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Pinney Talfourd LLP

54 STATION ROAD, UPMINSTER, ESSEX, RM14 2TU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01708 229444
Fax:
Fax 01708 228163
DX:
35555 UPMINSTER
Email:
Web:
www.pinneytalfourd.co.uk
Brentwood, Hornchurch, Upminster

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Upminster)

Pinney Talfourd LLP is a β€˜very good regional firm delivering a quality product at a cost-effective price, which clients feel they can trust’. Late 2016 saw the arrival of senior associate Edward Garston from Wortley Byers LLP, who is β€˜knowledgeable, very personable and always willing to help’ and specialises in corporate finance matters (such as lending and security transactions) as well as sales, acquisitions and corporate restructuring in the transport and logistics sector. The team is led by commercial and M&A lawyer Julien Pritchard (noted for his β€˜speed of response’ and β€˜appropriate clear advice’), who also holds expertise in telecoms leases and finance. Pritchard advised a local storage company on the acquisition of a similar business. Key clients of the practice include car dealer Hills Group Enterprises, insurer Sky Holdings and real estate company Thomas Rattenbury. While all lawyers are based in Brentwood, they frequently travel to the firm’s other offices in Upminster, Hornchurch and Leigh on Sea. Senior associate Agata Rumbelow joined Longmores Solicitors LLP, and Amy Leite joined Aquabridge Law.

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Edward Garston - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex
Commercial litigation: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Hornchurch)

Pinney Talfourd LLP’s commercial litigation department provides β€˜pragmatic and effective representation at all stages’, as β€˜cases are well prepared and realistic advice is given to clients’; the department is also known for β€˜working tirelessly to fulfil clients’ needs whilst keeping an eye on the bigger picture’. The team, led by Stephen Eccles in Upminster, mainly deals with contractual disputes (especially in the construction industry and concerning Joint Contracts Tribunal documentation) and insolvency litigation. The β€˜astute’ senior associate Bushra Elzubeir, who has β€˜a strong tactical approach’ and β€˜provides a truly personal service to his clients’, has a special focus on regulatory aspects in commercial litigation, as well as consumer compliance legislation matters in the energy sector. During the past year, he added Sports Supplements as a client. the β€˜bright and thorough’ Damian Pitts is also recommended. Active clients include Bowmite, Robert Parish Estate Agents, The Kiani Group of Companies and Chadwell Formwork. Amy Leite joined Aquabridge Law.

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Bushra Elzubeir - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Hornchurch, Brentwood)

Pinney Talfourd LLP attracts praise for its combination of β€˜excellent, client-led service’ with β€˜efficient and competent legal advice’. Operating within the firm’s dispute resolution department, the team advises on debt recovery concerning party wall awards, loan agreements and insolvency issues for clients in the property, development and construction sectors. The team represented Favorite Fried Chicken in a dispute with a franchisor concerning six years’ worth of unpaid fees following an initial franchising agreement. Stephen Eccles is recommended for β€˜his professional acumen and attention to detail’; he leads a department that includes solicitor Nadia Fabri, who joined the firm in March 2016 from Jefferies Essex LLP, and Stephen Green.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex
Employment: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Upminster)

Pinney Talfourd LLP fields a β€˜very practical, forward-thinking, responsive and reliable’ employment practice that is noted for its β€˜professionalism in all areas’. Stephen Eccles’s team, based in Upminster, Hornchurch and Brentwood, is active in the professional, financial, healthcare and charity sectors and regularly handles litigation regarding unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. The lawyers are also experienced in handling team moves and other strategic matters. Senior associate Bushra Elzubeir handles breaches of contract and franchise-related employment matters, respectively. β€˜Efficient, knowledgeable and communicative’ associate Alexander Pearce represented a residential care home against a notice of underpayment concerning the national minimum wage. Pearce also handled a disciplinary investigation for a media equipment hiring company whose employee diverted assignments away to competitors and arranged discounts without authority. Eccles supervised on both matters. Abbey Developments, Brook Street Food Service, Motorvations Projects and Purified Air are also clients. Amy Leite joined Aquabridge Law.

