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Freeths LLP
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Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 2

Charles Powell – Freeths LLP  Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based Charles Powell is also a member at IPOS Mediation. Powell is 'a very experienced and effective mediator, who is able to handle difficult mediations well and gets the key commercial points quickly'. He has conducted over 500 commercial mediations to date; and specialises in commercial disputes, partnership issues, professional negligence, property claims, insolvency, and banking and asset finance disputes.Mark Keeley –  Freeths LLP  Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based Mark Keeley is 'an excellent mediator who has an excellent manner with participants, and is able quickly to build a rapport with them. However, his standout quality is the ability to get individuals to focus on the true merits of their case, without at the same time alienating them'. Keely is one of the leading mediators in the country for contentious trust and probate disputes. He also mediates professional negligence claims.Paul Balen – Freeths LLP  A consultant at Freeths LLP, Nottingham-based Paul Balen is highly regarded as a mediator of clinical negligence and personal injury claims; and he is approved as a mediator by NHS Resolution in England and NHS Wales.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Freeths LLP's local authorities team is spread across a number of offices across the country, giving the team a national reach that allows them to act for local councils all over the UK. The team regularly provides strategic advice to councils on property issues, regulatory matters, property issues and city centre regeneration projects. Nathan Holden is the team leader, specialising in property projects and advising on investments, local authority powers and commercial contracts, as well as acting for local authorities in defending judicial review claims. Duncan Tringham leads the South West team as an advisor to local governments on real estate projects and public/private collaborations.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Tringham; Dan Cuthbert; Philippa Dempster; Clive Pearce

Testimonials

‘The team I have worked with have always been extremely professional and explained legislation in a practical and easy to understand method. They have always collaborated with us to provide a good service. I have worked with several members of the team on various projects and have found everyone I have dealt with very helpful, knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have gone the extra mile to support me in the issues we have faced; explaining processes at every stage and were available whenever necessary to discuss through issues. Dan Cuthbert, Duncan Tringham and Ella Carroll  have been extremely helpful and supportive in dealing with wayleaves, leases and tribunal issues.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Buckinghamshire Council

Cherwell District Council

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Enfield Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cambridge City Council

Leicester City Council

Derby City Council

Milton Keynes Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Walsall Council

Kettering Borough Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

London Borough of Ealing

Lincoln City Council

West Northamptonshire Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

London Borough of Bromley

Kent County Council

Corby Borough Council

Merton London Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Cheshire East Council

Rugby Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Luton Borough Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

North Lincolnshire Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Oxford City Council

Worcestershire County Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Harborough District Council

Bolsover District Council

High Peak Borough Council

Charnwood Borough Council

East Lindsey District Council

Leicestershire County Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Shropshire Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Comb

York City Council

Work highlights

  • Represented the London Borough of Havering in relation to the forward purchase/forward funding of an important residential development in Romford for £28 million.
  • Provided senior contract/procurement lawyer support to the Royal London Borough of Greenwich to both manage and supervise the in-house team and to deal with a wide range of commercial contract; procurement and local authority governance advice.
  • Advising the London Borough of Enfield on the roll out of fast fibre network infrastructure across the borough to provide connectivity to its portfolio of properties which include more than 10,000 tenanted homes.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 2

In December 2021, Freeths LLP became the first standalone legal practice in Europe to join the Baker Tilly International network as an independent firm. Leveraging access to global network of over 150 countries, and a boost to its resources, skills and international profile, the corporate practice continues to hold a strong presence in Leicester advising large corporates, PLCs and private equity houses. Phil Baigent has a keen interest in corporate matters pertaining to the food and drink and private healthcare sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advance Healthcare UK Limited

Anchor Hanover Group

BMI Healthcare Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company Limited

Carlsberg UK Limited

Clydesdale Bank plc

CML Limited

Countrywide Care Homes

Flogas Britain

Frankham Bros Group Limited

Harrison Castings Limited

Integrated Doorset Solutions Limited

Kiddycare Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Maria Mallaband Care Group Limited

MCR Systems Limited

Motor Parts Direct Limited

OEM – Automatic Limited

Regen Holdings Limited/Whites Recycling Limited

Samworth Brothers

Sandstone Care Group

Santander UK plc

Sofidel UK Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB publ

TGCC Limited

Travis Perkins plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Whites Generation Limited on the sale of the issued share capital of Fernbrook Bio Limited to Generate UK AD I Limited. Whites Generation Limited is a joint venture vehicle owned by Regen Holdings Limited and ACP Ordinary Shareco Limited.
  • Advised TGCC Limited/the Warren family on the acquisition of the share capital of Complete Ground Management Limited.
  • Acted for Sandstone Care Group on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Future Care Services (UK) Limited which owns and operates a 74-bed care home in Wavertree, Liverpool offering a mix of residential, dementia and early onset dementia care across three floors.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

At Freeths LLP, Lisa Gilligan is ‘an extremely talented licensing solicitor’ , advising all sectors of the licensed and leisure industry including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, investors, and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Gilligan

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely professional yet friendly and personable to deal with. Their advice and expertise is always sound and their strategies extremely effective. They’re excellent at getting local authorities on side which is extremely challenging.’

‘Lisa Gilligan is an extremely talented licensing solicitor. Her work for our business has been outstanding. She is calm, friendly and professional and she creates excellent relationships with stakeholders and local authorities.’

‘Lisa Gilligan is hugely knowledgeable, trustworthy and approachable. Timely, accurate and commercially-minded advice is always provided in a form which is suitable to the audience it is being delivered to.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Cheshire Cat Pubs

Crepeaffaire

Butcombe Brewery

NEC

Davys Wine Bars

Re-Imagined Quality

Vyne & Jazz

Charles Wells & Co

Centre Island Hotels

RedCat Pub Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Aldi on all licensing matters supporting an ambitious expansion programme and providing a full licensing administrative service for an estate in excess of 900 stores nationwide.
  • Advising in relation to all licensing matters for the NEC Group venues.
  • Advising Laine Pub Company in relation to licensing applications for an estate of 53 pubs are located in London and SE predominately within areas of CIZ’s.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Freeths LLP is experienced in acting for a broad scope of clients ranging from individuals to international public listed companies from all types of sectors, including manufacturing, energy, sports and healthcare. Graham Greenfield  heads the Nottingham office and specialises in complex commercial claims, including professional negligence matters, and is ably supported by Jade Flint, who was promoted to director in October 2021. Managing partner Jonathan Jefferies is the head of the Derby office and is experienced in acting for a variety of clients, including manufacturers, listed companies as well as landowners.

Practice head(s):

Graham Greenfield; Jonathan Jefferies

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Bio Dynamic (UK) Limited

Redwood Bank Limited

Skills Motor Coaches Limited

Synter Cars Ltd t/a Porsche Centre Leicester

OPUS Restructuring LLP

Bridgewood Financial Solutions Limited

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Sterling Advisory Limited

The Way Ahead Group Limited

See Group Limited t/a See Tickets

CBA Business Services Limited

Mazars LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for FRP Advisory Trading Limited (as Joint Liquidators) in connection with substantial misfeasance claims against directors. The Company in question was involved in providing healthcare services to the NHS. The long running dispute settled after a lengthy mediation.
  • Acted for the Porsche dealership of Sytner Cars Ltd in defending claims bought by customers in relation to alleged “defeat devices” fitted which purport to affect the vehicle’s performance during emissions testing.
  • Acted for the claimant in connection with proceedings relating to business interruption losses as a result of COVID-19 which have been allocated to the sub-list of cases managed by Mr Justice Butcher in the Commercial Court.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Private client > Family Tier 2

Judith Speed is the main contact at Freeths LLP Nottingham office, where she receives instructions from local private clients, and referrals from medical practitioners and lawyers on the full range of family law issues; from pre and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, family mediation and arbitration to surrogacy law.

Practice head(s):

Judith Speed

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Freeths LLP’s ‘very responsive and commercially minded’ commercial property team acts for a range of clients from across the UK with key types of work relating to acquisitions and disposals, developments, investments, portfolio management as well as landlord and tenant matters. Simon Abbott and Sam Pancholi jointly head the team from Leicester. Abbott specialises in investment portfolio management and development matters and Pancholi is experienced in property finance, investment and landlord and tenant matters, among others. Harjit Saund has a focus on property finance, property investment and asset management and is recommended for being a ‘true client partner’.

Practice head(s):

Simon Abbott; Sam Pancholi

Other key lawyers:

Harjit Saund

Testimonials

‘Having confidence in the quality of the advice from the team members.’

‘Always available, providing clear and commercially based advice on all cases.’

‘A very knowledgeable and experienced team. Very responsive and commercially minded. A good team player. A diverse team which adds to their knowledge base.’

‘Client care and attentiveness to client needs.’

‘Harjit Saund is technically proficient and a true client partner.’

Key clients

Tarmac

Jelson Homes

Flogas Britain

Abbey Commercial Investments Group

Deichmann-Shoes Limited

Motor Parts Direct Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Freeths LLP‘s dispute resolution team handles contractual disputes, allegations of fraud, IP issues, defamation and harassment. The team is also well-versed in handling claims arising out of mergers and acquisitions, shareholder conflicts and professional negligence matters. The firm’s key sectors include hospitality, leisure, logistics, manufacturing and equipment. Practice head Simon Hobbs  is an experienced litigator specialising in energy disputes, allegations of fraud and IP. Tom Holden handles commercial contract and insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hobbs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good strength and depth in the media and communications team.’

‘I have worked closely with Tom Rudkin recently. He has a superb grasp of both black letter law and strategy and is good with the clients. Clearly partner material.’

Key clients

London Luton Airport Ltd

Fedex

Hologic Group

Sealed Air

Triad Plc

Dawsongroup Plc

ID Medical Ltd

Cromwell Tools Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Triad Group Plc in defamation proceedings against its former directors.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Freeths LLP offers advice across all major areas of employment law from restructurings, TUPE advice, staff policies, tribunal claims and immigration. The firm has expertise in the education, hospitality and leisure sectors where it handles issues such as pension schemes, disciplinary matters and trade unions. Christopher Sing heads the employment team and acts for corporate clients in addition to high net-worth individuals such as members of the Saudi royal family. Toni Hudson handles complex discrimination and redundancy claims.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sing

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Freeths Milton Keynes team is an extremely flexible and supportive department that provides invaluable support at an extremely competitive rate. Their advice is always practical & commercial and explained in a way that enables our local teams to understand the situation clearly.’

‘Christopher Sing has provided us with excellent commercial advice on a timely basis throughout the entire year, even when he was on holiday! Christopher clearly understood the legal ramifications of all issues that occurred during the year and was able to explain the various actions available to the business and the risks associated with them in a way which enabled us to make decisions with all of the necessary information in front of us.’

‘Professional, responsive and understand the subject area very well.’

‘Proactive with attention to detail, think outside of the box and are attentive.’

‘We mainly use Christopher Sing for our clients because he is simply the best employment lawyer that I have had the privilege to have worked with. An expert in his field, he provides sound advice to myself and our clients. I feel safe and empowered in the knowledge that I can ask Christopher tricky questions and that he will respond in good time to any queries. Where necessary I know I can hand over a case to him for a client that will be handled expertly to bring a dispute to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Pragmatic and sensible approach to complex situations. Clearly identify risk without using unnecessary terminology or making key documents undecipherable.’

‘Down to earth and easy to communicate with. Respectful of the challenges within organisations and the differences between them.’

‘The employment team understands us as an employer and have worked very hard to do so. Always supportive, the advice and support we receive is respected and valued.’

Key clients

Helly Hansen UK Limited

London Luton Airport

Travis Perkins Plc

GKN Aerospace Limited

Lyreco UK Limited

Musto Limited

Gapuma (UK) Limited

Burrows Motor Company Limited

Brioche Pasquier

Yamaha Music Europe GMBH (UK) Limited

Oxford Brooks University

Santa Maria UK Limited

T-Systems Limited

Laine Pub Company

Niftylift Limited

Chesterfield College

Brewhouse and Kitchen

The Dragon School Trust

Sports & Leisure Management

Derby college group

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Dawsongroup plc

DK Group Investments Limited

Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Limited

Triad plc

Childbase Partnership

Yokohama H.P.T Limited

Royal United Service Institute (RUSI)

Jeffreys Henry LLP

Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Sarah Foster heads up the Freeths LLP‘ family law practice in Oxford which is home to specialists in cases pertaining to pre- and postmarital agreements, matters involving property and pensions abroad, and with specialist expertise in fertility and surrogacy law. One such expert is senior associate Tom Burgess who additionally advocates in contentious private law children matters. Director Joanne Thomas has developed extensive knowledge in financial remedy cases pertaining to pre- and postmarriage assets.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Thomas; Tom Burgess; Heather Jarrold-Taylor; Alexandra Haworth; Danielle Beesley

Testimonials

‘Depth of experience & expertise to draw upon within team; transparency of processes and available resources to deploy against tasks.’

