Firm Profile > Greenwoods GRM > Peterborough, England

Greenwoods GRM

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Clients of Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough note that 'very high-quality work is done in a commercial and cost-effective way'. The firm is increasingly involved in high-value and high-profile matters both within East Anglia and across the UK. 'Sensible and pragmatic' practice head Huw Wallis, who is mainly based in London but also works from the Peterborough office, frequently receives referrals from Magic and Silver Circle firms in London. Associate director Adele Whaley and senior associate Jamie McConnell both play central roles in the litigation practice.

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Very high-quality work is done in a commercial and cost-effective way.  It is a very good team to work with.

Huw Wallis is a top-quality litigator, sensible and pragmatic. A great team player too. Adele Whaley is a highly effective lead associate.

Huw Wallis and Jamie McConnell are not only exceptional lawyers, with unparalleled attention to detail and grasp of the law but also have emotional intelligence levels that are critical in a high-stress environment. I received exceptional advice and execution which resulted in defeating a much larger law firm with far higher resources. But I also had lawyers who were emotionally engaged with me as a client.

Their advice and guidance were nothing short of exceptional. Their ability to exert pressure and find the hidden facts through detailed analysis or the evidence and the law provided a successful outcome.

Jamie McConnell and Huw Wallis show attention to detail and emotional intelligence with quality strategic advice and the ability to outperform much larger firms with more resource. They were emotionally involved with the client and showed an unparalleled work ethic and understanding of the law.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM is a prominent regional firm with its headquarters in Peterborough, where the core of its corporate and commercial practice is based. It acts for businesses of all size from start-ups to listed companies, among which are local, regional, national and international enterprises. The team works in close co-operation with other key practices such as property, employment, pensions and regulatory, and with the firms' other offices in Cambridge and London. Practice head David Woods, key partner Alastair Gunn and associate Claire Banks are the names to note.

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David Woods and Claire Banks both had significant roles to play in my acquisition and were able to communicate to me in a language I could understand and relate. Their effort and hard work was exceptional and they worked long hours, evenings and weekends to maintain the momentum of the deal to ensure we got through to the end. They are true professionals and nice people to boot. I wouldn’t consider any other company for legal matters in the future.

The Greenwoods team is friendly and helpful compared to other firms I have dealt with.

There is a good mix of experience and youth. My main contact David Woods has handled corporate matters for our business for many years.

Honesty and trust are the valued qualities we have experienced during our long-term business relationship.

Key clients

Encasement Limited

Fairline Yachts Limited

Employment Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM provides 'outstanding service' and clients remark upon its 'strong competency and knowledge, provided in an absolutely friendly and supportive way'. From its home base in Peterborough and, increasingly, through its Cambridge office, the firm acts for high-profile employer clients including a major national housebuilder, household name travel and white goods manufacturing companies, a high-profile national children’s charity and a world-renowned independent school. John Macaulay in Peterborough leads the practice and, in the same office, managing partner Robert Dillarstone is 'brilliant - he has perfect client management a complete knowledge of legislation'. Up-and-coming partner Keith Williams is also recommended. In Cambridge, Joanna Scally leads the practice and senior associate Natalie Williams is a rising star.

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Greenwoods is the best partner working with our function at the moment. The team is very diverse in capabilities, background and gender. We have different experts for each area of knowledge and practice, always available to support the team not only with a very strong competency and knowledge but also in an absolutely friendly and supportive way. They’ve been partnering with us for many years and I have no plans to change it for the next years.

My main contact point is Robert Dillarstone and he is brilliant. Perfect client management, being always available, with a complete knowledge of legislation, case and team management. He is always very prompt to respond or address matters to the right talents in his team. Having the history of our cases after years of partnership also allows a great outcome. We have had very successful cases with Greenwoods representing our company. And in comparison to other competitors they offer an outstanding service for a good price.

The firm is professional, competent and does what it says on the tin. It provides ready access to the appropriate resource, who have always gone the extra mile in terms of response. Extremely thorough with great attention to detail.

We appreciate their knowledge, pragmatism and availability. They always make us feel special.

