Firm Profile > Pinney Talfourd LLP > Hornchurch, England

Pinney Talfourd LLP
RM11 1EW

Family: Essex Tier 1

Catherine Polli leads the family team at Pinney Talfourd LLP. Collaboratively trained, she has substantive experience dealing with complex divorce and financial remedy cases. More broadly, the firm includes a number of Law Society panel members and is known for its ability to handle high value disputes. Aside from divorce, areas covered include: financial remedy, Children Act applications (including special guardianship and adoption), pre-nuptial agreements and TOLATA. Michael Sheville is an expert in financial provision matters, Catherine Loadman specialises in private children law and senior associate Louise Eady (a recent hire from Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors) is an accredited specialist in cohabitation.

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A highly efficient practice, with a high level of expertise in respect of the entire range family work, both children and financial remedies. Excellent correspondence aimed at narrowing the issues where possible‘.

A large and cohesive team of family practitioners offering a breadth of experience in all areas of family law.Thoroughly prepared and responsive‘.

Pinney Talfourd is a fantastic firm. They are extremely knowledgeable and have great attention-to-detail, yet are also very down-to-earth. They are always available to assist in whichever way they can, which is greatly appreciated. They truly deserve the excellent reputation they have‘.

Unbelievably efficient‘.

Catherine Polli leads the team and is first rate. She is highly intelligent and – almost more importantly – has excellent judgement. Her ability to deal with clients and opponents is second to none‘.

Catherine Polli herself is a very clever solicitor, having trained as a barrister previously. She is passionate about achieving the best outcomes for her lay clients, and she is very helpful to counsel she instructs‘.

Catherine Polli is very experienced and knowledgeable. She is reassuring and has a calm manner. She is always highly professional but at the same time adopts a common sense approach‘.

Michael Sheville continues to provide an outstanding service to his clients. He is careful and comprehensive in assisting clients and highly effective in case preparation and presentation. Catherine Loadman’s professionalism and warmth are immediately apparent on meeting her. She is insightful and able with a razor sharp readiness to analyse and clarify the legal issues in cases‘.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 2

Brentwood-based Nick Hatchett leads the commercial litigation team at Pinney Talfourd LLP. The practice focuses on multi-track litigation from £250,000 upwards and covers a multitude of industries, including financial services, engineering, architecture and retail. While the work covered has a significant emphasis on contract disputes, it also touches on asset tracing, debt collection and recovery. Stephen Eccles, a specialist in property issues, has experience in disputes over professional negligence, joint venture agreements and environmental protection. He is also known for successful counter-claims to non-payment matters.

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Timely, no-nonsense advice‘.

Key clients

All England Fire Stopping Limited

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

B R Rail Limited

Charterhouse (Accountants) Limited

Dream Hand Investment Limited

FRP Advisory

Haines Watts LLP

HIQ Construction Services Limited

Mark Riley & Co

NTS Premier Services

PMD Construction Limited

RVL Properties Limited

Simpsons London LLP

The Essex Car Group Limited

Employment: Essex Tier 2

With four offices in Essex (Upminster, Hornchurch and two in Brentwood), the employment team at Pinney Talfourd LLP has capacity to serve clients across a substantive part of the South East. Areas of specialism include: dismissals, redundancy, flexible working, whistleblowing and bonus disputes. In addition, the firm handles cases characterised by team moves and restrictive covenants (with related experience in the building and property trades). Led by dispute resolution partner Stephen Eccles, it also features 'knowledgeable and confident' senior associate Alexander Pearce, known for his tribunal and High Court work (both contentious and non-contentious).

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They respond very quickly to any questions that I had and had good knowledge of the procedures that we needed to follow. Although not having dealt with many firms in this area there was never any delay‘.

Prompt responses and clear and concise practical and technical advice. Very personable and we have no hesitation in recommending‘.

I have dealt with various partners within the organisation over the years they have always been our first point of call when situations have arisen within the company. The partners I have dealt with have always demonstrated a vast knowledge of the law and have supported us when needed‘.

‘I never find myself on a empty line waiting for a response. Working with Pinney Talfourd makes the legal system easier‘.

