Firm Profile > Greenwoods GRM > Peterborough, England

Greenwoods GRM
MONKSTONE HOUSE
CITY ROAD
PETERBOROUGH
PE1 1JE
England

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM has office in London, Cambridge and Peterborough, the latter being an integral part of the firm-wide litigation practice. The firm acts for large corporate clients in East Anglia in commercial and financial services disputes, and practice head Huw Wallis, who works in all three offices, regularly receives referrals from Magic Circle and Silver Circle law firms in London. Associates Adele Whaley and Jamie McConnell are rising stars who frequently handle high-value and complex litigation, often with cross-border elements.

Testimonials

“They show good team work and the ability to ensure we talk with individuals with the correct expertise.”

“They take a pragmatic and realistic view, providing options and appropriate guidance.”

“Very good technically but able to translate the technical detal into plain English. Very user-friendly, the team provides timely advice and is very accessible.”

“Huw Wallis and Jamie McConnell are always available for a chat early on in a matter just to make sure that the right steps are taken before a matter escalates.”

“We work with Greenwoods across a number of legal areas, and they always have the right person, whatever the issue.”

“Everyone we have worked with over the years has been able to get up to speed quickly with our specific issues, and has then provided clear, concise and easily understood advice.”

“When called upon to act they have also been prompt and thorough in their approach, always leading to the desired outcome.”

“Jamie McConnell took the time to listen and understand the background to the dispute and then advise on possible courses of action.”

Key clients

Brewin Dolphin

Commercial property: Peterborough Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM handles high-value work for clients in the development, investment, financial, education, charitable and food sectors. The firm's portfolio clients include a local property company with more than 100 properties, a major motor dealer with a national portfolio, a nationwide charity, a white goods manufacturer, and a publishing company. Karin Horsley leads the practice, supported by partners Samantha East and Stephen Illingworth. Horsley handles high-value transactions for both UK and overseas clients; East focuses on secured lending in the property sector; and Illingworth frequently acts for developers.

Testimonials

“The practice offers a very good service and would be rated as better than other practices we have used.”

“David Woods is very accomplished and skilled and appears to understand the client’s business very well.”

“Samantha East has always made an effort to be available and responds very quickly with excellent advice.”

“Reda Paul dealt very efficiently with a transfer of property for me and, although our interactions were via email or phone, they were conducted with courtesy just as I would expect.”

Key clients

Barracudas

Fengate Developments

Priden

Japan H.L Ltd

St John Ambulance

Agellus Hotels

RE Evan Farms

Nene Park Trust

Corporate and commercial: Peterborough Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM acts for a diverse range of businesses from start-ups to listed companies and has two vastly experienced partners in David Woods, who works from both Peterborough and Cambridge, and Alastair Gunn, who 'works 24/7 to get the deal done'. 'Whenever I have used the team, it is as if they are carrying the works for themselves; they care and take the role of a professional to the next level', remarks a client. Associate Victoria Robinson is also recommended for commercial agreements and corporate restructuring.

Testimonials

“Greenwoods provides a bespoke client service, that is both engaging and pragmatic.”

“The advice is relevant and appropriate, whilst being technical accurate, and Greenwoods provides good breadth of technical knowledge and experience, in line with what I would usually associate with a London firm.”

“Alastair Gunn’s approach to corporate dealing is without doubt the best I have ever had – he has a special way of getting his team to deliver the total package.”

“Alastair Gunn is a tenacious and highly experienced deal advisor; he brings to the mix solid technical expertise, a rounded knowledge of the law and an extremely pragmatic approach.”

“Alastair Gunn is able to provide comprehensive advice, whilst also balancing the legal perspective with what is a pragmatic approach to getting the deal done.”

Key clients

OpenArch Holdings Ltd

Albendan Limited

Key Publishing Group

Employment Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM has a large employment and employee benefits practice spanning its Cambridge, Peterborough and London offices, with experienced and respected partners in practice heads Robert Dillarstone and John Macaulay. Partners Joanna Scally, who has significantly grown the profile of the Cambridge office, and Peterborough-based Keith Williams are also highly recommended in a practice that acts for large regional employers and, increasingly, London-based corporates.

