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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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Monday
Apr282014

International Rugby 7s at Bury St Edmunds

Greene & Greene are delighted to be supporting the Greene King IPA International Rugby 7s event to be held at Bury St Edmunds RFC Haberden Ground on Sunday, 4 May 2014.  This event, renowned as one of the best 7s tournaments on the circuit, welcomed over 2,500 spectators last year to watch some of the top players in the 7s game.  This year will feature international players from around the globe, with top clubs including Leicester Tigers, Saracens and Northampton Saints hoping to steal the coveted title.

With Rugby 7s due to become an Olympic sport in 2016, its popularity has grown phenomenally over the last few years.

The tournament will feature 12 teams within its Elite competition, an eight-side Open competition for local teams and a four team showcase Women’s 7s tournament. 

The gates open at 9:30am with the first match at 10:00am.

Greene & Greene are amongst the sponsors of the event this year and hope that everyone has a memorable and enjoyable day.

Wednesday
Feb272013

Doing Business in Suffolk

When I first came to work in Bury St Edmunds my friends thought I was mad. It was the late 1980s, a time of boom and bust, when you could make as much on your house increasing in value as you would by going to work. City lawyers were praised and berated in equal measure; you might remember Harry Enfield’s “loadsamoney” or Wall Street’s “lunch is for wimps”. I was right in the thick of it, doing “mergers and acquisitions” (buying and selling big businesses) for a national firm. When I said I was leaving my colleagues told me that Bury was both an irrelevant backwater and a graveyard of ambition.

The reality was very different. Greene & Greene already had a great client base of public and private companies, doing all the same things I had seen before. If anything the clients were more active, more profitable and probably more open minded. But there was an image problem; we dealt with banks and other advisers in London who assumed that Bury St Edmunds was all “farmers and village idiots”. Being from Suffolk we would not know what we were doing when faced with “Real Work”. Those same perceptions also restricted recruitment, an urgent issue since our firm is only ever as good as the lawyers we have available for clients.

We had to clearly communicate what we do as a business. The marketplace was crowded, with every lawyer claiming to be great at everything. Our strategy was to not to make unsubstantiated claims but to gather testimonials and recommendations from real people that we work with; our clients, other advisers and the other parties to the transactions we were doing. With their consent we publicised real deals we had done for them and passed on what they truly thought about us. They never asked for (or received) any kick back or payment.

We have followed that strategy ever since. It works. The volume of work we now do just for business clients is greater than the whole firm did back in the 1980s. Email and Skype has made location less important. Our website, blog and twitter account get our messages out quickly. In the last year we easily recruited seven new lawyers. Clients that visit us here in Bury only have good things to say about the town, only last month a non executive director visiting for a client’s board meeting asked me “how come you get to work here?”

Chris Thomson | christhomson@greene-greene.com | T: 01284 717412

Written at the request of the East Anglian Daily Times as part of a feature on doing business in West Suffolk.  Article Published:  28 February 2013