Jo Scally is exceptional in the field of employment law and has always provided us with outstanding advice and support.’

The team at Greenwoods has taken time to understand and develop relationships with the particular sector of the market in which I operate and this distinguishes them from other players in the market.

Pragmatic advice delivered with a personal touch. I view the individuals I work with as trusted colleagues, with whom I feel confident in speaking candidly about my challenges and from whom I will receive helpful and timely advice.

They exemplify the values you would expect from a small family business, whilst having the resources, skills and acumen of a much larger business.

I have only worked with Jo Scally but I have been very impressed with her clear, practical advice and her knowledge of the sector.

We appreciate their ability to respond quickly, to want to really get to know your business and culture so that they can work with you to come up with solutions that are practical and balance risk appropriately. They are also a really nice group of people to work with.

John Macaulay is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He understands business and proactively helps us find pragmatic solutions. He communicates complex concepts in a simple clear way that aids problem solving. He always gives you the time that you need and makes sure you fully understand. He is happy to give an opinion but also very happy to listen to yours. It feels like a true partnership.

Natalie Williams is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She understands the business and is always quick to respond.

Health and safety Tier 1

'This firm is of a size to provide a competent and professional service, whilst remaining small enough to provided the personal touch,' says a client of Greenwoods GRM. The firm's regulatory practice, which handles health and safety matters, is led by Kathryn Gilbertson in Peterborough, who is regarded as one of the leading business defence practitioners both regionally and nationally. She 'consistently gives realistic and balanced advice to clients, from a position of sound expertise'. The firm is best-known for its work in the hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction sectors.

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This firm is of a size to provide a competent and professional service in its chosen fields, whilst remaining small enough to provided the personal touch.

Kathryn Gilbertson consistently gives realistic and balanced advice to clients, from a position of sound expertise. She maintains excellent client relations at all times. She deals with matters in a timely, skilled and efficient way. She makes use of expert opinion as appropriate.

All our dealings with the employment/health and safety practice have been positive and beneficial. They are quick to respond, clear in their advice and always happy to help.

I always come away from a meeting with Kathryn Gilbertson having learnt something useful. She is approachable and knowledgeable but applies both to the context of the support, question or query we have.

Key clients

Dacorum Council

Unite PLC

Moy Park Ltd

Crown Lift Trucks

Camelot Real Estate Management Ltd

McColl’s Retail Group PLC

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough advises agribusinesses and landowners on a wide range of property, commercial, employment, regulatory and private client matters. Associate Emily Pumfrey, who is a member of the Agricultural Law Association, leads the practice and advises on property matters including farm acquisitions and disposals, agricultural tenancies and commercial investments. She is 'consistently able to solve problems and find solutions that protect her clients' interests'. Corporate partner Alastair Gunn plays a key role, as do key members of the employment, private client and litigation practices.

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Greenwoods has a friendly and approachable practice, that is small enough to retain the personal feel, but large enough to offer wide-ranging advice.

I have worked with Emily Pumfrey on a number of projects. Emily is a rising star with unique insights into the world of rural property. Emily always adopts a pragmatic approach and is consistently able to solve problems and find solutions that protect her clients’ interests.

Key clients

Doubleday Group

RE Evans Farms

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

'For a regional firm, they can compare themselves favourably with similar-sized London practices,' says a client of Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough. 'Their pragmatic approach to difficulties is refreshing,' remarks another. The firm handles a broad range of high-value work for clients in key sectors such as education, food and wholesale, charities and investment. Samantha East and Karin Horsley, who acts for both domestic and international clients, are the lead partners. Senior associates Ann-Marie Clow and May Ozga are also central to the practice.

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The legal team is helpful and informative with a broad range of expertise. They host regular breakfast seminars to provide their clients and those in the relevant sectors with updates on key changes to legislation and legal precedents.

I find the individual team members I have worked with to be very easy to work with. They are supportive and their knowledge base enables them to offer a pragmatic approach to the matters at hand.

The Barclays corporate team has an extremely strong relationship with the Greenwoods GRM corporate team and this close working relationship has been instrumental in providing excellent service for our mutual clients. I have also been impressed with the professionalism and tenacity in working to getting a transaction over the line.

