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Freeths LLP

5000 OXFORD BUSINESS PARK SOUTH, OXFORD, OX4 2BH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01865 780 1000
Fax:
Fax 01865 778504
DX:
45418 COWLEY
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Web:
www.freeths.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Milton Keynes)

Freeths LLP offers β€˜city quality expertise at commercial rates’, and the team has β€˜a strong and broad support function to address all issues’. The department is noted for its expertise in the drinks, hospitality and leisure sector, advising clients such as Whitbread’s Premier Inn and the Casual Dining Group. Key partner Jonathan Hambleton handles M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring matters, and is commended by clients for his β€˜strong leadership and pragmatic, business-oriented approach’. Hambleton, along with Natalie Drought, recently handled the sale of Heritage Automotive by its current owner to Heritage Automotive Holdings, and also advised brewer and pub company Charles Wells on a Β£50.5m revolving facility that covers funding for its UK and France businesses. The β€˜technically excellent, methodical and diligent’ Andrew Sharples is a key practitioner along with James Cowell, whose practice focuses on the healthcare and electronics recycling sectors.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Hambleton - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Cowell - Freeths LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

The β€˜reliable and flexible’ team at Freeths LLP experienced an uptick in cross-border work and shines in matters such as company disposals and acquisitions, and management buyouts and reorganisations. Corporate practice head Leon Arnold and recently promoted director Tom Walker β€˜make corporate law uncomplicated and provide a reliable service’. Arnold advised Safeware Quasar on its sale to UL, a US-based safety consulting and certification company, and also assisted with a number of acquisitions for Integrity Print, including its purchase of Alliance Labels, EU Mailers and Colebourne & Partners, which is in administration; Walker acted for the shareholders of Ace Hotel in a multimillion-pound refinancing and restructuring of a central London hotel. Other clients include Higher Education Policy Institute, DTC International and ResMed. Senior partner Malcolm Sadler heads the commercial team and has a wealth of experience in advising companies in different stages of development on joint ventures and share structures, among other matters.

Next generation lawyers: partners

Tom Walker - Freeths LLP (Director)

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP (Milton Keynes)

The β€˜highly experienced’ lawyers at Freeths LLP β€˜know their chosen fields incredibly well’, and β€˜truly understand the client’s business, tailoring their advice accordingly’. The group is known for its expertise in the drinks and hospitality sector, and frequently handles complex multi-party disputes in the areas of professional negligence, restrictive covenants, contracts and intellectual property. The firm is currently advising various transport and logistics companies in claims for damages against truck manufacturers arising from the European Commission’s investigation into price fixing and cartel behaviour. β€˜Experienced litigator’ Simon Hobbs is β€˜easy to work with’ and is praised for his β€˜excellent commercial advice’, and associate Adam Boyd is β€˜meticulous, works well with clients and demonstrates a good understanding of specific business needs’.

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Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP’s experience encompasses multi-party shareholder, IT supplier and professional negligence cases, among other matters such as employment issues, contractual disputes and passing off claims. Duncan Crine provides β€˜clear advice’ and leads the practice, which acts for clients such as BMW and GEFCO. Also noted are managing partner Sarah Foster, senior associate Andrew Dashwood-Begg and recently promoted senior associate Mona Schroedel.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP (Milton Keynes)

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Freeths LLP consists of Simon Hobbs in Milton Keynes and litigator Duncan Crine in Oxford and has a particularly strong standing in the hospitality, national pub chain and real estate sectors, for which the team advises on administrations, transactional issues and disputes as well as directors’ duties, liabilities and allegations against them. Hobbs recently advised Intertain on the liquidation of Jongleurs Comedy (Group). Other clients include Whitbread, PwC, Quantuma and Ernst & Young.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP (Milton Keynes)

Freeths LLP’ β€˜excellent’ practice is known for its expertise in food and drinks, education and the public sector, where it advises on the full extensity of employment matters, ranging from TUPE issues, exiting directors and training management to complex tribunal claims. β€˜Highly supportive’ practice head Christopher Sing is β€˜always able to answer queries and give a good overall view of the situation’. In a recent highlight, Sing represented Sports and Leisure Management in tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing, an ongoing matter with significant implications for the client’s business. The practice is also providing strategic advice to 2 Sisters Food Group in pay negotiations with 900 staff and a trade union, and is representing the same client in a number of unfair dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal. Other notable longstanding clients include Luton Airport, Royal Shakespeare Company and Oxford Brookes University.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

