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Peter Adkins

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Emms Gilmore Liberson

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Regulatory / Commercial Dispute Resolution


Peter is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer and is also highly regarded for his expertise in Regulatory, Licensing and Gambling Law. He joined Emms Gilmore Liberson in May 2016 having spent all of his career in and around Birmingham.

Licensing / Gambling / Regulatory

The guide to the legal profession, The Legal 500, recognises Peter’s knowledge of Licensing and Gambling Law and he is regularly engaged by clients all over the country involved in all aspects of the Licensed trade. Peter deals with pubs, restaurants and hotels, casinos, gambling establishments, shops and late night take-aways. Combining with colleague in the firm Peter is able to look after all their legal needs including commercial property advice and employment issues.

In 2016  Peter was invited to attend before the House of Lords Select Committee on the review of the Licensing Act to give evidence on the law generally and in particular how it has affected Members Clubs. He was one of only a handful of lawyers called to do so. There is more information on the areas we cover on our Licensing pages.

Litigation / Dispute Resolution

In Commercial Litigation matters Peter acts primarily on Business to Business disputes. When dealing with clients he always recognises that businesses want solutions to their problems, and to be free to progress their business, rather than be tied up by endless litigation. He adopts a pro-active approach seeking to reduce the burden of litigation on commercial clients wherever possible. Peter is happy to deal with any size of business, his clients have included international corporations, through UK based PLCs to smaller owner managed businesses. In his career Peter has acted on a wide variety of matters including Trade Mark and other Intellectual Property disputes, contract problems and product recalls through shareholder problems, professional negligence and finance litigation to debt recovery, repossession and injunctive relief.

Internationally Peter has acted for clients based in many areas of the world including the United States of America and Canada. Clients also come from Europe (France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy and others), and the Middle East to as far afield as Australia.

Peter is also experienced in Private Client disputes. He is a member of ACTAPS and as such is acknowledged as being highly capable in handling Trust and Estate matters including contested wills, probate and Inheritance Act claims.

Plumbing Industry

With other members of the practice, Peter also deals with a wide range of regulatory disputes and matters involving those involved in the Plumbing and Heating sector. He has for many years run the legal helpline for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)  and has appeared in several training videos for the members (click here and see web profile)

Peter is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Plumbers – something which is almost unique within the legal profession! He is also a Freeman of the City of London

Fuller details of Peter including articles can be found on the EGL website by clicking here


Joined Emms Gilmore Liberson in May 2016 as Director of Regulatory Services.

Previously Director at Talbots Law from 2013-2016, joining from Sydney Mitchell (2007-2013).

1999 to 2007 Putsmans LLP (now Shakespeare Martineau) rising to full equity partner. and Board member

Early career spent at Tyndallwoods. Joined in 1979, qualifying as a solicitor in 1981 and was a full equity partner until leaving in 1999.




Law Society
Institute of Licensing
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
Worshipful Company of Plumbers
Freeman of City of London


Manchester University LLB (Hons)
Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire


Cycling, skiing (not often enough), dining out (an occupational hazard) and family

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ’s corporate and commercial team ‘has a great depth of knowledge – clients are always confident that their interests are properly and expertly represented’. The firm handles corporate transactions in a range of sectors, including professional services (in which Stephen Gilmore advised a law firm on a merger), opticians, logistics and manufacturing. Associate director Jon Start (‘very knowledgable and goes above and beyond’) takes leading roles in eight-figure deals, and fellow associate director Ruth Murday takes leading roles in complex tax-driven corporate transactions such as capital reductions demergers. Matthew Jackson (also an associate director) joined from BPE Solicitors LLP in Cheltenham, bringing commercial contracts expertise in areas such as IT outsourcing. Director Gurmeet Jakhu joined the firm from Knights Professional Services Limited in 2018 and is noted for his franchising expertise. Gregory Emms is another key contact at partner level. Clients include Frontmatec Group, which Start and director Peter Adkins advised on the purchase of Accles & Shevloke.

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

Emms Gilmore Liberson is led by Peter Adkins, who has ‘a deep specialism in licensing and gambling’, ‘is always very quick to respond’ and ‘has a number of contacts within the industry which usually helps to get things moving’. He recently assisted Casino 36 with licensing new premises which involved requesting a transfer of a casino license from one premises to another. He also advised Loki Wines on extending its premises as well as licensing new premises in Moseley and Edgbaston.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ‘definitely punches above its weight’ –  ‘it is making significant inroads in to business to business disputes in the region using its flexibility to real advantage in how it meets client needs’. Director Richard Cooper is ‘brilliant – he is there when clients need him, and the way he manages cases in court is both professional and extremely clever; his attention to detail and client care are both first-class’ has a practice which includes such varied matters as shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant litigation and unjust enrichment claims. Peter Adkins, another director, has aviation expertise. Director Gurmeet Jakhu joined on January 2018 from Knights Professional Services Limited, while associate director Fabienne McAllister joined from Lanyon Bowdler.

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