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South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP provides commercial and strategic advice to a wide range of clients, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, shareholder arrangements and joint ventures. The Milton Keynes office has a dedicated drinks, hospitality and leisure team  which offers sector-specific, in-depth expertise to national operators. Managing partner Jonathan Hambleton heads the practice. James Cowell, who specialises in the healthcare and renewables sectors, is another name to note.

Practice head(s): Jonathan Hambleton 

Other key lawyers:James Cowell

Key Clients

BLC Leather Technology Centre

Blackstar Amplification

The Restaurant Group, inc key pub brand, Brunning & Price

Metro Supply Chain Inc, Canadian logistics

Milton Keynes Security Services

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

4 See Ltd

Charles Wells, pub company

London Luton Airport

AFI Group, powered access equipment

Frosts Garden Centres

Nebula Systems, Telematics

Butcombe Brewery

Childbase Partnership

Uniglass UK

Brakspear, pub operator

Longleat Hotels

Newnorth, printers

Sealed Air, packaging

Work highlights

  • Assisting the client, which is a Canadian third party logistics business in the US and Europe, with UK elements of two further rounds of refinancing for the business, following three previous transactions which Freeths’ corporate team had handled.
  • Assisting the client, which is part of the Restaurant Group, with the acquisition of the Food & Fuel Group.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Northampton-based BLC Leather (a globally recognised leather testing company) on the sale to Eurofins Scientific, a Luxembourg-based testing group with 400 laboratories worldwide.
  • Assisted the client with its investment into Collision Management Systems, a software business in the insurance and telematics markets, in which BGF took 25% shareholding.
  • Assisted client with its sale to Securitas Security Services UK Ltd, a global security business operating in 58 companies worldwide.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Hambleton - Freeths LLP

Next Generation Partners

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

Freeths LLP is 'always one step ahead' and provides 'excellent' support to SME and family owned businesses in the engineering, logistics, food and education sectors. Leon Arnold, Tom Walker and Malin Svanberg Larsson are the key corporate partners; commercial lawyer Rebecca Howlett is recommended for commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):Leon Arnold

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Howlett; Tom Walker; Malin Svanberg Larsson


'The corporate team at Freeths  is always one step ahead of their larger competitors. They are well prepared and always put the client first'.

'Leon Arnold and his team are exceptional.'

Key Clients

Integrity Print Limited

Complete Childcare Limited

The Adolf Würth Group

Santova Limited

NSF Safety and Quality UK Limited

Travis Perkins PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the management team of Northern Paper Board Limited on the investment, and subsequent acquisition, by Solidus Solutions.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of the JGA group companies on the sale to Jensen Hughes.
  • Advised Santova on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of SAI Logistics Limited in a deal valued of over £3m.
  • Advising White Rabbit Pizza on its fundraising activities.
  • Assisted the Oxford College with various contractual documentation relating to summer school projects and the College’s general trading terms with third parties.
Next Generation Partners

Malin Svanberg Larsson - Freeths LLP

Tom Walker - Freeths LLP

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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

Freeths LLP has a nationwide reputation for its experience in the drinks and leisure sectors. Logistics is another key area, with Luton airport as a longstanding client. The team is well versed in complex multi-party disputes, working side by side with the property litigation team in Milton Keynes and relying on the support of a large pool of litigators at the national level. Simon Hobbs heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Hobbs

Key Clients

London Luton Airport

TNT / Fedex

ID Medical Ltd

Hologic Group

Diversey Ltd

Sealed Air Ltd

Work highlights

  • Longstanding dispute surrounding the value and rights in a family business.
  • Claim for breach of contract, defamation and harassment.
  • 3 disputes over failure to pay invoices.