Testimonials

“Every member of the team has always demonstrated a polite, professional and approachable manner. Every issue is dealt with promptly and to a very high standard.”

“It is unique in that it provides practical solutions and is not afraid to deal with any issue head on.”

“John McCaulay and Stephanie Wilcox are the most friendly and likeable people you could ever wish to work with, nothing is too much trouble.”

“The team takes the time to build long-term relationships and to really understand your business.”

“All the team work hard to understand your business and what will work for you.”

“The team provided exemplary service. They dealt with the legal matters but also had a thorough understanding of the practical implications of the law and took into consideration our own specific circumstances when providing advice.”

“Sophie Askew and Adele Whaley were both highly skilled but also highly experienced. They balanced a thorough understanding of the law with a practical approach to ensure we obtained the best outcome possible.”

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Bedford Borough Council

Real VNC

UL International UK Ltd

Moy Park Ltd

Churchill College

Health and safety Tier 1

The practice at Greenwoods GRM is regarded as one of the region's leaders in the field of health and safety, thanks largely to the stellar track record of leading light Kathryn Gilbertson who leads the regulatory team. The firm acts for a national client base in matters ranging from safety compliance and fire safety through to the defence of corporate criminal prosecutions. The firm is best known for its work within the hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction sectors, and it has a standout practice for matters involving food safety regulation.

Key clients

Principal Hayley Hotels

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Crown Golf Ltd

Moy Park Ltd

NSAR

Royal Society for Public Health

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough Tier 1

Department head Kerri Pellington-Woodrow at Greenwoods GRM has built the firm's referral network of local accountants and IFAs, resulting in a busy 2018 for the practice, which now calls on additional expertise from the London office created through that year's merger. One client describes her as 'an efficient and strong communicator with a very good client manner'. She frequently handles complex matters, including for international clients requiring advice on domicile and UK tax issues. She recently handled a challenging matter involving proving a French holographic will in the UK probate registry.

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has a new head of its agriculture and rural business practice in senior associate Emily Pumfrey, following Jeremy Stanton's move to Birketts LLP. Pumfrey, like many in the practice, comes from a farming background and she is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. The practice draws on the expertise of its corporate, private client, property and employment practices to assist clients in the agriculture sector, and corporate partner Alastair Gunn plays an active role in its high-profile transactions.

Testimonials

“They understand the personality and idiosyncrasies of their clients.”

“The Greenwoods team is a friendly and dynamic team, which strikes the perfect balance of being approachable and giving first-class advice.”

“All of the team members are willing to give their honest opinions on matters, which has become an increasingly rare asset. The team work extremely closely, which gives them a wide knowledge base, and you always get the feeling that you are getting many minds for the price of one!”

“I deal predominantly with Kelly Peck and Emily Pumfrey. Both individuals have in-depth knowledge of a wide range of subjects. Emily is the epitome of calm, and has handled a number of complex and tricky matters in recent months, with a combination of efficiency and reasoned advice which has helped clients reach successful conclusions in every instance.”

Key clients

Norwich Livestock Market Limited

RE Evans Farms Limited

Produce World Investments Limited

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The charity and not-for-profit practice group at Greenwoods GRM saw its roster of clients grow in 2018 as more regional and national charities turn to it for advice on regulatory, employment and property matters. Regulatory and corporate defence specialist Kathryn Gilbertson, employment partner John Macaulay and lead commercial property partner Stephen Illingworth all play key roles in the practice, which has a long-standing relationship with St Johns Ambulance.

Testimonials

“Greenwoods GRM’s key strength is the ability to understand our organisation rather than provide generic advice. Even though we are an SME, we are always treated with the sense we are a number one priority for the firm. This is different to other legal practices I have worked with in the past.”

