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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Drinks hospitality and leisure.


Head of the firm’s drinks hospitality and leisure specialist department. The drinks hospitality and leisure department is the only completely industry sector focussed offer in the UK to our knowledge. The department acts for many of the leading names in the drinks, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and late night sectors as well as leisure and gaming clients. The department is supported with specialist licensing services from the firm’s Leicester office and also benefits from the full service offer including real estate, employment, IT/trade marks, commercial, corporate finance, tax, construction and planning.


Trained Simmons & Simmons; qualified 1994; Simmons & Simmons articled clerk 1992-94, assistant solicitor 1994-98; associate Wragge & Co 1998-2000; Kimbells senior solicitor 2000-02, partner 2002-11; partner Freeths 2011 to date.


Wellington College, Crowthome, Berkshire; Kings College, University of London (BA (Hons) Geography; AKC Theology).


Northampton Saints Rugby, cycling, walking, art, gardening, theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Freeths LLP is a multi-disciplinary real estate practice which is known for its sectoral expertise in drinks, hospitality and leisure. The firm regularly undertakes a range of high-value work for long-standing clients such as FedEx Group. The team handles construction and development work, property litigation and environmental matters. New practice head Lucy Bradban leads the team and advises on secured lending projects and corporate banking transactions. Co-head Leo Skinner handles property portfolio acquisitions, disposals and general estate management. Darren Debock is a valuable new addition to the practice joining from top tier firm Dentons.

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Between Milton Keynes and Oxford, Lucy Bradban, Leo Skinner , and Patrick Whetter lead Freeths LLP‘ commercial real estate team which has a particular strong foothold in food and retail as well as a growing life sciences specialism. Whetter advises landlords and occupiers, the latter is additionally a focus point for Philip Gray ‘s practice. Particularly for his work in the agricultural and rural sectors, Balvinder Jaj comes recommended. Director Laura Brown is also noted.