Firm Profile > MSB Solicitors Ltd > Liverpool, England

MSB Solicitors Ltd
L13 1DA

Crime: fraud Tier 1

MSB Solicitors Ltd is particularly noted for its expertise in defending excise prosecutions, and for their work on Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings. Sean Sexton leads the team and specialises in representing individuals who are the subject of major criminal investigations by HMRC. Jeremy Asher joined the team in January 2020, and predominantly represents clients seeking to bring private prosecutions. Consultant solicitor-advocate Andrew Pearson is noted for his experience is serious fraud and regulatory matters.

Family Tier 1

MSB Solicitors handles high-value financial remedy and children matters, and is renowned for its strength in the private and legal aid space. Divorces, financial disputes, children disputes, social services interventions, adoptions, and surrogacy issues are all key areas of strength. Known for her 'expertise and knowledge in relation to forced marriage and honour-based violence and abduction', Emma Palmer is now the overall head of the family group at the firm following Emma Carey's move to a managing partner role. Financial settlement specialist Pauline McNamara is the head of private client family.

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‘Dedicated and professional, MSB always strive to ensure their clients receive a high-quality legal service. The solicitors are empathetic and make sure their clients feel supported throughout the process.’ 

‘Emma Palmer tackles complicated cases with international jurisdiction and forced marriage being particular interests. Emma is always thorough and conscientious in her approach.’ 

‘Wendy Eves always goes above and beyond. Wendy is not only a gifted lawyer, but we would say an exceptional individual who works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of these vulnerable individuals.’ 

‘MSB continues to strive for the best. They go above and beyond what is expected and get results.’ 

‘The team at MSB are experienced and extremely knowledgeable. They demonstrate a commitment to clients and have expertise in many areas.’ 

‘Emma Palmer’s expertise and knowledge in relation to forced marriage and honour-based violence and abduction stands out in the area.’ 

‘Provides timely, considered responses with clear advice and effective communication throughout court proceedings.’ 

Crime: general Tier 2

Merseyside-based MSB Solicitors handles a range of work including criminal and regulatory cases and serious fraud. The practice is known for defending excise prosecutions and for their work in POCA proceedings. Jeremy Asher joined the team from Ashfords LLP in January 2020, to head MSB’s new private prosecutions team. Sean Sexton heads the department and specialises in representing individuals subject to criminal investigations by HMRC. Andrew Pearson has significant experience in representing defendants who are autistic or have Asperger’s syndrome.

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‘Sean Sexton has a well-earned reputation as one of the finest criminal solicitors in the North West. He works tirelessly for his clients and his encyclopaedic knowledge of even the largest frauds is remarkable.’

Social housing Tier 3

MSB Solicitors is 'very much at the forefront of the housing market' and advises on social housing regulations and developments. The team is jointly led by Thomas Knox and Louise Murphy; Knox provides a 'personal service that is tailored' to his clients' needs, handles leasehold management issues, and governance and regulation matters, and advises social housing providers on the impact of welfare reforms on rents. Murphy is 'honest and efficient', known for her work representing tenants in disrepair, homelessness and possession proceedings. Jenna Tym's expertise focuses on injunction and possession proceedings involving anti-social behaviour.

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‘Extensive experience and knowledge in the sector and incredibly responsive to our requirements. With other firms we’ve engaged, we have had to chase them for updates, we have always found the complete opposite with MSB.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable on housing matters.’

‘The solicitors/staff at MSB are very knowledgeable, very professional and nothing is to much trouble for them, their response is always very quick. We have had many good outcomes to legal disrepair cases that they have undertaken for us.’

‘The team is very much at the forefront of the housing market in the North of England and rightly so. It has an in-depth knowledge of all housing matters ranging from anti-social behaviour to disrepair.’

‘Jenna Tym who again has proved to be very approachable, knowledgeable, trustworthy and likeable.’

‘Tom provides a very personal service that is tailored to our needs. It often feels that Tom is in fact one of our team. He is always honest with his advice and always works for what is best for us. Due to the advice, guidance, knowledge and representation, we have never lost a case in court.’