Key clients

St Johns Ambulance

Construction Tier 2

'The service I received was absolutely first-class and, in my experience, almost without equal', remarks a client of Greenwoods GRM. The construction practice is led by leading light Howard Crossman who is mainly based in London but also works from the Peterborough office. Crossman frequently works on large international projects. The firm recruited standout construction partner Lorna Carter from Hewitsons to take the lead on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the Cambridge office. Solicitor Sarah Lidgett in Peterborough handles construction disputes and has a niche focus on construction health and safety matters.

Testimonials

“The construction team is led by Howard Crossman who provides hands-on, value-added services to all of his clients. He is friendly, prompt and courteous. He is also meticulous and pays great attention to detail.”

“Sarah Lidgett is very organised and efficient. The day I went to court for the injunction, Sarah and the barrister made sure I was fully aware of proceedings. I found Sarah to be very capable and easy to approach.”

“I had a dedicated partner who is available, responsive and exceptionally able, and who discusses matters on a level that is capable of being understood by foreign nationals.”

“The firm is a truly exceptional service provider. The responses are well thought out, very timely and in some cases almost instantaneous.”

“Sarah Lidgett is friendly, has a positive approach and provides quick responses.”

“I would commend this firm for its speed in dealing with issues. Many solicitors I have encountered before seem to take ages to action letters and report back. Greenwoods is very efficient.”

“We have been working with Howard Crossman, who we have found very efficient and easy to deal with. We feel confident with the advice he gives and comfortable that he understands our predicament and gives careful consideration before embarking on that advice.”

Key clients

Morrison Utility Services Ltd

Woods Hardwick Ltd

Jackson Coles Ltd

Cladding UK Ltd

D Brown Building Contractors

Leverton Brothers Ltd

Crime: general Tier 2

The Peterborough office of Greenwoods GRM has a leading business defence practice and Kathryn Gilbertson is highly respected for handling corporate crime. The firm also provides a specialist prosecution service to private and public prosecutors who are not served by the Crown Prosecution Service. In 2018, the firm acted for large corporate clients including a national hotel chain, a major retailer, a local authority, and a national animal charity.

Key clients

Dacorum Council

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Principal Hayley Hotels

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Vivacity

Crown Golf

Camelot

Unite Students

Education Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has a long track record of advising high-profile clients in the education sector, among which are FE colleges, academies, large independent schools and 15 Cambridge colleges. The firm's academies schools team frequently advises on setting up multi-academy trusts. Head of corporate  David Woods leads the practice with support from managing partner Robert Dillarstone. Employment partner Joanna Scally and property partner Kelly Peck also play key roles.

Testimonials

“The employment team, with which we deal, has taken time to get to know the specific challenges and circumstances of our business which allows it to provide realistic tailored advice.”

“We value the level of engagement and proactive relationship management, as the firm has invested time and resources in providing valuable legal training and legal update events.”

“Jo Scally and Siobhan Thomspson provide reassuringly reliable and realistic advice. They collaborate effectively ensuring that the service is always responsive and that someone is available when we need them.”

Key clients

Churchill College

St. Catharine’s College

Homerton College

Kamiya Schools Limited

Cambridge Academy of English

Four Cs MAT

Environment & planning Tier 2

The regulatory practice at Greenwoods GRM advises national companies, property developers, SMEs and private individuals on environmental compliance matters. Lead partner Kathryn Gilbertson is a committee member for the Eastern Region of the UK Environmental Lawyers Association (UKELA), and has an outstanding reputation for regulatory and business defence matters nationwide. The firm's work covers the full range of matters from noise complaints to the handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

Key clients

Dacorum Council

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Principal Hayley Hotels

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Vivacity

Crown Golf

Gerda Security

Camelot

Unite Students

Immigration Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM offers immigration services through its three offices in Cambridge, Peterborough and London. The recruitment of immigration specialist Ina Iteva in London from Deloitte consolidates the work done by John Macaulay's employment team across East Anglia. The firm advises numerous clients in the commercial, not-for-profit and education sectors on matters including licensed sponsor issues; Tier 1, 2 and 5 visas; right to work; and modern slavery statements.