I was extremely impressed with May Ozga the senior associate in the real estate team in Peterborough, May worked tirelessly in ensuring a time critical and complex transaction was completed within strict deadlines, always proving regular updates for the client and the bank.

The staff show well-rounded experience in commercial property law and good knowledge of charity requirements. For a regional firm, they can compare themselves favourably with similar-sized London practices.

From our 18 months’ association the staff we have dealt with have helped to ease our transfer to the firm. The knowledge and experience in the commercial field has assisted in ensuring the continued success of our charity. In particular, Emily Pumfrey and Stephen Illingworth have helped the transition. Reda Paul has shown her worth on our residential portfolio.

My GP practice has historically used Greenwoods for many years and many generations of GPs. The reason is that the partners, associates and staff we have worked with over that time have always been personable, contactable and knowledgeable with an ability to understand our requirements and show patience with our ignorance of legal workings and an innate ability to make unfathomable legal technicalities and jargon understandable by the lay person. Their pragmatic approach to difficulties is refreshing and their common sense approach in the face of obstinacy from third parties’ legal teams is refreshing.

In recent years our main contact has been primarily with Kelly Peck in Cambridge but also Ann-Marie Clow in Peterborough. They have both been involved in the selling onwards of our main practice premises a couple of years ago and more recently over the last year, renegotiating a new lease with the incumbent practice and NHS England. Both involved, to us, complex legal difficulties and difficult lengthy procrastinations on the part of the third parties involved but they they guided us skillfully through the process with patience and clarity as to the various legal difficulties we faced and pragmatic resolutions in as timely a manner as was possible.

Construction Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has 'a small but effective construction team with a personal touch' that provides 'value-added, prompt and practical advice'. The firm handles regional, national and international construction work. Lorna Carter, who works in the Cambridge, Peterborough and London offices as required, is a member of the Federation of Master Builders’ Standards Committee and she stands out for both advisory work and contentious matters. She co-leads the practice with Howard Crossman, who works predominantly in London and co-ordinates the firm's international work.

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The key strengths observed include the ability to digest a case and understand its particulars promptly, and the balanced feedback where the approach is always to reach a resolution rather than engage in lengthy processes. The main drivers were protection of interest, sound advice and a practical approach. At no point in time was financial benefit a driver. This is something to respect.

Howard Crossman is remarkable in the ability to predict and simulate various scenarios and advise on appropriate course of action to deal with complex situations. He has the ability to integrate with a team and become a member who proactively engages away from any personal interests. He identifies gaps and possible areas of challenges. He has the ability to deliver, organise and guide in a very time-efficient manner.

It is a small but effective construction team with a personal touch.

Howard Crossman, who leads the construction team, is hands on. He gives value-added, prompt and practical advice.

The staff are very engaging and are always available to provide advice.

Lorna Carter is exceptional at her role. Extremely efficient and completely understanding of what legal support is needed by clients.

Greenwoods have served us well over many years, with a pragmatic approach to solving problems.’

Lorna Carter is someone we use regularly for advice with negotiating terms, she looks at the problem from an all-round perspective and gives us valuable help to reach swift agreements.

I appreciated the quickness of responses in dealing with our case.

Having not had many occasions to use legal firms our knowledge is limited. However, Howard Crossman was recommended to us by a previous law firm that  couldn’t act for us on this occasion. We have found Howard to be very efficient and approachable. Everything was explained thoroughly. We are pleased with the service so far.’

Howard Crossman is a thorough, conscientious and knowledgeable partner who always goes the extra mile to get the information and do the work.

Key clients

The Federation of Master Builders

Studio Ashby Limited

Woods Hardwick Ltd

Morrison Utility Services Ltd

Cladding UK Limited


Lindum Homes

Bob Black Construction Limited

Campbell Buchanan George Limited

The Edmund Trust

Godfrey & Hicks Builders Limited

JWF Commercial Solutions Limited

JWF Building Solutions Limited

Crime: general Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has a regulatory practice that handles corporate defence work, notably in the hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction sectors. The firm also has a growing workload of property guardianship cases, with Kirstie Goulder issuing possession proceedings against guardians. Practice head Kathryn Gilbertson is a leading adviser to national and international companies on corporate criminal proceedings, statutory compliance and corporate governance.