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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

Duncan Crine leads the dispute resolution practice at Freeths LLP which offers 'excellent partner-led litigation services at reasonable rates'. The firm is experienced in representing private and corporate clients as claimants and respondents  in complex shareholder, contractual and commercial disputes in the technology, retail, construction, logistics and education sectors. The practice strengthened its disputes offering with the addition of 'first-rate litigator' Will Richmond-Coggan from BDB Pitmans in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:Will Richmond-Coggan

Key Clients


Adestra Limited


Masternaut Group

Virtual Alliance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a shareholder director of a company which operates a national coffee retail chain, in a shareholder dispute.
  • Defending a leading telematics company in a high-value technology dispute relating to the delivery of an advanced crash detection system for use in the automotive sector.
  • Defending a building contractor in the a claim alleging negligent design and workmanship.
Next Generation Partners

Will Richmond-Coggan - Freeths LLP

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South East: Finance

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

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP 's Milton Keynes-based insolvency team  is particularly known for advising in relation to restructurings and insolvencies in the drinks and hospitality industries, in addition to advising across other industry sectors. Partners are often instructed by insolvency practitioners to advise on the disposal of assets of national pub chains, or by existing operators to purchase the assets of those in administration. The team is led by Simon Hobbs who has expertise in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Simon Hobbs


'Simon Hobbs is very approachable and well-liked. He is a good litigator and I have personal experience of the insolvency side of his work, which is excellent.'

Key Clients


BRI (UK) Ltd




Opus Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Wilkins Kennedy

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South East: Human resources

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

Freeths LLP

The employment team at Freeths LLP is well known in the Milton Keynes area and beyond for its sector expertise, which focuses in particular on education, food and drinks, logistics and telecoms. The practice is notable for its expertise in business immigration work and employment tribunal representations. Christopher Sing is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Christopher Sing

Key Clients

Chesterfield College

London Luton Airport Operations

T-Systems - part of Deutsche Telekom

Derby College

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Musto Limited

Helly Hansen (UK) Limited

Niftylift Limited

Sports & Leisure Management (‘Everyone Active’ brand)

Lyreco UK Limited

Oxford Brookes University

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sports & Leisure Management (‘Everyone Active’ brand) in defending tribunal claims, including those with elements of race, sex and age discrimination, whistleblowing and automatic unfair dismissal for raising health and safety concerns.
  • Advised London Luton Airport on an Employment Tribunal disability discrimination claim.

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Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP has notable expertise in the education and food and drink sectors. The practice also advises on TUPE, business immigration and advocacy in tribunal litigation. Mark Emery is the key practitioner.

Practice head(s):Mark Emery

Key Clients

Integrity Print Limited

Zooplus Services Limited

Aricent International (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant, a former managing director in an Employment Tribunal claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Acted on a claim on behalf of a scientist working for the Science and Technologies Facilities Council for sex and disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.

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South East: Insurance

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

Freeths LLP

The 'very strong and extremely well-organised' clinical negligence practice at Freeths LLP is often involved in the region's highest-value cases concerning brain, spine and other injuries of maximum severity. Led by Carolyn Lowe, whom clients 'rate very highly', the team also has expertise in birth injury, stillbirth and neonatal death cases. Senior associate Catherine Bell is 'effective, tenacious and caring', and focuses on gynaecological claims including multiparty group actions.

Practice head(s):Carolyn Lowe

Other key lawyers:Catherine Bell; Lynne Foster;


'Freeths is a wonderful firm to work with. The firm has strength in depth, with a first-rate team handling the most catastrophic claims with compassion, knowledge, pragmatism, and humanity. They are all you could want if you were a client at your most vulnerable.'

'Carolyn Lowe has huge experience of dealing with catastrophic injury claims. She's wonderfully approachable and has a level of knowledge that is second-to-none. Extremely committed, a superb team player and great to have to fight your corner.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a negligent performance of open myomectomy resulting in postoperative haemorrhage.
  • Handling an infant birth injury case.
  • Handling a claim involving the delay in diagnosis of cauda equina.
Leading individuals

Carolyn Lowe - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Catherine Bell - Freeths LLP

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

Freeths LLP

The personal injury team at Freeths LLP is led by Oxford-based Julie Nichols and handles a wide range of road traffic accidents and public liability claims. Senior associate Irvin Thobourne has over two decades of experience in personal injury matters and is adept at advising on workplace accidents. Associate Amy Barnett is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Julie Nichols

Other key lawyers:Amy Barnett; Irvin Thobourne;

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's personal injury team undertakes a broad range of work for its strong corporate client base, with a particular expertise in the automotive sector. Led by Paul Chadder (who is noted for his 'clarity and superb client service') the group is renowned for handling high-value and high-profile public liability, employers liability, and industrial injury matters. Associate Matthew Bacon is recommended for his expertise in industrial disease claims.

