New family lawyer joins the team

Remyhs-Baker
The Family Law Team are delighted to welcome Remyhs Baker to the firm. Remyhs is a passionate family lawyer and is looking forward to helping our clients in all areas of family law. In this article, we find out a little bit about Remyhs. Remyhs joined the firm in early 2019 after training and qualifying at a leading London law firm. She q...
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Divorce - some common questions answered

Divorce - some common questions answered
Many people have the same questions when starting to consider a separation or divorce. Family solicitor Sarah Tsindides is based in our Upminster office and shares some answers to the questions that she has been asked recently on the divorce process. Q: Is there such a thing as a no fault divorce in England & ...
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Pinney Talfourd Sponsors the Havering Business Showcase

Pinney Talfourd Sponsors the Havering Business Showcase
Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, hosted the Havering Business Showcase on the evening of Monday 1 October 2018. Following from the successful launch in 2017, the Showcase returned even bigger and better than before.  The event had something for all  businesses i...
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Pinney Pacers Complete 9-Mile Walk for Tapestry

Pinney Pacers Complete 9-Mile Walk for Tapestry
The sun was shining for the inaugural Three Pinney Office Walk Challenge in support of our Charity of the Year, Tapestry. Eleven members of the team, all in high spirits and ready for the challenge, set off from our Brentwood office on Ongar Road just after 9am on Saturday 15th September 2018. The walk to Upminster was on mixed terrain, crossing br...
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Pinney Talfourd walk the ‘Three Pinney Office Challenge’ for Tapestry

Pinney Talfourd walk the ‘Three Pinney Office Challenge’ for Tapestry
Team members of Pinney Talfourd will soon be completing a 'fun walk' between our three offices for our Charity of the Year, Tapestry on Saturday 15 September. The route will take our colleagues, including Partner Catherine Loadman and Residential Property Associate Lexie Jacobs , from our Brentwood office on Ongar Road all the way to our office nea...
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Pinney Talfourd is Shortlisted at Law Society's Legal Excellence Awards

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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Law Society's prestigious Excellence Awards, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales. ​ Pinney Talfourd has been shortlisted in the 'Excellence in Client Service' category alongside seven other high ranking firms. Organised by the Law Society, these awards ...
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Pinney Talfourd’s Property Team is Highly Commended in Legal Awards

Pinney Talfourd’s Property Team is Highly Commended in Legal Awards
The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards took place in Liverpool on 12 th July and we are delighted to announce that Pinney Talfourd has achieved a Highly Commended Award for Property Team of the Year 2018. ​ The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards were launched in 2016, in association with Modern Law Magazine, following the success of the Modern Law Awards. ...
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Catherine Rides 100 Miles for Charity of the Year, Tapestry

Catherine Rides 100 Miles for Charity of the Year, Tapestry
Catherine Loadman, a Partner at Pinney Talfourd, has signed up to Prudential RideLondon and is currently in training to ride 100 miles through London and the Surrey countryside to raise money for our Charity of the Year 2018, Tapestry.  Prudential RideLondon is the world's greatest festival of cycling. In it's sixth year now, it will...
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Tapestry is Our New Charity of the Year 2018

Tapestry is Our New Charity of the Year 2018
We are delighted to announce that Hornchurch based charity, Tapestry, will be Pinney Talfourd's charity of the year for 2018/19. Tapestry is based in Havering and supports adults in leading a positive, fulfilling life with a particular focus on people living with dementia. After raising over £11,000 last year for SNAP, the Brentwood based charity f...
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School children design our Christmas card

School children design our Christmas card
Pinney Talfourd held a Christmas card competition with the children of Corbets Tey School. The winning design is now our corporate card. 

Pinney Talfourd teamed up with local special needs school Corbets Tey School for our annual ‘Design a Christmas Card 2016’ Competition this month.

Corbets Tey School is based in Upminster and prides itself on being a forward thinking school for pupils with complex learning needs. It currently supports over 100 children and young people aged 4–16 years and it’s highly committed members of staff make a difference in all their lives.