Alex Pearce was both knowledgeable and confident in his approach. His advice and drafting helped us deal with the employment issue that we had quickly and efficiently‘.

Alex Pearce has always been our main contact. I have never had to question Alex’s professionalism, he has always delivered and understood what was needed. I have met with Alex many times and he comes across as a solicitor that cares and looks for solutions whatever the situation‘.

I have dealt with Alex Pearce on more than one occasion, his approach to resolution of matters is unquestionable together with his knowledge of the law gives confidence we are in safe hands‘.

Key clients

Brook Street Food Service Limited

NTS Premier Services Limited

Purified Air Limited

Alexander Fraser and Son Limited

Flexible Storage Solutions Limited

Geotom Limited

Day2Day Fire Security Limited

Trinity Chambers

S P Location Rental Limited

PIP Electrics

Fairclough Property Professionals

Vision Personnel Ltd

WPN Properties

Poppett’s Limited

Contrakt Ltd

A. Whalebone Building Supplies Limited

The Electrical and Plumbing Company Limited

B R Rail Limited

Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

Handling both on and offshore transactions, the commercial property team at Pinney Talfourd LLP is led by Julien Pritchard. Known for his work in the  industrial, agricultural and financial sectors, he specialises in high-value land transactions, landlord/tenant work and the development and promotion of deals. More broadly, the firm has experience dealing with properties held in pension funds and continues to cover SIPP and SASS-based work.

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The team are helpful, understanding, listen well and give advice suitable to your business needs‘.

This firm provides a full range of services; with excellent team leaders in each department. Communication standards are of an excellent standard‘.

Julien Pritchard is knowledgeable; immensely capable; experienced and leads his team in such a way that deadlines are met on time. Julien is always able to pick up the phone to talk whenever the need arises‘.

Julien Pritchard is great. He is always available. Always able to give sound advice and considers the business model that I operate in and why things might be different to commercial properties‘.

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Keech Hospice Care

Berwen Limited

Racefold Limited

Kiani Property Investments Ltd

Fore Street Investments Limited

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 3

'Highly recommended' team lead Edward Garston brings extensive banking knowledge to the corporate and commercial team at Pinney Talfourd LLP, which handles matters spanning corporate finance, specialist lending and security transactions. Operating across the Essex and Greater London areas, it regularly advises owner-managed businesses, listed PLCs and companies with substantial overseas activities. Key industries covered include property, aerospace, transport & logistics and cyber security.

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The main strength in my view is that all members of the team offer a common sense, pragmatic, businesslike solution. They are each knowledgeable in their various fields and bring that forward with proactive thoughts which sometimes challenge the way we may have approached things – a very good resource for us when you most need it‘.

We have used Pinney twice in the past 12 months and the service is second to none. They are very proactive and get the job done‘.

Pinney Talfourd sets itself apart by ensuring that each client it works with are treated as individuals. Partners ensure that the requirements of clients are duly met in a timely manner and to the excellent standard that we have come to expect. The knowledge of the partners in all matters ensures that all legal aspects are covered and provides assurance to clients that the advice we receive is accurate. Clients need to feel that they are listened to when discussing all matters and this is one of Pinney Talfourd’s strengths‘.

City level quality – a genuine alternative without the fees that accompany instructing larger firms‘.

Edward Garston has an excellent talent of turning complex legal situations into plain English. He is very knowledgeable, approachable and passionate‘.

Edward Garston is very passionate about corporate and business law, this really does shine through and gave me great confidence at all times. He is extremely capable and has the rare ability to offer the personal touch and that makes him stand out for me. His communication skills are outstanding which makes him very successful and along with a hard working attitude makes him a head and shoulders above his competitors. His legal knowledge and experience means that I will now always use Edward Garston, he has my compete trust‘.

Edward Garston is a highly valued member of the professional community , with clients and professional advisers commending him for his diligence and willingness to go the extra mile‘.

Edward Garston is always excellent to work with. Highly recommended.

