Firm Profile > Greenwoods GRM > London, England

Greenwoods GRM
1 BEDFORD ROW
LONDON
WC1R 4BZ
England

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

The team at Greenwoods GRM advise high-net-worth UK domiciled and non-UK domiciled clients on a wide range of estate planning and tax matters. Chartered legal executive Ian Bowyer - one of the first legal executives in the country to be appointed as a partner of a firm - and senior associate Muna Rogoff are recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Bowyer; Muna Rogoff

Testimonials

‘The service we require is for a long-standing relationship with a firm that understands our needs as a family. This is what we get from Greenwoods GRM.  We also get the support of a large firm capable of dealing with a variety of challenges. Ian Bowyer assisted us during the process of arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney for both of us. More recently he has arranged a re-writing of our wills with rather complex details relating to gifts to charity.  Ian is always friendly, helpful and prompt in replying to matters that we raise. He has also dealt with questions raised by our IFA’.

‘Muna Rogoff… extremely approachable and down to earth. Ian Bowyer… very solid advice‘.

Ian Bowyer has great experience in private client matters and is a pleasure to deal with‘.

‘The team is very accessible, with a range of styles which enables it to match the right advisor to clients. The lawyers have a refreshing approach to pricing, with opportunities for clients to take more control over how they are billed – it’s not just based on hourly rates. The firm is tech savvy which enabled it to hit the ground running during the early weeks of lockdown. Technical excellence comes as standard, and they use different levels of lawyers to ensure the best possible value for clients. They pride themselves on being “lawyers you’ll enjoy working with” and that is exactly my experience‘.

‘Ian Bowyer has a calm, focused approach putting clients at ease and building a rapport quickly. Whilst he has broad technical expertise, future planning is a key strength for him.  He works as a team with other professional advisers, something that is both unusual and refreshing, and definitely differentiates from the competition. The team has strength and depth, team members are easy to work with and they do what they say they are going to do.  Professional, business-like, and accessible with strong service delivery and a feeling that nothing is too much trouble‘.

The cooperation with Muna Rogoff was very good and very effective. Her German is excellent. I was impressed by her understanding of the legal situation in Switzerland regarding matrimonial and estate law.’

The firm has a very broad practice area but has made excellent progress within the private client space, with various strategic hires. Its regional presence and very favourable billing rates make it an excellent option for HNW individuals & families with an international element.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Greenwoods GRM‘s disputes practice, which is led by Huw Wallis, includes specialist sub-teams that are active in construction, financial services and property disputes. In a significant development in 2020, Euan Palmer joined from Rosling King LLP; in addition to being active in oil and gas disputes, he is also sought after for advice on other matters, such as shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and commercial fraud cases. Nicholas Scott left for Blaser Mills Law in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:

Euan Palmer; James Dyche

Testimonials

Great new team in the UK commercial litigation market.

Proactive with clients and counsel, and cost sensitive – beats Magic Circle firms.

Client focused , empathetic and incredibly smart.

The team is most pragmatic, responsive and sensitive to the requirements of clients. We were very satisfied with their services during a highly contested commercial dispute matter.

Huw Wallis is a seasoned pair of hands.

We had a great experience with Huw Wallis, who provided great strategic inputs that helped the client take informed decisions.

Euan Palmer is a reliable source of advice in international commercial disputes.

Euan Palmer understands the oil and gas industry, which is a significant benefit and saves significant time and cost; and he is good at seeing the gaps in contracts, which helps during disputes.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM is '‘really practical and tuned in to the actual needs of clients and what the litigation process involves at a granular level'. The firm handles high-profile cases for a diverse range of clients, among them major developers and manufacturing companies, whether regional or national in nature. Practice head Huw Wallis is mainly based in London, but he works frequently in Peterborough to oversee a busy and highly skilled team that includes partner Adele Whaley and 'practical, approachable' senior associate Jamie McConnell.