‘Freeths is a really well-rounded team who works collaboratively and efficiently to achieve the very best for the clients.’

‘I have worked closely with Joanne Thomas who is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients and gives sensible, pragmatic advice in a sensitive manner. Clients always feel reassured by her calm nature and as counsel it is refreshing to know that she is always willing to work collaboratively to think through strategy on a case.’

‘Freeths is a large, well-organized firm. It has strength in its departments and a strong digital presence. The team is consistently good.’

‘Tom Burgess stands out. Joanne Thomas is also a very safe pair of hands. She is very calm under pressure and has a good mind for figures.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Bradban; Leo Skinner; Patrick Whetter

Other key lawyers:

Philip Gray; Balvinder Jaj; Kelly Sawyer; Laura Brown; Katherine Burge; Laura Czapski; Maxinne Endicott; Melissa Coleman

Testimonials

‘I can say with certainty that the team is excellent. They are not only knowledgeable and supportive, but also responsive and proactive. They bill us clearly and transparently, the portal we have access to is extremely useful and they work with us continually to improve how we collaborate.’

‘Philip Gray and Kelly Sawyer are both approachable, available, supportive, and communicative. For me their understanding and appreciation of the fact that I am not a solicitor, and their subsequent willingness to translate complex legal matters into everyday language without having to be asked, is really refreshing – they are great to work with.’

‘The property team is very client-focused. As a client I take the fact that the team has good legal knowledge for granted, I look for committed and original thinking lawyers. The Oxford property team provides this approach and their innovative solutions to problems are extremely valuable to my business.’

‘Laura Brown deals with the more esoteric and complex property matters and her clear thinking and ability to deal with unusual situations without being phased is impressive. I also respect the fact that Laura knows when to call upon colleagues when a specific matter requires a specialist.’

‘Maxinne Endicott and Melissa Coleman in the conveyancing team have diligently and professionally dealt with a significant number of plot sales, often on sites that can be quite challenging. Their patience and communication are essential to me.’

Key clients

Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited t/a Protyre

Perspectum Diagnostics

Oxford University Press

Work highlights

    Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

    Freeths LLP fields a real estate team with comprehensive knowledge in public infrastructure, property investments, regeneration and development, as well as public and private collaborations. Regeneration, infrastructure and local government specialist Duncan Tringham leads the practice together with managing partner Adam Watson. Michael Bray is specialised in energy development matters, while Dan Cuthbert brings to bear extensive know-how in regard to telecoms projects. Property funds and ventures are handled by Emily Settle and Charlotte Hugo.

    Practice head(s):

    Duncan Tringham; Adam Watson

    Testimonials

    ‘Duncan Tringham stands out in particular. His strategic advice and collaborative, measured approach was absolutely critical to concluding the deal. He successfully navigated us all through many obstacles and challenges including the counter-parties and their advisers.’

    ‘The Team that Freeths have provided to support the commercial element of the project is excellent. Freeths have our total confidence in their activity and their knowledge of the markets that we are operating within.’

    ‘Duncan Tringham is a key member of the team who we trust implicitly and value his advice and guidance. He is cautious and will go the extra mile to ensure that we have all available information to facilitate decision making. He is sure and steadfast and maintains a clear and direct approach with partners to ensure there is no doubt around the legal position.’

    Key clients

    The Cornwall Council

    Exeter City Council

    South Somerset District Council

    The West London Alliance (7 London Boroughs)

    The London Borough of Enfield

    The London Borough of Hackney

    The London Borough of Merton

    Leicester City Council

    Walsall Borough Council

    Bristol Airport

    Luton Airport

    Icosa Water Group

    Affinity Water Group

    Liberatis Group (aka The 4th Utility)

    Plymouth Energy Community

    The Clean Earth Energy Group

    Photovolt Development Partners

    Harworth Estates Group

    SmartParc Limited

    The Copas Partnership

    RE Property Developments

    Work highlights

    • Advising Cornwall Council on an urban extension to the town of Hayle in Cornwall, comprising up to 1,000 new homes, a new school, 9,000sqm of office space, 14,000sqm of employment space, link road and public open space.
    • Advising the West London Alliance on a digital project to roll out ‘Small Cells’ telecoms networks on hundreds of thousands of street furniture and other public assets across 7 London Boroughs.
    • Advising Clean Earth on a wind energy scheme involving the development of a large turbine to supply 9 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity to the AB Inbev (aka Budweiser) brewery in Magor, Wales.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

    Lauded extensively for its ‘ innovative and pragmatic’ approach and ‘first-class’ client service, Freeths LLP works with regional, national, and international clients operating across all manner of industries. ‘Exceptional‘ corporate head Lee Clifford also runs the private equity practice, advising various PE houses and shareholders on major acquisitions and investment transactions. The ‘excellentTom Brown works with numerous private equity-backed companies on M&A deals, often with a cross-border element. Commercial chair Mark Neale is a regular port of call for emerging companies and international market players, who turn him for his expertise in IT and data matters. Nigel Gardner focuses on transportation and warehousing matters for some of the nation’s largest retailers and supply merchants. Managing associate Mohammed Abbas also comes highly recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Lee Clifford; Mark Neale

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘First-class customer service, responsive, technically strong and go the extra mile.’

    ‘Always available, innovative and pragmatic.’

    ‘Approachable, down to earth and very knowledgeable.’

    ‘Tom Brown was excellent. Available anytime time to answer questions and guide us with his wisdom and experience. A firm but fair negotiator.’

    ‘Mohammed Abbas was excellent. His patience and perseverance helped us through the whole transaction.’

    ‘The team provides a tailored service, and where I particular value them is their ability to understand what I am trying to achieve – they then find a way to do it. Their commerciality is a particular strong point – they come with solutions rather than problems. Their technical abilities are strong and they understand the market incredibly well.’

    ‘Lee Clifford is exceptional. He provides excellent service from across his team while giving a personal approach. Lee is always available and takes the time to understand the situation, the wider transaction and what you are trying to achieve. A stand-out corporate lawyer in the Midlands, respected across the community.’

     

    Key clients

    BlueRunner Solutions

    TerraQuest

    Egis S.A

    Flow Communications

    Innovative Safety Systems

    Seqirus Vaccines

    Duranta Energy

    Enovert

    HBM Global Group

    Flamingo Horticulture

    Bolt UK

    Wickes

    Hydrock Group

    Stone Technologies

    Intraforensics

    Lloyds Development Capital

    The Alumasc Group Plc

    Vox Group

    Wurth Group

    Funeral Partners Limited

    BGF Investments LP

    ALDI Stores

    Carlsberg

    Travis Perkins including: Toolstation

    Benchmarx

    Tile Giant

    Tarmac

    Barratt Developments

    Eurocell Group

    Eddie Stobart

    William Hill

    Inchcape

    H W Martin

    FCC Environment

    Arkphire UK Limited

    NCR Limited

    Atlas Hotels

    Principal Hotel Company

    Synergy Logistics

    Bio Dynamics

    Jack Moody Plc

    Johnson Aggregates

    Severn Waste Services

    Work highlights

    • Supporting Travis Perkins with the legal separation of its IT arrangements ahead of its demerger of subsidiary Wickes, and the sale of its plumbing and heating business to HIG.
    • Advising Aldi in relation to the contracts for the construction and fitting out of their largest ever distribution centre, at Bardon in Leicestershire.
    • Advising Egis S.A on its acquisition of Galson Sciences.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

    The team at Freeths LLP is adept at providing insolvency and restructuring advice to insolvency practitioners, banks, funders and corporate stakeholders. John Jeffreys is a major name in the local market and specialises in non-contentious work. He co-leads the team along Mike Gilmour, whose predominantly contentious work focuses on bankruptcy and asset recovery matters.

    Practice head(s):

    John Jeffreys; Mike Gilmour

    Other key lawyers:

    Grace Millar

    Testimonials

    John Jeffreys – exceptionally responsive , pragmatic and commercial in the advice given, good all round knowledge even if not his speciality area of law and ensures where other within Freeths are involved he retains control of the matter to avoid a silo approach.’

    ‘Strong and highly capable restructuring team with a partner led focus on delivery and advice.’

    ‘John Jeffreys – High calibre, experienced professional who has excellent client interaction skills and provides a commercial, partner-led approach to restructuring situations .’

    ‘Everyone knows that with partners it is the name on the door that matters more than the name above it. and John Jeffreys is one of the best reasons to work with Freeths. He relates to clients well, is resourceful and creative and forceful when necessary handling some very delicate situations for us. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

    Key clients

    BDO LLP

    Grant Thornton UK LLP

    RSM UK Restructuring & Advisory LLP

    Allied Irish Bank (UK)

    Savills LLP

    Elwell Watchorn & Saxton LLP

    Black Murphy Limited

    Mazars LLP

    Begbies Traynor

    K J Watkin & Co

    ReSolve Advisory Limited

    Quantuma LLP

    Smith & Williamson LLP

    Alvarez & Marsal LLP

    Tier One Capital Limited

    FRP Advisory LLP

    B M Advisory LLP

    Colliers International

    Hazlewoods LLP

    Hilco Global

    Opus Restructuring & Insolvency

    Work highlights

    • Advising BDO LLP as administrators of The Deltic Group Limited and its subsidiaries in administration in respect of a variety of issues during the course of the administration including the transfer of the significant real estate portfolio to the purchaser of the business and assets.
    • Advising Black Murphy Limited and its administrators from ReSolve Advisory Limited, a high-end gym and fitness business based in and around London on the sale of its business and assets.
    • Advising the lender to and Savills LLP as the LPA Receivers of a brownfield residential property development in Sheffield with complex off plan sales and on-site issues.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

    With one team for projects and another team for energy, waste and sustainability, Freeths LLP provides a full-service offering to clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The team also boasts a particular expertise in transactions underpinning major developents and advising on the refinancing of PPP projects. James Larmour leads the projects team and has significant experience of infrastructure and project finance transactions. He is also a prominent adviser on PFI secondary market transactions. The energy, waste and sustainability team is led by Kirstin Robert, who displays a comprehensive knowledge of energy from waste projects, with an accreditation as a chartered waste manager.

    Practice head(s):

    James Larmour; Kirstin Roberts

    Other key lawyers:

    Perveen Akhter; Alex Johnson; Steve Evans

    Testimonials

    Freeths have been an exceptional team lead by James Larmour. He is always at the forefront of market developments, PFI handback being a particular example.’

    ‘James Larmour always provides excellent balanced and commercial advice. Well known and regarded in the infrastructure market. A go to lawyer.’

    ‘Clever lawyers who use their legal intellect to guide you towards sound practical conclusions. Good value for money.’

    ‘James Larmour is our main contact. While we haven’t yet worked on a full transaction together, from the work he has done for us we have been pleased with the level of service provided. He can be depended on to provide clear commercially-minded advice.’

    ‘James Larmour is a fantastic project finance and PFI practitioner, with a skill set that is easily as strong as the best magic circle firm partners I have dealt with in the sector over the years.’

    Key clients

    Amber Infrastructure

    International Public Partnerships

    Dalmore Capital

    Equitix

    CIVIS

    InfraRed Capital Partners

    EQUANS (formerly ENGIE)

    Calisen

    Cambridge Power

    Catalyst Capital

    Cornwall Council

    FCC Environment

    SmartParc Limited

    Whites Generation Limited

    Nova Pangea Limited

    Staffordshire County Council

    Derbyshire Dales District Council

    Rochford District Council

    Bio Dynamic Limited

    CL:AIRE

    Enovert Limited

    Johnson Aggregates Limited

    Stone Technologies Limited

    Hive Energy

    Landmark Power Holdings Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised funds managed by Amber Infrastructure on the £100m acquisition of an additional stake in Angel Trains (largest rolling stock company in the UK).
    • Advised International Public Partnerships on a £30m+ acquisition of a portfolio of PFI investments from the Costain Pension Fund.
    • Advising Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited on a significant variation to phase 2 of the Hull BSF project.

