Firm Profile > Freeths LLP > Birmingham, England

Freeths LLP
B4 6AT

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Freeths LLP 's corporate and commercial practice is a prominent force in the retail, construction, logistics, hospitality and public sectors. Lee Clifford  leads the corporate team and is highly skilled in handling PE transactions. Heading up the commercial team is Nigel Gardner , whose main sector focus is on the logistics and hospitality sectors.


‘The team are commercial, pro-active and support their clients’ needs.’

Lee Clifford is always reachable, pragmatic and technically gifted. Lee understands what it takes to get the job done within timescales and to a high quality.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

The Alumasc Group Plc

Frontier Development Capital

Würth Group

Funeral Partners Limited

BGF Investments LP


Travis Perkins



Eurocell Group Limited

Tarmac Group

Hypnos Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

NEC Group Ltd

Inchcape Retail Limited / Inchcape UK Limited

Travis Perkins Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

Freeths LLP's growing IP team provides 'commercial and pragmatic' advice covering patents, trademarks and copyright infringement. Led by 'true subject matter expert' Simon Barker, the practice focuses primarily on soft IP matters. The team is particularly active in the retail sector and clients include a well-known global cosmetics brand and other high-profile international and high-street names.


‘Very pragmatic and sensible.  Excellent technical skills.’

‘Simon Barker provides a high quality service.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Simon Barker is a trusted adviser who is a true subject matter expert.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Bridges Business Space No2 LLP

Birlea Furniture Ltd

Creative Products Ltd


Travis Perkins plc

Eurocell Group plc

William Hill


Local government Tier 2

Freeths LLP focuses on real estate and commercial matters. The 'knowledgeable' Nathan Holden, who leads the firm's local government offering, is regularly involved in the drafting of partnership arrangements, compulsory purchases and other commercial work. Mitchell Ball assists local authorities with real estate-related work such as residential projects, regeneration of industrial sites, office developments, as well as property sales and acquisitions.


Nathan Holden is a very reassuring presence in any project. He is very, personable, knowledgeable and explains complicated issues in a effective manner

Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council – Pension Fund

Cherwell District Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Wigan Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Mole Valley District

Guildford Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Luton Borough Council

London Borough of Camden

Tandridge District Council

Milton Keynes Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Staffordshire Moorlands District

Birmingham City Council

Derby City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Kettering Borough Council

Cambridge City Council

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Council

Leicester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Halton Borough Council

Walsall Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

London Borough of Newham

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Led by James LarmourFreeths LLP's practice focuses on advising infrastructure funds and asset management companies on funding and development matters in the energy and education sectors, including the financing and refinancing of energy and infrastructure projects and the procurement of contracts. Waste and renewables industry specialist Kirstin Roberts joined from Gateley Plc in September 2018.


‘Very capable, responsive, engaging, fun to work with, and excellent value for money’

Key clients

Amber Infrastructure Limited/International Public Partnerships Limited

Calvin Capital

Dalmore Capital

Engie Services Limited


inspiredspaces Tameside Limited

Transmission Investment

Banking and finance Tier 3

At Freeths LLP, the banking and finance team has a strong focus in acquisition finance, and also assists banks and borrowers with refinancing and corporate lending. The department, which is led by the 'exceptional and highly regarded' James Dyson recently boosted its offering with the arrival of Islamic finance and asset-based lending expert Renata Rai, who joined as a director from Al Tamimi & Company in November 2018.


‘Pragmatic, forward thinking and driven – the team gives an exceptional quality of advice, commercial insight and support.’

‘Always very helpful in discussing proposed complex corporate and property structures. The firm keeps you informed of the process and is very commercially minded in getting deals through.’

‘James Dyson is exceptional and highly regarded in the market; he is fair, commercial and technical at the same time, and provides the highest level of service.’

‘James Dyson is highly knowledgeable and able to explain complex legal jargon in layman’s terms. He is very commercially minded and can work to very tight deadlines even when unexpected issues arise.’

‘Commercially minded in getting deals through.’

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Santander UK

Cambridge & Counties Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Frontier Development Capital

Lloyds Development Capital

Finance Birmingham

Business Growth Fund

Leumi ABL

West Midlands Combined Authority

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Freeths LLP focuses on contentious matters concerning contract breaches, professional negligence, partnership agreements and commercial fraud. The 'remarkably user-friendly' Richard Coates leads the practice, while another key figure is Louise Wilson, who a similar focus on contract breaches and negligence cases.


Richard Coates is remarkably user-friendly and has a strong natural instinct for commercial litigation.’

