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Greenwoods GRM

MONKSTONE HOUSE, CITY ROAD, PETERBOROUGH, PE1 1JE, ENGLAND
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Work 01733 887700
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Fax 01733 887701
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12599 PETERBOROUGH 4
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www.greenwoods.co.uk

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Corporate and commercial: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s practice is ‘always quick to respond with commercially-minded advice’ and is noted for its expertise in the technology, food, media and manufacturing sectors. ‘First-class commercial lawyerDuncan Walker, who ‘really cares about his clients and his work’, and senior solicitor Mark Williams are the key figures in Cambridge and were joined in 2016 by Douglas Linnette, who arrived from Australian law firm Kemp Strang, with which the firm has an alliance. Linnette advises UK clients on their business activities in Australia. In a key deal for the team, Walker advised Owlstone Medical its sale of a $7m equity stake to an investor from the Middle East and on the issue of new shares. The firm also acted for Rafik Jallad on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Cambridge Executive Limited to Sierra Wireless. Nitritex and Cambrionix are also clients of the firm.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

David Woods - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Duncan Walker - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Leading individuals (region-wide)

David Woods - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Duncan Walker - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Ipswich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

David Woods - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Duncan Walker - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Norwich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

David Woods - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Duncan Walker - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Peterborough
Corporate and commercial: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s clients ‘recommend the firm without hesitation’. The firm has particular expertise in the food, media, technology and manufacturing sectors, and acts for a wide range of companies, from SMEs to PLCs. Team head David Woods and director Alastair Gunn have well-established reputations for M&A, MBO, MBI and share deals. The team also has strength in depth through associate Victoria Robinson and solicitors Ollie Flowers and Monica Beck. The firm’s highlights of 2016 included advising a US-based chemical producer on a multimillion-pound acquisition; acting for protel hotelsoftware on a high-value strategic investment in a UK-based business; and assisting an exporter in the agricultural sector with its exit from a joint venture.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

David Woods - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Duncan Walker - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP provides ‘City-quality business defence services’ thanks to the highly experienced Kathryn Gilbertson, who also provides a specialist prosecution service to private and public prosecutors not served by the Crown Prosecution Service. Gilbertson, who leads the firm’s regulatory team, prosecuted a private landlord on behalf of Humberside Fire and Rescue Services following a serious fire at a multiple-occupation residence. The defendant was imprisoned and ordered to pay £100,000 in costs. Gilbertson and solicitor Charlotte Murray also prosecute on behalf of the RPSCA in animal cruelty cases.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is known for its practical advice on new licence applications, including pre-application guidance on the suitability and viability of a proposed licence. Associate director Kelly Peck from the firm’s property team in Cambridge and senior solicitor Michelle Cox from the firm’s property disputes team in Peterborough are the key contacts. Their highlights included the transfer of a licence following the sale of a public house, obtaining a new premises licence after the sale of freehold premises, and numerous new applications for small businesses including cafés and wedding venues.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is one of Peterborough’s most widely respected firms and its dispute resolution team continues to build its profile across the region and beyond. Huw Wallis leads the team and works across the firm’s three offices in London, Cambridge and Peterborough. He has a wealth of experience in breach of warranty claims, banking and financial services disputes, shareholder actions and commercial contract disputes, often with an international element. Associate Adele Whaley has ten years’ experience and is rated highly by clients. Senior solicitor Jamie McConnell, who acts for multinational companies, SMEs and individuals in contentious matters, is also recommended. Wallis and Whaley advised a leading manufacturer of high-pressure ceramic moulding machines on a dispute with a US-based customer relating to alleged defects in its equipment. The case involved complex issues of non-payment, breach of contract and damages valued in excess of $4m. Wallis and McConnell acted for the investment subsidiary of a Canadian technology company in a claim for conspiracy against a group of investors who allegedly acted to drive down the share price of the parent company.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

One of the premier league firms in Peterborough’, Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has ‘a tremendously loyal client base and provides good value for money’. Its corporate team is also becoming increasingly prominent in Cambridge. The practice, which advises a wide range of borrowers, commercial banks and other lenders, is led by the ‘very approachableAlastair Gunn, who has ‘great relationship skills, is able to simplify complex situations to get deals over the line’, and who is singled out for his ‘endearingly open and honest style’. Duncan Walker and property finance director Karin Horsley are also recommended. The team acted for a well-known commercial bank on the provision of a loan exceeding £3m in value for the acquisition of property assets.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough, Cambridge)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is ‘a valued business partner and has an experienced team that understands all the intricacies of employment law’. The team spans the firm’s three offices including London and Cambridge, but its epicentre is in Peterborough where it has two experienced partners in John Macaulay and Robert Dillarstone. Macaulay leads the employment and employee benefits team and has extensive experience in complex corporate restructurings and trade union negotiations. Dillarstone is the firm’s managing director but still works on the front line as a fee earner in the employment team. He is well versed in all aspects of the law and has a strong track record in cases before the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. The team has real strength in depth thanks to associates such as Keith Williams, who assists employers with tribunal litigation, and associate Joanna Scally in Cambridge, whose tribunal claims experience covers a range of issues from unfair dismissal to discrimination. In 2016, Scally and senior solicitor Siobhan Thomson acted for Bedford Borough Council in relation to a proposed redundancy scheme affecting more than 20 peripatetic music employees. The firm’s growing list of clients includes Churchill College, Barnardo’s, Taylor Wimpey UK, Bauer Consumer Media and Total Produce Group.

