The 2022 edition of Chambers & Partners UK has been released today, ranking Greene & Greene’s teams as experts within their fields, as well as highlighting a number of individuals within their legal specialisms. The firm is described as “professional, friendly, positive and practical” as well as being a “trusted partner” by clients interviewed by Chambers.
Corporate and Commercial
Recognised for its legal expertise for corporate entities, both regional and national, the team is known for handling transactions across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.
Andrew Cooper receives the accolade of Up and Coming partner and is described as being
“ a sensible lawyer who is straightforward to deal with”. Simon Ratcliffe and Mark Daly retain their Ranked Lawyer status and are praised for their wide range of expertise. Neil Walmsley is also a Ranked Lawyer who is noted as “a very able lawyer who is good to deal with.”
This team is described as a widely recognised practice with expertise in an array of commercial disputes which acts as a “trusted partner” for its clients. It is also highlighted as being “a strong team with a wide breadth of experience that provides us with confidence the lawyers are acting in our best interests and working to get the best possible result for us” and taking “a pragmatic approach and are also personable individuals who can communicate where necessary in layman’s terms.”
Another client comments, “We are very happy with the service from Greene & Greene,” adding that “the solicitors are very helpful, considerate and deal with issues in a timely manner.”
Ranked Lawyer, Michael Batty, is respected for his litigation practice and one client highlights, “Michael has a really excellent focus on the detail of a matter but also sees the big picture.” “He is very knowledgeable and has the ability to put things into layman’s terms when necessary.” “Michael is the model of calm good sense and a man with whom you can do business – he is entirely free of posturing and gets on with the job in hand with cool authority.”
Rob Adam, head of the team, also receives Ranked Lawyer status and is described as: “Rob Adam is bright, personable and commercial” and “he gets on well with clients and can be firm without being aggressive.”
The firm’s Employment Team is noted as advising individuals and businesses across a wide spectrum of employment matters. Highlighted by Employers for its ability to advise on matters including restructurings, TUPE transfers and the defence of tribunal proceedings and by employees and senior executives for the team’s expertise on contract negotiations through to employment litigation covering areas like unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing and discrimination.
Head of the team and Ranked Lawyer, Selene Holden, advises employers on a broad range of work including investigation, grievance procedures and senior exits and is described by clients as: “She has a very good strategic approach to cases, seeing the wider picture rather than only the tribunal process, and she achieves good results for clients.”
Ranked Lawyer, Greg Jones is noted for his expertise in advising clients on range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, particularly within the technology and manufacturing sectors. Associate to Watch, Angharad Ellis-Owen is recommended for her experience of employment disputes and expertise in contract negotiations and TUPE.
The firm’s Commercial Property team is noted for its broad practice and expertise, with one impressed client commenting: “Greene & Greene are professional, friendly, positive and practical,” adding: “The standard of communication is very high, particularly in terms of availability and responsiveness.”
Ranked Lawyer Neil Grigg, who acts for clients in the farming, pharmaceutical and retail sectors is noted as: “He is very efficient and he doesn’t miss anything.”
This year’s Chambers research highlights the team as one of the strengths of Greene & Greene due to the ability of their litigators to work closely with the Residential, Commercial Property, Agriculture and Private Client teams.
Michael Batty is a member of The Property Litigation Association. He is often quoted as being “on top of the law” and for doing “an excellent job preparing the evidence and handling the clients and opposition”.
Moving into Tier 2, the firm’s Construction Team is described as being “very good and have a pragmatic approach” and “friendly and efficient.” Research highlights the team as being particularly active in contentious matters surrounding residential, commercial and infrastructure developments as well as advising on construction contracts.
Head of the team and Ranked Lawyer, Sarah Western is “responsive, has a quick understanding of the issues and takes a pragmatic approach.”
Family and Matrimonial
This Top Tier team is described as being first-class practice in both financial and Children Act proceedings, regularly handling complex cases for clients including high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Clients note, “They prepare their cases very thoroughly, the papers are always in excellent order and they identify issues,” adding: “They’re a pleasure to work with.”
Ranked as a top tier lawyer, Stuart Hughes is highlighted as an expert in divorce and financial remedy proceedings with clients commenting, “Stuart has a strategic way of operating and thinks down the road in cases very well.” “He has good instincts early on as to how to cut through a case so it’s pretty effective at settlement. He puts clients at ease.”
Also a ranked lawyer, Melanie Pilmer regularly assists with a breadth of matrimonial finance cases and is described by clients as: “She understands issues and fights really hard for her clients.” “She is very customer-oriented in her approach.”
Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Clients include farmers, landowners and agents who regularly praise the team’s discreet and intelligent manner in which they act ensuring clients get the best result, cost effectively and to an acceptable timescale
The team of specialist lawyers, led by Ranked Lawyer, Jonathan Mathers, works closely with the firm’s taxation department on a range of disputes and successful development of agricultural land cases.
For a full list of rankings and client testimonials, please visit Greene & Greene’s Chambers & Partners firm profile.