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Alexander Pearce - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Upminster)

The clinical negligence department of β€˜tremendous local firm’ Pinney Talfourd LLP is β€˜a real pleasure to deal with in every way’ and provides β€˜an exemplary service’. Its big strengths are β€˜constant communication’ (with β€˜queries being answered on the same day’) and the availability of conditional fee arrangements. Typical cases include matters regarding acquired brain injury, missed or delayed diagnosis, fatalities, obstetrics, gynaecological, orthopaedic, neonatal, spinal and nerve injury, as well as vascular and ophthalmic conditions. Clients recommend β€˜first-class lawyer’ and associate Kim Huggins in Brentwood, who is β€˜extremely understanding’, β€˜helpful’ and β€˜very approachable’, β€˜working tirelessly for her injured clients’ and β€˜preparing cases in great detail’. She handles claims against private practitioners, hospital trusts and GPs and also provides alternative dispute resolution methods. Team lead Stephen Eccles and partner Stephen Green supervise on matters and focus on brain injuries, infectious diseases, surgical errors and misdiagnoses in their own work. Eccles and Huggins advised a female client on a claim against the NHS concerning her hip replacement which caused her an infection and a leg discrepancy. They also worked on a matter about a gallstone pancreatitis misdiagnosis and the related non-performance of an emergency surgery.

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Kim Huggins - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Brentwood, Hornchurch, Upminster)

The β€˜professional and knowledgeable firm’ Pinney Talfourd LLP is β€˜excellent for asbestos litigation’ and impresses with β€˜near immediate response times and giving clients confidence and therefore taking the pressure away from them’. The β€˜honest and helpful’ Hornchurch-based practice head Stephen Green is a β€˜splendid personal injury lawyer with good judgement, sound tactics as well as fantastic people and negotiation skills’. While he also handles motorcycle, workplace accidents and public liability claims, clients are particularly impressed by his β€˜thoroughness and experience in asbestos cases’. Green represented a claimant in dependency claim after her partner had passed away from mesothelioma. Apart from liability insurance issues, the matter contained further complexity due to the fact that the partners had not been married and the deceased had died without a will.

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South East: Private client

Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Upminster, Hornchurch, Brentwood)

With six partners and 17 additional fee-earners across Colchester, Chelmsford, Billericay and Clacton on Sea, Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP’s β€˜very open and up-front’ family law practice is one of the largest in the region. The team handles broad areas such as divorce and family finances, but also has niche expertise in areas such as domestic abuse, psychological and physical violence against children, guardianship, international child abduction, cohabitation as well as fertility and surrogacy cases (a specialism of Charlotte Knappett in Chelmsford). Additionally, Colchester-based partners Simon Osborn and Kate Taylor have a track record in alternative dispute resolution, with Osborn acting as a family arbitrator and Taylor’s experience as a mediator. Apart from the β€˜honest but firm’ Osborn, clients also recommend β€˜thorough’ Lisa Tuckwell and β€˜calm, considerate and unflaggingly supportive’ Jane Wilson, who specialises in matters concerning matrimonial finances and collaborative law. Associate solicitor Rachel Earnshaw handles all cases involving child law, but has niche experience in special guardianship orders and matters with international aspects. The β€˜highly efficient and professional’ family law practice at Pinney Talfourd LLP has β€˜a solid reputation’ and β€˜continues to go from strength to strength in terms of the quality of its work’, providing β€˜excellent representation for its clients’. The team in general - and the β€˜highly competent, driven and able’ leader Catherine Polli (β€˜a master tactician’) in particular - focuses on financial remedy matters often involving international assets, businesses or property portfolios. The β€˜pragmatic’ Michael Sheville in Upminster β€˜is conscious of every trick in the book which might be perpetrated by the opponent’ and β€˜very client-focused’. While handling financial matters, TOLATA claims and other child law cases, he has special expertise in managing asset dissipation risks. The β€˜fantastic’ Brentwood-based Claire Spurgeon β€˜is particularly good at providing clarity and giving a realistic view on client expectations’ and specialises in representing clients living abroad, advising on child abduction cases and cross-border property transactions. β€˜Being extremely good with vulnerable and anxious clients’, the β€˜inventive and intelligent’ Catherine Loadman undertakes both financial remedy and TOLATA matters as well as child arrangement orders. Also recommended are senior associates Sarah Tsindides (who β€˜has the ability to establish trust early on’ and β€˜is thoughtful and supportive’) and Sebastian Burrows (who gives β€˜pragmatic but sensitive advice’). Associate Jennifer Herbert, who possesses β€˜the perfect combination of excellent lateral thinking and a calm, reasoned and reassuring approach with her clients’, joined the Hornchurch office from Mackrell Turner Garrett in February 2016. Most of the partners also advise on cohabitation as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

