Talbots Law > Stourbridge, England > Firm Profile

Talbots Law
25-27 Hagley Road

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

A 'trusted name in the local legal scene’, Talbots Law expanding commercial litigation practice routinely advises clients on disputes that often involve shareholders and partnerships. ‘Tenacious’ practice head Jagdip Bains has recently handled matters that include elements and allegations of fraud and has been involved in some cases that have received national coverage. Josh Millichamp adds value to the team with his strength in the property sector. In addition, the team was bolstered in April 2022 when Adam Pike joined the team from Ansons.

Practice head(s):

Jagdip Bains

Other key lawyers:


‘A diverse range of legal skills in the team really helped with our case. Talbot’s strong ethical perspective was in sync with our own.’

‘This practice is unique as they are customer focused and clearly care about their customer. We tried four different firms around the country, and they were the most helpful with the onboarding process, whereas other firms made it the most complicated, onerous process.’

‘Jagdip Bains is one of the best team leaders in the business. She manages a high workload and delivers high-quality and commercial advice. Clearly has the confidence of her clients. We have worked together on injunctions recently, and each time delivered the clients results, often against the odds.’

‘Talbots Law have a strong and excellent and well-resourced litigation team. Very enthusiastic and very able. When they instruct me as counsel, I always know that I am going to receive a detailed and well-prepared brief.’

‘Jagdip Bains is hardworking and tenacious and heads an excellent and able team.’

‘A trusted name in the local legal scene, who cover a range of work at all levels in a cost-effective way.’

‘Adam Pike is a talented individual, with good commercial judgment, excellent technical ability and a very composed personality.’

‘I have worked on a number of matters with Jagdip Bains and Josh Millichamp. They are both very effective litigators who are keen to get the best for their clients. They are very smart and switched on and get to know a client’s case quickly and thoroughly.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a reported matter dealing with court failures to seal a claim form, resulting in a claim served out of time, in which the claimant’s appeal was nonetheless refused.
  • Acted as defence at a contested hearing regarding a trustee in bankruptcy who sought to argue beneficial interest in four properties on behalf the bankrupt party in order to increase the value of the estate.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands

With a burgeoning presence in the West Midlands, the corporate practice at Talbots Law is engaged by a diverse range of corporate clients and individuals for assistance – particularly in the banking and care sectors. Practice head Mike Linford, who works across the firm’s offices in Stourbridge and Wolverhampton, is the key name to note.

Established in 1991 as a traditional family law firm, Talbots is now one of the largest independent law firms in the region, with a strong private client, and business and corporate services proposition.

The firm: With 11 offices located across the Midlands, Talbots Law Limited has enjoyed a sustained high level of growth, achieved both organically and by acquisition. This growth has provided the opportunity to actively recruit new specialist lawyers, including the appointment of new directors and support staff, enabling it to provide a comprehensive range of legal services to private individuals, and business and corporate clients. The firm now employs in excess of 480 people.

Talbots’ client base is a mix of private and business and corporate clients, both in the West Midlands and nationally, and clients remark on the capability and dynamism of the firm. Professional, experienced and progressive, Talbots Law inspires its lawyers to be passionate about their work. In line with the firm’s ambition to be the region’s leading provider of choice, the team is given the freedom to innovate and be different, as long as they provide clients with clear, timely advice. It is also active in charity work, having donated around £150K to Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital Charity over four years, and now supporting Acorns Childrens Hospice Charity at a similar same level.

The company looks forward to continued significant growth to £50m in the next five years.  Whilst there is particular focus on growing the business and corporate department, the management team is also looking to expand geographically.

In November 2021, Talbots Law became the first law firm in the West Midlands to convert to an Employee Owned Trust, placing its employees firmly at the centre of its future plans.  They are  accredited as a Real Living Wage employer.

Types of work undertaken: Among the wide range of services offered, Talbots is known for its work in commercial property, particularly in the franchise sector where, among other clients, the firm acts nationally for franchisees of a global fast food chain; residential property, for which the firm is ranked in the top 10 UK firms for conveyancing volumes; family work – Talbots has Family Mediation Council accredited lawyers and Specialist Children Panel Member lawyers; and trusts and estates, with a team including members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

More generally, the firm’s business and corporate work includes: company commercial; corporate finance; commercial property; commercial dispute and employment.

Private client work includes: residential property; employment settlements; estate planning; wills, trusts and estates; disputes and disputed wills/probate; divorce; arrangements for children; domestic violence; personal injury and medical negligence and criminal.

Offices in:  Bewdley, Birmingham, Brierley Hill, Codsall, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, Worcester.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Dave Hodgetts
Corporate Commercial Mike Linford
Corporate Commercial Shaun Owen
Family Louise Jones
Criminal Andrew Wakeman
Dispute Resolution Jagdip Bains
Commercial Property Nicola Reeve
Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Bryan Colley
Trusts and Estates Jodi Flint
Private Family James Wright
Residential Property James Gwilliams
Employment James Monk
Dispute Resolution Josh Millichamp
Dispute Resolution Adam Pike
Contentious Probate Philippa Rowley
National Conveyancing & New Homes Prayag Patel
Photo Name Position Profile
Jagdip Bains photo Ms Jagdip Bains Director & Head
Bryan Colley photo Mr Bryan Colley Director
James Gwilliams photo Mr James Gwilliams Director and Head of Private Client Residential Property
Mike Linford photo Mr Mike Linford Director & Head of Corporate Commercial
Shaun Owen photo Mr Shaun Owen Corporate & Commercial Director
Paul Reed photo Mr Paul Reed Director & Head of Residential Development
Nicola Reeve photo Ms Nicola Reeve Director & Head
Andrew Wakeman photo Mr Andrew Wakeman Director & Head of Motoring and Crime
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 53