Testimonials

“Greenwoods is always our first and only point of call on immigration. It is very approachable, friendly and professional.”

“My experience is they are exceptional at tailoring their responses to my requirements and they are very clear in their language to ensure accurate compliance.”

“Ina Iteva is fantastic. She is always reliable in availability and advice, providing clarity and reassurance as you go through each step.”

“Ina Iteva is always up-to-date, always sure of the priorities and always presents things in a way to benefit you.”

Licensing Tier 2

Newly promoted real estate partner Kelly Peck and property litigation senior solicitor Michelle Cox are the key licensing contacts at Greenwoods GRM. They advise clients on strategic matters such as pre-application issues and the suitability of a proposal before clients make a licence application. They also advise on the updating of conditions, licence transfers, and requests for information following incidents or enquiries from the Local Licensing Authority.

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Corporate partner Alastair Gunn at Greenwoods GRM runs a media practice group that advises clients on corporate, employment, immigration and regulatory matters. Employment specialist Joanna Scally and managing partner Robert Dillarstone play key roles in the practice. The firm frequently acts for magazine and newspaper publishers, as well as employees of large media outlets.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

At Greenwoods GRM, head of private client Kerri Pellington-Woodrow is predominantly based in Peterborough, but also oversees the practice in Cambridge, where associate Clare Harris is the key lawyer. One client describes Harris as 'considerate and engaging, she always seeks to go the extra mile'. Harris has greatly raised the profile of the firm in Cambridge and has attracted work from high-value and complex estates, hence the firm's rising up the ranking this year. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and handles the full range of wills, trusts and estate planning, as well as Court of Protection matters.

Testimonials

‘The team give careful consideration to the client’s needs and ensure the work is relevant and focused on the best solution.’

‘Whenever I have approached the practice, whether by phone correspondence or email, the query has always been dealt with quickly and efficiently.’

‘Clare Harris is always prompt, courteous and easy to understand. She is extremely helpful and very good with clients, putting them at ease and dealing with them very professionally.’

‘I have found Clare Harris to be very welcoming to clients and she explains her advice and the implications clearly and in an appropriate language for them.’

‘Members of the team seem capable, knowledgeable and very supportive of each other.’

‘We dealt primarily with Clare Harris over some complicated will arrangements involving international issues. She was knowledgeable, conscientious, clear and courteous.’

‘The strength is the mixture of capabilities and specialities readily available when needed. My instructions were dealt with very efficiently and accurately and my interactions with all the team were courteous and friendly.’

‘Clare Harris provided most of the expertise I needed in the most efficient and courteous manner and our interactions were friendly yet focused.’

‘Greenwoods GRM always gives a quality service, and is very knowledgeable. Matters are dealt with promptly and when discussing planning opportunities the advice given is not just legally correct it also considers practical aspects.’

‘I usually work with Clare Harris, who always gives a quality service and always engages in planning and conversations. Clare is very friendly and explains issues with very little jargon and gives a straight answer.’

‘I found Greenwoods impressive and sophisticated, for a reasonable price. The quality of their documentation is very good. I chose Greenwoods because of its quick response, grasp of what I wanted to achieve, and the approachable personality of the people I spoke to.’

‘Clare Harris has an impressive grasp of detail and the ability to get to the point.’

Property litigation Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough acts for clients across East Anglia, as well as a growing number from London, handling contentious matters for both landowners and occupiers. The firm has also developed a niche in property guardianship cases, which in 2018 saw the firm acts in a high-profile case at the High Court. Caroline Gumbrell plays a key role in the practice but is now a consultant, so Michelle Cox took over the leadership of the practice. Rising star Kirstie Goulder takes the lead on property guardianship matters. Associate Amy Castleman is also one to watch.

Banking and finance Tier 3

The merger in 2018 that created Greenwoods GRM gave the firm a stronger presence in the banking and finance market thanks to its team of five lawyers in the London office. In East Anglia, practice head Alastair Gunn is the key partner. He works closely with real estate partners Karin Horsley and Samantha East, and litigation associate Jamie McConnell, to advise financial institutions in the UK and overseas.