    Public sector > Local government Tier 2

    Freeths LLP specialises in property developments and investments, as well as partnership agreements. The last year has also seen the practice increase the amount of commercial work done with local authorities such as Luton Borough Council. Practice leader Nathan Holden  has over 25 years of experience handling local government law, with a strong emphasis on property projects. Mitchell Ball  is an expert in town planning, known for his expertise in food retail development work and site acquisitions.

    Practice head(s):

    Nathan Holden; Mitchell Ball

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexander Jones; Lucy Jackson

    Key clients

    Walsall Council

    Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

    Buckinghamshire Council

    Solihull MBC

    Enfield Council

    Nottinghamshire County Council

    Leicester City Council

    Milton Keynes Council

    Derby City Council

    Kettering City Council

    London Borough of Ealing

    Nottinghamshire Police Authority

    Kent County Council

    Nottingham City Council

    Rugby Borough Council

    South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

    Isle of Wight Council

    Stratford Upon Avon District Council

    Coventry City Council

    Doncaster Children’s Trust

    West Midlands Combined Authority

    The Police & Crime commissioner for Kent

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to advise Derby City Council on the Castleward Scheme
    • Providing Royal Borough of Greenwich advice on commercial contracts.
    • Advised Oxford City Council on the Blackbird Leys Housing Redevelopment Scheme

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

    Freeths LLP is known for handling all types of intellectual property disputes, as well as its trade mark and brands practice, featuring three qualified trade mark attorneys. The team represents a number of notable clients, like Aldi, Travis Perkins and Poundland. Simon Barker  leads the team and has strong expertise in IP litigation and advertising and marketing advice. Iona Silverman leads the non-contentious IP practice, while Kishan Pattni  heads up the reputation management practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Barker

    Other key lawyers:

    Iona Silverman; Kishan Pattni; Martin Noble

    Testimonials

    ‘They have a great understanding of our business and the ability advise us in a commercial and practical way, whilst remaining professional.’

    ‘Very experienced team in soft IP, in particular trade marks / passing-off, and copyright and designs.’

    ‘Freeths’ IP team has spent time really getting to know our business and brand and what is particularly important to us. The team proactively advise on brand protection, key case law updates that may impact our brand and present their advice in a commercial, pragmatic way.’

    ‘Simon Barker and Michaela Selvester are always very professional but pragmatic.’

    ‘Simon Barker – very experienced in dealing with competing products to the market leaders. Is great at handling lay clients’ expectations and guiding them through the whole litigation process.’

    ‘Simon Barker is excellent – calm, pragmatic, experienced and will find every point.,

    ‘Iona Silverman – very experienced in soft IP matters, in particular trade marks and passing-off. Very level headed in reaching and advising upon a commercial settlement.’

    ‘Martin Noble has a good understanding of patent and design law, combined with sound strategic sense.’

    Key clients

    Aldi Stores Limited

    We are TALA Limited

    Lyle & Scott Limited

    SikSilk

    Eurocell Plc

    Poundland

    Self-Portrait

    Travis Perkins

    Barratt Homes

    City Plumbing Supplies

    Center Parcs

    A-Safe HQ limited

    William Hill

    Mr Green

    Tarmac

    Charles Wells

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Aldi in the highly publicised claim by M&S that Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake infringed trade marks in M&S’s Colin the Caterpillar cake.
    • Advise Aldi, often via its advertising agency, on all aspects of its advertising and marketing, including television, online and print adverts and social media marketing.
    • Instructed by high-end fashion brand Lyle & Scott (“L&S”) in a claim against global clothing giant, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (“AEO”) (market capital of $3.757billion). The claim is for passing off and breach of co-existence agreement in relation to the use of the parties’ respective eagle logos.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

    The team at Freeths LLP has a broad practice that includes major outsourcing projects and issues relating to cloud computing. This is bolstered by a specific expertise in GDPR work Mark Neale is very experienced in traditional and emerging technology projects on both a national and international scale. Associate Shireen Eliyas has a wealth of experience drafting and negotiating complex contracts relating to local government and public procurement law.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Ella Davis; Shireen Eliyas

    Key clients

    Wickes

    Highbourne Group

    PVH

    ShoeZone

    TerraQuest

    BITE Investments

    Parkguard

    unifi-id

    NCR Ltd

    Arkphire

    ALDI Stores Limited

    Tarmac

    Travis Perkins PLC

    Carlsberg

    Work highlights

    • Advising Aldi in relation to the contracts for the automated fitting out of its largest ever distribution centre, at Bardon in Leicestershire.
    • Supporting Travis Perkins with the legal separation of its IT arrangements ahead of: (i) its demerger of subsidiary Wickes; and (ii) the sale of its plumbing and heating business to HIG.
    • Supporting PVH in negotiating contracts with Heathrow Airport and various suppliers of hardware, software and operational support (including replenishment and maintenance) in setting up a new retail vending concept for Calvin Klein underwear and apparel

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

    Freeths LLP is an established adviser in Sheffield to manufacturing and engineering businesses, and increasingly also high growth technology clients. Under the lead of Peter Crawford, the group assists clients with a variety company law matters, including acquisitions and disposals, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, implementing joint venture structures, and refinancings. Director Lisa Wallis is also entrusted by SMEs up to larger, national clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Crawford

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Feels like it is in-house corporate legal advice.’

    ‘Peter Crawford feels like a very long-term friend and has our best interest at heart in all ways.’

    ‘Very commercially strong team, with the ability to put options on the table in the language and scenario required by business owners.’

    ‘We have been particularly impressed with Lisa Wallis. She has shown business-owner-type acumen when advising us of benefits and potential drawbacks of different option on transaction approach and the detail on terms. Lisa is much more commercially aware than other corporate finance lawyers we have engaged previously.’

    Key clients

    Additive Manufacturing Technologies

    ATI Global group (including InfoTrack Practice Evolve and Search Acumen)

    Braintrain2020

    Careport Group

    Plus X

    Powerstar

    SynGenSys

    UniHomes and Bills

    Work highlights

    • Advised ATI Global on its acquisition of Search Acumen.
    • Advised Additive Manufacturing Technologies on its $15 million Series B Fundraise.
    • Advised Powerstar on a significant investment by SCF Partners.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

    Freeths LLP is singled out for ‘just getting the job done effectively' thanks to its team of 'first-rate legal advisers‘. The members cover a wide range of disputes including M&A litigation, group actions, professional negligence claims, pensions disputes and banking, financial services and PFI disputes. Clients regularly stem from the energy, technology, sports and aviation sectors. Team head James Hartley is well versed in funding and litigation risk transfer solutions, and Lindsey Clegg  is a key practitioner in cross-border disputes. Dean Hill is another key name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    James Hartley

    Other key lawyers:

    Lindsey Clegg; Dean Hill; Chloe Oram; Geoff Cunningham

    Testimonials

    ‘The team achieves fantastic results in complex heavyweight litigation without the arrogance or noise that one often experiences with other firms. They just get the job done effectively – first-rate legal advisers but also excellent project management. They do so much more than advise solely on the law.’

    ‘James Hartley is consistently calm when the pressure is on. He is unflappable. Drills down to the relevant issues with ease and has a wonderful ability to bring the team together. It’s a skill that many lawyers lack.’

    ‘They take the time to understand the cause of disputes in addition to the current situation, they explain the legal terminology very clearly and they support customers in a personable manner.’

    ‘Dean Hill, an exceptional professional who always provides a fast and quality level of support.’

    ‘A closely-knit team who get on well and work well together. They were thoroughly on top of the matter that I worked with them on, and were able to liaise with other solicitors dealing with related litigation.’

    ‘The lawyers at Freeths did an exceptional job of, on the one hand, liaising with a large group of claimants in trying circumstances, and, on the other, keeping on top of a very difficult opponent amidst a sea of correspondence. It was a fantastic collaborative effort. The lawyers were friendly, knowledgeable, always on hand any time of day or night, and extremely caring when it came to their clients. They also had a high number of women in their team across levels of seniority.’

    ‘Chloe Oram was a indefatigable junior associate that was always incredibly responsive and had a positive attitude even amidst all of my endless annoying requests over the years of working on that case.’

    ‘Lindsey Clegg: very hard working and completely on top of the case, total commitment to all steps needing to be advanced in the case.’

    Key clients

    Post Office Group Action

    Mayfly GWR Offshore Containers Industria e Commercio LTDA

    Wealth at Work Limited

    Gleeds Cost Management Limited

    Bedford Investments Limited

    M Asia Energy

    Equiniti

    Bedford Investments Limited

    Derby County Football Club

    Work highlights

    • Secured a place for a company on a £1.7bn framework contract through the prompt issue of proceedings challenging the original decision to omit the client from the award of one of the lots.
    • Representing the Brazilian subsidiary of a UK manufacturer in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-contract dispute arising out of the breach of minimum purchase obligations which induced the client to set-up a new manufacturing facility in Brazil to service the in-country requirements of its customer.
    • Obtained summary judgment on counterclaims for c. £9m for an individual, together with indemnity costs, and the strike-out of all claims brought against the client in a complex dispute arising out of a series of corporate transactions.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

    Led by James Hartley and James Berry, the team at Freeths LLP represents clients in shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims, unfair prejudice proceedings and injunctive relief issues. Managing associate Gary Duffy also knows ADR options well and director Ciaran Dearden has experience in contract cases.

    Practice head(s):

    James Hartley; James Berry

    Other key lawyers:

    Work highlights

      Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

      The ‘high quality’ team at Freeths LLP is led by newly promoted partner Tom Draper, who is an ‘expert in the field’. The group advises large franchise companies as well as local organisations and has a growing specialism within the health and social care sector. Managing associate Toby Pochron often advises on complex employment tribunal claims involving TUPE and discrimination claims.

      Practice head(s):

      Tom Draper

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is always accessible, friendly and willing to listen to understand more about our unique business.’

      ‘A high quality and flexible team to deal with.’

      ‘Tom Draper is an expert in the field of employment law and always has the ability to see a situation through the eyes of those who are dealing with the issues.’

      ‘Toby Pochron provides helpful and insightful advice. Freeths are our go-to firm whenever we need legal assistance.

      ‘The team at Freeths are incredibly personable, knowledgeable, patient and offer an exceptional service.’

      ‘They quickly build rapport and trust, offering flexible services through from sounding board guidance to end-end advice.’

      ‘They take into account the development of our team and work with us in a way that best enables that whilst not compromising on the quality of their services.’

      Key clients

      S. P . Crowther & Co Limited

      Ant Marketing Limited

      21st Architecture Limited

      Progressive Care Limited

      Work highlights

      • Represented in an employment tribunal injunction against 21st Architecture Limited based on alleged protected disclosures.
      • Provided in-house legal training to 45 managers of Ant Marketing Limited, a prominent telemarketing business.
      • Defended Progressive Care Limited in an employment tribunal claim made by a former employee for unlawful deduction from wages relating to complex contractual interpretation of a deductions provision.

      Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

      The ‘pro-active’ and ‘attentive’ team at Freeths LLP advises on complex corporate insolvency and restructuring matters. Co-led by Oliver Jackson in Sheffield, the group acts for a large client base consisting of insolvency practices, accountants, banks and other corporate clients. In Leeds, co-head Helen Bates handles both contentious and non-contentious work. Managing associate Isobel Callaghan is particularly active on property insolvency matters while associate Thomas Childs is ‘one to watch’ with experience advising on liquidations and individual insolvency processes.

      Practice head(s):

      Oliver Jackson; Helen Bates

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Freeths provide a first class service in a range of restructuring and insolvency matters.’

      ‘The team at Freeths is pro-active, attentive and look to drive matters.’

      ‘In working on larger matters, Freeths is able to provide high quality advice in other areas of law (such as employment and property) from within its Sheffield and Leeds offices.’

      ‘Oliver Jackson is a very experienced and knowledgeable restructuring and insolvency lawyer who should be recognised among the very best in the Yorkshire and Humber region.’ 

      ‘Isobel Callaghan is a very approachable and knowledgeable insolvency lawyer.’

      ‘Thomas Childs is an up and coming restructuring and insolvency lawyer in the region. Thomas is certainly one to watch.’

      ‘In my opinion, Freeths is in an extremely strong position in its insolvency and recovery department due to the calibre of staff it continues to attract due to partner, Oliver Jackson.’

      ‘Helen Bates is both proactive and commercial and has helped us on a number of matters. She is always willing to chat through a problem and has provided some great direction on a couple of matters.’

