Firm Profile > Pinney Talfourd LLP > Hornchurch, England

Pinney Talfourd LLP
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Family: Essex Tier 1

Catherine Polli is the key contact and head of the family team at Pinney Talfourd LLP, which manages a spectrum of contentious and non-contentious high-value matters, often with a cross-border element. Recent highlights for the practice include a representing a private client in a complex high-stakes financial remedy proceeding that is awaiting a final order. Similarly, Michael Sheville represented a client in a sensitive financial remedy case which he led to a favourable outcome. Other key members of the team include Sebastian Burrows and Catherine Loadman.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Polli


The team is highly professional: expert lawyers with a strong client focus, efficient and timely in their management of cases.’

‘The group demonstrated cohesive teamwork and collaborative working; identifying partners with the relevant level of expertise to assist. Excellent service.

‘The Pinney Talfourd family team is head and shoulders above its local competition and capable of holding its own with the very best.’

The team is very much in the image of Catherine Polli and there isn’t a weak link in sight. The strongest lineup of any family team that we dealt with in Essex.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 2

Pinney Talfourd LLP fields a 'first class' litigation team led by 'standout individual' Nick Hatchett, who joined the team from Wortley Byers. The team has expertise in an array of private litigation services, property disputes, employment, and contentious probate matters. Hatchett acts for a blend of private and commercial clients, including multiple European financial institutions. Hornchurch-based Stephen Eccles is the overall head of the team and is recommended for his expertise in property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hatchett; Stephen Eccles


Nick Hatchett is knowledgeable, approachable and a delight to work with; he gets his results through good argument and logic.’

‘Nick Hatchett embodies every quality of a good litigator. He robustly advises clients and does not simply tell them what they want to hear in the way that so many solicitors do.’

‘This a team of very good litigation solicitors. They correctly analyse the likely outcome of cases and get the law right.’

Key clients

Bank of Cyprus

Charles Cross London


FRP Advisory

Smallwood Architects

W Robinson & Sons

Employment: Essex Tier 2

The 'dedicated and highly engaged' employment team at Pinney Talfourd LLP  in Hornchurch cover the full scope of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination, unfair dismissal, and TUPE. Disputes head Stephen Eccles  manages the practice, while senior associate Alexander Pearce , who clients describe as 'outstanding in his field', handles many of the firm's mandates and is proficient in advising clients on high-value unlawful harassment claims relating to areas including sex and religion.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Eccles

Other key lawyers:


The team thinks outside the box and comes up with innovative ideas. We receive excellent support from the Employment Team

Alex Pearce provides very clear and sage guidance to both ourselves and our clients and we hold him in very high regard.’

Key clients

Brook Street Food Service

Classic Fresh Foods

Fairclough Property Professionals

Knight International

St. Joseph Catholic Club

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The team at Pinney Talfourd LLP has built up 'an impressive reputation in the field of clinical negligence'. Overseen by Stephen Green, the group 'punches well above its weight', handling a range of brain, birth, and spine injury claims, in addition to oncology-related claims. The firm is regularly instructed to act against private medical companies and individuals. Kim Huggins is ‘absolutely a powerhouse clinical negligence lawyer’ and is skilled in handling complex gynecological, cosmetic and cancer claims.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:


‘Kim Huggins has single-handedly built the team and is absolutely brilliant. She is an impressive lawyer and clients adore her.’

‘Kim Huggins is a stellar performer in the clinical negligence arena. She has specialist knowledge and experience in delayed diagnosis of cancer claims. Kim has a robust and no-nonsense approach to her cases and always achieves the best possible results.’

The team has a highly personal approach to clients and experts alike, where they try and obtain the best outcome for clients.’

Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

The commercial property department at Pinney Talfourd LLP is 'thorough, meticulous and proactive' and acts for high-net-worth commercial landlords and corporate clients. Overseen by Julien Pritchard, the residential property team has experience in high-value transaction structuring and land purchases. Keeley Miller is 'exemplary in her knowledge' of the Landlord and Tenant Act.

