Emms Gilmore Liberson retains Legal 500 rankings as a UK Leading Firm

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Emms Gilmore Liberson retains Legal 500 rankings as a UK Leading Firm

We are delighted to see that all of our major teams have obtained the coveted ‘recommended’ status in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 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. A summary of the entries from the Legal 500 and testimonials for our recommended teams from their clients and contacts are below.

Rankings were given in the following areas :


Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson ‘s corporate and commercial team advises on M&A, restructurings, joint ventures and commercial contracts. It is also developing its healthcare client-base.  Leading the practice  is Stephen Gilmore , who is notably strong in shareholder and partnership agreements and Gregory Emms, who focuses on a range of  corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Gilmore; Gregory Emms  – Other key lawyers: Gurmeet Jakhu



Emms Gilmore Liberson is recommended for its work in gambling law and routinely acts for both UK-based and overseas clients such as online and non-remote casinos. Under the leadership of Peter Adkins, the team also advises on the full range of alcohol and entertainment licences and acts for all types of venues including hotels, restaurants, night clubs, pubs as well as supermarkets. Adkins also acts for various sexual entertainment venues on diverse licensing matters.

Practice head(s):Peter Adkins


‘Peter Adkins is a very experienced licensing practitioner and delivers a first-class service’.


Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson‘s team is led by ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ director Richard Cooper, who has a track record of advising on commercial and contractual disputes, as well as matters concerning partnership agreements and professional negligence. He is supported by director Peter Adkins, who is experienced in litigation relating to licensing and gambling.

Practice head(s):Richard Cooper – Other key lawyers:Peter Adkins


‘The team is great and has fantastic support when needed.’

‘The firm offers a top class and comprehensive legal service and the experienced partners are always available.’

‘Richard Cooper is very experienced in commercial litigation and has particular skills in complicated shareholder disputes.’

‘Richard Cooper’s attention to detail and ability to manage the client through the litigation process is exceptional. He recognises the need to guide the client away from the emotional aspects of the dispute toward a commercial outcome.’

‘Richard Cooper is highly knowledgeable and approachable, with an excellent client manner. Fast response times and available at all times, within reason, he devotes his time and energy securing the very best outcome with excellent results. Client care is at the heart of what he does and he does this exceedingly well.’


Personal tax, trusts and probate

At Emms Gilmore LibersonTerry Cooper has extensive expertise in inheritance tax and capital gains tax law, as well as the creation and  restructuring of trusts and the administration of estates. In addition, Cooper personally acts as an executor and trustee in a number of matters.

Practice head(s):Terry Cooper


‘Terry Cooper is a highly experienced lawyer with deep technical skills and extensive commercial experience’.

‘Terry Cooper is a very capable private client practitioner who delivers a great service in a friendly, but professional manner’.

‘The team is small and led by Terry Cooper, who clients warm to. He is particularly good with those clients who are new to their wealth and need a layman’s terms type of approach – he is technically excellent’.


Commercial property: Birmingham

Emms Gilmore Liberson recently strengthened its practice with the hire of property development and renewable energy expert Jonathan Wright from Fieldfisher LLP. The highly regarded Beth Margetson, who often advises commercial developers of industrial, residential and mixed-use schemes, was promoted to partner in April 2019. Other areas of expertise include leasing and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Mark Dakeyne – Other key lawyers:Jonathan Wright; Beth Margetson; Simon Jobson


‘As our development business has grown so has our need to enlarge our stable of trusted advisors. Mark has a very strong reputation as one of the “go to” Lawyers in the Midlands development arena therefore it was an natural call to make. Our ongoing experience has been very good with an all-important pragmatic approach which is based on “finding a way” but simultaneously protecting our interests.’

‘I use Mark Dakeyne of EGL as a solicitor for various reasons. I find him to be very professional and experienced in his knowledge of the contractual work I undertake. He has vast experience in such matters. I also appreciate the personal approach Mark adopts in terms of talking things through and personally dealing with matters. He often attends meetings with me and has a manner other solicitors and landowners find agreeable. A personal approach in an impersonal world ! I shall continue to use his legal services and enjoy the fun that always accompanies Mark

‘Mark is an extremely experienced and well respected solicitor who provides best in class advice to his clients. He takes a very pragmatic approach to negotiating and agreeing complicated ad often high value transactions. I thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking for legal representation in matters of property law’


Property litigation

Emms Gilmore Liberson focuses on commercial property litigation, representing investors, property managers and occupiers in dilapidations claims, leasing matters, service charge disputes and sales of properties. Practice head Martyn Liberson handles a range of leasehold and freehold litigation.

Practice head(s):Martyn Liberson


‘The broad commercial knowledge in this practice is a refreshing change. No problem is too small and they are willing to given an appraisal, which is most useful at an early stage of any legal problem, especially if you are instructing them on behalf of third parties as we often do. Overall, I would not instruct anyone else unless conflicted’

‘Very good on dilapidations claims and bad debt recovery from tenants’

‘I have known the principal partners in this firm for almost thirty years and have found them to be the most straightforward of professional lawyers’

‘Martyn Liberson is highly experienced and has developed a successful specialist property litigation practice in Birmingham’

‘Martyn Liberson has a thoroughly professional and at the same time commercial approach to dispute resolution’

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

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