Practice head(s):Paul Chadder

Other key lawyers:Matthew Bacon


'Paul Chadder takes a very hands-on role in his caseload, and the client gets far more partner-led input than might be true of comparable firms.'

'Matthew Bacon has an excellent eye for detail, and is robust in his approach both to negotiations and trial.'

'This is a small but dedicated team that is tightly run and well managed; there is detailed attention to cases in a way that larger firms often find difficult.'

Key Clients


Axis Capital



Jaguar Land Rover

Faraday Underwriting

Starstone Underwriting

Armour Risk Management

Sompo International

Vesuvius UK

Work highlights

  • The team represented BMW in the successful defence of an Employers Liability claim at trial following an alleged trip on stairs.
  • The team represented the defendant insurer in relation to a high-value RTA matter pleaded at over £2m involving complex spinal injuries and contributory negligence arguments.
  • The team is representing an uninsured client in a complex multi-party construction matter involving duties arising under the CDM Regulations 2015.
  • The team represented the defendant RTA Insurer settling a claim for £60,000 which was pleaded at £250,000.
  • We represent an EL Insurer in a claim pleaded at over £1m, which was settled for £377,000 gross.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's professional negligence practice is led by Duncan Crine and handles a wide range of high-value and complex matters for both claimants and defendants across a wide pool of industry sectors. Recent work highlights include acting for a director of a large drinks company in a shareholder dispute. Other key figures include managing partner Sarah Foster, who has particular expertise in trust and probate-related professional negligence matters, and William Richmond-Coggan, who joined the firm from Pitmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:Sarah Foster;


'Duncan Crine is a wise head, able to use his experience to great effect in the trickier moments in a case.'

'The team has top quality people who have the same high level of experience in this sector as many at larger firms, and get stuck into every case. Warm, professional with a wide breadth of knowledge.'

'The team is organized, pragmatic and client focused.'

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

Freeths LLP has a dedicated team of specialist lawyers that assist clients with the full gamut of agricultural law matters, including agricultural property,  tax, trusts and wills, agricultural dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, environmental law and specialist agricultural advice in employment, family and personal injury law. The team is also supported by the wider firm’s construction and planning experts. Iain Davis is practice head. Samantha Leigh, Sarah Duffy, Balvinder Jaj and Laura Czapski are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Iain Davis

Other key lawyers:Samantha Leigh; Sarah Duffy; Balvinder Jaj; Laura Czapski


'They can provide a good range of services particularly for farmers and other rural landowners. Wide range of skills but also access to specialist advice as required'.

'They were all a delight to work with and always highly professional. They did the work extremely well and promptly'.

'Very knowledgeable across a wide range of subjects. Always willing to discuss issues. Overall very friendly and professional, which gives us and our clients confidence'.

'First class team of rural property legal specialists capable of handling complex deals and transactions, and securing the best result for clients'.

'Iain Davis is exceptionally knowledgeable and capable, does not waste time but cracks on with work and gets things done quickly to a very high standard'.

'Throughout all transactions I have completed with Samantha Leigh, Samantha has been the perfect combination of calm, professionalism, dedication and alacrity. Where Samantha really excels, in my opinion, is to quickly understand what the most important aspects in the transaction to the key parties, as well as quickly identifying other aspects that may cause issue further down the line and providing a solution'.

'Iain Davis is assisted most brilliantly by Laura Czapski I can happily make mention of their fantastic individual contributions to my transaction. Their professional expertise combined with good manners and common sense is an unbeatable recipe for success!'

