a degree of compassion when at times in contentious litigation it can become highly emotionally charged.’

‘Ben Fox always returned my emails or phone calls within 24 hours over a four-year case, which is no mean feat.’

‘Together they make a superb team and willing to rise to the challenge to represent their client in best possible way. I would not hesitate in recommending them.’

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greene & Greene undertakes high-value, complex and high-profile transactions and provides commercial advice to PLCs, investors, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in East Anglia and beyond. The corporate practice led by Simon Ratcliffe was recently involved in transactions in the UK, Europe and overseas jurisdictions including the US, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Libya. In 2018, it handled transactions with a total aggregate value in the region of £500m.


“I have always found Greene & Greene to be a very professional and knowledgeable firm in a number of aspects. The partners there are very helpfully and commercially minded. When faced with problems/issues they take a very proactive approach in solving the issues.”

“I have found the firm to be the best in East Anglia, where you get a London service and a local price.”

“Simon Ratcliffe’s knowledge and understanding in M&A is great and our clients like him a lot, especially in healthcare.”

“The culture of pragmatic commercial excellence runs deeply throughout Greene & Greene and all members of the team.”

“Mark Daly and Andrew Cooper are simply excellent in their attention to detail, pace and commercialism.”

“Greene and Greene is always available to provide advice at any time or day. They work extremely hard when we have transactions, sometimes working 15-16 hours a day to get things completed.”

“The firm can help in all areas including employment, property, transaction and corporate and we always have the same solicitors to help us which means that they understand the business really well.”

“Simon Ratcliffe and Andrew Cooper are extremely knowledgeable in their areas and highly competitive in their fees. I would say that they are extremely detailed and commercial.”

Key clients

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

Berlin Packaging LLC

The Dunamis Group

Treatt Plc

The Vitec Group plc

Wonde Limited

Ablatus Therapeutics Limited

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

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds excels in tax matters, having three qualified Chartered Tax Advisers and two qualified members of the Association of Taxation Technicians, and frequently handles complex taxable estates, trusts and personal tax issues, often liaising directly with HMRC to ensure the correct outcome. Wayne Perrin and Jonathan Mathers, whose skills include residential and agricultural property matters, are the key partners advising high-net-worth individuals with large estates. Martine Swaep and Nigel Scase are rising stars.


‘It is an excellent firm, well established in a cathedral city covering a wide area of East Anglia and beyond. It has an extensive range of commercial and private expertise.’

‘Jonathan Mathers has been dealing faultlessly with property issues, concerning our trust, of which I am a trustee.’

‘My experience of Greene & Greene was of a highly professional practice that provided very clear advice, both verbal and written. Issues were dealt with promptly.’

‘Nigel Scase was most efficient. He set out very clear parameters, including the costs, and I was kept fully informed at all stages.’

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Greene & Greene has 'a strong regional team that is highly regarded and provides excellent all round agricultural legal advice and expertise'. The firm acts for a diverse range of clients ranging from long-established estate owners to new investors in the agricultural sector. The practice, led by Jonathan Mathers, assists with farm sales and purchases, Settled Land Act estates work, agricultural tenancy issues, succession planning, general taxation issues, and agricultural and business property matters.


“The firm, and partner Jonathan Mathers, have been a breath of fresh air in comparison to my previous firm, which was were totally reactive and never proactive.”

“Jonathan Mathers stands out as being very easy to work with – pleasant, straightforward, helpful and quick to respond. All dealings with him have been clear and prompt.”

“I cannot recommend Jonathan Mathers him highly enough.”

“The partners within the agricultural department are approachable and contactable and bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise.”

Banking and finance Tier 2

Greene & Greene has experienced and highly technical lawyers advising on high-value, complex and high-profile banking and finance transactions for borrowers. Practice head Simon TJ Ratcliffe and key partner Mark Daly lead on corporate finance matters, of which a growing number have an international element. The practice acts for international PLCs, investors, SMEs and owner-managed businesses of all sizes. In 2018, it handled deals with a total aggregate value of just under £500m.

