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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


Three New Solicitors at Greene & Greene

Greene & Greene expands its Employment, Company Commercial and Dispute Resolution teams with the appointment of Greg Jones, Megan Radcliffe and Kate Struthers. 

Greg Jones qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. He focuses exclusively on the area of employment law.  He advises on all employment and HR matters including executive appointments and dismissals, Employment Tribunal litigation, HR queries, TUPE transfers, mergers and acquisitions. He is recommended by a leading independent guide to the UK legal profession as “a name to note”. 

Solicitor Megan Radcliffe trained with an international firm in the City.  She has also worked as an in-house lawyer at an offshore marine engineering company.  Megan advises on commercial and corporate matters including business purchases and sales, commercial contracts, corporate finance and fundraising.  She also has experience in both construction and engineering law. 

Kate Struthers qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and advises on commercial litigation, property disputes and insolvency.  Kate has provided in-house legal support to one of the UK’s largest private healthcare providers.  

Chris Thomson, Senior Partner at Greene & Greene said: 

 “We are delighted to welcome Greg, Megan and Kate. These appointments reflect the confidence that we and our clients have in the East Anglian economy. The demand for our services continues to increase so I am very pleased that we have found three such talented people to help us and to help our clients. I wish them every success in their careers here in Bury St Edmunds.”  

For further information please telephone Mark Daly on 01284 717500, visit www.greene-greene.com and follow @greenegreenelaw.


Business Workshop in Bury St Edmunds

On Thursday 19 May we will be jointly hosting a free workshop in Bury St Edmunds with business consultancy Business Doctors and Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants for owners of SMEs, focussing on how owners can save time and increase the value of their business by reviewing their management strategy.

As part of the workshop, Andrew Cooper, a partner in our Corporate & Commercial team, will be giving a presentation on the importance for SMEs of putting in place the correct legal documents and framework.  Andrew will explain how the right legal structures can improve efficiency and increase the value of your business.

Further details of the workshop, and on how to book a place, can be found here.

Contact Andrew Cooper for Corporate & Commercial advice on 01284 717511 or email andrewcooper@greene-greene.com.  Follow Greene & Greene on Twitter @greenegreenelaw or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/greene-&-greene).


New Partner at Greene & Greene Solicitors

(Originally published by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on 7 December 2015)

Law firm Greene & Greene has strengthened its commercial team with solicitor Andrew Cooper becoming a Partner.  Having joined the firm in May 2012, his new role in the partnership commenced on 1 December.

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2011 after studying in Cambridge and Oxford, and worked for a law firm in Norwich before joining Bury St Edmunds based Greene & Greene.  Andrew advises a range of local and national businesses, recently advising one of London’s largest insurance underwriters on a multi-million pound acquisition of a specialist managing general agent, and the shareholders of a Cambridgeshire based company on a large crowd-funding project.  

Commenting on his invitation to become a Partner, Andrew said:

“I was delighted to be offered this role and I am very much looking forward to the new challenge.  The experience we offer here means we have a wide variety of clients ranging from small businesses in Bury St Edmunds to large and well known national and international companies, and we pride ourselves on giving the same high quality service to all.”

Senior Partner at Greene & Greene Chris Thomson added:  “When Andrew joined us three and a half years ago, we quickly realised that he would be a valuable member of the team.  Greene & Greene has a long standing reputation for delivering the service our clients expect and deserve and Andrew’s new role will only strengthen that.”

The commercial department of Greene & Greene currently operates with five solicitors and three support staff and will see further growth in 2016, with a new solicitor due to join in January.

Alongside his work with Greene & Greene, Andrew is a committee member and founder of the Bury St Edmunds Young Professionals, an active networking group for members of the business community in and around the town.

Please contact Andrew Cooper on 01284 717511 or andrewcooper@greene-greene.com.  For further details about Greene & Greene solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com or follow @greenegreenelaw.


Businesses Beware - New Rights for Consumers

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015, with implications for all business which provide goods or services to consumers, particularly affecting those who sell:

  • to consumers online, via telephone or email; and
  • in a consumer’s home or place of work.

Under the Act, a consumer is any “individual acting for purposes that are wholly or mainly outside that individual's trade, business, craft or profession.”  This new definition means that customers or clients who act partly for business purposes but mainly for personal purposes are now caught within the definition of consumer.

