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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Emms Gilmore Liberson

Emms Gilmore Liberson 's corporate and commercial team advises on M&A, restructurings, joint ventures and commercial contracts. It is also developing its healthcare client-base.  Leading the practice  is Stephen Gilmore , who is notably strong in shareholder and partnership agreements and Gregory Emms, who focuses on a range of  corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Gilmore; Gregory Emms 

Other key lawyers:Kian Golestani; Gurmeet Jakhu

Key Clients

PTV Group Peach Pub Group


Business Loans Limited

Tipton & Coseley Building Society

Scott Brownrigg Jaffer Group

Select Lifestyles Limited

ServiceMaster Limited

LCF Developments Ltd

Coffee-Bike International

TWL Franchising Limited

APC - The Alternative Parcels Company

Mirko G Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders in JNC Solutions on sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Eque2.
  • Acted for Scott Brownrigg architecture and design on the purchase of Acanthus. Acanthus’ transport clients include Transport for London, London Underground, DLR and Network Rail.
  • Advised  the majority shareholder in telecoms company  CDI on its sale.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Emms Gilmore Liberson

Emms Gilmore Liberson is recommended for its work in gambling law and routinely acts for both UK-based and overseas clients such as online and non-remote casinos. Under the leadership of Peter Adkins, the team also advises on the full range of alcohol and entertainment licences and acts for all types of venues including hotels, restaurants, night clubs, pubs as well as supermarkets. Adkins also acts for various sexual entertainment venues on diverse licensing matters.

Practice head(s):Peter Adkins


'Peter Adkins is a very experienced licensing practitioner and delivers a first-class service'.

Key Clients

Loki Wines

Sabai Sabai

Brandasia t/as Ashas

Parma Midlands

Plough Harborne

Bandit Ventures

M Leisure Limited + associated companies

Hotels Management  / The Rowton Hotel

Bitters N Twisted Group

PDJ Cinemas


Work highlights

  • Acted in a highly contested application for licences for a new lap dance club in Birmingham.
  • Advised on various licensing matters on an urgent basis that arose out of a dispute between the owners / management of two highly successful and long established restaurant / karaoke venues.
  • Advised on an urgent application for licences after the hotel run by the company was advised that its existing licence had lapsed.
  • Advised on an application for a premises licence for a substantial new premises in Solihull to allow for the sale of alcohol/late night food.
  • Retained to advise the client on various licensing matters for five sites.  

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Emms Gilmore Liberson

Emms Gilmore Liberson's team is led by 'knowledgeable and approachable' director Richard Cooper, who has a track record of advising on commercial and contractual disputes, as well as matters concerning partnership agreements and professional negligence. He is supported by director Peter Adkins, who is experienced in litigation relating to licensing and gambling.

Practice head(s):Richard Cooper 

Other key lawyers:Peter Adkins


'The team is great and has fantastic support when needed.'

'The firm offers a top class and comprehensive legal service and the experienced partners are always available.'

'Richard Cooper is very experienced in commercial litigation and has particular skills in complicated shareholder disputes.'

'Richard Cooper's attention to detail and ability to manage the client through the litigation process is exceptional. He recognises the need to guide the client away from the emotional aspects of the dispute toward a commercial outcome.'

'Richard Cooper is highly knowledgeable and approachable, with an excellent client manner. Fast response times and available at all times, within reason, he devotes his time and energy securing the very best outcome with excellent results. Client care is at the heart of what he does and he does this exceedingly well.'

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West Midlands: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Emms Gilmore Liberson

At Emms Gilmore Liberson, Terry Cooper has extensive expertise in inheritance tax and capital gains tax law, as well as the creation and  restructuring of trusts and the administration of estates. In addition, Cooper personally acts as an executor and trustee in a number of matters.

Practice head(s):Terry Cooper


'Terry Cooper is a highly experienced lawyer with deep technical skills and extensive commercial experience'.

'Terry Cooper is a very capable private client practitioner who delivers a great service in a friendly, but professional manner'.

'The team is small and led by Terry Cooper, who clients warm to. He is particularly good with those clients who are new to their wealth and need a layman's terms type of approach - he is technically excellent'.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Emms Gilmore Liberson

Emms Gilmore Liberson recently strengthened its practice with the hire of property development and renewable energy expert Jonathan Wright from Fieldfisher LLP. The highly regarded Beth Margetson, who often advises commercial developers of industrial, residential and mixed-use schemes, was promoted to partner in April 2019. Other areas of expertise include leasing and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Mark Dakeyne

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Wright; Beth Margetson; Simon Jobson

Key Clients

Stoford Developments

Godwin Developments

Gooch Estate

Nectere Limited

Ashford Developments

Power Initiatives Ltd

Heyford Developments

Precision Diesel

Leasemethod Properties

Jaffer Group

Opus Land

Demipower Limited

Deeley Group Limited

Matthew Austin Limited

Warwickshire College

Cargo Express

Anine Bing

The Police & Crime Commissioner for West Midlands

Work highlights

  • Advising Stoford Developments on the creation of a new hangar at East Midlands Airport for Rolls-Royce.
  • Acted on the purchase of a plot of land near an existing service station,  negotiating two pre-let agreements with KFC and Costa, and signing up a contractor to build the two units once planning permission had been obtained.
  • Advised new client Power Initiatives on the acquisition of an option for a 20-year lease of land in Stockport.
  • Acted for Gooch Estate on the sale of two plots for the development of 504 dwellings and ground floor commercial space.
  • Advised on the relocation of Nectere's headquarters and the sale of its previous building.
Next Generation Partners

Beth Margetson - Emms Gilmore Liberson

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Emms Gilmore Liberson

Emms Gilmore Liberson focuses on commercial property litigation, representing investors, property managers and occupiers in dilapidations claims, leasing matters, service charge disputes and sales of properties. Practice head Martyn Liberson handles a range of leasehold and freehold litigation, supported by director Paul Pinder who recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and specialises in mixed-use commercial/residential buildings.

Practice head(s):Martyn Liberson

Other key lawyers:Paul Pinder


'The broad commercial knowledge in this practice is a refreshing change. No problem is too small and they are willing to given an appraisal, which is most useful at an early stage of any legal problem, especially if you are instructing them on behalf of third parties as we often do. Overall, I would not instruct anyone else unless conflicted'

'Very good on dilapidations claims and bad debt recovery from tenants'

'I have known the principal partners in this firm for almost thirty years and have found them to be the most straightforward of professional lawyers'

'Martyn Liberson is highly experienced and has developed a successful specialist property litigation practice in Birmingham'

'Martyn Liberson has a thoroughly professional and at the same time commercial approach to dispute resolution'

'Director Anna Albini is a very diligent and hands on solicitor'

Key Clients


Telereal Trillium

Corinthian Trust Company Limited

Burlington Estates London Limited

Wing Wah Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on a dispute between shareholders in holding company Wing Wah Group in relation to a large Chinese restaurant based in the centre of Birmingham.
  • Acting for Telereal Trillium in a dispute concerning the sale of a £5m asset in Central London.

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