Louise Wilson brings a clear head and well-thought-out strategic advice.’

Freeths is a very effective mid-tier commercial litigation practice, with great focus on efficient matter management for medium size cases.

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Inchcape Retail Limited

The National Exhibition Centre Limited

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

The Stoke office of Freeths LLP is primarily known for advising on disputes in the property and energy sectors. Stephen Hadley leads the team and has extensive experience in corporate and property litigation.

Key clients

Tarmac PLC

Bird & Sons / Yarrows Aggregate Ltd

Norcros PLC

Baker Tilly

Moore Stephens

Energy Tier 3

Traditionally strong in the renewable sector, Freeths LLP recently increased its offering with the October 2018 hire of waste sector expert Kirstin Roberts, who joined as a director from Gateley Plc. The team regularly acts for developers, energy suppliers, operators and investors on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, including renewable energy projects, acquisitions and disposals, energy supply and offtaker agreements. Former partner Catherine Burke left in May 2018 to join client Metka-EGN as general counsel.


‘Freeths has experience and knowledge in the energy sector, with the breadth of non-energy specific specialists to cover our needs from contracts to trademarks.’

‘Jason Richards has been a great help in both offering advice and connecting us with specialists in other fields.’

‘Kirstin Roberts is a proactive and pragmatic solicitor who cares about the results of her work and is great to work with.’

‘Very capable, responsive, engaging, fun to work with, and excellent value for money.’

‘Willing and able to accommodate commercial reality alongside legal ‘best practice’ in a way that makes life much more manageable.’

Key clients

FCC Environment

Oasthouse Ventures

Clean Earth Group

Metka-EGN Limited

Voltalia UK Limited

Voltalia Portugal S.A.

Sovereign Energy Partners LLP

Orbital Power Ltd

Hybrid Energy Solutions

Kanfa Group

Amber Infrastructure


RE Projects Development

Reliance Energy Limited

Icosa Water

Travis Perkins plc

Tarmac Trading Limited

Derbyshire Dales County Council


RCD Utilities

4D Energy

ALDI Stores

Envirotech Energy Solutions

Solar Power Inc

The National Exhibition Centre

Sowden Group Limited

Onsite Energy Projects

Nottingham Trent University

Aurora Energy Research

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Freeths LLP has an experienced team that advises high-profile commercial retail clients on outsourcing and data protection matters. Mark Neale, who has more than 15 years’ experience of advising on IT and data matters, heads up the team, while also working with clients on the development of new websites and representing them in negotiations for new services arrangements. He is assisted by Nicola Cooper and Matthew Johnson.

Key clients


Travis Perkins



Jaguar Land Rover Retail Board



William Hill

RGIS Inventory Specialists




Stone Computers

Luceco Plc

Funeral Partners

Employment Tier 4

Freeths LLP ’s regional employment practice is serviced by its Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent offices, but the firm also benefits from a strong national profile. It receives a steady flow of work from a diverse client base, such as well-known listed companies and a large number of public and education sector clients. Rebecca Sawbridge and Peter Gavin are the main contacts in the team, which is well-equipped to handle complex Employment Tribunal claims.

Key clients

ALDI Stores

DPD Group UK

Tarmac Group

Sofidel  Group

Staffline Recruitment

National Express

Center Parcs

Paul Smith

ERIKS Industrial Services

The Reflex Group

Aperam Alloys IMPHY

Preston Innovations

Stone Group

AP Racing

EH Smith

The British Horse Society

Envisage Group

Daelmans Pastries

Hydrock Consultants

Medinet Clinical Services

Inchcape Retail

Voltalia UK

Sopra Steria Recruitment

International Glazing Services


Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

With expertise in the logistics, retail, energy and public sector, the real estate team at Freeths LLP acts for local authorities, landowners and developers on real estate matters relating to residential and commercial development, as well as transactions and leasing. Lucy Jackson was promoted to director in September 2018.


‘Lucy Jackson is very calm and collected, she gives sound advice in a clear manner.’

‘Mitchell Ball is a very good lawyer – he is thorough, professional and very knowledgeable. On top of that he is very easy to work with, responsive to queries and provides reassurance that the client is in safe hands.’

‘The best practice I have used for commercial property development work – never  anything other than very engaging and professional.’