Leading individuals

John Macaulay - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Robert Dillarstone - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is best known for its work in the hospitality, manufacturing and construction sectors. It has a strong regional client base but acts for clients across the UK, who seek its advice not only on contentious matters, but also on new developments in regulation. Business defence specialist Kathryn Gilbertson has a well-established reputation as a leading light in the field and clients praise her ‘in-depth knowledge and ability to find solutions that are both practical and creative’. She leads the firm’s regulatory team and advises national and international companies on UK and European safety law. Among Gilbertson’s many highlights was the prosecution of private landlord Keith Newsum on behalf of the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service following a fire at one of his properties, forcing tenants to escape through broken windows. Following a three-week trial Newsum ultimately pleaded guilty and received a custodial sentence and an order to pay £100,000 in costs. The team also advised Principal Hayley Hotels Limited following the drowning of an unruly guest who had been evicted from the hotel.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Gilbertson - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP advises many clients in the commercial and education sectors on a wide range of matters including licence issues, Tier 2 visas, right to work and modern slavery statements. Its strong local client base continued to grow, as did its work for clients on a national basis. Specialist corporate immigration and employment solicitor Rebecca Bridges is a key part of John Macaulay’s employment and employee benefits team and is ably supported by solicitors Sophie Kerry and Stephanie Wilcox. Bridges is known for her expertise in executive immigration matters and providing support in sponsorship licence applications. She recently advised a client in the education sector on Tier 2 visa extensions and on a review of contractual documentation with another sponsor of Tier 5 employees.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has a particularly strong presence among independent schools operating as charities. The team frequently advises on reorganisations, partnerships, joint ventures, mergers, employment matters, data protection and changes to constitutional documents. Head of the employment and employee benefits team John Macaulay, corporate and commercial team head David Woods, regulatory team leader Kathryn Gilbertson and commercial property partners Karin Horsley and Stephen Illingworth are all recommended. In addition to its work for educational institutions, the firm’s other clients include public land trustee Nene Park Trust, leading national charity Barnardo’s and animal welfare charity the RSPCA. The team recently advised a leading name in the UK charity sector, which has a large workforce across the country, on changes to its negotiated pay structure.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

The ‘formidable team’ at Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is ‘consistently excellent, very efficient, and clear and concise in its advice’. Director and head of the private client team Tim Addinell is now based predominantly in Cambridge and ‘provides top-quality advice’ on wills, estates and trusts, predominantly for high-net-worth individuals. ‘Knowledgeable and friendly’ STEP-qualified senior solicitor Clare Threlfall ‘is a real problem solver; she is always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients’. The team’s recent work includes organising a life interest trust – for which Addinel is a trustee – for the disabled daughter of a deceased man to ensure an adequate flow of income. Addinel also advised on a multimillion-pound trust matter related to a clinical negligence claim.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is known for providing ‘a personal service that is thorough and cost-effective’. Clients highlight associates Kerri Pellington-Woodrow, who ‘always makes absolutely certain that the right thing is done’, and Suzanne Evans, ‘an empathetic practitioner who offers clear and practical advice’. Pellington-Woodrow’s broad practice covers the full range of private client work including advice to lay deputies, making applications to the Court of Protection and acting on behalf of clients who lack mental capacity. Evans regularly advises on wills, trusts and powers of attorney, and helps many elderly and vulnerable clients with retirement planning issues. Consultant Trevor George, who joined the firm from Shoosmiths LLP in Northampton, has 40 years’ experience in tax matters. Among the team’s many highlight last year was the management of the UK portion of the estate of a wealthy individual based abroad, which included complex IHT and cross-border issues.

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Cambridge, Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is know for its work with schools and has separate teams that advise state schools, academies and independent schools. Its Cambridge office has increased its workload for Cambridge University colleges, 11 of which instructed the firm in 2016. Head of the corporate and commercial team David Woods also leads the education practice, and is supported by employment partner and managing director Robert Dillarstone, property specialist Stephen Illingworth, and a strong team of associates including the ‘efficient and effectiveKelly Peck. Woods advised a local school on a multimillion-pound bank facility to develop its facilities, and associate Joanna Scally advised a Cambridge college on employment matters. The firm’s new clients include Pembroke College.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 4

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has an increasingly strong real estate practice in its Cambridge office, with associate director Kelly Peck, associate Neville Drummond and solicitor Alexandra Olivier handling a growing pipeline of work. Peck leads the Cambridge team and is ‘a no-nonsense, proactive and highly skilled lawyer who interacts well with clients to achieve positive outcomes’. Her practice covers a wide range of property matters including lease acquisitions and the management of property portfolios. Drummond has 18 years’ experience in commercial, residential and agricultural property transactions and frequently acts in the acquisition of development sites and on the full range of development matters, from construction through to disposal. He also acts for both landlords and tenants on commercial leasing transactions. The team’s highlights included advising the majority shareholder in a logistics company on the lease of freehold sites to a food producer.