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Royal Society for Public Health

Crown Golf Operations Ltd

Bird College

Dacorum Council

Assurity Consulting

Total Produce

Media, entertainment and sport Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has a well-established media client base in Peterborough, for which it handles corporate, employment and regulatory matters. It counts among its clients a national newspaper group and employees of multinational media organisations. Corporate partner Alastair Gunn, who splits his time between Peterborough and London, is the lead partner for media clients. Robert Dillarstone and, in Cambridge, Joanna Scally are the names to note for employment matters.

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Pensions Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough climbs the ranking this year. It advises corporate clients on the design, establishment and restructuring of pension arrangements, as well as the merging and winding up of schemes, negotiations with the Inland Revenue and other regulatory bodies, pension disputes, and issues that arise at the beginning and end of an employment relationship. Consultant Pauline Anning handles the bulk of the case work, supported by managing partner Robert Dillarstone and head of employment John MacAulay.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

The Cambridge office of Greenwoods GRM plays an increasingly important role in the firm-wide private client practice, drawing on expertise in the London and Peterborough offices. The firm acts for a growing number of entrepreneurs and clients in the agricultural sector. Senior associate Clare Harris leads the local team and one client remarks that 'she has a great style - firm but personable and very knowledgeable'. 'My experience of Greenwoods is right up there with the best - excellent advice and prompt service,' notes another.

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I have met with and worked with Clare Harris over several years now. She has a great style – firm but personable and very knowledgeable. As a professional she is dedicated towards her development and increasing her knowledge and that comes across when you meet her.

My experience of Greenwoods is right up there with the best.  Excellent advice, prompt service, sympathetic to our needs and a pleasure to do business with.  The issues we needed support with were not complicated but they did have serious issues that needed dealing with carefully and I can’t imagine anyone else dealing with them in a more efficient and competent way.

I only worked with Clare Harris who I cannot praise enough. She provided an excellent service, was very knowledgeable about the issues we were dealing with and above all took time to listen to our concerns.

The only member of the team that I know is Clare Harris, who came highly recommended by a friend. She is very pleasant and highly efficient which is all I needed.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Clients of Greenwoods GRM praise the private client team for being 'professional, caring and very clear and precise in explaining the process'. The firm's cross-office practice, based in London, Peterborough and Cambridge, works across the whole spectrum of private client matters from wills, trusts and estate planning through to estates administration and the management of lifetime affairs and Court of Protection matters. Practice head Gareth Hughes, who is mainly based in London, can call on significant expertise in Peterborough despite Kerri Pellington-Woodrow's move to HCR Hewitsons.

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I found the firm very efficient in the way that they conducted their business when I contacted them. I would recommend them to anyone!

The individual who dealt with my case was Ellen Eley, and I couldn’t have wished for a more helpful, efficient or caring person. I would not hesitate to recommend Ellen to anyone, and should I need a solicitor in the future, I would ask for her!

From the moment we walked through the doors, we felt the staff were professional and at the same time welcoming.’

The person who we dealt with was professional, caring and very clear and precise when explaining what the probate process entailed. Very knowledgeable as you would expect but at the same time wanted to ensure that we fully understood the process. She was on time for the appointment and whenever I needed to communicate with her she always responded back in a timely and positive way.

The longevity of the firm made access of past information convenient, even if partners had moved on.

Rebecca Towey and her assistant were excellent in long-distance communication over this rather long and drawn out process.’

A pragmatic and helpful approach, which makes things understandable.’

Ellen Eley always responded promptly and prepared to listen, challenge and come up with alternatives.

The private client team is very good at speaking in plain English to clients so they understand.

We started the will-making process with another company but they let us down. We then asked Greenwoods to prepare our wills for us, and they were thorough, professional and helpful. We had them sorted in no time.

