Michael W M Batty > Greene & Greene > Bury St Edmunds, England > Lawyer Profile

Greene & Greene
IP33 1QB

Work Department

Dispute resolution - Commercial Litigation
Finance - Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Insurance - Professional Negligence
Real Estate - Environment
Defence - Motoring and Regulatory


Head of department and director of partner M W M Batty Ltd, Michael specialises in civil litigation including commercial litigation, defamation claims, claims against professionals and claims involving land (such as complex boundary disputes), defending regulatory prosecutions (including environmental prosecutions), defending motoring prosecutions and certain licensing work.

According to a District Judge, Michael is “on top of the law and does an excellent job preparing the evidence and handling the clients and opposition.”  He is named as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Legal 500.


Articled Greene & Greene; qualified 1990; made partner 1993. Clerk to St Edmundsbury Cathedral Chapter and Council, director of St Edmundsbury Cathedral Enterprises Ltd and director of East Anglian Sports Centre Ltd; governor of Great Whelnetham Primary School.


Property Litigation Association; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (East Region Committee Chairman).


Manchester University (LLB Hons).


Being a parent, supporting Carlisle United and participating in and watching a variety of other sports.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Construction

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.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

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‘.

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

(Leading individuals)

Michael BattyGreene & Greene

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.

East Anglia > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

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.

East Anglia > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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.