Practice head(s):

Julien Pritchard


‘Julien Pritchard and Keeley Miller deserve a special mention. Over the last year, they have gone beyond the call of duty to deliver outstanding advice to mutual clients which reflects well both on them and also my own firm.’

Keeley Miller is practical, has good business acumen, thorough, and sees the big picture. Her commitment and drive to get the transaction through is admirable.

Key clients

Kiani Property Investments

Fore Street Investments

Dixon & Heydorn Limited

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 3

The corporate team at Pinney Talfourd LLP is noted for its scope of 'key commercial specialisms whilst still having the personal touch of a smaller firm'. Clients adore the 'exceptionalEdward Garston, who is the key contact at the firm and leads most of the group's significant mandates pertaining to joint ventures and corporate restructuring and organisation.

Practice head(s):

Edward Garston


‘Ed Garston is diligent and thorough. He is very personable which assists in resolving contentious matters as quickly as possible.’

‘I could not recommend Edward Garston more to conflicted clients. Ed is an excellent solicitor and I know that commercial sense will win the day when he is on the other side of a transaction.’

‘Ed is absolutely spot on with his legal knowledge and it makes a transaction so much easier, cheaper and more efficient for both sides.’

Debt recovery Tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP's debt recovery team forms an integral part of the wider disputes practice, and has benefited from the arrival of practice head Nick Hatchett from Wortley Byers in mid-2018 and associates Maria Orfanidou and Oliver-James Topping. The team advise a range of clients in financial services, property, retail and construction fields. Litigation partner Stephen Eccles is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hatchett

Key clients

Bank of Cyprus

Charterhouse (Accountants)

FRP Advisory

Mark Riley & Co

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

At Pinney Talfourd LLP, the personal injury team focuses primarily on high-value motor related accidents, and industrial disease claims for a wide range of clients. Key figures include 'accomplished litigatorStephen GreenStephen Eccles and the 'absolutely brilliant’ Kim Huggins. The team has been especially active in trauma and serious injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:


‘Stephen Green is an approachable, knowledgeable and proactive lawyer with much expertise in personal injury and industrial disease claims.’

‘Stephen Green has a careful analytical approach, never jumping to conclusions and never shying away from a difficult claim.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 3

'The firm to call', Pinney Talfourd LLP's private client team is noted for its 'extreme professionalism, friendliness, and attentive approach' . It is led by Matthew Edwards , who clients describe as working 'always with a flair with some nice personal touches.' The practice group covers the full scope of wills, trusts and probate matters, with attention to estate planning and asset protection. Senior associate Kristian Croad is consistently highlighted by clients and has a specialism in medium to high-value trust-related work. Other key members include the 'exceptional' Chris Dickinson .

Practice head(s):

Matthew Edwards

Other key lawyers:


The team displays a high level of professionalism that inspires confidence. All team members are effective communicators and are knowledgeable‘.

Kristian Croad eloquently explains complicated aspects in a clear, concise and client-friendly way. I had absolute faith in Kristian and would use him and the team again.’


Property litigation Tier 4

Pinney Talfourd LLP's 'friendly and approachable team of specialists' is led by Stephen Eccles, who is recommended for contentious commercial lease renewal work. Elsewhere, the group's work includes right-to-manage and enfranchisement cases, boundary disputes, possession cases and advice on residential letting issues. Clients include estate agents, developers and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Eccles


The lawyers are at all time courteous and efficient in their day-to-day communications and interaction‘.

They take a pragmatic approach, concentrating on the desired commercial outcome rather than pursuing litigation for its own sake‘.

We are satisfied with all facets of the service we receive‘.

This local firm has gone from strength to strength over the years; its customer service is great‘.

The team comprises a number of individuals who are all key players and boast a variety of skills‘.

I have always found Pinney Talfourd to be a very competent firm‘.