We dealt with Mel Messenger and she was exceptionally good and made sure we had thought of everything. She made the whole process feel very easy and not at all stressful.

Planning and environment Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough assists national companies, property developers, SMEs and private individuals with environmental compliance matters. Kathryn Gilbertson, who works from both Peterborough and London, is a leading light in regulatory and business defence matters. She is a committee member for the Eastern Region of the UK Environmental Lawyers Association (UKELA). She has an outstanding track record in successfully defending companies, their directors, and professionals suspected of causing or contributing to an incident.

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Public sector Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM, through its offices in Peterborough and Cambridge, has a four-partner, multi-disciplinary team that acts for 19 Cambridge colleges, numerous large independent schools and many Multi-Academy Trusts. It assists its education clients with safeguarding, corporate transactions, governance issues, HR, immigration law, property development, contracts and GDPR. Corporate partner David Woods leads the practice, with support from managing partner and employment specialist Robert Dillarstone. Partners Kelly Peck and Joanna Scally handled property and employment matters respectively for universities, independent schools and HE providers.

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Peterhouse College

Wolfson College

Witham Hall School Trust

St Catharine’s College

Churchill College

Banking and finance Tier 3

The Peterborough office of Greenwoods GRM works closely with its London-based team to act for banks and corporate borrowers. The firm has created an Inward Investment group that includes dual-qualified lawyers with expertise in German and Italian commerce to handle cross-border investment transactions. Corporate partner Alastair Gunn is the key practitioner in East Anglia, with senior associate Jamie McConnell handling contentious matters.

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Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has longstanding relationships with a number of well-known national charities, among them St John Ambulance. The firm's client roster also includes schools and other not for profits, as well as traditional charities. Its work covers incorporation, corporate and property transactions, employment law, regulatory matters and advice on GDPR. Head of corporate David Woods takes the lead with property senior associate Ann-Marie Clow central to the firm's work in the not-for-profit sector.

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St John Ambulance

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM is 'very responsive and gives clear and concise advice', according to one client. Another notes that it is 'small enough to retain the personal feel but large enough to offer wide-ranging advice'. The firm is known for its expertise in landlord and tenant matters, as well as for its development work in Cambridge and its knowledge of the education and the hospitality sectors. The 'incredibly helpful' Kelly Peck is the lead partner in Cambridge, supported by Karin Horsley who works predominantly in Peterborough. Senior associate Neville Drummond is also recommended.

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I have been with Greenwoods since my husband came back from Holland in 1974. Compared with the firms we had in London before we went to Holland in 1964, Greenwoods were fantastic. A very high standard of personal help over the years.

Over the years we have dealt with various solicitors. Without exception they were all of the same high standard, always explaining very clearly the legal language I did not understand, and always being available and helpful over any crisis.

We have used several different practices over the years but found Greenwoods GRM LLP the best for dealing with our commercial premises.

Greenwoods is very responsive by phone and by email and gives clear and concise advice.

Our most recent office lease was handled by Greenwoods and was the smoothest I have ever experienced. They kept up the momentum on our behalf and made sure that nothing was forgotten on both our side and the landlord’s side.

Greenwoods is a friendly and approachable practice that is small enough to retain the personal feel, but large enough to offer wide-ranging advice.

Kelly Peck has a fantastic knowledge of the local property market, and leads a proactive and vibrant team. Kelly is always approachable and draws from her wealth of experience, to give sound, reasoned and efficient advice to her wide range of clients.

All the individuals at Greenwoods GRM are very personable, competent and approachable.

Kelly Peck has been incredibly helpful in various matters and is a pleasure to work with, her advice is always clear, concise and practical. Her knowledge of commercial law generates confidence.

I have been working with Greenwoods GRM for more than ten years and they always hold the pragmatic and personal approach while providing a very valuable commercial legal advice on commercial properties. The team has a wealth of local and regional, as well as national market knowledge. No job is ever too big or too small for them. I appreciate the continuous review they hold with their clients. It means they always put the right resources in for the jobs.