Practice head(s):

Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:

Adele Whaley; Jamie McConnell

Testimonials

‘Really practical and tuned in to the actual needs of clients and what the litigation process involves at a granular level. This enables realistic and practical advice to be given and it also helps in spotting potential pressure points on opponents.’

‘Jamie McConnell is really easy to get along with. Practical, approachable, and good judgement regarding litigation strategies.’

‘The team was readily available and understood the difference between the commercial and legal demand of a dispute resolution. The straight-talking approach was much appreciated.’

‘Jamie McConnell was able to see things from our side and give calm advice. We could always speak openly and candidly between us and his patience and determination were outstanding.’

Key clients

Bullen Developments Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1

The Peterborough office of Greenwoods GRM is a central hub for its firm-wide practice, which handles corporate, commercial, finance and restructuring matters. The firm acts for companies of all sizes, form start-ups to listed companies, in regional and national matters. Alastair Gunn is the lead partner in the business and finance group, as well as being head of the media and banking team and a key member of the agricultural and rural business group. Consultant David Woods has more than 30 years' experience and remains a key member of the practice, while senior associate Claire Banks is increasingly involved in high-value M&A and restructuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Gunn

Other key lawyers:

David Woods; Claire Banks

Key clients

Encasement Limited

Fairline Yachts Limited

Employment Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM has 'an amazing friendly team that is always very willing to help'. The firm has one of the largest employment practices in East Anglia, which acts for household name employer clients across the region and further afield, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. John Macaulay, who is 'always on hand with good, honest practicable advice', leads the practice from Peterborough, where Robert Dillarstone and the 'pragmatic and realisticKeith Williams are key partners. In Cambridge, Joanna Scally (who provides 'very clear, practical, concise advice') and senior associates Natalie Wiliams and Siobhan Thomson are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

John Macaulay

Other key lawyers:

Robert Dillarstone; Keith Williams; Joanna Scally; Natalie Williams; Siobhan Thomson

Testimonials

‘An amazing friendly team that is always very willing to help. Lockdown has not phased this team in the slightest, they just seamlessly picked up their laptops and started working from home with the same professionalism and ease of working with than if they were still in the office.’

‘John Macaulay heading up the employment team is always on hand with good, honest practicable advice. One of John’s real assets is he makes his customers feel valued with nothing being too much trouble, makes me feel like I have all of his undivided time, never saying he is too busy, even though he has lots of customers to deal with and probably with lots more complex issues than mine at the time. John has a very nice calming manner.’

‘Keith Williams is fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He always looks at the people problem in a pragmatic and realistic way and considers the company’s needs as well as the legal aspects. Keith is prompt in his responses and has helped the business successfully manage a number of complex employee situations.’

‘Jo Scally and Siobhan Thompson are exceptional practitioners. They draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide both the personnel services and the wider organisation balance and practical advice and support.’

‘The Greenwoods teams that we have worked with have taken the time to understand not only the organisation’s position but the very minute detail of each case they have supported us with. Without fail they have always provided well researched practical prompted advice. They have always been friendly, supportive and understanding, nothing is too onerous.’

‘Greenwoods works hard at developing close relationships with the sector and provide really helpful training and networking events. The depth of their understanding of the nature of clients’ organisations increases the value of the advice they give.’

‘The employment team at Greenwoods is exceptional – providing great events with up to the minute legal changes and guidance. The staff are very knowledgeable and always on hand to help. They are one of the easiest legal firms I have had to deal with and always one we can rely on to help us with a good result.’