      Key clients

      Grant Thornton UK LLP

      Interpath Ltd (formerly KPMG LLP)

      BDO LLP

      Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

      Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

      Begbies Traynor (SY) LLP

      Smith & Williamson LLP

      FRP Advisory Trading Limited

      Quantuma Advisory Ltd

      Leonard Curtis Recovery Limited

      Manolete Partners PLC

      Redwood Bank Limited

      Wilson Field Limited

      Maxim IP Limited t/a Maxim Business Recovery & Insolvency

      BHP Corporate Solutions LLP

      Seneca IP Ltd

      The Springs Partnership Limited (trading as Graywoods)

      Work highlights

      • Advised Quantuma Advisory Limited acting as administrators of Derby County Football Club in respect of the Club’s appeal against the English Football League sanctions which imposed 12-point deduction for entering into an insolvency event.
      • Advised OC Physio Limited in relation to the acquisition of the business and assets of Capital Physio Limited (trading as Bodyset) from its administrators.
      • Advised Interpath Ltd (formerly KPMG LLP) on the Administration of Warrens Display Limited.

      Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

      The team at Freeths LLP is led by Nottingham-based Mark Keeley ; key names in Leeds include managing associate Laura Short and associate Nicola Heslop. Its caseload primarily involves litigating on Inheritance Act claims; will challenges; the construction, rectification or removal of applications and proprietary estoppel claims. The complexities that often arise in these areas include disputes of ownership of assets, business property relief and spouse exemption.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Keeley

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team deals very sensitively with very delicate matters, they are able to communicate difficult matters sympathetically and they try to reduce emotional charge in order to reach the right outcomes.’

      ‘Laura Short deals with very sensitive matters in a very sympathetic manner. She helps to reduce clients’ anxieties and extreme emotions to help them achieve the best outcome under, what can be, very difficult circumstances.’

      ‘The whole team is well-informed and professional. Whenever I spoke with any staff member in this team, they were extremely helpful and genuinely cared – they spoke to me as a client and a person – and all really went above and beyond to help. I would go so far as to say, I don’t think I would have achieved the result I did had it not been for Freeths and, in particular, Laura Short and Nicola Heslop.’

      ‘I found the advice given was perfect from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble, however big or small, all questions asked were always answered in an easy to understand way. The guidance and information provided was excellent. I was always kept up to date on every aspect, and at no point did I feel in the dark throughout the whole process.’

      ‘If the situation arose where I would need advice of this nature again, I would not hesitate to use Freeths and I would definitely recommend Laura Short and Nicola Heslop to anybody.’

      ‘A strong team.’

      ‘Mark Keeley is an excellent mediator.’

      Work highlights

        Real estate > Environment Tier 2

        Freeths LLP’s Sheffield-based environment practice specialises in mandates concerning natural environment and wildlife issues, such as advising protected sites designated for nature conservation on pertinent regulations and planning issues generated by public bodies and local planning authorities. Practice leader Penny Simpson acts for developers, environmental consultancies and operators in the mineral and water sectors, and is noted for her experience in defending clients facing environmental-related regulatory or criminal proceedings. Director Richard Broadbent joined the practice in January 2022 from Natural England, where he previously led the legal services team.

        Practice head(s):

        Penny Simpson

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        William Oliver Clarke Trust

        TJ Morris Ltd

        Engie Regeneration Limited

        Royal Horticultural Society

        Mr and Mrs Harris

        Simply Ecology Limited

        The Portland Association

        Shropshire Borough Council

        Royal Society of Protection of Birds

        Work highlights

        • Acting for William Oliver Clarke Trust on its objection to the proposed enlargement by Natural England of the Cotswold Water Park Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which would have had an impact on the client’s land due to the imposition of constraints on activities.
        • Acting for T J Morris Limited in unlocking a refusal from Natural England of a water vole licence which was essential to allow the client to proceed with a multi-million pound distribution centre development near Doncaster.
        • Acting for The Portland Association in its objection to a planning proposal by an energy company, Powerfuel, for a new Waste Incinerator at Portland Bill in Dorset.

        Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

        Freeths LLP’ London corporate team has a focus on M&A, private equity and equity capital markets transactions in the range of £5-£50m. Team head Tom Rowley  has a broad practice covering the full range of M&A, private equity, and equity capital markets deals and acts for clients across a variety of sectors, including industrials, technology, real estate, and aviation. Peter Hill  has particular expertise in the financial services sector, having advised on many market-leading insurance broker transactions.

        Practice head(s):

        Tom Rowley

        Other key lawyers:

        Peter Hill; Francis Dalton; Naomi Spring; Matthew Cooper

        Testimonials

        ‘Freeths have great experience on private equity bolt-ons with a specialist focus on portfolio work. They are particularly adept at managing transactions on the buy-side where the sellers are owner/founder managers. I particularly liked their succinct fee proposals, very commercial in approach and easily understood by my deal team colleagues. They approach to fees is straightforward, commercial and transparent. They see their role as a partner and not just a service provider. They are more than a match for many of the larger City firms we work with.’

        ‘Francis Dalton is a skillful and shrewd negotiator, legally exceptional, easy to work with and very responsive. While he is very hands-on, he lets his very competent senior associate take a lead role in negotiations and only leans in when required to emphasize the importance of his client’s position.’

        ‘Naomi Spring is a class act. She is type of senior associate your want to bottle and give to your other relationship firms. She is personable, bright, fastidiously organised and very responsive. She is a great deal executioner, with good recall and attention to detail.’

        Key clients

        Autins Group Plc

        Bolt UK Services Limited

        Northbridge Industrial Services Plc

        Hexagon Intergraph AB

        Hanover Investors Management LLP

        Celeres Investment Limited

        Perci Health

        Air CM Global Limited

        Cambridge Power Limited

        finnCap Ltd

        ECSC Group Plc

        Work highlights

        • Advised the management shareholders of Charles Cameron & Associates Limited on its sale to Socium Group.
        • Assisted Hexagon AB on non-US aspects of its $2.75billion acquisition of Infor EAM, a SaaS-based asset management solution for multiply industry sectors.
        • Advised Hanover Investors Management LLP on the acquisition of eCOGRA, a leading independent and internationally approved testing and certification agency for the online gambling industry.

        Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

        Freeths LLP‘s Manchester-based restructuring and insolvency practice is known for its breadth of expertise, covering a blend of personal and corporate insolvency mandates. On the corporate side, the team offers a unique creditor services practice, led by Graeme Danby. It is also known for its expertise with nil-asset cases. Joey Byrne leads the team and is known for asset recovery work. Kevin Pinkerton has an additional qualification as a licensed insolvency practitioner, and associate Miles Hacking offers advice on personal insolvency matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Joey Byrne

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has a fundamental focus on complex issues and excellent service levels, which makes everything done at the more simple levels also of a high standard.’

        ‘Joey Byrne has extensive investigation and litigation experience in many of the most complex reported judgments in the field.’

        ‘I have been very impressed with the team’s expertise and turnaround. The team’s fees are reasonable for the excellent service level.’

        ‘I have worked with Miles Hacking for a number of years now. He is very responsive and offers practical advice for resolving complex issues.’

        ‘Kevin Pinkerton – knowledgeable approachable, commercial. Joey Byrne – recognised as amongst leading contentious insolvency solicitors in Manchester. Astute and tactical.’

        ‘Miles Hacking – technically excellent and commercially minded!’

        ‘They provide practical solutions to some very complex problems. They are efficient and provide guidance for the best possible outcome for insolvency matters – from a sale of a business to the pursuit of antecedent transactions, their pragmatic approach provides answers to almost any scenario faced by an Insolvency Practitioner.’

        ‘Kevin Pinkerton and Miles Hacking are a very good team, providing overall leadership and guidance on a wide variety of matters. They are both available at the end of a telephone call and can accommodate your requirements for advice efficiently. Just knowing that they are on the end of a telephone means that as an IP, you always have good backup.’

        Key clients

        AABRS

        Adcroft Hilton Limited

        Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners Ltd

        Antony Batty LLP

        Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP

        Bailey Ahmad

        Beesley Group

        Begbies Traynor Group PLC

        Bell Advisory

        Bespoke Insolvency Solutions

        BHP Corporate Solutions

        Bridge Newland

        Bridgestones

        CFS LLP

        Clarke Bell Ltd

        CMD Partners UK Limited

        Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP

        Crawford Accountants LLP

        Critchleys LLP

        Cromwell Insolvency

        Currie Young Group

        CVR LLP

        DMC Recovery

        Dodd & Co Services Ltd

        Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery LLP

        Duff & Phelps LLC

        Durkan Cahill

        Focus Insolvency Group

        Fortis Insolvency Limited

        FRP Advisory Group

        FS Capital Limited

        Grant Thornton UK LLP

        Greenfield Recovery Limited

        Griffins Insolvency Practitioners LLP

        Henderson & Jones Ltd

        Horsfields Limited

        Ideal Corporate Solutions

        Johnson Geddes Ltd

        Kay Johnson Gee Corporate Recovery Limited

        KBL Advisory Ltd

        Kennway Francis

        Leading Business Services Ltd

        Leonard Curtis Group

        Lucas Johnson Limited

        Mackenzie Golderg Johnson

        Manolet Partners PLC

        Marshall Peters Limited

        Mazars LLP

        McTear Williams Wood

        Menzies LLP

        Mercury Corporate Recovery Solutions Limited

        Michael Chamberlain & Co

        Milner Boardman & Partners

        MB Insolvency

        Moore Kingston Smith LLP

        Opus Restructuring

        Oliver Elliot

        Oury Clark

        Poppleton & Appleby

        Price Bailey

        PWC

        Quantuma

        Restart Business Turnaround & Insolvency

        RG Insolvency

        Robson Scott Associates

        Royce Peeling Green Limited

        RSM

        SC Finance Limited

        Seneca Insolvency Practitioners

        Simply Corporate

        SFP Restructuring Limited

        Smith & Williamson Ltd

        The Business Debt Advisor Limited

        Umbrella Accountants LLP

        West Gate Restructuring Ltd

        Wilson Field Group

        TH Financial Recovery Ltd

        Debt Movement Ltd

        Interpath Ltd

        Keystone Recovery Ltd

        Asertis Litigation Funding

        KW Recovery Ltd

        Buchler Phillips Group LLP

        Work highlights

        • Acted for the Joint Administrators at Leonard Curtis in relation to their appointment over a wholesaler to the foodservice industry.
        • Acted for Andrew Rosler of Ideal Corporate Solutions as Liquidator in relation to claims against a Maltese company and Estonian based Respondents.

        Public sector > Local government Tier 3

        With a large client base of local councils, the team at Freeths LLP is described as ‘approachable, knowledgeable and prepared to respond in detail and at short notice’. One area of recent innovation is the organization of public-private joint ventures training workshops for board members of local authority councilors. Practice head Nathan Holden in Birmingham is experienced with property projects. Ian Tempest  specialises in property law, PPP and regeneration work. Jackie Heeds has experience in infrastructure and commercial transactions procured through public private partnerships.

        Practice head(s):

        Nathan Holden

        Other key lawyers:

        Jackie Heeds; Ian Tempest

        Testimonials

        ‘Can do approach and collaboration working.’

        ‘They are prepared to offer discounted rates under the EMLS framework, their people are professional and approachable, and the offer a streamlined service in terms of confirming instructions.’

        ‘They are approachable, knowledgeable and prepared to respond in detail and at short notice.’