The clinical negligence department at Freeths LLP in Oxford is β€˜very thorough, easy to work with’ and provides β€˜great client care’. The team is especially recommended for its β€˜good case preparation’. The β€˜experienced, dedicated and approachable’ team lead Carolyn Lowe, who advises on cerebral palsy, severe orthopaedic and cardiac claims, cauda equina syndrome as well as stillbirths and neonatal deaths, is supported by senior associate and fatal claims specialist Lynne Foster and the β€˜very bright and enthusiastic’ associate Catherine Bell. Bell handles neurological injury matters as well as obstetric and gynaecological claims. Together with β€˜effective negotiator’ Lucy Habgood, Lowe recently led on the case Christine Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, which involved a misdiagnosis and consequent paraplegia. Solicitor Laura Bland left for Knights Professional Services Limited in April 2017.

Leading individuals

Cecily Cameron - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Bell - Freeths LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP’s personal injury practice is β€˜a very smartly run outfit’ that is β€˜very reactive to clients’ needs’ and β€˜forward looking in terms of case preparation’. The team engages in brain injury, fatal injury, employers’ liability and cycling claims. Overall team lead Paul Chadder in Oxford is β€˜quietly confident, sensible and thorough’, while senior associate and head of claimant personal injury Irvin Thobourne is described as β€˜highly competent’, β€˜always being on the front foot of a case’ and possessive of β€˜sound judgement’. Thobourne also brings experience in motor claims involving amputations and public liability matters.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

The personal injury practice at Freeths LLP in Oxford takes on liability matters involving employment, products and injuries occurring in public places, as well as industrial, motor, and health and safety claims. The β€˜sensible’ team lead Paul Chadder is supported by β€˜shrewd’ assistant solicitor Matthew Bacon, Amy Barnett and senior associate and road traffic accident specialist Irvin Thobourne. Chadder and Bacon represented Vesuvius against a claim regarding the development of respiratory problems and hysterical pseudo dementia by a site employee who claims his injuries were caused by exposure to cement dust and welding fumes. They also supported a director of Novae Syndicates regarding a breach of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 which caused an employee to be injured. XL Catlin, BMW, Zurich and AmTrust are also active clients.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP has β€˜a very good depth of knowledge in the area of professional negligence and the difficulties that can arise with various parties’. The team handles a mix of claimant and defendant matters in the financial and property sectors, and also has strong expertise in emerging professions and D&O liability insurance. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Travelers International Insurance Company in two related solicitors negligence claims regarding property transactions, successfully securing a favourable summary judgment with costs; it also represented the client in a case arising from a decision not to pursue a claim against an NHS Trust. Practice head Duncan Crine has β€˜a cool head’ and β€˜is a class act’. He is ably assisted by Sarah Foster, who specialises in probate disputes and regularly handles claims against local authority employees; Clare Bellis, who is β€˜a strong, sensible and capable litigator’ with significant property litigation expertise; and Angela Bowman, who specialises in probate and charity-related claims.

Leading individuals

Duncan Crine - Freeths LLP

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP provides β€˜a comprehensive legal service to estate and rural property owners’, and has β€˜great attention to detail, and an appreciation of long-term client relationships’. The firm’s industry expertise spans the charities, education, professional services and insurance sectors, among others, and the team regularly handles the acquisition and disposal of farms, landed estates, woodlands and other agricultural assets. Practice head Iain Davis is β€˜a leading expert who is well qualified in landed property matters’; he recently advised an Oxford college on the grant of a building license with associated tax, construction, overage and property provisions. In another highlight, the β€˜practical and professional’ Sarah Duffy advised a farming family on the Β£10m sale of a 22 acre development site in Oxfordshire to a national housebuilder. Other leading figures include Jane Maitland, who β€˜provides wise counsel and a calm approach in difficult circumstances’, Samantha Leigh, who is β€˜conscientious, thorough and technically spot-on’, and Balvinder Jaj.

Leading individuals

Iain Davis - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Balvinder Jaj - Freeths LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

The β€˜excellent’ team at Freeths LLP has β€˜a good breadth of knowledge’ and β€˜is always prompt to respond to queries’. The practice handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious legacy work along with formation and registration matters, property advice, M&A activity, employment matters and commercial disputes. Longstanding clients include Cancer Research UK, Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the British Psychological Society, and the firm recently added the Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust to its roster. Practice head Angela Bowman acts for charities in contentious trust and probate matters, and the β€˜helpful and knowledgeable’ Robert Nieri advises on governance issues, commercial agreements, fundraising and dispute resolution. Nigel Roots is also a key figure, advising on tax and trust planning.