Brandon Riches, aged 13 won first prize with a cute design of Rudolph complete with baubles for earrings. It is now Pinney Talfourd’s Christmas card and Brandon received a toy of his choice at a special school assembly.


The Bulletin were also delighted to offer a prize to the runner up Zack Cassidy, aged 10 for his cheerful snowman.

Client Services Partner, Catherine Polli, said at the assembly “Thank you to everyone at the school for your time and effort. The children’s designs are always brilliant and this year did not disappoint. We are also delighted that The Bulletin has donated a prize again this year as there are always so many great entries it is hard to choose just one winner.”

Pinney Talfourd has worked with the school for a number of years to produce our corporate Christmas card. We would like to thank all the pupils and staff for their help with this project. We are delighted to be involved with and make a donation to such a worthwhile school.

Pinney Talfourd gave a donation of £250 to the school for their help in organising this annual event.

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Sebastian Burrows cycles London - Paris for MNDA

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Sebastian Burrows will be taking part in the famous London to Paris bike ride, in aid of our charity of the year MNDA (South Essex Branch)

Sebastian is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the firm's Family Law Department. Although Sebastian is a keen cyclist already, this event will see him training like never before for the 4 day, 300 mile ride, that leaves Crystal Palace on 19 April 2017 and arrives at the Arc de Triomphe on 22 April.

Sebastian will be focusing on day one in particular which will take the Peloton from Crystal Palace to Calais, a distance of 100 miles. In competitive style he will be trying to ensure he arrives at Dover first to board the ferry. The ultimate aim of the event is to raise at least £1,500 for MNDA. Sebastian and the firm hope very much that the target can be smashed in support of this worthy cause.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has kicked off his fundraising and if you would like to contribute too please visit Sebastian’s Just Giving page. All donations no matter how small WILL make a difference. 

Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sebastian-Burrows-L2P

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months. In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leaves the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.

What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died.

MNDA South Essex Branch

The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

They spend money on lots of different things such as;
  • Converting a bathroom to a wet room
  • Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
  • Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
  • Stair lifts
  • Communication aids
  • Respite care
  • Travel to hospital appointments

They also arrange social events for those with MND and their carers to meet up and provide support to eachother.

The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/

Contact sebastian

If you would like to find out more about this event or speak to Sebastian about his challenge please contact 01708 463211.
 
 
 
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Time FM promote finalists at Havering Business Awards

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Time FM recently invited Pinney Talfourd into the recording studio to announce our shortlisting at the Havering Business Awards.

Pinney Talfourd has been recognised yet again for our hard work and achievements, this time being shortlisted in the Havering Business Awards.

Havering Business Awards recognise the success of businesses across the borough. Pinney Talfourd has been shortlisted for 'Growing Business of the Year' which recognises businesses that have developed and grown significantly in the last twelve months.

With a new offices in Brentwood, expansion into Leigh-on-Sea, new specialist services on offer and more staff to cater for demand, it is easy to see how we have been shortlisted. We will be joining more than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives at the Gala Awards ceremony at the CEME Conference Centre on Friday 7 October to find out if we have won.

Time FM are the media sponsors for the event and invited us in to their studio in Romford to record a sound bite for the radio. Listen to it here.


To find out more about our new services and to book an appointment at any of our offices please call 01708 229444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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How far would you go to catch a Pokemon monster?

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Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm and players are breaking the law and even risking their lives to get ahead.

Pokemon Go has had over 6 million downloads since it was launched in the UK in mid-July. Pokemon Go is a new mobile augmented reality game where players, called trainers, catch virtual monsters situated in the real world. Its co-developers, Nintendo and Niantic, have earned millions from the time of its launch and it has been credited for getting the generation of computer game teenagers more active. However, just as it has some advantages, the game poses numerous disadvantages and legal impediments.

The game interacts with an actual map of your surroundings to help you to find and catch the virtual monsters. As such, it has the element of augmented reality and is thus covered by this law in UK. This therefore raises concerns about privacy and security especially since it is grounded on GPS and geolocation. The game provides a database of the individual’s daily routines and movement. This then raises the question of who has access to such valuable data and who is legally liable if something untoward happens to the player.