‘We have worked on a range of complex employment law issues. Firstly, Greenwoods came on board at short notice to support with a complicated issue involving an internal investigation, external investigation and a statutory regulator. They were swift in the analysis of the key issues, how to deal with them pragmatically and how to mitigate the associated risk. We have also worked on a range of other employment related scenarios and I have been very impressed with the breadth of their knowledge and their ability to help provide practical solutions to difficult internal issues.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Bedford Borough Council

Hollister Inc (and its UK subsidiaries)

Real VNC Limited

Willmott Dixon

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Greenwoods GRM frequently advises high-profile clients across the UK on matters as diverse as compliance, fire safety and the defence of corporate criminal prosecutions. Head of the firm's regulatory practice Kathryn Gilbertson, who is primarily based in the Peterborough office, has a stellar national reputation for business defence. The firm is known best for its work in the hospitality, SME and constructions sectors, where it handles a broad scope of domestic and cross-border matters, and Gilbertson is also highly regarded for her work in food safety cases.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Gilbertson

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has a dedicated rural practice that advises agri-businesses and landowners on a wide range of real estate, business, employment, regulatory and wealth preservation matters. Newly promoted senior associate Emily Pumfrey leads the practice from Peterborough, supported by business and finance partner Alastair Gunn and Cambridge-based head of wealth preservation Clare Harris. Pumfrey recently assisted the owners of a farming business with succession planning and land registration matters.

Practice head(s):

Emily Pumfrey

Other key lawyers:

Clare Harris; Alastair Gunn

Key clients

Produce World Group

Fenmarc Produce

Deans Farms

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough provides 'practical advice and feasible solutions'. The firm has a deep roster of clients for real estate work, which includes property developers, charities and a major national motor dealer; it also acts for high-net-worth individuals and owners of agricultural land. Samantha East leads the practice and focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate work, including development and option arrangements, while the highly regarded Karin Horsley has substantial experience and frequently assists overseas investors with multimillion-pound property portfolios. Senior associate Ann-Marie Clow also plays a pivotal role in key transactions.

Practice head(s):

Samantha East

Other key lawyers:

Karin Horsley; Ann-Marie Clow

Testimonials

‘They provide practical advice and feasible solutions to issues and challenges. I have been a client for nearly 20 years and have always found them professional and on the ball.’

‘Accessibility! You can always get across to the person you need to speak with.’

‘The team are always available or prompt in their response to queries. The team are friendly yet professional and always happy to explain any legal terms /practices that we do not fully understand.’

Key clients

Robertson Sands Eco Developments Ltd

A & L Kirby Property Ltd

Escape Fitness Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has a cross-office construction practice that is involved in regional, national and international projects, providing both advisory support and assistance with contentious matters. The firm recently acted for Cladding UK in defending a claim by a contractor alleging delay, disruption and extra cost in the removal of cladding from three tower blocks in London. Lorna Carter in Cambridge and London-based partner Howard Crossman are the lead partners. Associate Sarah Lidgett in Peterborough also plays a central role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lorna Carter; Howard Crossman

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lidgett

Testimonials

‘Howard Crossman is a pleasure to deal with – I was impressed by his knowledge of the client, its business and its concerns, and of the construction sector.’

‘I have worked with Greenwoods on a number of occasions – it is like dealing with a London practice.’

‘They give constructive and practical advice and are always keen to avoid the expense and stress of litigation wherever possible. They appear to understand how a worrying a construction dispute can be to a client who has not been through the process before.’

‘Lorna Carter has been very efficient in guiding us in aligning all the contracts involved in a large building.’

‘The practice keeps our business up to date with movements in legal matters and new case judgments ’

‘Lorna Carter is an exceptional lawyer who listens and quickly understands the needs and wants of us as a client and will allocate the fee charging time appropriate to each case ensuring that time is not wasted on unnecessary work.’

‘Small but effective construction team with a personal touch that provides value-added, prompt and practical advice.’

‘Howard Crossman is a highly skilled and experienced construction lawyer. He is popular with clients for being hands-on, commercial and tough when required. Howard will help out during the lifecycle of a project, advising on contract administration and management. He will often suggest producing a strategy report at an early stage, combining legal and contractual analysis with effective practical and commercial advice on the way forward.’