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM handles high-value work for clients in the development, investment, financial, education and food sectors. Kelly Peck leads the Cambridge practice and works closely with Karin Horsley, who works mainly from the Peterbourough office. Peck continued to build the firm's presence in the market in 2018, through her strong connections with agents, surveyors and other professional referrers. She is supported by associate Neville Drummond who has 20 years' experience in commercial and residential property transactions, and who handles landlord and tenants matters.

Testimonials

“The firm provides rapid response, is to the point and there is no wasting of time. It is good value for money and has experienced and knowledgeable people.”

“Neville Drummond is calm and has a good sense of humour.”

“They are very professional, experienced, intellectual and knowledgeable. Compared to other firms, Greenwoods takes a very friendly and down-to-earth approach to ensure its clients fully understand the advice.”

“I have worked with Kelly Peck over the years and there has never been a task too large or too difficult or too complicated for her. She uses her knowledge, experience, logical thinking and commercial accruement to get the job done within the timescale, regardless of how tight it is.”

“Our situation was quite complex and required a lot of liaison, both nationally and internationally. Greenwoods took all these issues on and even managed to complete the process ahead of schedule. It is absolutely remarkable in the way that it took the pressure off us as its clients in a very pressurised situation.”

“From the very outset we were reassured that this was a task Greenwoods could take on and were willing to lead and steer us through all the ups and downs along the way. We found the commitment, expertise and professionalism of Kelly Peck crucial in this process.”

“Greenwoods provides a very responsive and professional service ensuring you understand the issues and providing the most appropriate advice on how to proceed.”

“Kelly Peck is a helpful, responsive and attentive member of the Greenwoods team.”

Key clients

Cambridge Academy of English

Fairline Yachts

OpenArch

Robin Nichols

Qualitest Group UK

Robinson Manufacturing

LC Landlords Ltd

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 3

Lead partner David Woods at Greenwoods GRM oversees the firm's corporate team in Cambridge, though he works predominantly from Peterborough. He calls upon the firm's expertise in the technology, business services and manufacturing sectors to advise SME clients across the region, as well as entrepreneurs and larger corporates around Cambridge.

Testimonials

‘David Woods is the one we use for commercial contracts. He is a very fast thinker and very thorough and I can always rely on him for fast action. He does not try to over-complicate matters to draw them out to earn higher fees. To the contrary, he is excellent at simplification but not at the expense of putting the Agreements at risk.’

‘Neville Drummond handles the land Property side and is very thorough and has found a number of bad errors missed by other lawyers. Again, he is very helpful and goes the extra mile to help us out in anything that is urgent. As does David.’

 

Key clients

Albendan Limited (Derek Watts)

Openarch Group

Key Publishing Limited

Intellectual property Tier 3

The intellectual property practice at Greenwoods GRM is led by corporate partner David Woods and is best known for its in-depth knowledge of the media sector. It frequently advises magazine and online publishers on IP matters. The firm also has growing expertise in the technology sector. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell has a strong track record in contentious matters, which recently included successfully protecting the infringement of the trading name of ta large online sports supplement store, and defending a multimillion-pound design right infringement claim.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Corporate partner David Woods leads the IT and telecoms practice group at Greenwoods GRM in Cambridge, which grew its client base of technology companies and software houses in 2018 and continued to advise its many corporate clients on issues such as data privacy and software as a service (SaaS) delivery. Woods frequently provides advice on digital and online matters, as well as traditional software development and licensing arrangements. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell also handles a growing caseload of technology-related disputes.

Testimonials

“I think this team’s strength is its adapability. This team was willing to jump into a fight and help me at very short notice.”

“Jamie McConnell is a listener and a thinker. He can view problems from different perspectives and has the ability to ‘forward think’. This helps him prepare for most situations.”