Another legal problem that may arise from Pokemon Go relates to virtual location rights. Given that the game is quite new, it is currently not covered by any legislation. However since many of the virtual locations designated as ‘gyms’ or PokeStops are private properties, private businesses, schools and churches the game may well lead to illegal trespassing and potential nuisance claims.

The first legal case against Pokemon developers was filed in the US early this month. The case is the first class action lawsuit that seeks damages for flagrant disregard on the game’s effect on real world locations. The class suit amounts to over £3.7 million and is filed before the California Northern District Court under Marder v. Niantic, Inc. et al (4:16-cv-04300).

It may not be long before cases will also be filed against UK Pokemon Go players. The UK police have already issued warnings against players on trespassing. They have also warned against going to unlit or busy areas where players can be targets of thieves. Other risks that come with playing the game have been identified already from focusing on the mobile device while crossing streets, driving, and even entering police sites with non-police business.

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Pinney Talfourd raises over £2,000 for hospice

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Pinney Talfourd were pleased to participate once again in ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.
The pro bono charitable scheme ran during June with the Private Client department donating their time free of charge to write Wills for clients who in return made a charitable donation to Saint Francis Hospice. A total of £2,080 was raised.

Matthew Edwards, Head of the Private Client department, commented on the success of the campaign: “It is estimated that 60% of adults do not have a Will so this charitable initiative gave the incentive many people needed to make one whilst also making a worthwhile charitable donation. It was pleasing to see an increased number of people participate in the scheme this year. We would like to thank all of our clients who participated and contributed so generously. ”

Saint Francis Hospice opened its doors over 30 years ago and is one of the largest adult hospices in the UK serving Havering, Brentwood, Barking, Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex. As an independent charity, Saint Francis Hospice is reliant on voluntary donations and that is why campaigns like 'Make a Will Fortnight' are so important.

This year Saint Francis Hospice requires £7.3 million to enable them to continue their excellent work offering specialist care and support to individuals and their family. Please take a look at their website for more information www.sfh.org.uk.

More information

If you would like more information on Wills, Trusts, Tax, Probate and Lasting Power of Attorney please contact a member of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department who will be happy to discuss this in more detail.  Call 01708 229 444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This article was written by Chris Dickinson, an Associate Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. 
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Catherine completes 100 mile cycle for charity

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Partner Catherine Loadman completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July - a 100 mile bike ride in aid of MNDA (South Essex Branch). 
Catherine Loadman took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July 2016 and raised over £620 for Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year MNDA (South Essex Branch).
 
It was an early (and chilly) start from the Olympic Stadium at Stratford but the sun soon came out as Catherine rode through London and then on to the Surrey hills.

There were a few hold ups due to accidents which meant that Catherine's anticipated finish time of 3.30pm became 5.30pm... At one point Catherine was held up for an hour and a half after which her legs were not too pleased about having to get back on her bike and start pedaling!

She recalls that the famous Box Hill was probably the biggest challenge with it's hairpin bends winding up and up but she made it without having to dismount, albeit very slowly!

Catherine said "This was a huge challenge and I am very proud of this achievement." She added that the best thing about the day was the atmosphere and the crowds cheering the riders on all along the course which really helped, particularly when she was getting close to the finish and had to go up the final hill in Wimbledon before the ride back through central London to the finish line on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Funds raised so far

Catherine has beaten her target and so far raised over £622 (including Gift Aid) with more donations still coming in and would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her to help raise vital funds for MNDA (South Essex Branch) to help them continue with the amazing work that they do to support sufferers of this terrible disease.

Still time to donate

Catherine is a Partner at the Firm and a member of our Family Law Department. You still have time to donate at Virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineLoadmanContact Catherine on 01277 249383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out more. 
 

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. No one knows how or why people get it. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months.

In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak – this is often the first thing to go. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leave the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.

What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died. It affects all ages. For some reason it only seems to affect people who are active, couch potatoes don’t get this disease.