        Key clients

        Royal Borough of Greenwich

        Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

        Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

        Milton Keynes Development Partnership

        Buckinghamshire Council

        Cherwell District Council

        Solihull MBC

        Mansfield District Council

        Enfield Council

        Nottinghamshire County Council

        Cambridge City Council

        Leicester City Council

        Derby City Council

        Milton Keynes Council

        Telford and Wrekin Council

        Walsall Council

        Kettering Borough Council

        North West Leicestershire District Council

        Broxtowe Borough Council

        London Borough of Ealing

        Lincoln City Council

        West Northamptonshire Council

        North East Lincolnshire Council

        Nottinghamshire Police Authority

        London Borough of Bromley

        Kent County Council

        Corby Borough Council

        Merton London Borough Council

        Hertfordshire County Council

        Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

        Nottingham City Council

        East Northamptonshire District Council

        Cheshire East Council

        Rugby Borough Council

        Huntingdonshire District Council

        Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

        Luton Borough Council

        Rushcliffe Borough Council

        North Lincolnshire Council

        South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

        Newark & Sherwood District Council

        Oxford City Council

        Worcestershire County Council

        Central Bedfordshire Council

        Harborough District Council

        Bolsover District Council

        High Peak Borough Council

        Charnwood Borough Council

        East Lindsey District Council

        Leicestershire County Council

        Old Bolsover Town Council

        Rushmoor Borough Council

        Shropshire Council

        South Cambridgeshire District Council

        Gloucestershire County Council

        Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Comb

        York City Council

        North Yorkshire County Council

        Derbyshire Dales District Council

        Isle of Wight Council

        Stratford Upon Avon District Council

        Peak District National Park

        Ashfield District Council

        Peterborough City Council

        Coventry City Council

        South Staffordshire Council

        Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

        Boston Borough Council

        Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

        Bassetlaw District Council

        Chesterfield Borough Council

        Bedford Borough Council

        Lincolnshire County Council

        Doncaster Children’s Trust

        Dronfield Town Council

        Staffordshire County Council

        Daventry District Council

        North Hertfordshire District Council

        North East Derbyshire District Council

        Erewash Borough Council

        Wolverhampton City Council

        Plymouth City Council

        Herefordshire Council

        Fenland District Council

        London Borough of Sutton

        Melton Borough Council

        Cotswold District Council

        East Hertfordshire District Council

        Wigan Council

        Warrington Borough Council

        Cumbria County Council

        Halton Borough Council

        Work highlights

        • Advised the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on a digital regeneration project to create a new full fibre backhaul network comprising over 212km of ultra-fast gigabit ready broadband across all 6 Districts comprising the Liverpool City Region.
        • Advised Wigan Council on a £130m project to secure the redevelopment of Wigan Town Centre.
        • Advising Cumbria Council on a major called-in inquiry and S106 agreement (including representation at S106 hearing) in relation to the proposed development of a new underground metallurgical coal mine and associated development at former Marchon site, Whitehaven.

        Real estate > Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 3

        The real estate team at Freeths LLP has continued to grow its practice, with particular expertise in real estate finance, asset management, and development. Practice head Andrew Nichol has extensive experience in the property aspects of corporate transactions, and regularly acts on business sale deals. Coporate real estate lawyer Luke Hopkins advises on a range of matters, specialising in real estate finance.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Nichol

        Other key lawyers:

        Luke Hopkins; Joei Chung

        Testimonials

        ‘Luke Hopkins is exceptional. Has great knowledge, very approachable and is able to communicate in a way which assists with explaining complex situations.’

        ‘A fantastic team; the best I know. Large enough and knowledgeable enough to deal with all transactions and small enough to care. The USP of the individuals is that they answer the phone, return emails, provide solutions not problems and have a genuine interest in looking after their clients.’

        ‘The individuals I deal with are the best lawyers I know and I know alot. As I said above, the provide solutions not problems. They are contactable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. They have confidence in their expertise and are not afraid to use it. They don’t hide behind their PII.’

        ‘The team have long standing and loyal relationships with their clients and always go above and beyond what can be reasonably expected.’

        ‘Andy Nichol offers a very personalised and diligent service that always exceeds expectations. His advice is clear and concise and puts the client’s needs at the forefront. He is an effective communicator and is always able to take a commercial view on complex matters and advise accordingly.’

        ‘Joei Cheung – drives the transaction, has a positive and can-do attitude.’

        Key clients

        FTS Corp

        Antenor Limited

        Benjamin Hayes Properties Limited

        Joint Trade & Property Group Company Limited

        Nautical Point Limited

        Robert White

        Harworth Group plc

        Illiad Group

        Alumier Labs UK Limited

        Ascot Properties UK Limited

        Better Intelligent Management Limited

        Nicholson Group

        Braithwaite Group

        Trophy Homes Group

        Mittty Group

        Childwall Table and Chair Hire

        C O’Dea Property Services Limited

        CDM Investments Limited

        222 Estates Limited

        231 Hospitality Ltd

        Blundellsands Investments Limited

        Brooklawn Estates Limited

        Roubaix Group

        Pure Residential and Commercial Limited

        McComb Property Company Ltd

        Lloyds Bank plc

        Allica Bank Ltd

        Unity Trust Bank plc

        Barclays Bank plc

        Handelsbanken plc

        Santander UK plc

        Cambridge and Counties Bank Limited

        Redwood Bank Ltd

        HSBC Bank Plc

        AIB Group (UK) Plc

        Clydesdale Bank Plc

        Ahli United Bank

        Work highlights

        • Acting for FTS Corp (A Cayman Island registered company) in the sale of 274 Deansgate, Manchester to Whispering Smith Limited for £6,350,000. The sale was conditional on the surrender of a Lease of the third and fourth floors to GoDaddy Europe Limited.
        • Acting for Nautical Point Limited in respect of an Agreement to purchase Conwy Civic Hall by way of grant of a long lease from Conwy County Borough Council conditional on planning to redevelop Conwy Civic Hall into ground floor food hall with dining and entertainment facilities, apart hotel and residential accommodation on the upper floors.
        • Acting for Unity Trust Bank plc on a £2,150,000 loan facility to Hignett Holding Limited to facilitate the acquisition by the Borrower of its third pre-school nursery in Greater Manchester together with the refinance of the 2 existing properties in the portfolio. The transaction facilitated a provider of specialist educational facilities in the local community of Greater Manchester to extend its offering to 200 childcare places.

        Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

        Based in Milton Keynes, Freeths LLP has particular experience in the national drinks and hospitality sector, regularly acting on high-profile restructuring and reorganisations. The team is also well-versed in acting on purchases out of administration, phantom CVAs and winding-up petitions. Simon Hobbs heads the team with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters with support from associate Adam Boyd who handles property litigation matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Simon Hobbs

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Great commercial awareness. Excellent client relations. Very good understanding of the client’s needs and objectives.’

        ‘Simon Hobbs has expert knowledge in this field. Sound, logical, commercial advice.’

        Tom Holden is methodical with a good attention to detail.’

        ‘Freeths are a pleasure to work with, good at communicating with each other across offices and generally very proactive and thorough.’

        ‘Jonathan Hambleton is very considered, close to the detail but also has a great helicopter view of the overall project.’

        Key clients

        FRP Advisory Group Plc

        Quantuma Advisory Limited

        Mazars LLP

        Opus Restructuring LLP

        Wilkins Kennedy

        Fortis Advisory Limited

        Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

        Praised for its ‘incredible up-to-date knowledge of the energy sector’ and ‘excellent management skills’, Freeths LLP draws its expertise from its energy, waste and sustainability practice as well as its major projects group. Based in the firm’s Bristol office, the team fields strengths in the renewables market, particularly in regard to hydrogen transactions and battery storage. Duncan Tringham leads the practice together with corporate specialist Emily Settle and director Rhianna Wilsher, who joined the firm in September 2021 from Bird & Bird LLP.  Charlotte Hugo, previously at Foot Anstey, is another new addition to the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Duncan Tringham; Emily Settle; Rhianna Wilsher

        Other key lawyers:

        Charlotte Hugo; Clare King

        Testimonials

        ‘Hands-on experience from senior level to most junior, with in depth knowledge and commercially driven approach to problem-solving. Excellent interpersonal skills, unmatched knowledge of the energy sector, excellent management skills.’

        ‘Clare King – Exceptional knowledge across the energy sector. Builds fantastic and long-standing relationships.’

        ‘Incredible up-to-date knowledge of the energy sector and important influences. Outstanding Partner in Clare King.’

        ‘Very proactive and have great, trusting relationships with clients.’

        ‘Freeth’s clearly have a deep understanding of the market, legislation and technology  as well as the approaches being created and taken within the market.’

        ‘Duncan Tringham is clearly developing a deep knowledge in this area, but specifically in the area of green energy solutions and approaches and their use in the planning and developing of large scale commercial and residential projects. You absolutely need Duncan in your tool bag when managing complex large scale developments.’

        Key clients

        Centrica plc

        SmartParc

        ENGIE

        ENGIE Fabricom UK

        Solos Power

        Catalyst Capital

        Vital Energi

        Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth City Council

        Euro Garages Limited

        Group companies of Freensphere Capital (Western Bio Energy/ Duranta Energy)

        Powerstar

        Hive Energy

        BioDynamic

        RE Projects Developments Limited

        Clean Earth Energy Group

        Cambridge Power Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising SmartParc on the entire energy provision to their £300 million state-of-the-art food manufacturing campus.
        • Advised Catalyst Capital on all legal aspects of the acquisition of a 100MW battery energy storage project at the former Skelton Grange Power Station.
        • Appointed to Centrica’s corporate panel in January 2021 and advise Centrica on various corporate matters.

        Public sector > Local government Tier 3

        Freeths LLP joins the ranking this year with a local authorities practice that is 'able to bring forward great advice and excellent support at the times when it is absolutely required'. Embedded in the firm’s national structure, the practice advises public sector clients on a range of issues including regeneration, development and government grant initiatives. ‘Absolute rock’ Duncan Tringham heads the Bristol team, in which Dan Cuthbert and Nathan Holden are further key contacts.

        Practice head(s):

        Duncan Tringham

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Duncan Tringham is an absolute rock. His advice and guidance is excellent and is matched by his experience and commitment.’

        ‘Throughout the time we’ve been working with Freeths and in particular Duncan Tringham, they have provided an excellent service, committed to achieving the outcomes that we as a team are trying to achieve. They are able to bring forward great advice and excellent support at the times when it is absolutely required.’

        Key clients

        Royal Borough of Greenwich

        Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

        Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

        Milton Keynes Development Partnership

        Buckinghamshire Council

        Cherwell District Council

        Solihull MBC

        Mansfield District Council

        Enfield Council

        Nottinghamshire County Council

        Cambridge City Council

        Leicester City Council

        Derby City Council

        Milton Keynes Council

        Telford and Wrekin Council

        Walsall Council

        Kettering Borough Council

        North West Leicestershire District Council

        Broxtowe Borough Council

        London Borough of Ealing

        Lincoln City Council

        West Northamptonshire Council

        North East Lincolnshire Council

        Nottinghamshire Police Authority

        London Borough of Bromley

        Kent County Council

        Corby Borough Council

        Merton London Borough Council

        Hertfordshire County Council

        Work highlights

        • Advising Cornwall Council on the Langarth Garden Village project involving the strategic acquisition and development of a new town with at least 4000 homes, new schools commercial, retail and public space and a £47 Million grant funded highway scheme in collaboration with three developers.
        • Advising Exeter City Council on a city regeneration scheme at the heart of Exeter known as City Point involving the redevelopment of the Civic Centre and central bus station to create a new multi-use development involving a new leisure complex, bus station, local and national government offices and residential and retail unit
        • Advising the West London Alliance on a digital project to roll out pioneering ‘Small Cells’ telecoms networks on hundreds of thousands of street furniture and other public assets across 7 London Boroughs.

        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

        Since opening its Bristol office in 2019, Freeths LLP has built a South West property litigation practice that fields particular expertise in the telecoms sector, particularly in regard to the Electronic Communications Code. Apart from the work in telecoms, the team also covers more general property disputes, including dilapidations and restrictive covenant issues. Electronic Communications Code specialist Daniel Cuthbert leads the firm’s offering in the region, while associate Ella Carroll covers contentious matters ranging from renewals to redevelopment schemes, in addition to telecoms disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Daniel Cuthbert

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Freeths always feature when recommending specialist litigation for telecoms matters to clients. Their superior knowledge of this complex area of law stands out, as does the attention to detail and relentless pursuit of the best outcome for the client.’

        ‘The litigation team work seamlessly with their transactional colleagues to deliver the complete package – a true “one-stop shop.’

        ‘Dan Cuthbert  is an expert litigator in telecoms disputes, having had experience on both operator and property owner sides.’

        ‘The team is collaborative, working across centres effectively. They are experts in the area and thoughtful litigators.’

        Key clients

        London Borough of Enfield

        London Borough of Hackney

        London Borough of Merton

        London Borough of Ealing

        Runnymede Borough Council

        Gravesham Borough Council

        Elmbridge Borough Council

        Royal Berkshire Fire Authority

        Buckinghamshare Fire Authority

        Cambridgeshire Fire Authority

        The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent

        Dreams Limited

        Chancerygate Assert Management and Development

        Rushmoor Borough Council

        Harborough District Council

        South Somerset District Council

        Cornwall Council

        Nottingham City Homes Limited

        David Stephenson

        Citizen Housing Group

        Coventry City Council

        Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

        Work highlights

        • Advising the London Borough of Hackney in EE Ltd & Anor v London Borough of Hackney, a case dealing with the Electronic Communications Case.
        • Advising David Stephenson a case brought against our client and AP Wireless by EE Limited and Hutchinson 3G UK Ltd.