Key clients

Data Interchange Plc

Red Fish Systems Ltd

The Retail Data Partnership Limited

Pensions Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM has a specialist pensions consultant in Pauline Anning, who works from both the Peterborough and London offices. She advises on the design, establishment and restructuring of pension arrangements, as well as merging and winding up schemes, negotiating with the Inland Revenue and handling pension-related disputes. Employment practice head John MacAulay and managing partner Robert Dillarstone also handle pensions matters as part of their broader practices.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Ian Bowyer heads the team at Greenwoods GRM in London. Bowyer has extensive knowledge of onshore trusts and probate work. He routinely deals with high-value estates where there is heritage property. Senior associate Muna Rogoff advises clients on mental health-related issues such as lasting powers of attorney and deputyships.

Testimonials

The quality of personal attention has been deeply appreciated.

Muna Rogoff is very approachable and very good at making suggestions as well as giving practical advice on a personal level. She makes time for her clients and responds promptly. Philip Cater, Ian Bowyer and Muna’s knowledge of their practice area is second to none.

Philip Carter, unlike other solicitors I have used, is always on top of all the detail, never drops the ball and never lets the work linger on his desk.

Philip Carter, in a challenging client situation, has always been thorough and efficient as well as handling the client situation with empathy and sensitivity.

Family Tier 6

Greenwoods GRM advises on a broad range of matters from private law proceedings under the Children Act 1989 to complex domestic violence and welfare matters. Under the leadership of Simon Donald the team is also adept at advising unmarried parents on issues surrounding the financial provision for their children as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Testimonials

The family team is a small, specialist one and deals with complicated matrimonial finance work. Quite a chunk of its work has an international element to it. Simon Donald is a tremendous lawyer – he knows the answer to the tricky questions and is great tactically’.

Simon Donald has a no nonsense approach and is someone who gets to the root of the case quickly and is always in a position to provide advice on an early resolution‘.

Lesley Pendlebury Cox is an outstanding solicitor and has always been on hand at any time of day and day of week to support me‘.

Lesley Pendlebury Cox is one of the most conscientious and diligent solicitors I have come across. She cares passionately about her cases and is strikingly empathetic to her clients‘.

‘Lesley Pendlebury Cox is absolutely dedicated to getting the right result for the client. Not just legally but also holistically‘.

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Greenwoods GRM 'has a fantastic range of clients and a growing team that is dynamic and ambitious'. The team advises on disputes involving financial services, insolvency, education, manufacturing, natural resources, and oil and gas. Huw Wallis, who splits his time between Peterborough and London, is disputes head; Nicholas Scott is also highly regarded.

Testimonials

Provides a personal approach to clients‘.

Key clients

Brewin Dolphin

MAHLE Industries

A top 200 law firm, we offer clients more than just the provision of legal services.

Our aim is to become a true business partner.  This reflects both our entrepreneurial mindset and our desire to give our clients something different, at no additional cost.

We deliver the highest standard of service to our clients and pride ourselves on being able to offer a truly personalised approach.  This enables us to build and establish trust as the relationship evolves, as well as to expand our knowledge and expertise of our clients’ businesses.

We have established bases in Cambridge, London and Peterborough together with international specialisms including South Korea, Italy and Germany.

We offer the lawyers who work with us high-quality, interesting work, along with a real focus on work-life balance. This means we attract and retain exceptional lawyers – and our clients benefit significantly as a result.

Through the GRM history, Greenwoods GRM dates back to 1784, and can claim four past Law Society Presidents and to have drawn up the laws of Rugby Union.

Types of work undertaken include: 

Corporate and commercial: the firm has substantial experience and expertise in corporate matters. Mergers and acquisitions, the sale or purchase of companies, and shares and businesses are a key part of its work. Commercial work includes commercial contracts, data protection, e-commerce, EU competition, information technology, outsourcing and charity law. Much of the work relates to business contracts, but the firms advice also includes making sure that companies activities comply with certain regulatory regimes.

Finance and Investment Funds:  the team provides highly specialised services to a variety of asset managers and investment funds.
It provides an international service to the investment industry in fund formation and marketing, tax, corporate law, M&A, company formations, regulation and compliance, derivatives, trading, finance, restructuring, litigation and employment law.