Key clients

Treatt plc

Applied Design & Engineering Limited

Cipher Surgical Limited

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

Wonde Limited

Ablatus Therapeutics Limited

Employment Tier 2

Greene & Greene is praised as 'strong in responding quickly to any HR issue that arises and providing clear and concise advice'. The firm advises on the full spectrum of employment law issues through a small team of experienced lawyers. Selene Holden leads the practice which has particular expertise in the education, insurance, horse racing, food, recruitment and manufacturing sectors. Newly promoted partner Greg Jones is 'one of the brightest stars of his generation of employment lawyers - underestimate him at your peril'. Angharad Ellis Owen is a rising star.



“Selene Holden and Angharad Ellis-Owen have been outstanding. Their work has been to the highest level and we have often achieved an excellent outcome due to their thoroughness.”

“Greg Jones has a commercial attitude to resolving problems but still gives clear advice on options. He understands our business and its culture.”

“Selene Holden is extremely personable. Her correspondence and documentation are always crisp, clear and to the point.”

“Selene Holden and Greg Jones have both been unfailing in their attention and I would not hesitate to recommend them.”

“A highly professional yet personal approach. Local and easy to access but knowledge and skills compare very well with larger distant firms.”

“Selene Holden has on more than one occasion provided me with first-class advice and support. Her kind, well balanced, professional and knowledgeable approach makes her stand out from the many competitors I have worked with in the past.”

“Greg Jones is excellent. He is proactive, utterly professional, commercial and gives clear advice. He instilled confidence and we felt completely assured that the best resolution was achieved for our circumstances.”


“Greg Jones is fast, efficient and a very good tactician.”

“Angharad Ellis-Owen is a very creative problem-solver with very thorough attention to detail.”

“Their clients are stellar and the quality of the output is unparalleled.”

Key clients

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

The Vitec Group Plc

Treatt plc

Taylor Made Joinery Interiors Ltd

ForFarmers Limited

Cobb Europe Limited

Besins  (UK) Limited

Direct Table Foods Limited

Tristel Plc

HBP Management Limited

Family Tier 2

Greene & Greene is 'a classy outfit that provides a level of service and legal vigour that can stand up against any firms in East Anglia and many in London'. 'There is nobody I would trust more', says a client of managing partner and head of family law Stuart Hughes. Associate Melanie Pilmer is a rising star. Both work closely with the firm's corporate and private client practices to provide a holistic service that encompasses financial and property matters, including asset protection in pre- and post-nuptial agreements.


‘Firstly, the team is approachable and that compares favourably to other firms. However, they are also extremely knowledgeable, having a wide array of experiences in assisting other clients and within wider case law.’

‘It is the “go-to” firm, as I know I can trust them to look after my clients’ interests and provide a service that goes above and beyond.’

‘Stuart Hughes is a standout individual. His approach to clients in what are clearly very testing times is outstanding.’

‘This is a specialised and boutique department. Stuart Hughes is fearless and aggressive in the pursuit of the right outcome for his clients. Nothing and no-one scares him and he will interrogate information assiduously to find any hidden nuggets to help the case.’

‘Melanie Pilmer is an experienced and user-friendly lawyer who undertakes in and out of court resolutions. Kind with clients, unflappable and never afraid to run a decent point, she is unfailingly polite but determined.’

‘Melanie Pilmer has impressed us with her attention to detail, responsiveness and excellent cross-border knowledge and experience.’

‘Stuart Hughes and Melanie Pilmer are both a pleasure to deal with professionally.’

“Stuart Hughes is a very good tactician. He fights very hard for his clients, yet is objective and able to take a detached view. He is an excellent team player with counsel, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has the strength of several layers of experience, headed by Stuart Hughes who has a wealth of experience in family cases, both as a traditional lawyer and as a mediator. With this level of skill set and experience it allows the team to adapt to the needs of the client – which is where they stand out from other firms.’

‘Stuart Hughes has the incredible ability to retain the most complex and dense financial facts and arrangements for the duration of the case.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

'Extremely efficient' head of dispute resolution Rob Adam, who joined from Ashtons Legal in 2018, and senior partner Michael Batty at Greene & Greene, ensure that the firm has a strong presence in contentious insolvency matters. They draw upon the firm's strong commercial, employment, property and tax practices to assist IPs with pre-packs and other insolvency-related transactions. Corporate partner Mark Daly also plays a key role in the practice.