'Samantha Leigh is very knowledgeable, she always engages with us and clients to make sure she is aware of all issues and can advise accordingly'.

'Sarah Duffy is simply fantastic, she is super speedy, commercial, great at communicating and knows the law inside out. She is great with clients and other professionals alike, she cuts to the key points and looks to do a deal'.

'Balvinder Jaj was a complete rock, who gave us confidence throughout this stressful process. He was calm and resolute, handled everything in a timely fashion and was invariably available'.

'Laura Czapski is a proactive problem solver with an eye for detail and the ability to secure the best deal for clients'.

Key Clients

Sir Edward Dashwood (West Wycombe Estate, Buckinghamshire; Picton and Slebech Estates, Pembrokeshire; Golden Grove Estate, Carmarthenshire).

The Carington Estate, Buckinghamshire

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (estates in Suffolk and Devon)

Trinity College, Oxford

Swanbourne Estate, Buckinghamshire

The Blenheim Estate

Wadham College, Oxford

BBOWT (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust)

Tarmac Group of Companies-

Robert George Thorne

Work highlights

  • Represented the vendor in their sale of approximately 80 acres of land for residential development valuing £25m.
  • Negotiated over 30 tenancy agreements in the sale of Robert George Thorne’s farm over three transactions.
  • Complex sale of land in Buckinghamshire to residential developer pursuant to a promotion agreement.
  • Sale of circa  7 acres of land to a developer for residential development.
  • Sale of approx. 15 acres of land to a developer for residential development (consisting of over 70 residential units) pursuant to a promotion agreement.
Leading individuals

Iain Davis - Freeths LLP

Samantha Leigh - Freeths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Balvinder Jaj - Freeths LLP

Sarah Duffy - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Laura Czapski - Freeths LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP advises local and national charities on a broad range of issues such as commercial and corporate negotiations, real estate compliance, aspects of GDPR on fundraising efforts and partnership arrangements. Nigel Roots is the key advisor for tax and trust planning, trust management and charity law. Sarah Foster acts on contentious matters and Lesley Pollock advises on real estate matters. Sarah Bownman joined Shoosmiths LLP in February 2018, Robert Nieri departed to Brabners LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Nigel Roots

Other key lawyers:Sarah Foster

Leading individuals

Nigel Roots - Freeths LLP

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

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's contentious trusts and probate team is 'helpful, clear and professional', according to one client, and it garners praise from many others. It works closely with the firm's private client, tax and property teams to provide cross-practice expertise. The group, which is led by Sarah Foster, is best known for advising beneficiaries, executors, trustees and individuals left out of wills on challenges to will validity, trust disputes and Inheritance Act claims. Other areas of expertise include proprietary estoppel claims and Court of Protection matters. Senior associate Sally Goodger acts for both individuals and charities in a broad range of claims.

Practice head(s):Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:Sally Goodger


'The professionals at Freeths were calm and understanding. They did not rush me or make false promises but thoroughly explained the process to me, listened well, spoke confidently and left me feeling positive'.

'The team were really knowledgeable and approachable. When I didn't quite understand the legal technicalities, they didn't mind going repeating the explanation and articulating it in a way I could understand'.

'There is a depth of experience and expertise across the practice group'.

'Although not based in London, in some ways the firm provides a better service than could be expected from a City firm'.

'In complex cases, individuals are on hand across a range of areas so you get a  broader picture of options and strategies'.

'Freeths is a very well-established private client firm, particularly for the resolution of trusts and probate disputes'.

'Sally Goodger was fantastic. Despite the complexities of my situation, she remained calm and professional throughout. I could not have asked for a better person to deal with my case; she kept me informed at every step and never made assumptions or judged me'.

'Sally Goodger at Freeths was great to work with and helped us settle two contested estates'.

'Sarah Foster, Nigel Roots and Jane Maitland are stand-out partners; they have vast knowledge and experience acting for a range of clients and disputes in this area and are backed up by a fantastic team of associates'.