Leading individuals

Nigel Roots - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Robert Nieri - Freeths LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

The β€˜excellent’ team at Freeths LLP β€˜always answers emails and phone calls promptly’ and is β€˜conscious of costs, and of providing value for money’. The practice deals with the full range of litigation claims including removal applications, estoppels claims, Court of Protection work and claims under the Inheritance Act. Practice head Sarah Foster β€˜always sees the bigger picture’ and is β€˜able to come up with new angles and solutions as the case evolves’. Angela Bowman acts for a number of national charities, advising on probate actions and other disputes involving wills, including claims where the mental capacity of the deceased is in question. Aimee Fleet is β€˜empathetic’ and offers β€˜sound, practical advice’, and Sally Goodger is also a name to note.

Leading individuals

Angela Bowman - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sally Goodger - Freeths LLP

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Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP β€˜provides the quality of service that would be expected of a Magic Circle firm’ in complex and niche areas such as IVF, surrogacy and divorce cases relating to farming and agricultural matters, which is an area of strength for senior associate Gemma Nicholls-Webber. Rachael Oakes heads the β€˜top-class practice’ and β€˜is a formidable lawyer’, who acts for high-net-worth individuals in matters regarding cross-border assets, businesses, complex trust structures, tax and pension-related issues. Her varied caseload also includes children matters and pre and post-marital agreements. Lawyer and mediator Claire Colbert is β€˜exceptionally good’ and β€˜extremely hard working’ in family cases including in Child Maintenance Service appeals and Children Act relocation matters. Private financial dispute resolution hearings, divorce and Children Act proceedings were among recent mandates for the practice, where Elizabeth Stocker made senior associate. Helen Taylor departed to Turner Nicholson.

Leading individuals

Rachael Oakes - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Nicholls-Webber - Freeths LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

The team at Freeths LLP combines β€˜local expertise and regional strength’ with β€˜appreciation of long-term client relationships’. The recent workload saw the team restructuring estates and trusts, handling capital gains tax structuring, advising on offshore structures and assisting with estate planning. Singled out for her β€˜professionalism, sincerity and immense knowledge’, Jane Maitland acts as an executor and trustee and is also a Court of Protection appointed deputy for vulnerable clients. National practice head Nigel Roots also leads the charities team and β€˜provides the technical skills and experience’. Managing partner Sarah Foster is highly recommended for contentious trust and probate work.

Leading individuals

Jane Maitland - Freeths LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP (Milton Keynes)

The β€˜highly experienced lawyers’ at Freeths LLP β€˜know their chosen field remarkably well’; they β€˜understand the business needs of each client, tailoring their advice accordingly’. The team is known for its expertise in the drinks, hospitality and leisure sector, acting for a wide array of clients including Premier Inn and Casual Dining Group, whose brands include CafΓ© Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas. The group also acts for a number of logistics companies, and continues to advise regional airports on day-to-day operations and transactional activity involving property. Practice head Valerie Warman β€˜has an incredibly thorough knowledge of the area’ and recently advised Advanced Computer Software Group on its lease of a new office space at The Mailbox in Birmingham. Shashi Chambers is advising Luton Airport on a number of retail and concession agreements.

Leading individuals

Valerie Warman - Freeths LLP

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Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP reported an uptick in healthcare work and acted for a range of companies from this sector on the relocation of headquarters, financing property sales and construction matters. Singled out for his β€˜excellent skills’, director Adrian White heads the practice with Patrick Whetter. Work highlights included advising Market Cafe on acquiring a new restaurant on Strand, London for Β£4.7m. Lease, property disposals and environmental matters were among other mandates. At senior associate level, Desh Patel is recommended alongside Anna Power, whose β€˜attention to detail is especially good’.

Next generation lawyers

Desh Patel - Freeths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP (Oxford)

Freeths LLP provides β€˜excellent value for money’ and β€˜always makes sure to understand the client’s business thoroughly, tailoring its advice accordingly’. The group is particularly strong in the licensed leisure sector, acting for pub owners, regional brewers and nightclub and hotel owners on the full range of contentious property issues. Recent work includes acting for SWA Developments in a case concerning substantial dilapidations and other breaches of covenant, and representing Hawthorn Leisure, the owner of the Royal Hunt in Ascot, in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal against the listing of the public house as an asset of community value. Mark Brown heads the practice.

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