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

        Freeths LLP act for businesses and high net worth individuals across a wide range of sectors, handling group litigation, professional negligence and partnership disputes. Recent months have seen the firm take on high profile group litigation cases against the likes of Visa and Mastercard. Richard Coates leads the team. which includes seasoned litigator Louise Wilson and managing associate Michael Hoskins.

        Practice head(s):

        Richard Coates

        Other key lawyers:

        Louise Wilson; Alex Johnson; Michael Hoskins; Josh Middleton

        Key clients

        Hi55 Ventures Limited

        Aldi Stores Limited

        Inchcape Retail Limited

        Jaguar Land Rover Retail Board

        The National Exhibition Centre Limited

        Travis Perkins plc

        Tarmac

        Short Term Finance Limited

        AP Racing Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acting for 48 household named clients (including listed and large motor groups) within the motor retail sector to pursue a claim valued at c.£50m against Visa, seeking to challenge the lawfulness of multi-lateral interchange fees.
        • Acting for AP Racing Limited in successfully obtaining an injunction against a former employee, a manufacturer of brake components for high performance vehicles, to prevent the former employee from acting in breach of his restrictive covenants and also obtaining an order for forensic imaging of the former employee’s IT devices and hardware.
        • Advising Mackie Motors (Brechin) Limited, formerly a top performing Renault, Dacia and Nissan automotive dealer, and Kevin Mackie, a Director and the largest shareholder of Mackie Motors, in High Court proceedings against RCI Financial Services Limited relating to the breach of a series of relational contracts entered into by Mackie Motors and RCI.

        Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

        James Dyson  is a key figure for Freeths LLP in Birmingham; he specialises in advising on banking and debt restructuring transactions. The Nottingham-based national practice has particular expertise in healthcare finance, public sector finance and litigation funding.

        Practice head(s):

        Chris Freeston

        Other key lawyers:

        James Dyson; Katie Hillier; Gary Richardson

        Key clients

        Allied Irish Bank

        Santander UK plc

        Lloyds Banking Group (Including Lloyds Development Capital)

        Clydesdale Bank / Yorkshire Bank

        Beechbrook Capital

        Redwood Bank

        Cambridge & Counties Bank

        Frontier Development Capital

        ICG Longbow

        Chancerygate

        Work highlights

        • Advised Beechbrook Capital on the provision of a mezzanine finance facility to United Tooling Solutions to support its simultaneous acquisition of two complementary businesses.
        • Advised Santander UK plc on the provision of acquisition finance facilities to BDR Group to support its ‘buy and build’ strategy.
        • Advised Cambridge & Counties Bank on the provision of real estate supported acquisition finance facilities to MAC Waste Management UK in support of its acquisition of ACL Quarries and Drygon8.

        Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

        Freeths LLP is best known for its work on high-value trust and probate litigation such as claims under the Inheritance Act, will challenges, estoppel claims and removal applications.  Mark Keeley , who ‘runs the department admirably’, divides his time between Birmingham and Nottingham. Keeley is regularly appointed by the Court to act as an independent replacement trustee/administrator in numerous contentious cases and is also a qualified mediator. Managing associate Max Orbach is ‘technically gifted’.

        Practice head(s):

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Freeths has a well-established and well-regarded private client team. The strength of the team transcends the regional offices. It is often involved in large private client disputes also involving the elite London private client firms’.

        ‘Freeths has a solid team in the West Midlands. Max Orbach is a strong managing associate‘.

        Freeths provided a breath of fresh air and it was a relief to find a firm not only actively willing to help but willing to go the extra mile to ensure the issue was resolved. I dealt directly with Max Orbach and wouldn’t hesitate to contact him in the future. Max went above and beyond for me and I couldn’t hold him in higher regard. He is extremely passionate, professional and knowledgeable in his field’.

        ‘Freeth’s management of my case was extremely organised. Max Orbach was fantastic, he was ahead of all the other solicitors involved from other firms, his predictions as far as time lines were always spot on and could advise me on what was around the corner, he showed a great understanding of my situation and the difficulties I had dealing with being a defendant‘.

        ‘ From my perspective it has a great deal of inhouse specialist knowledge, including a very strong private client offering. Thus the private client side and the litigation side work well together to ensure that the client receives very well rounded advice. Some solicitors rely on counsel to guide the case, but this team is very confident and knowledgeable. They think very strategically about the conduct of the litigation. There is also very good quality partner oversight, which is also proportionate’.

        The lead partner I deal with is Mark Keeley. He is very bright, had a deep knowledge of the law in particular as it develops, and had a great no nonsense but sympathetic manner with the clients. Very easy to work with.  I also work with Max Orbach who is a very deep thinker about his cases, reviewing matters from every angle. A pleasure to work with’.

        ‘Mark Keeley is an experienced litigator with superb judgment. I often recommend him as a mediator. Max Orbach continues to be impressive’.

         

        Work highlights

          Real estate > Construction Tier 3

          Drawing on its considerable national network of offices, Freeths LLP enjoys a strong reputation in the energy construction space, working with numerous blue-chip corporates, utilities providers, and lenders. Focusing chiefly on non-contentious construction matters and renewable energy projects, practice chair Perveen Akhter advises widely on regionally significant developments, while managing associate Alison Heathcote works with public and private sector entities on building contracts and other procurement matters. On the contentious front, Alex Johnson specialises in cross-border dispute resolution and international arbitration, representing clients in the oil and gas, process plant, and infrastructure sectors. Managing associate Stephen Evans, a disputes specialist, joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs in November 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Perveen Akhter

          Other key lawyers:

          Alex Johnson; Alison Heathcote; Stephen Evans

          Testimonials

          ‘Good technical knowledge and great client engagement.’

          ‘Freeths LLP take a pragmatic approach, delivering strong legal support balanced with the technical and commercial considerations of our industry.Very personable and are always available on short notice. All deliverables and support are of high quality and performed efficiently.’

          ‘Alex Johnson always delivers strong legal advice, finding creative solutions to complex problems that typically arise in construction projects. Alex goes above and beyond to understand the technical side of our industry (high-end facade industry). Alex takes a pragmatic approach balancing legal matters with commercial realities.’

          ‘Alex Johnson is personable and very professional, and is an asset to any team, especially during meetings with clients and other third parties.’

          ‘Alex Johnson is very good in the area and able to succinctly explain the English law to overseas client in clear and easy to understand manner.’

          ‘Freeth provides unique strategic advise and legal know-how to our team to assist us to meet the challenges of our projects. Committed to providing excellence service through a solution-oriented approach.’

          ‘Alex Johnson is compassionate with clients, and always provides the professional legal advise to solve the complex construction legal issues with due balanced consideration to the practical situation of the project and the interest of client. Alex has good communication skills, fast in his response, and precise in his legal opinion. We are glad to have Alex as a part of the company’s legal strategy.’

          Key clients

          Aldi

          Tarmac

          Gleeds

          Landmark Power Holdings

          PCE Limited

          Greswolde Construction Limited

          Lloyds Bank

          Clydesdale Bank

          Hive Energy

          Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited

          London Luton Airport

          Porcelanosa (South East) Limited

          Porcelanosa (South Yorkshire) Limited

          Catalyst Capital

          Engie Fabricom

          Cambridge Power Limited

          Work highlights

          • Currently acting for funds advised by Catalyst Capital LLP in relation to the EPC contract for a large-scale 100MW battery storage project in Yorkshire.
          • Advising Landmark Power Holdings on the design, construction and commissioning of a 10MW Flex Power Plus and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Plant in Nottinghamshire.
          • Advising Hive Energy UK on a 44MW Woodington Solar Park in Hampshire.

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

          Freeths LLP is regularly involved in tax structuring of and advice relating to corporate and property transactions, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate reorganisations and restructurings. It often acts for private equity funds, property funds and local councils. Bob Neal leads the practice, which also includes Adrian Hackett and director Claire Boyce.

          Practice head(s):

          Bob Neal

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Linley and Simpson

          James Ian Parker/The Gym King (Holdings) Limited

          Twenty20 Midco 1 Limited

          Checkmate Holdings Group Limited

          Twenty20 Midco 1 Limited

          International Public Partnerships

          Kevin Newby & Paul Margerison

          Work highlights

            Employment > Pensions Tier 3

            Freeths LLP advises a broad client base that includes family-owned/SMEs, FTSE 250 companies and public sector bodies. It has experience handling a range of pension schemes as well as experience acting for both sponsoring employers and trustees in relation to final salary, money purchase and hybrid pension arrangements. Kim Jones leads the team that welcomed Nigel Jones from Arc Pensions Law in July 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Kim Jones

            Other key lawyers:

            Work highlights

              Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

              Mark Heppinstall, who has 'a very well-deserved reputation as one of the best matrimonial finance exponents in Leeds', heads the Leeds-based family team at Freeths LLP. A significant portion of the team’s workload involves handling high-value financial remedy proceedings. These matters regularly involve division of such complex assets as businesses, properties and pensions. The team also advise on sensitive childcare cases, often involving injunctions.

              Practice head(s):

              Mark Heppinstall

              Testimonials

              ‘Mark Heppinstall continues to develop a very well-deserved reputation as one of the best matrimonial finance exponents in Leeds. Mark is exceptionally bright and brings to bear a highly impressive level of attention-to-detail in the conduct of his cases. Mark’s analytical skills and his conduct of negotiations always impress, invariably resulting in client satisfaction.’

              ‘Mark Heppinstall is a stand-out individual with an excellent technical grasp of the law.’

              ‘Mark Heppinstall was my solicitor during my divorce case. He was compassionate and understanding – he gave me practical and procedural advice, explained things simply and did not make me feeling inadequate when asking questions. I might not have liked what he said sometimes, but he was definitely acting in my best interest. I would have no hesitation in recommending Freeths – especially Mark Heppinstall.’

              ‘Freeths have a broad range of experience in family law and related areas. Mark’s clients benefit from his expertise and that of others in the firm, including the corporate team.’

              ‘The calibre of client that they attract and represent (high-net-worth and complex financial set up), show the level at which they are working.’

              ‘From my experience of working with Mark Heppinstall, he is a solicitor that provides realistic and sensible advice. To his credit, he supports clients to participate in dispute resolution out of court, focusing on what is in their best interests.’

              ‘They are a very high quality yet approachable and accessible specialist family team, with a broad-ranging practice. They don’t just focus on net worth, but provide excellent service whether there is a lot or a little at stake financially. They also undertake the full range of child arrangements and relocation cases. They focus not just on litigation but on other solutions aimed at resolving disputes through ADR and mediation.’

              ‘Mark Heppinstall really stands out as someone who fights passionately for his clients. He is immaculately prepared and very hard working and really instils confidence in the client, as someone who cares about them as individuals.’

              Work highlights

                Public sector > Local government Tier 3

                Freeths LLP acts for a multitude of local government clients and is well-positioned to advise on all aspects of property transactional work including construction, tax, property litigation, contractual, planning and environmental issues. Key contact Liz Banks covers investment acquisitions, portfolio management issues, land disposals and developments. Practice head Nathan Holden is based in Birmingham.

                Practice head(s):

                Nathan Holden

                Other key lawyers:

                Key clients

                Royal Borough of Greenwich

                Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Milton Keynes Development Partnership

                Buckinghamshire Council

                Cherwell District Council

                Solihull MBC

                Mansfield District Council

                Enfield Council

                Nottinghamshire County Council

                Cambridge City Council

                Leicester City Council

                Derby City Council

                Milton Keynes Council

                Telford and Wrekin Council

                Walsall Council

                Kettering Borough Council

                North West Leicestershire District Council

                Broxtowe Borough Council

                London Borough of Ealing

                Lincoln City Council

                West Northamptonshire Council

                North East Lincolnshire Council

                Nottinghamshire Police Authority

                London Borough of Bromley

                Kent County Council

                Corby Borough Council

                Merton London Borough Council

                Hertfordshire County Council

                Work highlights

                • Advising Leeds City Council in connection with its continued disposal of a number of brownfield land sites for development.
                • Acting for Kirklees Council in the Right to Buy process for 200 properties.

                Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

                Freeths LLP’s ‘commercial and forward-thinking’ team in Leeds acts for leisure operators and retailers on a range of property transactions, from acquisitions and new site developments to portfolio management and disposals. Liz Banks handles commercial development projects, fund management and investment work, while John Flathers acts for corporate occupiers on landlord and tenant issues and Jonathan Crew advises on property portfolio management for national retailers, in addition to investment acquisitions and disposals. All named partners collectively lead the practice.

                Practice head(s):

                John Flathers; Liz Banks; Jonathan Crew

                Testimonials

                ‘John Flathers is very easy to work with, he understands what we are needing to achieve and works to get there on time and on budget.’

                ‘They’re very easy to work with, commercial and forward-thinking.’

                ‘Liz Banks is excellent, with great commercial acumen and consistent delivery of her commitments.’

                ‘They are very easy to work with, providing practical solutions to issues and work well as a team to get the job done.’

                Key clients

                Travelodge Hotels Limited

                Wickes Building Supplies Limited

                Aldi Stores Limited

                Magnet Limited

                PPG Architectural Services UK Limited (Johnstones Paints)

                FRP Advisory Trading Limited

                C.P. Hart & Sons

                Hargreaves Environmental PLC

                Samara Group

                KCS Development Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised Gripple Limited on the acquisition of 6.5 acres of land, including the Morgan Sindall South Yorkshire Head office, for a figure of c.£7m.
                • Advised Mena Developments on the acquisition of Hillsborough Shopping Centre.
                • Advising Wickes on the property aspects of its de-merger from Travis Perkins.

                Real estate > Construction Tier 3

                Freeths LLP’s construction and engineering team advises its roster of clients in disputes across the energy and utilities, water and technology sectors, as well as handling procurement matters, such as drafting and negotiating building contracts. Rachael Yates is 'committed to her clients' and has a track record of work on both procurement matters and construction disputes across a range of sectors.

                Practice head(s):

                Rachael Yates

                Other key lawyers:

                Marie Mulligan

                Testimonials

                ‘At partner level, I have worked closely with Rachael Yates. She has extraordinary attention to detail and whilst managing multiple matters, knows so much about her clients’ businesses that she can turn herself to emerging issues in seconds. She is sharp, intelligent and committed to her clients.’

                ‘Marie Mulligan is extremely engaged and communicative. Marie has been supporting our business’s non-contentious requirements and has gained understanding of our business and needs. She is available to support us when required and is very helpful in taking up initiative and suggesting solutions where appropriate.’

                Key clients

                Engie Fabricom UK Limited

                Wickes Building Services Limited

                Aldi Stores Limited

                Travelodge Hotels Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised Wickes Building Services Limited in relation to construction projects.
                • Acting for Engie Fabricom UK Limited in a dispute with MW High Tech Projects UK Limited regarding the Energy Works Hull EfW project.
                • Acted for Aldi Stores Limited in relation to several transactions, whereby they were the tenant taking a lease of a property under construction.

                TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

                Freeths LLPformidable’ sports practice ‘leaves no stone unturned’ when advising its client roster on a range of mandates, from arbitrations and disputes to sporting contracts, acquisitions of football clubs and financing matters. Director Geoff Cunningham leads the team and acts for well-known athletes, including professional boxer Amir Khan, as well as numerous football clubs, such as Derby County FC and Leyton Orient FC. Cunningham, who joined the firm from Walker Morris LLP in October 2020, is especially noted for his expertise in contentious sport matters.

                Practice head(s):

                Geoff Cunningham

                Other key lawyers:

                Angélique Richardson

                Testimonials

                ‘The team are extremely responsive, passionate and fight hard for their clients. They assemble a formidable team for each case and they leave no stone unturned.’

                ‘Geoff Cunningham is the star of the show. He is down to earth, efficient, and always on top of his brief. His tactical nous is second to none. Angélique Richardson is also one for the future. She too fights hard for her clients and her written work is always excellent.’

                ‘Specialty-focused and extremely knowledgeable in this space.’

                Key clients

                Derby County Football Club

                Leyton Orient Football Club

                Amir Khan

                Barrow AFC

                Southend United Football Club

                Josh Warrington

                Work highlights

                • Advised Derby County Football Club, via its joint Administrators Andrew Hosking and Carl Jackson (both of Quantuma Advisory Limited) in respect of an Appeal of a 12-point deduction sanctioned by the EFL.
                • Advised professional boxer, Amir Khan, on his next professional bout against rival Kell Brook.
                • Advising an individual in respect of the acquisition of one of two Championship football clubs, with a value of c.£50m.

                Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

                Freeths LLP utilises its cross-office approach to advise retailers on technology matters and sustainable practices that support business transformation. The team is led by Philippa Dempster, who has expertise in outsourcing mandates, international and domestic franchising work, supply chain agreements, and marketing and e-commerce matters.

                Practice head(s):

                Philippa Dempster

                Testimonials

                ‘Excellency in communication.’

                ‘The team understand our business and culture therefore providing both pragmatic and tailored support.’

                ‘Team is well placed to advise on a wide range of commercial contracts. We have received good solid commercial advice in desired timescales. Thorough reporting and tailored to our specific needs. Very friendly and cooperative team with colleagues happy to pick up and cover at short notice when necessary.’

                Key clients

                Aldi

                Self-Portrait

                TALA

                Lyle & Scott

                JOSEPH

                PVH

                Scotch Corner Designer Village

                Euro Garages

                Travis Perkins Group

                Wickes

                Carlsberg Marston’s Limited

                Paul Smith

                Shoe Zone PLC

                Samworth Brothers Group

                Alumier Labs UK Limited

                The Gym King (Holdings) Limited

                McArthurGlen UK Limited

                William Hill

                Hotel Chocolat

                Korres International/Korres Natural Products

                NCR

                HelloFresh UK

                Work highlights

                • Represented Aldi in the highly publicised claim by M&S that Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake infringed on trade marks relating to M&S’ Colin the Caterpillar cake, or that it amounted to passing off.
                • Advised Self-Portrait on its acquisition of the iconic luxury dress brand Roland Mouret.
                • Acted on behalf of PVH in negotiating contracts with Heathrow Airport and various suppliers of hardware, software and operational support in setting up a new retail vending concept for Calvin Klein underwear and apparel.

                Private client > Court of protection Tier 4

                Employment Tier 4

                Freeths LLP covers general employment law advice, strategic projects, and Employment Tribunal litigation. Practice head Charlotte Rees-John is noted for her work on family leave and gender discrimination issues, while Laura Tracey is a key contact concerning the employment aspects of corporate transactions, redundancy, and restructuring. Lee Ashwood joined as director from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2021 and often advises clients active in regulated industries like care homes and logistics.

                Practice head(s):

                Charlotte Rees-John

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The team is very versatile in responding to different challenges, i.e. HR concerns, detailed legal matters, TUPE, etc. and always available when we make contact.’

                ‘Lee Ashwood provides very detailed advice and takes ownership of an issue, allowing me to make informed decisions. His legal knowledge and advice is as good as I have experienced.’

                Key clients

                Costa Limited

                Aldi Stores Limited

                Leek United Building Society

                Pure Gym Limited

                Portmeirion Group plc

                Gu Indulgent Foods Limited

                Stockport Council

                Colosseum Dental UK Limited

                Leyton Orient Football Club

                McArthurGlen UK Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised one of the UK’s major snack and confectionery manufacturers on the structure then implementation of a short-term bonus scheme in respect of its c. 2500 UK workforce.
                • Advised a logistics company on its course of action following the threat by its recognised trade unions of litigation and industrial action in respect of a pay-rise made which the trade unions assert was made outside of the collective bargaining process.
                • Advised a national operator of leisure sites on its contractual and other arrangements with over 5000 individuals who undertake work on their own behalf at the operator’s sites so as engage with the individuals as ‘self-employed’ rather than inadvertently providing them with worker or employee status and the rights associated with that status.

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

                Freeths LLP has a niche in transactions involving private equity, assisting portfolio companies with bolt-on acquisitions and investment rounds as well as advising shareholders on sales to PE funds. Beyond the private equity space, the practice is instructed on a steady stream of M&A deals, investments, commercial agreements and corporate government matters. Emily Settle leads the ‘practical and approachable’ team and has a client base spanning portfolio companies, large corporates, SMEs and startups. Charlotte Hugo was promoted to director in October 2021 and is another name to note in the private equity space, winning praise for her ‘excellent eye for detail’.

                Practice head(s):

                Emily Settle

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Practical and approachable.’

                ‘Working with Emily Settle and Charlotte Hugo was a pleasure. Both were very well structured, very responsive and had an excellent knowledge of the mandate.’

                ‘Well run and efficient team. Always available to help and deliver a direct and no nonsense approach to corporate transactions.’

                ‘Charlotte Hugo stands out as a star performer. She has an excellent eye for detail, is a brilliant project manager and has a warm personable style. One to watch.’

                ‘The team were a well oiled machine. They were incredibly organised and had great time management. They also maintain thorough and regular communication throughout the entire project. They were on top of all the key legal and commercial issues that a complex deal could face.’

                ‘Emily Settle and Associate Charlotte Hugo have been a pleasure to work with on projects. Their eye for detail is impeccable. They are also great communicators, a trait very important in project work consisting of various parties.’

                ‘The work Freeths do for us is very much partner led, so we know we are getting experienced corporate advice that has been well thought-through.’

                ‘I have worked mainly with Emily Settle, who has led the corporate advice given to us by Freeths. Whilst not directly involved in individual transactions, Emily’s role has been to assist us from a wider group perspective – giving that “bigger picture” analysis. Emily is extremely effective in delivering this at a high quality. Her advice is clear, concise and is pitched at the right commercial risk level.’

                Key clients

                Freshwave Services Limited

                Zetar Limited

                Public Group International Limited

                Perci Health Ltd

                Hasan Sheikh Faridul & Mohamed Abria

                The Cornwall Council

                Poundhost Internet Limited

                Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

                Self-Portrait Ltd

                Centrica plc

                Work highlights

                • Advised Poundhost Internet on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Catalyst2 Services Ltd from the founder, key management and family members.
                • Advised long-standing client self-portrait on its strategic acquisition of the luxury dress brand Roland Mouret from administrators.
                • Appointed to Centrica’s corporate panel in January 2021 and since appointment have advised the plc on various corporate matters including structuring and governance advice, confidential acquisitions, and a minority investment into hydrogen production technology company HiiROC.

                Employment Tier 4

                Freeths LLP acts for various private sector clients, including some well-known brands, as well as a large number of public and educational sector clients. It is adept at handling employment tribunal claims and has built up a solid reputation for its work on complex restructures and TUPE matters in addition to issues surrounding the gig economy. Birmingham-based Rebecca Sawbridge  is highly-regarded.

                Testimonials

                ‘We use Freeths for all of our employment law issues and we have found them to be exemplary. Rebecca Sawbridge – very helpful and also responsive’.

                Key clients

                ALDI Stores Limited

                DPD Group UK Limited

                Sofidel Group

                Staffline Recruitment Limited

                National Express Limited

                Center Parcs

                Paul Smith Limited

                ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

                The Reflex Group Limited

                Goodridge Limited

                Preston Innovations Limited

                Birmingham Metropolitan College

                EH Smith (Builders Merchants) Limited

                The British Horse Society

                AP Racing Limited

                West Midlands Growth Company

                JS Wright

                The Alumasc Group plc

                Envisage Group Limited

                Mettler Toledo Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised EH Smith (Builders Merchants) Limited on a multi-claim tribunal case which had been three years in the making. The team advised the client from the dismissal process through to the tribunal hearing. The team was able to show that the claimant had lied under oath and as a result of which he chose to withdraw his claim. He had been seeking compensation of circa £200,000.
                • Acting for  a braking system manufacturer to acquire an interim injunction to prevent an employee moving to a competitor in breach of his restrictive covenants.
                • Advising the board and front-line managers of Understanding Care Limited on all aspects of employment law, helping to achieve a number of notable successes in the last year, including the introduction of new contracts of employment and handling a spectrum of sensitive grievance/disciplinary investigations.

                Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

                Freeths LLP in Leeds covers the full life-cycle of corporate transactions. It demonstrates know-how in private acquisitions and disposals, particularly when owner managed businesses are injected with investment capital, such as private equity and debt capital. The members also handle corporate restructuring and reorganisations, MBOs and MBIs as well as a range of commercial matters. The practice's key contacts are Dahren Naidoo, corporate finance specialist Andy Francey, Jeremy Swift and director Frank Suttie.

                Practice head(s):

                Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey; Jeremy Swift; Frank Suttie

                Other key lawyers:

                Fiona Woodhead

                Testimonials

                ‘Andy Francey provides exceptional service.’

