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Wednesday
May092018

Greene & Greene Celebrating 125 Years in Business

2018 marks the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of Bury St. Edmunds law firm, Greene & Greene Solicitors.  The firm has retained its roots in the town, but extended its reach throughout East Anglia and to other parts of the country. This has led to independent legal directories recommending Greene & Greene in each of the key areas in which it practices and such guides recognising the firm as “one of the leading practices in the region” with “exemplary client service”

Greene & Greene was founded in 1893 by John Wollaston Greene, who was joined shortly thereafter by his brother, Kenneth Wollaston Greene, and creating the name of the firm that it has retained to this day.  The brothers followed both their father and grandfather into the legal profession.  As well as establishing the firm, John was the Registrar of the Diocese and Legal Secretary to the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and Registrar of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury.  The eagle eyed will spot references to him on the walls of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.  John’s wife, Eva Paulina Boughey, also had an impressive history of public service and was the first woman to serve as a councillor, as well as Mayor, of Bury St Edmunds (1927-1928 and again between 1932-1933).

The brothers were part of the well-known Greene family, whose members have included:

  • Graham Greene, the internationally-acclaimed author of Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair and The Quiet American
  • Benjamin Buck Greene, a Governor of the Bank of England
  • Sir Hugh Carleton Greene OBE, Director General of the BBC
  • Charles Raymond Greene, a famous Mountaineer who joined the fourth British Everest Expedition in 1933 as senior doctor
  • Benjamin Greene, John & Kenneth’s Great-Great Uncle, founder of the Greene King Brewery

Perhaps the firm’s most recognised member of staff was not a family member or a Senior Partner, but an articled clerk, John Le Mesurier.  He also followed his father into the legal profession, and joined Greene & Greene in 1930 to commence his legal training. John spent his spare time performing with local amateur dramatics groups and after just three years left the firm to pursue his dream, a career on stage and screen, which culminated in his renowned role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the BBC television sitcom ‘Dad's Army’ between 1968–77.

First established on Abbeygate Street, in 2017 the firm celebrated its 80th year at 80 Guildhall Street, a large Queen Anne house. Historically the street had been home to most of Bury St Edmunds’ legal and accountancy firms due to its proximity to the Corn Exchange, which was a convenient meeting place for landowners and business people in the region who were their clients.

Bury has seen a continuous increase in business activity over the past 50 years which has been reflected in the increase in the size of the firm.  The building has been extended many times and adjacent office space has been acquired to accommodate its growing workforce, which has increased to more than 80 with over 30 lawyers and 12 partners.

Its experienced team of lawyers offer a high level of professional expertise and specialised advice to both corporates and individuals through the full spectrum of legal issues.  2017 saw the firm advising on Suffolk’s largest farm sale, together with approximately one billion pounds worth of corporate transactions.

Stuart Hughes, Managing Partner for Greene & Greene comments: “Greene & Greene is different. Many of our lawyers have worked at larger firms but moved to Greene & Greene because they can enjoy a good quality of life here, but also provide an excellent service to good clients who, quite rightly, demand it. Our lawyers have years of experience in the areas on which they advise with most having a broad range of expertise. They also give constructive, practical advice to get our clients where they want to be in the most straightforward and efficient manner”.

Over recent years the firm has continued its history of public service with its support of charities, and community groups including:

  • Neil Walmsley acting as the Under Sherriff of Suffolk and as a Trustee of the Suffolk Community Foundation;
  • Sponsor of the Show Director’s Dinner at the Suffolk Show;
  • Participant in the Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds; 
  • Neil Grigg as a Governor of South Lee School;
  • Supporter and sponsor of various local sports teams;
  • Angharad Ellis Owen as a Governor of Moulton Primary School;
  • Supporter and significant benefactor of the St. Nicholas Hospice Care Wills Weeks;
  • Mark Daly as a Director and former Chairman of Our Bury St. Edmunds, the local Business Improvement District;
  • Corporate Patron of Bury Bach Choir;
  • Various lawyers being members of Round Table and Rotary groups; and
  • Sponsor of the second ‘Bury Tri Festival’ in support of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) held in April 2018.

Greene & Greene’s office in the beautiful thriving town of Bury St Edmunds, is the perfect location with easy access from the A14. For 125 years clients and fellow professionals have been recommending the firm to others based upon their own personal experience, the quality of its service and its outstanding reputation.

 

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

* This article was first published in the May Edition of Bury & West Suffolk Magazine.

Thursday
Nov022017

Greene & Greene ‘Second to none for Client Service’

Picture: David Garrad

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

Friday
Jun032016

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.

Wednesday
May042016

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).

Tuesday
Dec222015

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.

Monday
Oct262015

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.