Key clients

Cladding UK Limited

Studio Ashby Limited

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has a nationally renowned corporate defence practice, which handles matters as diverse as health and safety prosecutions, property guardianship disputes and complex corporate crime.  The firm has particular expertise in the hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction sectors. Head of regulatory Kathryn Gilbertson has a stellar reputation for cases across the UK. Kirstie Goulder leads on property guardianship matters.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Gilbertson

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie Goulder

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough handles all aspects of occupational and personal pension schemes, from advising on the impact of new legislation and scheme governance rules to the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. A key element of its work is assisting employers and trustees with strategies to reduce liabilities and contain debt, as well as investment restructuring. Head of employment John Macaulay leads the practice but consultant Pauline Anning is the firm's pensions specialist and she has more than 25 years' experience in advising corporates, public authorities, trustees and unions.

Practice head(s):

John Macaulay

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Anning

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM has a strong base of clients in the agriculture sector around Cambridge, as well as acting for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Its work spans every aspect of private client law, including wills, trust administration and Court of Protection matters. Newly promoted Clare Harris is the lead partner in Cambridge and co-head of the firm-wide wealth preservation practice. 'She has been faultless in and her knowledge of the sector is first-class', says one of her clients.

Practice head(s):

Clare Harris

Testimonials

‘I have no complaints with the advice I was given. As with many businesses in the service sector, it comes down to the personal attention provided by the lawyer you are working with. Clare Harris was exceptional.’

‘My sister and I employed Clare Harris and she has been faultless in everything she has done for us. Her knowledge of the sector is first class. She is friendly, understanding, responsive, tactful and delivers wonderful advice in a timely manner. She is very very good. I am very glad that we employed her and I would recommend her to anyone who needs advice in her sector.’

‘The new department of wealth preservation is excellent for our needs. It takes the private client platform to another level, it is not tax avoidance but optimising the value created and ensuring it is managed in a professional and ethical manner. The focus helps understand the options available and how to ensure everything is legally compliant. The team are all very supportive and responsive.’

‘We have worked with Clare Harris for several years and she strives to understand our needs of the wider family, to enable us to plan effectively and goes to he extra mile. This enables her to recommend options and suggest ideas which benefit the whole family.’

‘Whilst delivering a personal service from my own solicitor, the team is always able to handle any questions or documents. There is a real sense of a properly joined up approach across the team from admin to seniors who know what is going on.’

‘Clare Harris provides me with an excellent service. What makes it standout is the personal approach, she is always fully up to speed with what is going on and crucially, remembers everything from previous discussions. Her advice is always considered and well worth listening to. Her willingness to embrace video calls has made our meetings efficient and effective. An absolute delight to work with, I recommend her highly.’

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

Greenwoods GRM has a large private client practice that works in an integrated manner across all of its offices to assist high-net-worth clients with wills, estate planning, trusts and complex tax matters. Names to note includ associate Anna Turner, who has particular experience of handling matters for elderly clients. Fellow Associate Rebecca Towey is recommended for her ‘very helpful and professional‘ approach to will drafting.

Other key lawyers:

Anna Turner; Rebecca Towey

Testimonials

‘The team were extremely easy to communicate with keeping us informed at all stages of the proceedings. Quick responses at a period of time when things were difficult (COVID-19). Very good face-to-face meetings.’

‘Rebecca Towey was very helpful and professional in drawing up and dealing with my will and LPA. All information and advice was clearly stated and understandable, on the phone and in written correspondence. She understood my needs and responded in good time, so she made the whole process seamless.’

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

At Greenwoods GRM, lead partner Kathryn Gilbertson has a national reputation for advice on environmental and regulatory matters, ranging from odour and waste management matters to contaminated land issues involving asbestos. Acting for national companies, property developers, SMEs and private individuals, the practice is known for its in-depth knowledge of environmental compliance issues and for its practical advice to high-profile clients on sensitive matters.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Gilbertson

Public sector Tier 2

Greenwoods GRM supports education institutions with safeguarding, corporate and governance matters, HR, property developments, contracts, regulatory issues and data privacy work. The firm is counsel to numerous Cambridge colleges, schools and academies, as well as local councils. Practice head Joanna Scally and senior associate Siobhan Thomson provided several Cambridge Colleges with support on employment issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, and assisted Emmanuel College with changing the terms and conditions of the contract of a long-serving employee with at least one disability. In Peterborough, Robert Dillarstone advises on employment matters and associate Claire Banks provides corporate support.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Scally

Other key lawyers:

Siobhan Thomson; Robert Dillarstone; Claire Banks

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Greenwoods have taken the time to understand and develop relationships within the educational sector.’

‘Joanna Scally and Siobhan Thomson always deliver high quality and pragmatic employment law advice, always with a personal touch.’

Key clients

Emmanuel College

Churchill College

Murray Edwards College

St Edmunds College

Pembroke College

Peterborough Keys Academies Trust

Bedford Borough Council

Uppingham School

Stamford Endowed School

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough is heavily involved in portfolio refinancing and finance-related litigation. As well as acting for banks and borrowers, the firm has also recently handled disputes alleging that investors were fraudulently misled in share acquisition transactions. Corporate partner Alastair Gunn and litigation senior associate Jamie McConnell are the main contacts. Partner Samantha East specialises in development and investment funding for real estate clients.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Gunn; Jamie McConnell

Other key lawyers:

Samantha East

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM increasingly acts for well-known national charities and major education institutions; among its clients are Pembroke College and The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust. Victoria Robinson leads the charity sector group from Peterborough, calling on the expertise of senior associates Ann-Marie Clow and Claire Banks for advice on real estate transactions, and corporate and commercial matters respectively. Employment partner Joanna Scally in Cambridge recently assisted Emmanuel College with matters concerning a long-serving employee with a disability.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Ann-Marie Clow; Clare Banks; Joanna Scally

Key clients

Stamford Endowed School

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust

Emmanuel College

Churchill College

Murray Edwards College

St Edmunds College

Pembroke College

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM continues to build its presence in the Cambridge market, and clients praise the 'excellent service' the firm offers. It frequently handles real estate transactions for clients in the education, technology and hospitality sectors, as well as working on strategic land matters and development projects. Kelly Peck moved to Barr Ellison LLP, but the firm hired partner Lisa Mantle from Howes Percival LLP to lead the Cambridge team, which works closely with the larger real estate team in Peterborough.

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Mantle

Testimonials

‘Excellent service – they always stick to their quotes with no hassle.’

Key clients

Robertson Sands Eco Developments Ltd

A & L Kirby Property Ltd

Escape Fitness Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 3

The corporate and commercial practice at Greenwoods GRM is largely based in Peterborough, where practice head Alastair Gunn Alastair Gunn is based, but the firm recently hired Jonathan Reardon from Al Tamimi & Company to lead on business and finance matters from the Cambridge office. He focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, as well as private equity and venture capital matters, working closely with key partner David Woods. The firm frequently handles transactions for clients in the technology, business services and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Gunn

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Reardon

Key clients

Green Energy (UK) plc

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM has specialist knowledge of the media sector, particularly magazine and online publishing, which sees the firm involved in complex IP matters. Finance partner Jonathan Reardon in Cambridge, who joined from Al Tamimi & Company, leads the practice along with corporate partner Alastair Gunn and litigation senior associate Jamie McConnell in Peterborough. Their work includes advice to companies on investments and acquisitions involving the development and exploitation of IP, as well as contentious matters and support to early stage companies on the protection, development and licensing of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Gunn; Jonathan Reardon; Jamie McConnell

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Greenwoods GRM is building its technology sector focus by bringing together its IT, telecoms and IP expertise into a single team that acts for software houses, as well as handling technology matters for corporate, education and not-for-profit clients. Corporate partner Alastair Gunn in Peterborough works closely with business and finance specialist Jonathan Reardon  in Cambridge, who joined from Al Tamimi & Company and has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border technology transactions. Senior associate Jamie McConnell handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Gunn; Jonathan Reardon; Jamie McConnell

Key clients

IP Sentinel Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

The property litigation practice at Greenwoods GRM is led from London, though head of disputes Huw Wallis, who work in both London and Peterborough, is frequently involved in major cases. In East Anglia, associate Amy Castleman is a key member of a practice that is ' efficient, hardworking and sensitive to their clients' needs'. Castleman has a niche specialism in property guardianship cases, though she also works with the London-based practice head on leasehold and collective enfranchisement matters.

Practice head(s):

Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:

Amy Castleman

Testimonials

‘The property litigation team is efficient, hardworking and sensitive to their clients’ needs.’

‘Amy Castleman is an associate who is very hardworking and a capable lawyer.’

‘What makes Amy Castleman stand out is her attention to detail, specialist knowledge and insight. She performs far above and beyond what I have come to expect of an associate with her PQE. Working with her is often closer to working with a partner with more than double her experience.’

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.

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 data privacy specialist, Priya Thapar, 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 that 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: Ollie Flowers

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Robert Dillarstone rdillarstone@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887705
Agriculture & Rural Business; Real Estate Emily Pumfrey erpumfrey@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887644
Charity/not-for-profit; Corporate & Commercial Victoria Robinson vjrobinson@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887775
Commercial Disputes Huw Wallis hwallis@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2088
Construction Lorna Carter lecarter@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1223 785299
International Construction Howard Crossman hcrossman@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2099
Corporate & Commercial; Banking & Finance; Media; Agri Alastair Gunn agunn@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887771
Tech; Start-ups; Corporate & Commercial Ollie Flowers opflowers@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)7936 968226
Data Privacy Priya Thapar pthapar@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2063
Education; Employment Law Joanna Scally jrscally@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1223 785296
Employment Law John Macaulay jmacaulay@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887708
Employment Law Simon Malcolm smalcolm@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2077
Employment Law David Buckle dcbuckle@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2073
Immigration; Employment Law Keith Williams kwilliams@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887713
IP; Commercial Disputes Jamie McConnell jmcconnell@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887732
Marine; International Trade; Commercial Disputes Russell Strong rjstrong@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2086
Oil & Gas; Commercial Disputes Euan Palmer ejpalmer@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 7504 1163
Pensions Law Pauline Anning panning@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887686
Property Disputes Chi Collins ccollins@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 3691 2092
Real Estate Samantha East soeast@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887635
Real Estate Lisa Mantle lmmantle@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1223 785273
Regulatory; Health & Safety; Food & hospitality; Crime Kathryn Gilbertson kgilbertson@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1733 887621
Wealth Preservation Philip Carter pcarter@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 7504 1180
Wealth Preservation Ian Bowyer ibowyer@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 7504 1173
Wealth Preservation Clare Harris ceharris@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)1223 785289
Wealth Preservation - German-speakingand Austrian desk; Private client Muna Rogoff mrogoff@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk +44 (0)20 7504 1160
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ian Bowyer  photo Ian Bowyer Partner, Chartered Legal Executive
 David Buckle  photo David Buckle Partner
 Philip Carter  photo Philip Carter Partner
 Chi Collins  photo Chi Collins Head of Property Disputes
 Howard Crossman  photo Howard Crossman Partner
 Christopher Harper photo Christopher Harper Consultant
 Simon Malcolm  photo Simon Malcolm Partner
 Euan Palmer  photo Euan Palmer Partner
 Muna Rogoff  photo Muna Rogoff Muna prides herself on being approachable and providing her clients with advice…
 Huw Wallis  photo Huw Wallis Partner and Head of Disputes
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50
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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: www.greenwoodsgrm.co.uk/careers/#tab-diversity-and-inclusion