Employment and employee benefits: the team is one of the largest in the Eastern region and also has a strong London presence. It provides a comprehensive employment law service, including advice on large scale restructuring and employee transfers, employee information and consultation, employment tribunal claims (including wrongful and unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle blowing), breach of confidentiality and restraint of trade including injunctions, as well as a skilled non-contentious service dealing with the drafting of contractual and policy documentation. The team also includes specialist pension and corporate immigration lawyers.

Commercial property: the firm’s experienced property team provides its clients with prompt and practical advice on a wide range of property issues and transactions. The team is adept at combining strong technical skills with a commercial approach. It advises clients on issues relating to the acquisition, sale, ownership, investment in and development of both freehold and leasehold land and buildings, frequently working closely with other Greenwoods GRM teams in relation to corporate transactions, agricultural land, charities, education and food. The team also has strong working relationships with a range of other professional advisers who can be consulted when commercial property issues require input from other experts such as surveyors or accountants.

Regulatory including health and safety, and corporate manslaughter: the firm provides clients with a map through the laws that affect their businesses. This enables compliance to be achieved without restricting corporate goals. The team has extensive experience in environmental; health and safety; food safety; fire safety; trading standards; product liability and product recall issues. The team advises the hospitality and leisure industry’s leading players on compliance, adapting strategies to suit the ever changing regulatory horizon.

Commercial disputes: clients include multinational companies and PLCs as well as national businesses and private individuals across all sectors and services. The wide experience of the team enables it to deal with multimillion-pound disputes, in areas as diverse as breach of contract, professional negligence, partnership and company disputes, insolvency, defamation, international arbitration and warranty claims. The firm has specialist teams offering construction and property disputes and has a growing workload in contentious probate.

IP: the firm has particular experience of transactions, licensing and disputes relating to IP issues. The work is across a wide range of industry sectors.

Private client: as financial matters and personal relationships become more complex, the specialist team gives practical and straightforward advice on managing wealth, inheritance, family law and assets with a service tailored to the needs of high-net-worth individuals.

International desks: For businesses operating abroad or with overseas markets, our highly regarded international desks cover a wide variety of jurisdictions. Along with strong legal expertise, our bilingual and dual qualified lawyers have a strong understanding of local cultures.

Offices: Peterborough, Cambridge and London

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner; Employment and employee benefits Robert Dillarstone
Senior Partner; Employment & employee benefits Jane Laidler
Corporate and commercial; Data protection; IP; Education; technology; Notary services David Woods
Corporate and commercial; Banking and finance; Media Alastair Gunn
Corporate and commercial Chris Bannister
Finance and investment funds Alper Deniz
Finance and investment funds David Egan
Employment and employee benefits; Data protection John Macaulay
Employment and employee benefits Simon Malcolm
Immigration Ina Iteva
Pensions law Pauline Anning
Commercial property Karin Horsley
Commercial property Stephen Illingworth
Property disputes Michelle Cox
Commercial disputes Huw Wallis
Commercial disputes Nicholas Scott
Construction Howard Crossman
Regulatory; Food & hospitality; Crime Kathryn Gilbertson
Charity/not-for-profit Victoria Robinson
Private client Kerri Pellington-Woodrow
Private client Ian Bowyer
Private client Philip Carter
Family and matrimonial Simon Donald
German desk Greg Davidian
Italian desk Caterina Iodice
Korean desk S-J Kim
Swiss and Austrian desk; Private client Muna Rogoff
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Dillarstone  photo Robert Dillarstone
 Samantha East  photo Samantha East
 Kathryn Gilbertson  photo Kathryn Gilbertson
 Alastair Gunn  photo Alastair Gunn
 Karin Horsley  photo Karin Horsley
Mr Stephen Illingworth  photo Mr Stephen Illingworth
 John Macaulay  photo John Macaulay
 Kerri Pellington-Woodrow  photo Kerri Pellington-Woodrow
 Adele Whaley  photo Adele Whaley
 Keith Williams  photo Keith Williams
 David Woods  photo David Woods
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55
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