Key clients

Arches Housing Limited

Arcon Housing Association Limited

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council

Bamboo Lettings

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Brighter Futures

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Care Housing Association

Cheshire West and Chester

City South Manchester Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Association

Community Gateway Housing

Connect Housing

Eastlands Homes

Eden Housing Association

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 4

MSB Solicitors Ltd is prominent for development and regeneration work, working with clients in the leisure and hospitality sectors. Neil Kelly leads the team and is strong in residential development work, acting for national developers. He works in tandem with Brad Armstrong, who advises clients on the acquisition of development sites across the country.

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X1 Developments Limited No

Redwood Bank Ltd Yes

Penny Lane Builders Limited No

Oakwood Group No

Gemini Finance Ltd No

White Rhino Capital No

Mowgli No

Rock Capital No

Signature Living No

Young Homes Yes

Community Housing (UK) Limited


MSB Solicitors  is a leading full service law firm in Liverpool. From its inception in 1988 MSB has grown steadily and organically to a firm of 14 partners and 130 fee earners and support staff.  We are a progressive, award winning and expanding firm with talented lawyers and a can do attitude. We are committed to client care and ensuring all clients get the very best service. As a full service law firm we pride ourselves on being able to liaise with lawyers in other departments to ensure our clients’ legal needs are fully met.

MSB Solicitors provides quality driven, cost effective legal advice across all sectors for people and their businesses in the North West and beyond. We know our region best and we know how to grow a small business from our own experiences over the last 30 years.

We are committed to our corporate social responsibility. Our determination to give back to our community is key to the development of our business and is at the core of MSB.

Recent awards:

NWPAs Best Property Law Firm 2017 & 2018

Liverpool Law Society Family Law Award 2017

Family Law Awards – Family Law Firm of the Year 2018 (North)

Echo Regional Business Awards – Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018


National Shortlists:

British LGBT Awards – Corporate Ally shortlist 2018

Law Society Excellence Awards: Medium firm of the year 2018 – shortlisted. Woman lawyer of the year 2018 – Emma Carey, Shortlisted

Family Law Awards 2018 – Associate of the Year,  Wendy Eves – shortlisted

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FAMILY: Emma Carey is head of our family department, her profile can be viewed separately above. Our  family department has received both regional and national awards in recognition of our expertise in this area. The department undertakes private work and has a legal aid franchise, we are therefore able to meet our clients’ needs irrespective of any change in circumstance. We have approximately 20 fee earners in our family department including 2 in-house advocates allowing us to providing a seamless service from initial instruction to conclusion of any case.

Our  client base in international. We are the only firm in the North West to be on the International Child Abduction panel and are one of only five firms outside London to have Resolution accredited experts in forced marriage and honour based violence issues.  We are proud to have accredited experts in child abduction, cohabitation disputes, financial relief, domestic abuse and children disputes. We have 4 solicitors on the Law Society’s Children Panel.

Our family work includes: divorce and financial relief,  cohabitation disputes,  children disputes,  protective orders,  surrogacy and adoption.


CRIME:  Sean Sexton is the head of our crime department and is named as a leading lawyer – his profile is available to view above. MSB has been the highest ranked firm in Liverpool for the last three years for both fraud and general crime. We have a long track record of protecting the reputations of our clients and their businesses. We have been very successful in preventing regulatory investigations becoming criminal prosecutions. Our objective is to win the case without having to go to court. We operate a 24 hour help line .


RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY: Our multi-award winning residential property department is the largest in Merseyside. We have a committed team of thirty people specialising in the sale and purchase of thousands of properties each year.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY: We have a specialist department which acts for large developers who are changing the skylines of Liverpool and Manchester. We advise the hospitality sector and represent well known hotels, restaurants and bars.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION: Our experts in Commercial Litigation have acted in many of the most challenging cases in the Liverpool city region in recent years. We specialise in acting for charities with litigation issues.

EMPLOYMENT/DEBT RECOVERY: We have dedicated departments to support small to medium sized businesses within the Liverpool city region.

WILLS & PROBATE:  We have a dedicated private client team dealing with wills & probate matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Emma Carey 0151 2819040
Senior Partner Sean Sexton 0151 2819040
Fee earners/support staff : 130
Partners : 14