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Catherine Loadman - Pinney Talfourd LLP

Sarah Tsindides - Pinney Talfourd LLP

Sebastian Burrows - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Upminster, Hornchurch, Brentwood)

Pinney Talfourd LLP’s private client team in Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch has a β€˜good reputation’ for being β€˜professional, friendly and helpful’ and providing β€˜excellent value for money’. The lawyers have particular experience in the creation of different types of discretionary trusts for financial security and in relation to tax and care fee minimisation. Head of department Matthew Edwards advises on estate administration with cross-border elements, business and property relief claims, intestacies and missing beneficiaries, as well as the drafting of wills and other agreements with a focus on asset protection. Senior associates Claire Buttress and Kristian Croad also handle lasting power of attorney matters and deputyship applications, with Croad having a further specialisation in cases for elderly clients and trust management. Associate Jill French, who works on power of attorney management files and elderly client cases, is recommended for her β€˜valuable local and professional knowledge, attention to detail, empathy and pragmatic approach’. Edwards recently advised a married couple on their mirror wills containing their matrimonial home, savings and trading company shares worth over Β£2m, resulting in the creation of a discretionary trust for the company shares without the application of inheritance tax, as well as a cross-option agreement containing life cover payments on all shareholders’ lives which would be paid out equally among them. Newly qualified solicitor Nicholas Conway joined the Brentwood office in September 2016.

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Kristian Croad - Pinney Talfourd LLP

Matthew Edwards - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Essex
Commercial property: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Brentwood)

The commercial property department at β€˜longstanding local firm’ Pinney Talfourd LLP in Brentwood is β€˜very professional, efficient, effective and fast to respond’, providing β€˜an excellent blend of big- and small-firm mentality and high-quality staff’. The β€˜prompt and efficient’ practice head Julien Pritchard β€˜has very good knowledge of all matters concerning landlords and tenants’, β€˜prioritises well’ and β€˜ensures that clients are on the front foot in every scenario’. Apart from specialist expertise in telecoms leases, he also advises on freehold and leasehold transactions as well as licences, easements and options agreements, finance and lending. The team also includes senior associates Keeley Miller, who has β€˜a good work ethic’, β€˜great negotiation skills’ and is β€˜highly professional and knowledgeable’. Pritchard advised a freehold property owner on the grant of Β£5.3m 15-year warehouse lease, including negotiations with the tenants. Together with Miller, he also represented a construction company in the acquisition, financing and leasing of a commercial property.

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Keeley Miller - Pinney Talfourd LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Pinney Talfourd LLP (Upminster, Hornchurch, Brentwood)

Pinney Talfourd LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team is β€˜always ready to act at a moment’s notice’, and provides β€˜solid advice in a timely manner’. Highlights included acting for FRP Advisory in an order for possession and the sale of a bankrupt property, and advising a property developer on obtaining an interim possession order from Romford County Court. Practice head Stephen Eccles is β€˜extremely knowledgeable, with an excellent track record in resolving complex cases’.

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