As well as consolidating much of the previous law relating to consumers’ rights and remedies against businesses, the new Act clarifies certain rights of consumers, and introduces a number of new remedies. These changes include:

  • the right for consumers to reject faulty or damaged goods within 30 days of the date of purchase or date of delivery - even if the goods are not rejected in this time, consumers have up to 6 months from the date of purchase or delivery to ask a retailer to repair or replace a faulty item, and if the retailer does not or cannot do this, the consumer can ask for the price to be reduced, or to return the goods;
  • goods must now be delivered by retailers within 30 days of the consumer’s order being accepted, unless a longer delivery period has been agreed with the consumer at the time of order;
  • increased rights for consumers in relation to defective ‘digital content’ which includes software provided on a CD and also downloaded software and files such as videos and music files. Digital content must be of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose, and if it is not, consumers can ask for a price reduction, repair or replacement, or (in certain cases) a refund; and  
  • the clear right for consumers to request re-performance of services where these services have not been carried out correctly.  Also, any business providing services to consumers must provide the service within a reasonable time of the consumer placing the order, unless a set period was agreed at the outset.

The Act is a culmination of various changes to the laws concerning consumer rights in the past two years, including an expansion of the previous distance selling rules. All businesses which deal with consumers, and particularly those mentioned above, should carefully review their Terms & Conditions and selling practices to ensure that they comply with the new rules.

If you are a business selling to consumers and would like advice on how the new Act affects you, please contact Andrew Cooper in the commercial team at Greene & Greene on 01284 717511 or by email at andrewcooper@greene-greene.com.


Dementia Friends

Martine Swaep is an Estate & Trust Practitioner in the Private Client Department at Greene & Greene, specialising in Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. Martine recently attended a Dementia Friends awareness session. Here she writes about becoming a ‘Dementia Friend’:

“Last month I attended a Dementia Friends awareness session. Dementia Friends is an initiative being run by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is funded by the Department of Health and aims to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the session or what I would learn; after all I do come across people with dementia from time to time as part of my role in the private client team at Greene & Greene and I am aware that there are varying levels of suffering with dementia. Well, there was my first negative perception of dementia, that it is something that you “suffer”.

At the beginning of the session we were asked what the first word we thought of when we heard the term “dementia”. Around the room the answers included “forgetful”, “violent”, “incontinent”, “memory loss”. All negative words.

As the session went on we were presented with lots of information about dementia, and the different types of dementia. I was surprised to find that whilst memory loss is one of the symptoms, it is only one. Some of the symptoms that people living with dementia can have vary from no longer being able to function as well physically; small things like not being able to use a knife and fork, to one of the most alarming for me; visual perception. People living with dementia often see the world differently; those swirls in the carpets could appear to be snakes, that big black mat at the door of a shop could be seen as a huge hole. Can you imagine being faced with those scary situations every day?

During the session we discussed the five things people should know about dementia:

  1. It’s not a natural part of ageing;
  2. It’s caused by diseases of the brain. The most common of these is Alzheimer’s;
  3. It’s not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks;
  4. It’s possible to live well with dementia; and
  5. There’s more to a person than the dementia.

 With support, people with dementia can and do take an active role in life.

Often people living with dementia revert to an earlier time in their life; so to help them you need to think about what might make life easier. If they are struggling to make a cup of tea, is it because the kettle they had years ago was heated on the cooker? If so, an electric kettle is going to be a rather alien concept! Easily fixed though, buy a stove top kettle. A small action, but one that can help them to continue to live their life. That was certainly something I had never thought of, helping someone rather than taking over. My granny suffers with Alzheimer’s and she has had quite a few incidents in the kitchen. After this session maybe the family can look at ways to help her carry on with the day-to-day tasks rather than just stopping her from doing them completely.

The session really was helpful; different examples were used to describe the way in which dementia can affect an individual and the ways in which we can all help people that are living with dementia. I will certainly be making a special effort to be more understanding and more educated in relation to dementia. In fact, I have signed up to become a fully trained Dementia Friend and my first agreed action is “to make others more aware of living with dementia”, hence this blog!

If you are interested in attending a session or becoming a Dementia Friend you can find out more online at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/”.

Martine is a full member of both the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT) and as well as the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). For further advice please contact Martine at martineswaep@greene-greene.com or on 01284 717458. For more information on Greene & Greene go to www.greene-greene.com and follow us on Twitter @greenegreenelaw.