Key clients

Paul Smith Limited

Gant UK Limited

Y International (UK) Limited

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Measure Corporation Limited

Calthorpe Estates

Central Bedfordshire Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Cherwell District Council

The National Exhibition Centre

Telford and Wrekin Council

Walsall Council

Tandridge District Council

Freeths is a national law firm with a great reputation for delivering high-quality advice and results for its clients. Clients talk about trusting the Freeths team to do the right thing, and like their strong ethics, integrity and entrepreneurial spirit.

The firm: With 13 offices in the UK the firm has excellent geographic reach and connectivity. This firmly establishes Freeths as one of the leading national law firms in the UK. A snapshot of clients includes: Aldi, RBS, Tarmac, BDW Group, Ladbrokes Coral, Travis Perkins, Fresenius Medical Care, Santander, Capita, Bellway Homes Limited, Whitbread Group PLC, Centre Parcs, Poundland, Nottingham University and Experian.

Freeths has won a host of regional and national accolades in recent years, including Best Companies for 2019, and is ranked 57th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019. It also won ‘Firm of the Year’ in the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017. The Legal 500’s UK rankings for 2019 also put Freeths as a top-tier firm in no less than 24 categories, we have 24 Leading Elite Lawyers and 164 Recommended Lawyers. Of those 164, 13 are recommended as Next Generation Lawyers. Freeths has also been awarded silver standard in Investors in People and Legal Technology Awards and nominations. The firm is committed to the regional communities in which it is based and actively supports a number of causes, both nationally and regionally.

The firm’s approach is rooted in knowing and understanding its clients and building value. Freeths’ core values ensure it is committed to: delivering results by taking ownership of the situation in order to provide practical and often bespoke solutions; building trust and long-term relationships, working closely with clients and sharing risk when appropriate; and thinking differently, with the firm offering real insight and innovative solutions to legal and commercial issues, and to the way in which these are delivered to help its clients get a step ahead.

Clients of Freeths are particularly impressed with its efforts to partner closely with them to reduce their legal spend by analysing the root cause and then up-skilling the client’s team.

Types of work undertaken: The firm works with major international and UK corporations, FTSE/AIM companies, regional businesses, institutions, public bodies and high-net-worth individuals. It works across all areas of practice, including corporate, commercial, HR, pensions, property (developers, institutional lenders, investors, housing associations, and commercial landlords and tenants), planning, environmental, tax, dispute resolution, intellectual property, EC law and corporate defence.

Freeths’ private client team has an excellent reputation for advising individuals on every aspect of their life, from wealth generation and preservation through to acquisitions and disposals of property, future planning (wills and probate), family and childcare matters, personal injury, clinical negligence, andhelping people who lack capacity due to an accident, old age, mental illness or learning difficulties.

Key sector specialisms include stand-out experience in the drinks and hospitality sector, retail, food, franchise, transport, renewable energy, property, healthcare and public sector.

The private client team at Freeths’ Oxford office is well known in agriculture, bloodstock and rural affairs, as well as the charities sector.

Other offices: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, and Stoke.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Colin Flanagan
Chief executive Peter Smith
Corporate and commercial Karl Jansen
Construction Chris Holwell
Dispute resolution Philippa Dempster
Employment Julian Middleton
Real estate Darren Williamson
Private client Nigel Cullen
Private client Jane Goulding
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ateeq Ahmed  photo Ateeq Ahmed
 Perveen Akhter  photo Perveen Akhter
 Mitchell Ball  photo Mitchell Ball
 Simon Barker  photo Simon Barker
 Richard Beverley  photo Richard Beverley
 Richard Coates  photo Richard Coates
 Nicola Cooper  photo Nicola Cooper
 James Dyson  photo James Dyson
 Richard Ferguson  photo Richard Ferguson
 Leanne Fryer  photo Leanne Fryer
 Nigel Gardner  photo Nigel Gardner
 Amy Harron  photo Amy Harron
 Alison Heathcote  photo Alison Heathcote
 Nathan Holden  photo Nathan Holden
 Stuart Lester  photo Stuart Lester
 David Marsden  photo David Marsden
 Jonathan Mayner  photo Jonathan Mayner
 Mark Neale  photo Mark Neale
 Kishan Pattni  photo Kishan Pattni
 Renata Rai  photo Renata Rai
 Jason Richards  photo Jason Richards
 Kirstin Roberts  photo Kirstin Roberts
 Clare Taylor  photo Clare Taylor
 Zoë Walker  photo Zoë Walker
 Jody Webb  photo Jody Webb
 Edward Wilson  photo Edward Wilson
 Louise Wilson  photo Louise Wilson
Number of UK partners : 206
Number of other UK fee-earners : 546