Key clients

Golding Accountancy

SP Location Rental Limited

Elfin Kitchens Limited

Alexander Fraser & Son Limited

Webster Miller Limited

DMS Furniture Limited

Debt recovery Tier 3

Industries served by the debt recovery team at Pinney Talfourd LLP include banking, finance, construction and retail. Lead Nick Hatchett covers commercial litigation and has over 30 years’ experience. More broadly, areas covered include: enforcement of judgments, insolvency (both personal and corporate), asset tracing and recoveries (including injunctions). Stephen Eccles is another name to note.

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The team have always been very quick to respond, taken time to understand my needs, issue appropriate advice, write letters that accurately reflect every aspect of my situation and have always achieved the required result‘.

Stephen Eccles in particular gave time, attention and expertise above and beyond the call of duty‘.


Key clients

Bank of Cyprus

Charterhouse (Accountants) Limited

Etcetera Construction Services Limited

FRP Advisory

Haines Watts

Mark Riley & Co

NTS Premier Services Limited

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP's personal injury practice is jointly led by Stephen Green and Stephen Eccles. The team has a specialism in acting in high-value motor-related accidents, particularly serious motorcycle accident cases involving life-changing injuries and polytrauma. Industrial disease claims also feature in the workload. Kim Huggins is the standout member of the team, noted for her handling of complex gynaecological, cosmetic and cancer claims; clients describe her as a 'brilliant tactician'.

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‘Pinney Talfourd has a niche boutique clinical negligence department. Despite its relatively small size its expertise is second to none.’

Stephen Green is calm, analytical and pragmatic.’

‘Kim Huggins is a superstar of a solicitor whose determination to get the best result for every client ensures that she adds value to every case. A brilliant tactician and negotiator who is not afraid to fight but who usually doesn’t have to. Kim is, quite rightly, adored by clients and feared (but respected) by opponents.’

Stephen Green is very experienced and interacts in a calm and efficient way, giving clear advice.

Stephen Green is an exemplary legal professional. His knowledge of the law and its application, particularly pertaining to matters of personal injury, is remarkable. During our professional relationship, he would present to me complicated legal matters in a thorough and understandable format, particularly for a layman like myself, and knew at every turn how to respond to the opposition in the most effective manner.’

Stephen Green is tenacious, dedicated and calculating when seeking the best settlement for a claimant. I have not come an across injury lawyer with better knowledge of the unique needs of motorcycle related claims.’

Kim Huggins is a highly dedicated specialist with a passion for representing the victims of clinical negligence. Very skilled at explaining complex legal and medical issues to lay clients in a way that is easily understood. I would not hesitate to instruct her if I needed a clinical negligence solicitor.’

Kim Huggins is hugely knowledgeable and fierce litigator. Can always be relied upon to fight tooth and nail for her clients.’

Kim Huggins is very friendly and approachable, whilst maintaining professional relationships. This is a great firm to work with.

What makes Pinney Talfourd unique as a practice is their ability to make you feel understood and cared for despite them running a business and not a charity. They take the time to listen, respond to any questions you have in no time at all.’

Kim Huggins is really good to deal with. She is very helpful and explains exactly what is required in very clear terms. She is also extremely helpful and is flexible. Probably the most helpful and efficient lawyers that I deal with.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 3

Matthew Edwards leads the personal tax, trusts and probate team at Pinney Talfourd LLP, which includes four full members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, as well as one member of Solicitors for the Elderly - estate specialist Kristian Croad. Areas of expertise include trust administration, Court of Protection work and managing the financial affairs of missing people.

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The team has a personal touch and makes you feel valued as an individual client, providing tailored guidance and up to date legal information about legal developments‘.

Excellent advice and guidance in respect of our probate and first land registry requirements. Kept updated at all times on documentary needs and timescales. They are also transparent with costs‘.

Initial contact excellent – friendly, helpful, accommodating. Great communication and went out of their way to make meeting times and venues as easy as possible and convenient for us. Every step explained well, always receptive to any questions and queries and these were answered promptly. Very patient when we failed to grasp some of the legal side and always happy to explain and re-explain. Work done quickly and very efficiently and excellent presentation‘.