MNDA South Essex Branch

The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

They spend money on lots of different things such as;
  • Converting a bathroom to a wet room
  • Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
  • Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
  • Stair lifts

In addition to this, they purchase iPads and boogie boards as these are essential communication aids when the voice goes. They might buy new bedding for someone who has a single hospital bed delivered. They pay for respite care and might fund private travel for hospital appointments in London.

They also do fun things – last year they had a summer lunch at Wat Tyler Country park for people with MND and the health care professionals – the consultants and nurses took a day off work to come and meet with their patients in an informal setting. At Christmas they went to the panto and had a Christmas lunch.

They have social meetings for those with MND and their carers to meet up have a coffee and cake and have a chat.

In short they do whatever is needed to ease and assist those with MND and their carers.

The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/

 

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Catherine Loadman cycles for charity

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Catherine Loadman takes part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July - a 100 mile bike ride in aid of MNDA (South Essex Branch). 
Catherine is a Partner at the Firm and a member of our Family Law Department. She is raising money for MNDA (South Essex Branch) which is Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 celebrates the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

Catherine has been in training and hopes to raise £500 by completing the course - although she keeps warning us all that she is not a natural cyclist at all and has never done anything like this before!

If you would like to sponsor Catherine in this mammoth task – you can read her story and donate at Virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineLoadman

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease is a truly evil illness. It is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. No one knows how or why people get it. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months.

In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak – this is often the first thing to go. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leave the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.

What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died. It affects all ages. For some reason it only seems to affect people who are active, couch potatoes don’t get this disease.

MNDA South Essex Branch

The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

They spend money on lots of different things such as;
  • Converting a bathroom to a wet room
  • Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
  • Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
  • Stair lifts

In addition to this, they purchase iPads and boogie boards as these are essential communication aids when the voice goes. They might buy new bedding for someone who has a single hospital bed delivered. They pay for respite care and might fund private travel for hospital appointments in London.

They also do fun things – last year they had a summer lunch at Wat Tyler Country park for people with MND and the health care professionals – the consultants and nurses took a day off work to come and meet with their patients in an informal setting. At Christmas they went to the panto and had a Christmas lunch.

They have social meetings for those with MND and their carers to meet up have a coffee and cake and have a chat.

In short they do whatever is needed to ease and assist those with MND and their carers.

The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/

Contact Catherine

If you would like to find out more about this event or speak to Catherine about her challenge please contact her on 01277 249383.

 

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Keeley Miller runs her first ever Charity Race

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On Sunday 17th July, Keeley Miller will be taking part in her first ever race for charity - Great Newham 10K Run
On Sunday 17 July, I will be taking part in my first ever race for charity. I have never been particularly athletic, always too busy with work and family to make time for exercise but I have discovered during my training for this race that running actually improves my work and home life.

I have been running in local streets and parks and by being outdoors I have found that these training sessions help to clear my head after my day at the office allowing me to focus on my family when I am at home in the evening.

Research shows that running generates new brain cells and a good run enhances sensory perception and increased attention span. Running in a natural environment increased these rewards with improved ability to concentrate, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.

Although my body is taking longer than my brain to adapt to this new regime, I would highly recommend running as a brilliant form of stress relief; no costly gym membership required or any fancy equipment and no booking necessary! I believe that I will continue to run for my own wellbeing after I have completed this challenge, which is still quite daunting, I have run a 10k in training now and it wasn’t easy but I did feel a sense of achievement at the end.


If you would like to sponsor me in this event I am raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society – you can read my story at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Keeley-Miller


If you would like to find out more about this event or Pinney Talfourd’s services please contact 01708 229444.

 

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Frankies Wine Bar is under new ownership

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Frankie’s Wine Bar in Hornchurch is under new management thanks to our commercial team and business is booming already.

Spring is in the air and with more opportunities for socialising on the horizon, this month we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Frankie’s Wine Bar, an established wine bar in Hornchurch town centre.

Running a successful wine bar is not easy – most of us have been to one but not everyone knows how to keep their customers happy. Frankie’s new owner Paul Elbourne knew just what to do though, after working for a number of years as a member of staff at the popular local venue.

