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Clive Greenwood

Clive GreenwoodPartner

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I have over 25 years’ experience advising business and individuals on the effective and efficient resolution of commercial disputes.

I advise national and international organisations on the discreet investigation and resolution of sensitive internal issues and on disputes with suppliers, customers, competitors and regulators. In the course of my practice I have resolved problems for my clients by way of hard fought and acrimonious litigation resulting in trials before the English Courts, domestic and international private arbitration panels from the ICC and LCIA and through conciliatory negotiation and mediation.

My approach to the resolution of any dispute is to identify the range of commercial outcomes desired by my client and devise strategies to achieve those outcomes taking account of the client’s timeframe and budget and identifying the most effect forum for the resolution of the particular dispute. No two disputes are exactly the same and no two clients will have the same goals in seeking a resolution. The essential element of effective dispute resolution is to work with the client to clearly identify the commercial imperatives and to build an implement a strategy to achieve them.

Dispute Resolution

I advise businesses across a range of commercial sectors including professional services, retail, media, construction and pharmaceuticals and work on a wide variety of disputes. I have obtained orders for emergency injunctive relief from the Court, prosecuted and defended claims to trial before the Courts and in arbitrations conducted under the Rules of International Chamber of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration.

In addition to acting on commercial disputes relating to breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation and commercial fraud I have a keen interest in fiduciary duties and the conduct of company directors and shareholders. I advise the management bodies of businesses on the investigation of losses arising from the behaviour and conduct of individuals within organisations.

Partnerships & LLPs

I advise a range of businesses and individuals on all aspects of limited liability partnership (LLP), limited partnership (LP) and partnership law on both non-contentious matters and dispute resolution.

My dispute resolution work is primarily advising Management Committees and Managing Partners on internal disputes, team moves, partner behavior and conduct, fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants, partner expulsions and retirements.

Non-contentious work involves advising businesses and individuals on the duties and obligations imposed on those seeking to establish or join an LLP, LP or partnership, the implications of the terms of LLP, LP and partnership agreements and the matters to be considered when it is contemplated that an individual might leave the business (either voluntarily or by compulsion).

Professional Services

I advise national and international businesses in the professional services sector and have particular experience and expertise in advising businesses and individuals in the legal, accountancy and financial services professions.

My work is primarily in advising Management Committees and Managing Partners on all aspects of LLP and partnership law and most commonly in the context of internal disputes, team moves, behavior and conduct of partners, breaches of duty and restrictive covenants, partner expulsions and retirements. I have been described by Chambers UK as “absolutely marvelous” with a “superb knowledge of partnership law” and “technically excellent and very skillful in his handling of complex and sensitive disputes” and by Legal 500 as “a litigator at the top of his game and with enormous experience in this area”.

I am a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and co-author of Employment, Partnership and Discrimination Law form Professional Partnerships (published by Legalease).

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers 2024 (Partnership: Contentious client) - "Clive is absolutely super to work with. He really knows his stuff, has a strong eye for detail and is good at solving problems." "Clive is efficient, commercially savvy and spots key points."
  • Legal 500 2024 (Partnership) - ‘Clive Greenwood runs a team with great skills and experience in the partnership arena, handling the most complex litigation.’ ‘Clive Greenwood is extremely experienced and very commercially savvy. He is able to see the big picture in a case and is very focused in his strategic thinking.’
  • Legal 500 2023 (Partnership) ‘one of the very best in the field’ ‘Clive Greenwood is one of the very best in the field. His knowledge of the law is second to none. He is fantastic with clients and works extremely hard to achieve client goals. An enormous pleasure to work with.’ ‘What Clive Greenwood doesn’t know about partnership law isn’t worth knowing.’
  • Legal 500 2023 (Commercial litigation: Mid - Market) ‘Clive Greenwood has a huge market presence – extremely impressive. He is very bright, has great attention to detail, and is a tremendously calm and reassuring presence in a team.‘
  • Chambers 2023 (Partnership – UK–wide) "I am a massive fan of Clive. He knows the law exceptionally well, he has a commercial view on things, and clients really trust him." "He is super knowledgeable, super capable and altogether a class act."
  • Chambers 2022 (Partnership) - ‘He's a fantastic partnership lawyer who provides the perfect combination of technical, legal and practical advice in a sensible and useful way'
  • Chambers 2022 (Partnership) - ‘Clive knows the law incredibly well, is incredibly thorough in everything he does and is also very good strategically and tactically'
  • Legal 500 2022 (Commercial litigation: Mid-market) - ‘Clive Greenwood is a brilliant partner who is at the top of his game. He is straightforward and has amazing commercial acumen‘
  • Legal 500 2022 (Partnership) - ‘Clive Greenwood is absolutely top notch, and always delivers wise, pragmatic advice. A great practical problem-solver who knows the law inside out‘
  • Legal 500 2022 (Partnership) - ‘I regard Clive Greenwood as one of the total stars of the partnership world. I often recommend him and always know people will be delighted with what he does for them. Stellar! And always a total pleasure to work with‘
  • Chambers 2019 Ranked: Partnership - Contentious (UK wide)
  • Chambers 2019 - "He is particularly well versed in matters connected with partner expulsions, retirements and remuneration issues".
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