EGL celebrates Legal 500 2018/19 rankings

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EGL celebrates Legal 500 2018/19 rankings

Once again we are delighted to see that all of our teams have obtained the coveted ‘recommended’ status in the latest edition  of the Legal 500, which was published this week.

The Legal 500 is put together by a team of independent researchers and the listings for firms collated as a result of discussions with clients and external sources.

Rankings were given in the following areas :

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ’s corporate and commercial team ‘has a great depth of knowledge – clients are always confident that their interests are properly and expertly represented’. The firm handles corporate transactions in a range of sectors, including professional services (in which Stephen Gilmore advised a law firm on a merger), opticians, logistics and manufacturing. Associate director Jon Start (‘very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond’) takes leading roles in eight-figure deals, and fellow associate director Ruth Murday takes leading roles in complex tax-driven corporate transactions such as capital reductions demergers. Director Gurmeet Jakhu joined the firm from Knights Professional Services Limited in 2018 and is noted for his franchising expertise. Gregory Emms is another key contact at partner level. Clients include Frontmatec Group, which Start and director Peter Adkins advised on the purchase of Accles & Shevloke.

Licensing – West Midlands

Emms Gilmore Liberson is led by Peter Adkins, who has ‘a deep specialism in licensing and gambling’, ‘is always very quick to respond’ and ‘has a number of contacts within the industry which usually helps to get things moving’. He recently assisted Casino 36 with licensing new premises which involved requesting a transfer of a casino license from one premises to another. He also advised Loki Wines on extending its premises as well as licensing new premises in Moseley and Edgbaston.

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ‘definitely punches above its weight’ –  ‘it is making significant inroads in to business to business disputes in the region using its flexibility to real advantage in how it meets client needs’. Director Richard Cooper is ‘brilliant – he is there when clients need him, and the way he manages cases in court is both professional and extremely clever; his attention to detail and client care are both first-class’ has a practice which includes such varied matters as shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant litigation and unjust enrichment claims. Peter Adkins, another director, has aviation expertise. Director Gurmeet Jakhu joined on January 2018 from Knights Professional Services Limited, while associate director Fabienne McAllister joined from Lanyon Bowdler.

Commercial property: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson handles a range of work, with sales of land to developers a particular bright spot for the practice. Director Simon Jobson advised Warwickshire College on the £5.3m conditional sale of its former campus for development, and also assisted Revelan Estates with the development of a factory site near Coventry. In addition, Mark Dakeyne advised Stoford Developments on the letting and sale of two warehouses in the Worcester Six business park – he also has heavyweight housebuilding expertise. Director Beth Margetson works with the Gooch Estate, a key client, on various maters concerning residential developments. Other clients include Sustainable Energy Centre, which Margetson advised on a lease for additional land for developing a waste to energy facility.

Property litigation

Emms Gilmore Liberson has ‘a very good property team with a thorough knowledge of issues such as long leasehold rights, and provides excellent strategy in tackling the most difficult of cases’. Martyn Liberson represented cornerstone client Telereal Trillium in a dispute concerning the sale of a building used for religious purposes, and defended the same client in two dilapidations claims against its former landlords, one of which concerned a term of the lease rendered unenforceable by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927. Liberson also represented Craigard in a dilapidations claim brought against its tenant, McDonald’s. Associate director Helena Bannister  handles residential service charge disputes, while director Anna Albini handles heavyweight work for major public sector clients. Other clients include Corinthian and Burlington Estates

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Emms Gilmore Liberson is headed by Terry Cooper  who is ‘practical‘, ‘knowledgeable‘ and ‘commercial‘ in all areas of trust and estate planning. Stephen Gilmore  is also a key figure and is an expert in advising on complex family trusts

For fuller details of our listings please click here for the Legal 500 page.

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