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Andrea Nicholls

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Greene & Greene

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Dispute Resolution - Commercial Litigation
Finance - Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Private Client - Agriculture and Estates
Real Estate - Property Litigation




Andrea qualified as a solicitor in 1995, having previously obtained a degree in Agriculture from Edinburgh University.  She has expertise in commercial and property litigation, with a particular interest in disputes involving commercial and agricultural property.

Andrea joined Greene & Greene in August 2013, following 6 years as a self-employed consultant solicitor in London.  Prior to this time, she was a partner in a firm in the West Midlands.


The Property Litigation Association
Agricultural Law Association (Chairman 2011-2013)


University of Edinburgh (BSc Hons)


Horses, cooking, pilates

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia

The litigation practice at Greene & Greene is 'very good, very effective and good value for money'. The firm has a 125-year history and remains one of the market leaders in Bury St Edmunds for advice to companies and high-net-worth individuals. It has a large and diverse client base of  large and small businesses across a range of industry sectors, for which it handles disputes both nationally and internationally. Practice head Michael Batty  has 'a good manner and is an astute and effective mediator and negotiator'. He recently defended shareholders who had sold their company against a multimillion-pound warranty claim brought by the purchaser. He also acted for a home improvement company in a high-value case concerning the supply of allegedly defective materials to a property developer. The firm recently hired Rob Adam from Ashtons Legal, who has a reputation as one of the regions big-hitters and has a broad practice that encompasses  commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property disputes. Experienced solicitor Andrea Nicholls  is also recommended for commercial litigation.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The insolvency and corporate recovery practice at Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds works closely with the firm's commercial group and dispute resolution department to provide cost-effective service. Litigator Michael Batty leads the practice and is recommended for 'his grasp of the relevant law and procedure and by his meticulous approach to the handling of difficult cases'. He recently defended a £1.5m claim under a guarantee brought by the administrators of a company following the administration of the guarantor’s company. Solicitor Andrea Nicholls also has wide expertise in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds joins the ranking thanks to its highly-rated litigation practice, which acts for both corporate clients and individuals in professional negligence cases against solicitors, accountants and surveyors, as well as other professions. 'Measured, considered, realistic and professional' head of dispute resolution Michael Batty calls on senior solicitor Andrea Nicholls, solicitor Ben Fox and assistant Kate Struthers to handle complex cases, which last year included a £100,000 claim against solicitors for a residential conveyancing matter in which defects in a newly built home were discovered not to have been covered by guarantees the purchasers believed to be in place. Batty also pursued a £200,000 claim against solicitors for failure to ensure that the estate of an elderly man with significant assets was executed before his death.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

'No stone is left unturned' at Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds, where the agriculture and estates practice has a good reputation among regional land agents. It frequently handles farm sales and purchases, Settled Land Act estates work, agricultural tenancy issues, succession planning and taxation including agricultural and business property advice. Director and practice head Jonathan Mathers does 'an absolutely super job; he has excellent attention to detail and huge knowledge when it comes to property purchases' and the lawyers in his team are 'all superb'. Corporate finance partner Neil Walmsley specialises in the acquisition, disposal, financing and restructuring of businesses and rural enterprises. Employment specialist Selene Holden deals with agricultural issues including disputes over family succession, licences for power lines, problems with farm managers, issues caused by land contamination, and development of agricultural land. Property litigator Andrea Nicholls, chartered tax adviser Wayne Perrin and corporate partner Mark Daly also play key roles in the practice. A highlight for the practice was its work for a new farming company in its £16m purchase of a premier estate in Suffolk.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Greene & Greene has an experienced litigation department led by Michael Batty , who recently acted for public interest company North Norfolk Planning Watch CIC in a challenge to a decision by North Norfolk District Council to grant permission for the demolition of a property in Blakeney and the erection of a modern property in its place, despite objections from the local community and national bodies. Batty led an application for a judicial review, which was heard in the High Court. Commercial property partner Neil Grigg who handles both transactional and contentious property matters, is recommended for 'very good response times, business acumen and value for money'. The arrival of respected litigator Rob Adam , who previously led the dispute resolution practice at Ashtons Legal, adds further experience in property litigation. Partner Ben Fox and solicitor Andrea Nicholls, who recently handled a high-value right of way case, are also recommended.

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