Paul Pinder, a specialist lawyer with more than 13 years’ experience in dealing with complex commercial, mixed-use and residential development schemes, has joined the property litigation division at Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL). 

Paul has been appointed as director and will work alongside partner Martyn Liberson in developing the law firm’s expanding client base.

He is joined by Thomas Walsh, a University of Law Birmingham graduate, who takes up the position of associate solicitor within EGL’s property litigation team. 

A member of the Property Litigation Association, Paul brings significant experience of advising UK and international pension funds, institutional investors, public sector landlords and private developers. He will be responsible for advising clients in all areas of property litigation matters, encompassing site assembly, vacant possession strategies, statutory compliance and mixed-use commercial-residential structuring, including service charge consultations and lease extension claims. 

Paul moves to EGL from Pinsent Masons in Manchester, where he was head of the housing law property disputes team, having previously held senior positions at international law firms, DLA Piper UK LLP and Nabarro LLP. A former teacher with a degree in chemistry, he is fluent in French and Spanish. 

Paul said: ’I am very pleased to be joining such a well respected firm with an impressive client base that shares the same values of investing in its clients and people. EGL has a track record of providing a first class client service and quality advice through a personal approach underpinned by highly skilled and trained lawyers that are specialised in dealing with complex cases. I am very excited to have moved to Birmingham to further my career and look forward to working alongside Martyn and the team.’ 

Thomas Walsh, completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course and an MSc in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law in Birmingham. He has held litigation paralegal roles within a multinational energy company and a well-respected US law firm and has broadened his skills during a training contract within a local authority where he acquired experience in planning law, prosecutions and judicial review. 

Martyn Liberson, partner at EGL, said: ’We are delighted to welcome two hugely talented professionals to our busy property litigation team at different stages of their respective careers. Paul Pinder is in an unrivalled position as there are very few property litigators in the West Midlands with his specialist background and deep knowledge of the property sector, having spent the major part of his career working in two global law firms. Clients will be advantaged by Paul’s blend of technical skills combined with a very ‘can do’ approach to client’s problems. His appointment gives EGL the opportunity to develop our constantly growing client base and standing in the Midlands and London. 

’Thomas Walsh demonstrates our commitment to recruiting and developing young talent and adds value to what is already an exceptionally skilled property litigation team. Tom has considerable drive and energy and takes on complex strategic matters confidently. I have no doubt that with his genuine passion for contentious property matters, Tom will enjoy a successful future with us.’