Corporate lawyer wins national excellence award from Legal 500 UK


Senior Associate Edward Garston has been named ‘Individual of the Year 2019’ in the Outer London area for his excellence in corporate work at the Legal 500 Awards. The awards recognise the very best firms and individuals in the legal industry and delivered one of their coveted trophies to Edward at a glittering ceremony at London Guildhall on 6 February 2019.


Edward Garston is Head of the Company and Commercial Team at Pinney Talfourd and was awarded “Individual of the Year 2019” for his outstanding results over the course of 2018. Edward was recognised for his dedication to assisting businesses with their corporate and commercial legal requirements, which include the acquisition of other companies and interests, company reorganisations, and providing specialist advice to company shareholders.

The event was held at London’s historic Guildhall and was attended by the country’s top lawyers, barristers, and in-house counsel.  A shortlist of contenders was announced in December and consisted mainly of senior figures from some of the largest national and international law firms. Edward beat off fierce competition from colleagues in other well respected firms including Eversheds, Pennigton Manches and Squire Patton Boggs, to take home the trophy. Rarely has such a prestigious honour been awarded to a solicitor from a regional practice. Edward was the only individual from Essex to be shortlisted.

Commenting on the award, Pinney Talfourd’s Managing Partner Philip Cockram noted “With such a high entry standard, we are immensely proud of Edward’s achievement. His growing team are well known throughout the local area as the “go-to” company and commercial specialists, and this award recognises his strength in this specialist field”.

Adding his own views, Edward said “I was absolutely delighted to receive this award. It is such a huge honour to be recognised for my work helping businesses through some often difficult and strategic business developments. Even though this is an individual award, I’m extremely fortunate to work with an equally talented and professional team who regularly deliver results for our clients”.


All shortlists and winners were decided using the Legal 500 UK applications, in which the Company and Commercial Team are ranked and Edward is personally named a Next Generation Lawyer. 

Legal 500 said of the Company and Commercial Team; 

“Clients recommend the ‘knowledgeable and professional’ Pinney Talfourd LLP for its ‘proactivity, collaborative approach and keen understanding of client needs’, resulting in ‘service levels beyond expectation’. The team covers M&A, restructuring, contractual, shareholder and partnership issues, while its key industries include real estate, transport and logistics, accountancy and business support. 

“In a recent highlight, the practice represented the majority shareholder and director of GTS Learning during the buyout of his IT skills and training development business by a US corporation. SAT Holdings and carer charity Redbridge, Epping & Harlow Crossroads also brought their matters to the department. The ‘very approachable’ Edward Garston has ‘brought a new dynamic to the firm’, possesses ‘excellent attention to detail’ and ‘never lets a problem get in the way’.”


Pinney Talfourd has offices across the South East including Upminster, Hornchurch, Brentwood, Leigh on Sea and Canary Wharf. The Company and Commercial team pride themselves on offering a bespoke and practical service which is delivered in a practical and cost-effective manner.

If you would like to find out more about how Edward’s team can help your company contact us for a free Business Legal Review on 01708 229 444 or complete our enquiry form online.


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