“Rob Adam establishes an excellent rapport with clients who really trust him and his pragmatic approach. He knows exactly when he can and should do the work himself and when it is appropriate to instruct counsel.”

“Rob Adam is a pleasure to work with on a case.”

“A good growing team across East Anglia. Mark Daly and Rob Adam are serious players.”

Property litigation Tier 2

The property litigation practice at Greene & Greene is 'responsive, knowledgeable and decisive in giving advice, and it has all areas of expertise under one roof'. Rob Adam took over as head of the dispute resolution practice in late 2018 and his practice frequently includes contentious property matters exceeding £1m in value. Experienced mediator Michael Batty also handles high-value and complex matters and one client describes him as 'really impressive in terms of dealing with commercial matters swiftly and effectively'.


“I find this practice a breath of fresh air in comparison to other firms that I have worked with in the past. They work as a team, are professional, think about and ask intelligent, relevant questions.”

“They listen, are easy to communicate with and instructions are always followed accurately and with prompt attention.”

“My recent, very satisfactory experience with Greene & Greene has been as a result of the work carried out by Rob Adam. A matter which dragged on for a considerable period of time was resolved once he became involved. I found him that he dealt with matters in a timely and efficient manner, keeping me informed as matters progressed.”

“Wayne Perrin and Rob Adam combine to provide a strong team in complex, agricultural and trust law cases.”

Construction Tier 3

The construction and engineering practice at Greene & Greene is led by litigators Rob Adam and Michael Batty, who frequently handle contentious matters for main contractors and sub-contractors as part of their broad dispute resolution practices. In 2018, the firm hired solicitor Sarah Western from Birketts LLP who has a background in litigation but is now working as a specialist in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters for developers, main contractors and sub-contractors. Real estate partner Neil Grigg also plays a key role in the practice.


“The solicitors at Greene & Greene are all exceptional and I would not contemplate using any other firm. They are always well informed, technically excellent, commercially minded and have consistently given me excellent advice.”

“Sarah Western is great to work with – she is very professional, personable and knows her stuff.”

“Sarah Western was extremely helpful when she assisted me with a dispute. The action taken resulted in us getting an outcome that surpassed our expectations.”

“Sarah Western advised us on all of the outcomes, so we were able to weigh up our options, which meant we were able to make an informed decision when it came to taking action.”

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 is a leading firm of Solicitors, based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Its 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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution (Senior Partner) Michael Batty
Dispute Resolution Rob Adam
Family & Relationships (Managing Partner) Stuart Hughes
Corporate 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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rob Adam  photo Rob Adam
 Michael W M Batty  photo Michael W M Batty
 Ayesha Brown  photo Ayesha Brown
 Julia Cardy  photo Julia Cardy
 Kate Chandler  photo Kate Chandler
 Andrew Cooper  photo Andrew Cooper
 Mark Daly  photo Mark Daly
 Sarah Ellis  photo Sarah Ellis
 Angharad Ellis Owen  photo Angharad Ellis Owen
 Ben Fox  photo Ben Fox
 Neil J Grigg  photo Neil J Grigg
 Helen Hendry  photo Helen Hendry
 Selene Holden  photo Selene Holden
 Stuart Hughes  photo Stuart Hughes
 Greg Jones  photo Greg Jones
 Jonathan Mathers  photo Jonathan Mathers
 Tim Mendes da Costa  photo Tim Mendes da Costa
 Wayne Perrin  photo Wayne Perrin
 Melanie Pilmer  photo Melanie Pilmer
 Simon TJ Ratcliffe  photo Simon TJ Ratcliffe
 Julia Routledge  photo Julia Routledge
 Nigel Scase  photo Nigel Scase
 Martine Swaep  photo Martine Swaep
 Neil R Walmsley  photo Neil R Walmsley
 Sarah Western  photo Sarah Western
 Mark Williams  photo Mark Williams
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