Kelly Peck is a partner at Greenwoods. I have worked with Kelly for almost ten years and it has always been a pleasure working with her, and it was great to see her career has progressed with the growth of the firm. Kelly was relocated to Cambridge a few years ago to expand its business in Cambridge. Her hard work seemed to pay off as Greenwoods is now one of the established and well known practices in Cambridge. Kelly is always helpful and I can always call upon her on advice. Her advice is professional and honest but also bears commercial perspective, which is a breath of fresh air from other competitors I came across.

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 3

At Greenwoods GRM, practice head David Woods is based mainly in Peterborough but works across both of the firm's Cambridgeshire offices. He has more than 20 years' experience in the region and brings to bear the firm's extensive expertise in the technology, business services and manufacturing sectors. Partner Alastair Gunn and associate Claire Banks, who are also based in Peterborough, also handle a significant flow of work through the Cambridge office. Gunn has notable expertise in share, trade and asset disposals, MBOs, MBIs and acquisitions.

Immigration Tier 3

The employment practice at Greenwoods GRM offers immigration services through its three offices in Cambridge, Peterborough and London. Immigration specialist Ina Iteva moved to Gherson but the practice led by John Macaulay in Peterborough still advises clients in the commercial, not-for-profit and education sectors on immigration matters, including the potential impact of Brexit.

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Intellectual property Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough handles IP matters, notably disputes, for its clients in the media sector. It acts mainly for large magazine and online publishers, though it has a growing client base in the technology sector. Senior associate Jamie McConnell handles contentious matters, including design and trading name infringement claims. Head of corporate David Woods deals with IP commercialisation. 'They are quick, responsive and thorough in all their dealings and they offer straightforward, honest advice,' remarks a client.

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They are quick, responsive and thorough in all their dealings. They offer straightforward honest advice and are prepared to work with their clients to find resolutions.

David Woods is an outstanding partner. He understands our business, provides relevant advice first time around and in what is an extremely efficient time line. It is rare that I would recommend a lawyer but he is the exception!

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM has a growing number of clients in the technology sector, to which it provides support in corporate and contentious matters. Corporate partner David Woods, who splits his time between Cambridge and Peterborough, has a long track record of transactions in this sector. The disputes team, notably senior associate Jamie McConnell in Peterborough, handles a growing volume of technology-related disputes.

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Synantix Limited

Data Interchange PLC

The Retail Data Partnership Ltd

Red Fish Systems Limited

Property litigation Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM has a small team with niche expertise, notably in the area of property guardianship, as well as broad experience in both commercial and residential property disputes. Commercial property partner Karin Horsley, who work in both the Cambridge and London offices, oversees the work of the property litigation practice, which is led by associate Amy Castleman. Clients remark that Castleman 'has a sharp mind, is often insightful and demonstrates skills beyond her years of call'.

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Greenwoods GRM has exclusive agreements with a number of the large property guardianship companies, giving it something of a monopoly on landlord instructions in property guardian possession work, which is a developing area of law. Otherwise, it has a large and varied client base for both commercial and residential property disputes.

Amy Castleman is very capable, and easy to work with. She has a sharp mind, and is often insightful. Amy demonstrates skills beyond her years of call.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Greenwoods GRM has a new head of department with the recruitment of Gareth Hughes from Laytons LLP. Hughes has a wealth of experience advising high-net-worth UK domiciled and non-domiciled clients on a wide range of estate planning and tax matters. Ian Bowyer has extensive experience of onshore trusts and probate work, and Muna Rogoff is particularly recommended for her advice to clients on mental capacity-related issues such as lasting powers of attorney and deputyships.

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‘Exceptionally professional with the clients at its heart

‘The focus is on the best solution for the client and not on providing standard advice, even if the case is similar to many others, as some specific circumstances may differ

‘The team work appears very good, with delegation from the partner to more junior staff where appropriate

As a relatively small practice there’s good communication between the departments, so I always feel the firm knows my personal circumstances and can advise accordingly’

Ian Bowyer is very efficient and responsive. It is this no-nonsense, responsive approach that differentiates the team from competitors

Ian Bowyer was extremely resourceful and helpful, I cannot thank him enough

Ian Bowyer listens proactively in order to fully understand the clients’ needs and ensure the most appropriate solution is found. He studies the rules from all perspectives to identify the solution that best fits the case

Muna Rogoff put me at my ease and was excellent and charming’

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Greenwoods GRM's disputes team comprises several specialist sub-teams, including construction, financial services and regulatory. The London team is led by Peterborough and London-based Huw Wallis, whose experience includes claims involving injunctive relief; and Nicholas Scott, who specialises in complex international commercial disputes, including High Court litigation and arbitration.