'We worked almost exclusively with Sally Goodger. The work was done efficiently and I was kept informed of progress throughout with clear explanations of all legal matters; the outcome was succseful'.

'Nigel Roots and Sarah foster both have their eye on the ball and are really good at explaining legal technicalities'.

'Sally Goodger was exceptional; not only was she approachable and knowledgeable, but also focused, direct and straightforward in explaining the state of things. She cut through all the noise and emotion and honed in on the core issues, but remained compassionate'.

'Sally Goodger is an excellent lawyer who provides clear and sensible advice and remains calm under pressure. Sarah Foster and Paul Brown are also fantastic'.

Key Clients

Denise Taulbut, Sharon Moran and Paul McKay (as executors of the estate of Pauline Wippell).

Work highlights

  • We acted for three executors in dispute with the fourth executor as to the validity of a letter of wishes and construction of a will.
  • We represented the mistress of a high profile business man in her claim for payment as a discretionary beneficiary of a trust established under his will, alternatively pursuant to a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.
  • We acted for an executor of a will with a drafting error which was rectified by court order to avoid the residuary estate passing to the intestacy beneficiaries. Costs were recovered from the will drafters.
  • We act for the daughter of a deceased in respect of a dispute with her mother’s long term partner and obtaining possession of the mother’s house in light of unmeritorious claims by her mother’s partner.
  • Representing an executor of a will, in connection with proceedings issued against her and four other defendants alleging proprietary estoppel/invalidity of will.
Leading individuals

Sarah Foster - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

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

Freeths LLP handles the full spectrum of family law matters including high- value financial cases involving farming assets, businesses, trusts, pensions and jurisdictional issues. The practice has a specialty in the area of fertility law and surrogacy. Key figures in the Oxford office include head of the national family practice, Rachael Oakes and Claire Colbert who specialises in financial matters and arrangements for children. The practice retains strong expertise in niche areas, such as Gemma Nicholls-Webber for divorce proceedings involving farming and agricultural issues; Tom Burgess for matters concerning IVF and surrogacy, and Joanne Thomas for financial remedy cases involving pre/post acquired assets, such as inheritances.

Practice head(s):Rachael Oakes

Other key lawyers:Claire Colbert; Gemma Nicholls-Webber; Tom Burgess; Joanne Thomas


The family team go several extra miles for their clients- they always make themselves available, clearly explain the issues and suggest reasonable alternatives.

'A very professional firm who provide strong, practical advice and manage cases efficiently. They are always available to discuss the best options for their clients.'

'Excellent family law team based in Oxford. Rachel Oakes and Claire Colbert are highly recommended.’


Leading individuals

Rachael Oakes - Freeths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gemma Nicholls-Webber - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Tom Burgess - 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

Freeths LLP¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô and ‚Äėwell-balance‚Äô assistance to a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals, estate owners and family businesses. Areas of expertise include complex contentious and non-contentious probate and trust work, Court of Protection and wealth planning, often with a cross-border element. Nigel Roots¬†and Jane Maitland¬†are particularly well known for their work in managing complex inter-generational wealth structures for private individuals. Sarah Foster¬†represents individuals, executors/trustees and charities in disputes arising out of wills, estates and trusts. Lisa Mark-Bell¬†is also recommended for the management of trusts.

Practice head(s):Nigel Roots, Jane Maitland, Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:Lisa Mark-Bell

Leading individuals

Jane Maitland - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Lisa Mark-Bell - 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

Freeths LLP’s real estate department has a team dedicated exclusively to the drinks, hospitality and leisure sectors, which is headed by Leo Skinner. The team is also well known for its expertise in transport and logistics, as well as for its work in developments and development finance. Practice co-head Valerie Warman and Shashi Chambers are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Leo Skinner; Valerie Warman

Other key lawyers:Shashi Chambers


'High-level knowledge, responsiveness and efficiency'.

