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Greene & Greene is a long established firm of solicitors based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Our lawyers advise individuals and businesses based all over the UK.

We regularly attract new clients who have been using firms in London, but now receive a more cost efficient and more personal service from us here in Bury St Edmunds.

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Greene & Greene ‘Second to none for Client Service’

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2017 has been a great year for Bury St Edmunds based Greene & Greene, with its clients and the region’s economy continuing to thrive.  This has culminated in the new edition of the independent legal guide, The Legal 500, recommending Greene & Greene as a top-tier firm in four of its core practice areas:

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
  • Contentious Trusts and Probate

Clients said that Greene & Greene is “second to none for client service” and have praised its “exemplary knowledge with the ability to explain technical issues in layman’s terms”.

In addition to recommending the firm for 11 different practice areas, The Legal 500 2017 has also recommended 21 of its lawyers and singled out four with particular praise. 

Senior Partner, Michael Batty, is again named as a ‘Leading Individual’ within the field of Commercial Litigation, being commended for “clear and concise” advice, heading this Band 1 rated team.  Jonathan Mathers has joined Michael with this accolade for his work in Agriculture and Estates, the guide commenting that his team is “large enough to offer comprehensive expertise and resources, but small enough to provide a personal service”.

Of particular note were new honours for two of Greene & Greene’s ‘Next Generation Lawyers’.  Contentious Trusts and Probate lawyer, Ben Fox, helped his team secure a Band 1 rating within the region, singling him out as one of the region’s top lawyers and praising him for “first-class advice that always meets clients’ needs”.  Recent recruit to the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team, Mark Williams, was also promoted into this group for his work within Intellectual Property, with his Band 1 Corporate and Commercial team being highlighted for its “robust and in-depth understanding of its clients’ business”.

Simon Ratcliffe, Managing Partner at Greene & Greene, said:

“We are delighted to be complimented by our clients and other professional advisers within this leading legal guide.  I am delighted for all of our lawyers whose teams have been commended, but I am particularly delighted for Michael, Jonathan, Ben and Mark, who have received special praise this year for their great client service.”

For more information about Greene & Greene Solicitors and the services it can provide please visit www.greene-greene.com, telephone 01284 762211 and follow the firm on Twitter @greenegreenelaw.

* This article first appeared in the EADT on 25th October 2017


Proud Sponsors of First Bury St. Edmunds Literature Festival

Greene & Greene is proud to be one of the principal sponsors of the first Bury St. Edmunds Literature Festival running from 25th – 29th October.

With events taking place at various venues around the town (many of them free), this year’s guest authors range from local writers to international bestsellers, including the winner of last year’s Waterstones Book of the Year – Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent).

There are workshops for children and adults, networking events for writers, poetry and book readings around the town, and a literature-themed film screening.  The festival has something for everyone; books in all genres, for all ages and also a short story competition for young people to encourage authors of the future.

For further information about the festival please take a look at the Programme of Events For details of the authors and how to book please click here.

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.


Employment Tribunal Fee refund scheme launched

The Ministry of Justice and HM Courts & Tribunals Service have announced that the first wave of people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds will be able to apply from today.

This follows an appeal hearing by Unison and the subsequent ruling by the Supreme Court in July where they declared that “fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims were ruled to be unlawful and therefore nullified.”

During this first stage of the phased implementation up to around 1,000 people will be contacted and given the chance to complete applications before the full scheme is opened up in the coming weeks.

As well as being refunded their original fee, successful applicants to the scheme will also be paid interest of 0.5%, calculated from the date of the original payment up until the refund date.

It is claimed that the opening phase will last for around 4 weeks. Further details of the scheme, including details of how it can be accessed, will be made available when the scheme is rolled out fully.

If you have any questions regarding employment tribunals or any other employment matter please contact Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453) or Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446). For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.


Laser Tag Tournament was a great success !!

Greene & Greene recently hosted its second annual Laser Tag Tournament, as part of the Jacobs Allen 2017 Accumulator Challenge, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

11 teams and over 60 people attended from businesses in and around Bury St Edmunds. After an evening of fierce competition, Brown & Co took home the winner’s trophy.  

It was a fantastic evening, which was enjoyed by all.  A grand total of £1,300 was raised for the Hospice.

Thank you to everyone who took part, to those who donated prizes, and to Planet Laser for hosting the event. We look forward to doing it all again next year! 


Taxing times...

Anyone looking to invest in property as either a second home or a buy-to-let since 1 April 2016 will no doubt be aware of the additional 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") rate on the purchase of an additional dwelling.  However, SDLT is not quite all doom and gloom, as there are situations when the additional rates will not apply, and reliefs are available in certain circumstances which can reduce your SDLT bill with HMRC.

For example, if a buyer is looking to acquire two or more dwellings in a single transaction, then “multiple dwellings relief” may be available to reduce the overall SDLT liability.

Rather than applying to all “properties”, the additional rate is levied on the purchase of a “dwelling”.  What the man on the Clapham Omnibus would regard as a “dwelling” is not the same as HMRC, and often an analysis needs to be carried out in order to make a determination.

Also, the additional rates are only applicable when a buyer is not replacing his or her main residence. HMRC takes "replacing" to mean that there has been a disposal and acquisition.  Therefore, where a buyer acquires a new main home, but has not disposed of their previous residence, he or she will be initially caught by the additional 3% rate.  However a refund for the additional tax paid can be claimed from HMRC if the previous main home is sold within a three year window. 

If you have any questions in relation to SDLT, please contact Natalie Stoter on nataliestoter@greene-greene.com or 01284 717462 (Direct). For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw

This article first appeared in Issue Five 2017 of Bedfords Review


Get ready for the Jacobs Allen Accumulator Challenge


Greene & Greene is proud to announce that it will be participating in the Jacobs Allen 2017 Accumulator Challenge in aid of local charity, St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Each business that takes part is given a £50 note (kindly donated by Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisers) and the challenge over a three month period to find interesting and innovative ways to gain as much profit as possible, all of which will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

St Nicholas Hospice Care provides help, advice and support to people in West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their life, who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.  Their services are not just for patients, but for their family and friends too. They include everything from specialist medical care to bereavement support and practical help. It costs £11,000 every day to cover the costs of providing this invaluable support service.

Since it started, seven years ago, thousands of pounds have been raised and each year more and more local businesses continue to get involved to support such a worthy cause.

Following the success of its Laser Tag Tournament last year, Greene & Greene will be returning to Planet Laser on Western Way in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday 19th September from 6pm. Entry per team (up to 6 people) is £125.00 and will include a hot and cold buffet at the venue after the tournament.

Greene & Greene would like to invite businesses in and around Bury St. Edmunds to enter their teams by Monday 11th September.

Please contact andrewcooper@greene-greene.com if you would like to enter a team.

Let the battle commence!

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.