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Commercial property: Peterborough
Commercial property: Peterborough - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is a ‘highly skilled and commercially aware firm’ that comes ‘highly recommended’ by clients, who are ‘happy to refer others to the firm’. Directors Stephen Illingworth and Karin Horsley are well regarded for their ability to manage complex and high-value deals in a commercial way. Illingworth works mainly on leasing deals and strategic development acquisitions. Horsley has significant expertise acting for overseas investors on multimillion-pound investment property acquisitions in London, and advises large companies on the real estate aspects of substantial corporate transactions. The firm has a strong team of associates, including Samantha East, who focuses on development and investment funding matters for financial institutions, and Katrina Bretten, whose practice bridges commercial property and construction law. Horsley acted for Marshall Motor Holdings on the property aspects of its £106m acquisition of Ridgeway Garages (Newbury), which required due diligence on 47 properties.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough, Cambridge)

At Greenwoods Solicitors LLP, ‘the level of service is first rate, the firm demonstrates great understanding of the issues and the responses are very prompt’. Howard Crossman leads the team from London but the Peterborough office has a strong associate in Katrina Bretten, who is noted for her ‘sound legal advice and great understanding of construction law’. She provides specialist non-contentious advice to a wide range of clients, with particular emphasis on the education and housing sectors, and draws on her previous in-house experience at a national contractor. Also recommended is consultant Richard Jones, who has more than 30 years’ experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Bretten was part of a team that advised a specialist engineering company in East Anglia on its work as a sub-contractor on a major government procurement project. Solicitor Kirstie Sowter advised the same client on a dispute with a large food producer in relation to the relocation of a major production line.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

At Greenwoods Solicitors LLPthe service, advice and professionalism is second to none’, according to one client who also rates the firm’s ‘first-class advice and exceptional response times’. Its work covers advice on all aspects of land law including trespass, boundaries, easements, covenants and planning matters, together with landlord and tenant issues such as lease renewals, breach of covenant, dilapidations, insolvency and forfeiture. Associate Caroline Gumbrell is ‘amazing – highly qualified and professional, she always treats clients with care and compassion during a difficult and stressful time’. She acts for many corporate clients with large property portfolios and specialises in commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant work. Senior solicitor Michelle Cox’s practice includes contentious commercial lease renewals, dilapidations claims, leases under the Telecommunications Act and breaches of covenant. Gumbrell’s highlights from 2016 included advising Astor and Windsor International on the exercise of a forfeiture clause on commercial property following the tenant’s breach of covenant of obligation to repair. She also acted for Bucks and Herts Property Co in contentious lease matters arising from its plan to redevelop a parade of shops.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough, Cambridge)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is ‘very responsive and has a good level of knowledge and experience, particularly in software licensing’. The team ‘actively takes the legal lead, putting forward firm professional positions that clients can use’. Duncan Walker and senior solicitor Mark Williams are ‘very knowledgeable and respond to tight deadlines’, and corporate partner David Woodsprovides good advice that is fit for purpose, as well as quick turnaround times’. Highlights included acting for the sellers of auction house software provider Pacts Auction Systems on its disposal to US company Bidpath, and acting for Green City ICT Holding Limited as the buyer of Quest Cloud Solution Limited. Woods and solicitor Ollie Flowers also advised German software company protelhotel on its strategic investment in a UK business.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie McConnell - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Mark Williams - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough, Cambridge)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has particular knowledge of IP matters governing the media industry, with emphasis on the magazine and online publishing sectors, and is increasingly working for technology companies through its Cambridge office. The team comprises corporate partner David Woods, technology M&A partner Duncan Walker and litigator Huw Wallis, who are supported by a strong team of associates. Highlights included successfully representing a financial management company in a dispute concerning a registered company name, and Adele Whaley’s advice to a company alleging infringement of its trade marks by an online search engine. Jamie McConnell is recommended for contentious matters.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie McConnell - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

Mark Williams - Greenwoods Solicitors LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP (Peterborough)

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s busy corporate practice handles acquisitions and disposals of companies with significant media assets. It also has expertise in e-commerce, data protection, employment, defamation law and pre-publication advice. Corporate lawyer Alastair Gunn and e-commerce expert David Woods are the key contacts; Woods advised a publishing house on the sale of a magazine title, and Gunn advised a media company on due diligence ahead of its multimillion-pound sale. Associate Adele Whaley, who is recommended for contentious matters, acted for a publishing company in a contractual dispute with a supplier. Through the firm’s ties with Australian law firm Kemp Strang, it has brought to its Cambridge office Douglas Linnette, who is advising UK clients on extending their brands into the Australian market.

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