The previous owner had mentioned that she wanted to retire from the business and so Paul decided to purchase the business lock stock (and barrel!).  The Commercial Department at Pinney Talfourd were delighted to provide legal advice and assistance to Paul to achieve his ambition.

The Legal Work

The commercial property team and company commercial team worked together advising Paul upon a new lease and on the purchase of the business. He had two options; either to assign the lease, or the landlord could surrender the current lease and grant a new one to Paul. We also dealt with the purchase of the new business simultaneously.

This was done without a hitch and Paul’s hard work and perseverance has turned his vision into reality and, following completion of the matter in November last year, he plans to expand the existing business by offering the venue for private hire including lunches, seminars and parties.  He has also launched a website to keep clients up to date with activities; www.frankieswinebar.com

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Spotlight on Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards is a Partner at the Firm but dreamed of Captaining the England football team, or maybe a fighter pilot...
Matthew Edwards is a Partner at Pinney Talfourd Solicitors and Head of Private Client and Elderly Client Services.

1. What made you enter private client law?

When I was training to become a solicitor I had a strong interest in matrimonial law but my head was turned very late on by the appeal of private client work, its technical nature, and the variety of clients.

2. Did you always want to be a lawyer?

Not at all. To be honest I was a bit of dreamer when I was young and harboured aspirations for far too long of captaining England at Wembley or being a jet fighter pilot! Once reality set in I knuckled down, qualified as a solicitor, and never looked back.

3. What is your favourite part of the job?

We are very privileged as solicitors in that clients confide in us to seek guidance on a range of personal issues, often in times of great stress, and it is this solicitor/client relationship that I enjoy most - every client is unique with their own story to tell.

4. You ran the marathon for Saint Francis Hospice in 2014. Would you run another marathon?

I was privileged enough to get this opportunity. The cocktail of intense physical torture, mental trauma, and the sheer exhilaration of competing and finishing was an experience that will live with me forever. Given the chance I would run it again but I fear my knees wouldn’t allow it.

5. What’s your biggest achievement in life?

Hmmm, managing not to fall on to the Underground Line after my legs gave way on the platform after the London Marathon.

6. What has been the most awkward moment in your career?

As a young newly qualified solicitor I was required to make a home call to see an elderly client who was temporarily living with her daughter. Upon arrival I was thrown by there being no front door and the back gate was locked. I reluctantly peered through the front window and was met with the sight of the daughter spread on the sofa by an open fire in her underwear. I made a hasty retreat to the back gate and managed to open it before being met by the daughter in a baggy tracksuit. Judging by her reaction she hadn’t seen me peering through the window, or at least that’s the impression she gave me. I’ll never know for sure.....

7. Do you have any hobbies?

When I’m not spending time with my two young daughters I enjoy a bit of DIY, even if I’m not very good at it.


To find out more about Matthew and contact him please visit his staff profile page.

 

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Havering Business Awards 2015

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The Havering Business Awards celebrated the success of the local business community recently. Pinney Talfourd were shortlisted for the Customer Care Award.
The Havering Business Awards took place at CEME Conference Centre on Friday 16 October to celebrate the success of the local business community.

36 businesses in Havering were shortlisted for 12 awards and they gathered at the glittering event hosted by impressionist and comedienne Francine Lewis to hear the results amongst hundreds of their fellow colleagues.

Pinney Talfourd was shortlisted for the Customer Care Award alongside Adsec Group and CEME. It was a hard fought battle and we would like to congratulate CEME for pipping us to the post and taking away the trophy.

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We had some very good finalists and the judges had a very hard job choosing a winner in each category this year. I want to thank our sponsors for making this happen, it was a great night and it couldn’t have gone ahead without their help. It’s great that Havering businesses see the value in the awards and want to support each other.”

It was also announced that Martin Bumpus, Chair of Judges, is retiring and he received an award for his hard work and dedication to the awards since they began eleven years ago. As a Senior Commercial Manager at Lloyds Bank, he has worked with Pinney Talfourd on many occasions and we would like to wish him all the best for the future.


Martin Bumpus collecting his award from Francine Lewis.

Contact us on 01708 229 444 to find out more about why we are so proud of our customer service record.

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