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Huw Wallis runs a highly client-focussed, commercial, and switched-on team. City quality, without the city overheads.

Huw Wallis is a first-class litigator – willing to test the arguments available, and explore how they can be developed to best achieve the client’s goals. A good lawyer, and a good person to work with.

Personal, affordable and best practice. Exceptional access to partners and very knowledgeable legal advisors in the litigation area.

Champagne service at a lemonade price.

Greenwoods is what I imagine a client would want from a mid-market litigation team. It has the experience, expertise, and attitude of a larger firm but at a price that reflects its provincial base.

Huw Wallis leads from the front. He runs a tight ship and also manages complex and (for barristers) interesting cases himself.

Nick Greenwood is an excellent litigator. He is careful, tactical, and commercial. Nick knows his law and is always looking for a solution.

The tax litigation team at Greenwoods GRM has takes the initiative and responds rapidly and efficiently to all the challenges of the litigation process.

Nick Scott is outstanding. He has tremendous knowledge and experience, is always available, and responds to challenges in a cal, decisive and unphased manner.


Key clients

Loan Charge Group Action claimants

We offer clients more than just the provision of legal services.

We deliver the highest standard of service to our clients and a truly personalised approach.  This enables us to build and establish trust and to expand our knowledge of our clients’ businesses.

We have established bases in Cambridge, London and Peterborough.

Culturally we are non-hierarchical, consultative and team-based – a law firm where egos are suppressed – committed to serving our clients in a dedicated and responsive manner.  We pride ourselves on being “lawyers you’ll enjoy working with”. This resonates through positive reviews from our clients, and our approach to creating an environment in which our team members thrive, and our clients benefit.

Types of work undertaken include
Corporate and commercial:  our team, led by Alastair Gunn, 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 advice also includes making sure that companies activities comply with certain regulatory regimes.

Finance and investment fundsour team provides highly specialised services to a variety of asset managers and investment funds.  Team head, Alper Deniz, is well known in the industry.  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 law: our team, led by highly regarded John Macaulay,  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 whistleblowing), 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.

Data privacythe significance of data privacy law continues to grow and raises issues of fundamental importance to individuals, businesses and other organisations.  Led by Head of Data Privacy, Lucas Atkin, our team can help you negotiate this complicated area of law and ensure that your objectives in using personal data can be achieved.

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 our 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.  Huw Wallis leads the team and has an excellent reputation.

Construction: our construction team is involved in major construction projects in the UK and overseas. We act for all sides of the industry including major contractors, consultants, developers, educational institutions and housing associations. Our team, led by the experienced Lorna Carter, can work with you through the negotiation, amendment and finalisation of project-specific agreements. We specialise in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes, often through alternative resolution where appropriate.

Property disputes: we are known for our technical competence in all property disputes but particularly those concerning commercial property – acting for both landlords and tenants. We resolve disputes in a way that is commercially viable and client-focused.  Our priority is delivering a commercial, practical and straightforward service. The breadth in expertise of our team allows us to offer fast and cost-effective solutions on a variety of property disputes.  Our Property Disputes team is led by Chi Collins, who is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in leasehold enfranchisement.

Real estate:  we have an experienced real team which provides its clients with prompt and practical advice on a wide range of property issues and transactions. Team members are 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 on 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. Samantha East leads this team well known for ‘getting the deal done’.

Regulatory and compliance including health and safety, and corporate manslaughter: we provide clients with a map through the laws that affect their businesses. This enables compliance to be achieved without restricting corporate goals. Our team, led by nationally recognised Kathryn Gilbertson, has extensive experience in environmental; health and safety; food safety; fire safety; trading standards; product liability and product recall issues. We advise the hospitality and leisure industry’s leading players on compliance, adapting strategies to suit the ever-changing regulatory horizon.