I my experience I found the company professional on all levels, all the people I met from the front desk up to our solicitors were courteous and helpful. Everything we needed to know regarding all aspects of the process was explained to us during this difficult time‘.

Matthew Edwards has provided exceptional support during difficult times over the years. His is very personable and trustworthy. We value his service and our business relationship very highly and would highly recommend him and his firm‘.

I work closely with Matthew Edwards. I hugely value his attention to detail and technical knowledge. But more importantly, his ability to empathise with clients and anticipate their needs‘.

Kristian Croad was very helpful. Explained everything very clearly. Never rushed me and was very thorough‘.

Kristian Croad is a very friendly, knowledgeable person who gave us great service‘.

Property litigation Tier 4

Led by Stephen Eccles, Pinney Talfourd LLP's Hornchurch-based property litigation team specialises in leasehold extensions, enfranchisement issues and boundary disputes. While typically representing commercial clients including estate agents and developers, the firm has also seen an increase in compulsory and blight purchase work for homeowners and farmers, due, in part, to the Lower Thames Crossing project.

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Abbey Developments

A.M.O.S Properties

Kiani Group

K1 Management

RMS Estate Agents

UK Aggregates

Pinney Talfourd LLP is a full service law firm acting for private and business clients throughout Essex and London.

The firm: We can trace our history back to the opening of our 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.

We differentiate ourselves from other firms by always remaining focused on why we exist: to make its clients happier, wealthier, and more successful. We provide truly excellent legal advice and service and put the needs of our clients first in everything we do.

90% of the private and business clients surveyed last year rated the service they received from Pinney Talfourd as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and we find that existing and past clients are our greatest advocates. The vast majority of work we undertake is for existing clients and individuals and businesses recommended by clients and contacts.

The firm aims to build long lasting relationships with 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. Put simply, we aim to make our clients ‘clients for life’ so that once they have used us for one service, they will continue to return to us for all other legal needs.

The firm has some of the highest quality lawyers and support staff who have an absolute commitment to client service and the quality of our advice and expertise. 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. Our offices are open 8am-7pm Monday to Thursday, 8am-5pm Friday and Saturday mornings 9am-12 noon.

The firm has recruited a number of additional lawyers across its departments over the last 12 months and has seen particularly strong growth in the Private Client and Commercial Litigation teams. We have offices in Upminster, Hornchurch and Brentwood along with office facilities in Leigh on Sea and Canary Wharf.

Pinney Talfourd has maintained Lexcel accreditation since the award’s inception in 2000. This is the Law Society’s Standard of Excellence 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 previously won ‘Most Highly-Commended Business’ at the Havering Business Awards. The firm has a 10-year plan in place which outlines clear plans to grow in size and revenue by 2030. The plan outlines our commitment to quality, expertise and service in everything we do.

Types of work undertaken: We offer the following services to private and business clients:

Private: accidents and personal injury; alternative dispute resolution; clinical/medical negligence; contested wills and probate; employment for individuals; family and relationships; residential property, property litigation, wealth management services, wills, trusts, tax and lasting powers of attorney, probate, court of protection.

Business: alternative dispute resolution; commercial litigation; commercial property; commercial property litigation; company and commercial; debt recovery; employment for businesses; franchise; land development 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
Company Commercial Edward Garston
Commercial Litigation Nick Hatchett
Personal Injury Stephen Green
Contentious Probate Catherine Loadman
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kristian Croad  photo Kristian Croad Senior Associate
 Chris Dickinson  photo Chris Dickinson Associate
 Lisa Eastwood  photo Lisa Eastwood Senior Associate
 Stephen Eccles  photo Stephen Eccles Partner and Head of Litigation
 Stephen Green  photo Stephen Green Partner and Head of Personal Injury
 Anica Holderness  photo Anica Holderness Associate
 Yanoulla Kakoulli  photo Yanoulla Kakoulli Associate
 Rebecca March  photo Rebecca March Associate
 Alexander Pearce  photo Alexander Pearce Senior Associate
 Michael Sheville  photo Michael Sheville Partner
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
Solicitors for the Elderly