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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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Monthly Archives


Health and Safety Concerns at Newmarket Hotel

Poor health and safety procedures at a hotel in Newmarket which resulted in an employee being involved in two minor accidents within a matter of weeks has cost the hotel and its insurers just under £8,000 in damages and costs. The injured employee was represented by Michael Batty.


Default retirement age to be abolished

Further to our recent update in January regarding the removal of the Default Retirement Age, we can now advise that the government has since amended the draft regulations. Selene Holden, head of our Employment team, discusses the impact of this update will have on employers and employees.

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Greene & Greene assist in £9.75m acquisition

Chris Thomson, with the assistance of Mark DalyFraser Paskell and Chris Taylor, has acted for the The Vitec Group, an international provider of products and services for the broadcast, photographic, and MAG (military, aerospace and government) markets, in the £9.75m acquisition of Lastolite Ltd, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of lighting control accessories and backgrounds for the photo, video and cinema industry.

Read the press release to find out more about this transaction.


Survey suggests the need to consider Pre-Nuptial Agreements

An Opinion Poll* conducted in January 2011 of over 2,000 parents have found that 35% of parents were unwilling to leave an inheritance as their child’s spouse could end up with some of the inheritance in the event of their splitting up.

One in four parents were not confident that their child’s marriage would last.  Over 72% wanted Pre-Nuptial Agreements to become legally binding, but the survey suggests that it unlikely that a parent would interfere with their children’s choice of spouse or partner, instead they may put off inheritance planning.

Kate Chandler, Head of our Family Department said of the research:

“It is natural for parents to want to benefit and protect future generations.  This can be achieved without a change in the law on Pre-Nups providing there is joined-up thinking between Will making and Pre-Nup or Co-habitation agreements”.

* Survey carried out on behalf of investment management firm Rensburg Sheppards


Conveyancing/Civil Litigation: "Vendor Beware"

The perils of providing an inaccurate reply to a question in the standard Sellers Property Information Form in connection with a property sale have again been highlighted in a case that Michael Batty has just concluded

A purchaser he represented recovered the entire cost of repairing a central heating system and her legal costs from a vendor who had stated in the Form that the system was in full working order when, had sufficient thought been given to the facts known to the vendor, it would have been plainly apparent that it wasn’t. 


Civil Litigation/Personal Injury: Substantial Damages Award for Injured Passenger

A client who suffered serious crush injuries when the car she was travelling in as a front passenger was involved in an accident due to the negligence of the driver, has recovered a damages award of £107,500 along with her legal costs. The client is "extremely happy" with the service provided by Michael Batty, who advised her throughout.