Legal experts help building owners to tackle trespassing

A Birmingham law firm that successfully removed trespassers from a client’s building in under three working days, is offering free expert legal advice to the region’s landlords and commercial property owners.

Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL) will host a free seminar at Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin on Thursday 12th April 2018, in partnership with enforcement business Burlington Group.

Trespassing hit the headlines last year, when figures released by Network Rail and British Transport Police revealed a 10-year high in the number of people risking their lives by trespassing on Britain’s railways.

Yet the problem is far from isolated to the rail network – there are more than 20,000 reported acts of trespassing in the UK every month.

Earlier this month (March) a group of 26 squatters were found to have forced their way into a former Virgin Active Health Club in Wimbledon. Witnesses claimed the group used the building’s spa facilities including the sauna, steam room and showers, as well as holding an all-night rave.

EGL’s event will inform landlords and owner-occupiers on how to tackle trespassing on their premises, as well as covering related issues involving squatters, fly-tippers and protesters. 

Speakers include barrister Marc Glover, of Tanfield Chambers, Jonathan Chatfield, high court enforcement officer at Burlington Group, and Charlotte Collins, associate director at EGL.

EGL’s Property Litigation team works with building owners across England and Wales. Last year it successfully removed squatters from a client’s vacant office building in less than three working days, deploying a High Court procedure to accelerate the process.

Martyn Liberson, partner at EGL, said: “Trespassing is a huge issue in the UK, but not everyone is aware of what to do or who to ask should it happen to them.

“The members of our property litigation team are regularly instructed on a wide range of problems relating to land and commercial premises, often caused by trespassers, squatters, fly tippers and protestors.

“In the past 12 months the team has successfully acted for a number of property owners in dealing with these problems.

“We tire of hearing of cases where owners complain about the length of time it takes to secure possession, whilst their property is being occupied by trespassers, and even damaged, for weeks on end.  It does not have to be that way. 

“We want to reach out to other property owners so that they are better equipped in how to avoid problems and can have a robust recovery plan in place to deal with them should they arise.”

EGL’s trespassers and squatters seminar takes place at Hotel du Vin, Church Street, Birmingham, 6 – 8pm on Thursday 12th April 2018.

The event is free but numbers are limited. Reserve your place by contacting EGL on 0121 314 0000 or emailing

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