'I am always impressed by the speed of response and willingness to immediately help even at extremely short notice'.

'Professional, expert, concise and commercial'.


Key Clients

TNT (UK) Limited

London Luton Airport

Casual Dining Group

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Fedex Group of Companies

Advanced Software

Childbase Partnership

APCOA Parking

Burger King UK

Dawson Group Plc

Charles Wells

SMC Pneumatics UK

Jardines UK Ltd

Bristol Airport international  airport

Work highlights

  • Assisted Milton Keynes Parks Trust with the acquisition of a multi-let office estate of 40 units and the sale of a multi-let office of around 30 units.
  • Advised Charles Wells which is a pub company with an estate of around 200 pubs, leased, tenanted and managed, on the acquisition of Frontline Inns.
  • Assisting Bristol Airport with general commercial and retail support.  
  • Providing ongoing real estate and commercial advice to London Luton Airport Operations Ltd.
  • Providing continuing advice on all TNT (UK)'s real estate needs.
Next Generation Partners

Shashi Chambers - 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

Freeths LLP acts for a range of corporate client, developers and landlords in connection with acquisitions, disposals, asset management and promotional agreements. The practice is particularly experienced in advising educational institutions, charities and healthcare sector clients. Patrick Whetter leads on commercial property transactions; Adrian White handles development and construction projects for corporate and charity sector clients.  Senior associate Laura Hodgson's practice covers investment property development , commercial landlord and tenant matters and real estate finance. Senior associate Desh Patel is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Patrick Whetter

Other key lawyers:Patrick Whetter; Adrian White; Laura Hodgson; Desh Patel


'The practice offers a wide range of expertise and when required different members of the team work well together. They can offer all the legal advice required by a wide range of rural clients which include landowners, farmers as owner occupiers and agriculture tenants.'

'The team impress with their ability to be flexible and deal in a prompt, informed and proactive way'.

'Adrian White has excellent knowledge and superb all round advice in connection with development land transactions including promotion agreements.'

Key Clients

Oxford University Press

Lloyds Bank

Resmed UK Ltd

NSF Safety & Quality Limited


Rising stars

Desh Patel - Freeths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's Milton Keynes team has a strategic focus on the licensed leisure sector, and mostly acts for pub owners, brewers, pub operators, nightclubs and hotel owners. Mark Brown undertakes a wide range of real estate disputes and has specialist expertise in challenging Assets of Community Value/ advising on the Pubs Code. In Oxford, the group focuses on contentious agricultural work with landed estates forming much of the client base. Clare Bellis' professional negligence expertise on property matters 'adds an extra dimension to the firm's capabilities'. 

Practice head(s):Mark Brown; Clare Bellis


'Associate Rosalyn Shephard was excellent; she provided first-class advice'.

'A small team with expert knowledge and a wealth of hands-on experience of all possible stages of a dispute'.

'Clare Bellis is a great lawyer and very easy to deal with'.

Key Clients

Greene King plc

The Restaurant Group plc

Shepherd Neame

Casual Dining Group

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Fuller Smith & Turner

Savills UK

Hall & Woodhouse

Punch Taverns

Fedex / TNT

Tarmac Group of Companies

Oxford University Press  

GEFCO UK Limited

Wadham College, Oxford

Sir Edward Dashwood

The Blenheim Estate

NSF Safety and Quality Limited

Masternaut Group of Companies

The Carington Estate

Resmed UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Mendoza Limited on obtaining an Order terminating its tenant’s secured tenancy of the Duke of Wellington in Spitalfields, without renewal.
  • The firm has been acting for various multiple pub operators in London and the South East in Pubs Code arbitration proceedings, as they seek to convert their tied pub tenancies into free-of-tie tenancies.
  • Acting for MD of a large agribusiness in heavily contested application in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for a succession to an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy.
  • Acting for two separate charity landowners seeking vacant possession of agricultural land for development.
  • The firm is advising a county council in the South East on regaining possession of two AHA holdings, which are being badly managed.

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Sheffield and Leeds

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