IP:  we have particular experience of transactions, licensing and disputes relating to IP issues. Our work is across a wide range of industry sectors and is lead by ‘rising star’ Jamie McConnell.

Wealth preservation: as financial matters and personal relationships become more complex, our specialist team gives practical and straightforward advice on managing wealth, inheritance and assets with a service tailored to the needs of high-net-worth individuals. Our team is led by Gareth Hughes, with Clare Harris leading our Cambridge team.

Sector specialisms include:

Agriculture & Rural Business:  Emily Pumfrey
Charities/not-for-profit: Victoria Robinson
Education:  Joanna Scally
Tech: Jonathan Reardon

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner; Employment Law Robert Dillarstone +44 (0)1733 887705
Construction Lorna Carter +44 (0)1223 785299
International Construction Howard Crossman +44 (0)20 3691 2099
Commercial Disputes Huw Wallis +44 (0)20 3691 2088
Corporate & Commercial; Banking & Finance; Media; Agri Alastair Gunn +44 (0)1733 887771
Corporate & Commercial; Tech Jonathan Reardon +44 (0)1223 785294
Data Privacy Lucas Atkin +44 (0)20 3691 2074
Employment Law John Macaulay +44 (0)1733 887708
Employment Law Simon Malcolm +44 (0)20 3691 2077
Finance & Investment Funds Alper Deniz +44 (0)20 7504 1157
Immigration Keith Williams +44 (0)1733 887713
Pensions Law Pauline Anning +44 (0)1733 887686
Property Disputes Chi Collins +44 (0)20 3691 2092
Real Estate Samantha East +44 (0)1733 887635
Real Estate Lisa Mantle +44 (0)1223 785273
Regulatory; Health & Safety; Food & hospitality; Crime Kathryn Gilbertson +44 (0)1733 887621
Agriculture & Rural Business; Real Estate Emily Pumfrey +44 (0)1733 887644
Charity/not-for-profit; Corporate & Commercial Victoria Robinson +44 (0)1733 887775
Education; Employment Law Joanna Scally +44 (0)1223 785296
Wealth Preservation Garth Hughes +44 (0)20 7504 1174
Wealth Preservation Clare Harris +44 (0)1223 785289
Wealth Preservation - German-speakingand Austrian desk; Private client Muna Rogoff +44 (0)20 7504 1160
Photo Name Position Profile
 Pauline Anning photo Pauline Anning Consultant
 Robert Dillarstone  photo Robert Dillarstone Robert is the Managing Partner at Greenwoods GRM.
 Samantha East  photo Samantha East Partner
 Trevor George photo Trevor George Consultant
 Kathryn Gilbertson  photo Kathryn Gilbertson Partner
 Alastair Gunn  photo Alastair Gunn Partner
 Karin Horsley  photo Karin Horsley Partner and Head of Real Estate
 Stephen Illingworth photo Stephen Illingworth Consultant
 Graeme Kirk  photo Graeme Kirk Consultant
 John Macaulay  photo John Macaulay Partner and Head of Employment
 Adele Whaley  photo Adele Whaley Partner
 Keith Williams  photo Keith Williams Partner
 Graham Williams  photo Graham Williams Consultant
 David Woods  photo David Woods Consultant
Number of UK partners : 24
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50

Greenwoods GRM is committed to promoting the encouragement of equality and diversity in the firm’s policies, practices and procedures.

We value diversity and inclusion as central to our success as a firm. We believe we are better able to understand and meet the needs of our clients if our organisation reflects the businesses and individuals we serve. Our inclusion-based approach recognises that our staff, and those who want to work for us, will be valued, treated fairly and respected for their individuality. We support our colleagues to share their knowledge, share their skills and develop their potential.

Our services will be provided to clients in a way that respects diversity, and Greenwoods GRM will treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • pregnancy or maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation (protected characteristics).

In line with guidance from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we have collated information about the diversity of our workforce (May 2019) you can access it here: