Firm Profile > Greenwoods GRM > London, England

Greenwoods GRM

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.


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.


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.


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
 Ian Bowyer  photo Ian Bowyer
 Philip Carter  photo Philip Carter
 Howard Crossman  photo Howard Crossman
 Greg Davidian  photo Greg Davidian
 Alper Deniz  photo Alper Deniz
 Simon Donald  photo Simon Donald
 David Egan  photo David Egan
 Caterina Iodice  photo Caterina Iodice
 Dov Katz  photo Dov Katz
 Jane Laidler  photo Jane Laidler
 Simon Malcolm  photo Simon Malcolm
 Muna Rogoff  photo Muna Rogoff
 Nicholas Scott  photo Nicholas Scott
 Huw Wallis  photo Huw Wallis
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55