Stephen Eccles has guided us knowledgeably through our business over the years; he is always easy to contact‘.

Stephen Eccles and senior associate Edward Garston show great attention to detail‘.

Stephen Eccles is competent, organised, reliable and professional yet friendly‘.

Stephen Eccles has good business acumen and a well-rounded knowledge of the Landlord & Tenant Act; he has the ability and the commercial sense to achieve the best results‘.

Key clients


Sequence (UK) Limited

Abbey Developments

A.M.O.S Properties

Kiani Group

K1 Management Limited

RMS Estate Agents Ltd

UK Aggregates Limited

Pinney Talfourd LLP is a high-quality law firm acting for business and private clients locally, and throughout Essex and London.

The firm: Pinney Talfourd can trace its history back to the opening of its first office in 1899. Since then the firm has grown to become one of the largest law firms in Essex and is listed in The Legal 500 UK as a leading firm.

Pinney Talfourd differentiates itself from other firms by always remaining focused on why it exists: to make its clients happier, wealthier and more successful. It provides truly excellent legal advice and service, and puts the needs of its clients first in everything it does.

96% of the private and business clients it surveyed last year rated the service they received from Pinney Talfourd as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, and the firm finds its clients are its greatest advocates. The vast majority of work it undertakes is for existing clients, and individuals and businesses recommended by clients and contacts.

As such, the firm aims to build long-lasting relationships with its clients based not only on expert legal advice and exceptional client service but also on the more traditional values of trust, integrity, understanding and mutual respect.

The firm has some of the highest quality lawyers and support staff who have an absolute commitment to client service, quality of advice and expertise, and it has one of the largest and most well respected family law teams in Essex, providing excellent legal advice.

Many of the firm’s lawyers have expert accreditations in addition to their professional qualifications, and the firm is known for delivering its services and communicating advice to clients at a time and place that suits them. The firm is open 8am-7pm Monday to Thursday, 8am-5pm Friday and Saturday mornings 9am-12 noon.

In the past year, the firm has recruited more fee-earners across its departments and has seen particularly strong growth in the commercial and litigation teams. As well as offices in Upminster and Hornchurch, the firm has a large new office in Brentwood and now has office facilities to see clients in Leigh-on-Sea.

Pinney Talfourd has maintained Lexcel accreditation since the award’s inception in 2000. This is the Law Society’s Standard of Execellence in practice management and client care. The firm has been shortlisted in the Law Society’s Legal Excellence Awards for ‘Excellence in Private Client Practice’ and won ‘Most Highly-Commended Business’ at the Havering Business Awards in 2016. It has clear plans in place to be a Top 200 law firm by 2020, and will continue to provide an excellent environment for its staff to develop and thrive, and provide top-quality services and advice to clients.

Types of work undertaken: Pinney Talfourd offers the following services to private and business clients:

accidents and personal injury; alternative dispute resolution; clinical/medical negligence; contested wills and probate; private litigation; elderly client services; employment for individuals; family and relationships; leasehold extensions; residential property; and wills, trusts, tax and probate.

Business: alternative dispute resolution; commercial litigation; commercial property; commercial property litigation; company and commercial; debt recovery; employment for businesses; franchise; and regulatory work.

Other offices: Hornchurch, Brentwood

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Philip Cockram
Private Client Matthew Edwards
Family Catherine Polli
Litigation Stephen Eccles
Commercial Julien Pritchard
Property Paul Berry
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sebastian Burrows  photo Sebastian Burrows
 Kristian Croad  photo Kristian Croad
 Chris Dickinson  photo Chris Dickinson
 Lisa Eastwood  photo Lisa Eastwood
 Stephen Eccles  photo Stephen Eccles
 Stephen Green  photo Stephen Green
 Yanoulla Kakoulli  photo Yanoulla Kakoulli
 Alexander Pearce  photo Alexander Pearce
 Michael Sheville  photo Michael Sheville
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40