                ‘The team is very responsive, practical and commercial. The attitude is to work constructively to get a deal done. We value the advice in particular because the Freeths corporate team find commercial solutions to problems as they arise.’

                ‘Dahren Naidoo is excellent. Dahren is responsive, practical and organised. I always trusted Dahren and his team to stay on top of matters and manage transactions from start to finish.’

                Key clients

                Linley and Simpson

                Definition Agency Limited

                Cloudcall Group Plc

                Elevation Recruitment

                Peratech Holdco Limited

                Growth Partner

                James Ian Parker/The Gym King (Holdings) Limited

                Twenty20 Midco 1 Limited

                The British Education Suppliers Association

                EdTech Evidence Group

                Rosemont Pharmaceuticals

                Answer Digital

                Answer Pay

                Preformed Windings

                North Yorkshire County Council

                Reading Borough Council

                Intelligent E-Learning

                Massolit Online Learning

                Work highlights

                • Advised Linley & Simpson on the LDC backed merger with Lomand Capital in a £100m transaction creating a new national lettings and estate agency group.
                • Acted for the seller in the sale of 40% of issued share capital of the Gym King Limited from Founder and key manager to JD Sports Fashion Plc.
                • Acted to enable the transfer of ownership of Elevation Holdings into an employee ownership.

                Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

                Demonstrating 'an excellent ability to manage large complex cases', Freeths LLP houses experts in group actions, corporate/M&A litigation, and contractual and commercial disputes. Other specialisms include fraud, confidential information, insolvency, debt collection, gaming, and funding/insurance claims. Team head Philippa Dempster acts in domestic and international disputes, as well as defamation and data claims. At director level, Vickie Williams' practice includes professional negligence, insolvency, contractual and partnership disputes, and warranty and insurance claims; and Imogen Randall is 'great to work with'.

                Practice head(s):

                Philippa Dempster

                Other key lawyers:

                Vickie Williams; Imogen Randall; Samantha Fleming; Sajjid Kurmani

                Testimonials

                ‘Demonstrated an excellent ability to manage large complex cases. In particular, the team collaborated very well with Counsel in relation to difficult issues that arose on an almost daily basis, while at the same time managing the expectations and concerns of hundreds of clients.’

                ‘Director Imogen Randall effectively managed a large team – great to work with, even under a great deal of pressure. She was diligent, hardworking and cared deeply about the case we were working on.’

                Key clients

                Group Action – 555 sub-postmasters

                GP Surveyors

                Lyle & Scott

                Teqcycle Solutions

                Eddie Stobart

                Work highlights

                • Acting for 555 sub-postmasters in a group action against the Post Office for damages suffered because of the failings of the Horizon computer system.
                • Acted for Toys ‘R’ Us in a standstill agreement dispute.
                • Acted for Sir Kenneth Olisa in defamation and data protection claims against the IoD.

                Real estate > Planning Tier 5

                The ‘very professional, very knowledgeable’ planning team at Freeths LLP collaborates with its environment team to advise clients on DCOs for NSIPs as well as urban regeneration and mixed-use projects. ‘Excellent planning solicitor’ Robert Bruce heads up the London team; Bruce ‘possesses sound judgment’ and has over 20 years of experience in advising on large-scale developments, with specialist expertise in highways and public rights of way issues.

                Practice head(s):

                Robert Bruce

                Other key lawyers:

                Edward Peel; Jennifer Roe

                Testimonials

                ‘The team were very engaged with myself and colleagues and provided a positive steer in terms of strategic direction as well as more targeted professional advice.’

                ‘Robert Bruce. I found him to be very knowledgeable in his field, and extremely willing to work with myself and colleagues on providing or checking complex responses within challenging timescales. His broader understanding of the issues meant that he often identified areas where we could improve or add value to technical as well as planning or legal responses.’

                ‘Very professional, very knowledgeable and worked hard to support us, providing us with prompt advice and a very responsive service overall.’

                ‘I felt far more assured having Robert Bruce representing us and presenting our case. He was quick to grasp key technical concepts and was able to present them in a strong format to the inspectors at the hearing. His efforts definitely strengthened our case.’

                ‘They stand out because they engage with the client in more detail and more than anyone else I know. It is very important to build a relationship with the client and engage long enough to fully understand the issues. Freeths excel in this, particularly Robert Bruce.’

                ‘Rob Bruce is an excellent planning solicitor who has a very good grasp of the law, possesses sound judgment, gives shrewd and well considered practical advice and always responds promptly and efficiently to client requests. I would unhesitatingly recommend him to others.’

                ‘The Freeths’ planning team is well led, conscientious, and goes the extra mile for their clients.’

                ‘Our experience with planning partner Robert Bruce is always positive, being very understanding of the challenges that our organisation faces and providing practical solutions to difficult situations with sound planning advice based on a wealth of knowledge.’

                Key clients

                Royal Borough of Greenwich

                Cumbria County Council

                Raycliff Whitechapel LLP

                Central Bedfordshire Council

                Aldi Stores Limited

                City of Lincoln Council

                Charles Wells Limited

                Punch Taverns (May Capital LLP/Patron Capital)

                Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

                Freeths LLP predominantly acts for borrower investment and development companies, private equity and infrastructure funds, and lenders. The team is strong in handling debt finance in the healthcare and student accommodation sectors, as well as mixed-use and residential development projects. Richard Williams leads the team and has particular expertise in mezzanine and development finance matters, and Chris Freeston heads the firm’s national banking and finance team, and is active in real estate finance projects. Ed Hall‘s practice focuses on development and regeneration projects, acting for alternative lenders as well as clearing banks.

                Practice head(s):

                Other key lawyers:

                Chris Freeston; Louise Kelly; Ed Hall

                Testimonials

                ‘Absolutely brilliant knowledge and service!’

                ‘Superb all-round service.’

                ‘Fantastic attention to detail and great responsiveness to client needs.’

                ‘Richard Williams has excellent attention to detail and fantastic negotiation skills.’

                ‘Chris Freeston is excellent from simple to very complex work.’

                ‘Louise Kelly has an incredible work rate and output.’

                Key clients

                Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited

                CBRE Indirect Investment Services Limited

                The Bank of London & The Middle East

                LaSalle Investment Management

                Santander UK plc

                ICG-Longbow

                Lloyds Banking Group

                Clydesdale Bank

                Patron Capital

                HSBC

                RBSi

                Hamberley Developments

                Amber Infrastructure

                Allica Bank

                TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 5

                Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

                Employment > Immigration Tier 6

                Headed up by Emma Brooksbank in Leeds, Freeths LLP‘s business immigration practice is anchored in London by senior associate Shradha Virji and associate Iram Noordin. The education and manufacturing industries are core sectors for the team, which also works closely with the firm’s corporate team on transactions.

                Practice head(s):

                Emma Brooksbank

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The knowledge of the team is the main strength. The team at Freeths has been able to guide us at all stages of the process. They have also provided effective advice and support to the new employee joining our company. They have been very responsive to the needs of our business often at very short notice. This has been critical to us as we face a very fast moving labour market.’

                ‘We have worked very closely with Emma Brooksbank in particular during the period of time we have utilised the sponsor license. Emma’s knowledge and support has been invaluable to our business. There hasn’t been a question that we have raised that Emma hasn’t been able to provide the answer to. We have received comprehensive guidance at every step of the process. This has allowed us to build a positive and trusting relationship which is critical as this is a big focus of our attraction and talent strategy.’

                ‘We have worked with Freeths for in excess of 20 years. They have taken time to fully understand our business, how we work and what our standards and values are. We consider them a true partner who adds value.’

                ‘A helpful and responsive team.’

                Key clients

                Villa Care Limited

                Costa Limited

                CNC Inversiones, parent of GSR International Limited and GSR Resources Limited

                The Blockhouse Technology Limited

                Metka- EGN Limited

                Asite Solutions Limited

                Sofidel UK Ltd

                Jeffreys Henry LLP inc JH Audit Limited and JH Business Services Limited

                University of Leeds

                Celsa Manufacturing Uk Ltd

                Finance > Transport finance and leasing

                Transport > Rail

                Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

                Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

                Freeths LLP has a dedicated clean energy, waste and sustainability practice with expertise in the fields of battery storage, solar PV and EV charging infrastructure.

                Finance > Banking and finance

                Freeths LLP‘s South West banking and finance practise is led by Ben Moylan who works closely together with the firm’s other offices across the nation, bringing to bear particular specialisms in the areas of Islamic finance and real estate finance as well as corporate lending and LIBOR transition.

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

                Freeths LLP‘s ‘highly competent team‘ is led by John Heaphy , who leverages 25 years’ experience advising owner managed companies and businesses on corporate finance, M&A and buy out/buy ins. The firm is recognised for its extensive roster of healthcare clients, including national care providers, developers, funders and institutional landlords. Karl Jansen is another senior lawyer who is highly recommended for private equity/investment transactions, transactional due diligence and reorganisations and restructuring.

                Practice head(s):

                John Heaphy

                Other key lawyers:

                Karl Jansen

                Testimonials

                ‘A highly competent team that lead the company through quite complex transactions with an authoritative style, using plain English and an ability to focus on the key issues.’

                ‘Experience coupled with a pragmatic approach and a sense of humour when required. A real pleasure to work with.’

                Key clients

                Tropical Marine Centre Group (2021) Ltd

                Whites Generation Limited

                BIMG Limited

                Wilford Limited

                The Reflex Group Limited

                Birchgrove (Leatherhead) LLP

                BIMG Limited

                Willoughby (874) Limited

                The Way Ahead Group Limited

                TGCC Limited

                Tropical Marine Centre Group (2021) Ltd

                Work highlights

                • Acted for the shareholders of Willoughby (874) Limited (ISYS Interactive Systems Limited being its subsidiary) on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Willoughby (874) Limited to the Access group. ISYS leads as a best-in-class, end-to-end ERP software and services provider to the waste management and food & drink delivery sectors.
                • Acted for the shareholders of BIMG Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company which included complex aspects including trusteeships, earn out and completion accounts.
                • Advised on The Reflex Group’s acquisition of Macfarlane Labels Limited and its Irish and Swedish subsidiary companies from Macfarlane Group plc.

                Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

                Freeths LLP’s commercial litigation team acts for a broad variety of local, national and international clients with noteworthy names coming from the food, energy and retail sectors. Clients are represented in a variety of contentious matters which range from breach of director’s duties, shareholder and partnership disputes to contractual disputes, professional negligence claims as well as judicial reviews and procurement challenges. Practice head Mukesh Patel frequently acts for clients from the food and energy sectors and is noted for his ‘technical competence and commercial view’. Emma Anderson is experienced in all types of commercial disputes acting for clients from local enterprises to publicly listed corporations. Simon Baigent has a specialisation in disputes relating to restructurings and insolvencies, also an area of expertise of managing associate Richard Fitzmaurice.

                Practice head(s):

                Testimonials

                ‘Attentiveness to client needs.’

                ‘Technical competence and commercial view, in particular Mukesh Patel.’

                Key clients

                Flogas Britain Limited

                MPK Garages Limited

                Fosse Healthcare Limited

                Noble Foods Limited

                Travis Perkins plc

                Greenyard Fresh UK Limited

                RC Tuxford Exports Limited

                VPK Packaging Limited

                Aldi Stores Limited

                Employment Tier 1

                Freeths LLP maintains its solid reputation as a Midlands employment law powerhouse, with in-house capabilities to handle employment tribunals, advise on non-contentious matters and expertise in the retail, transport, education and public sectors. The team’s recently launched Diversity and Inclusion e-learning product has attracted praise with employers looking for guidance regarding discrimination, harassment and other such issues. Rena Magdani heads the national department from Leicester, where she advises on contentious and non-contentious issues. Based alongside her is chairman Julian Middleton , who serves as the lead employment advisor to the firms’ long-standing client, Aldi Stores. Nottingham’s David Potter takes full advantage of his experience and authority to consistently deliver excellent results’, and Matt McBride specialises in TUPE and the employment aspects of commercial and corporate transactions.

                Practice head(s):

                Rena Magdani; David Potter

                Other key lawyers:

                Julian Middleton; Matt McBride

                Testimonials

                ‘Rena Magdani is an outstanding lawyer.’

                ‘The teams’ strength comes from their cohesiveness and their recognition by the judiciary. They cover for one another seamlessly and provide the relevant level of support without any sense of being over sold services’.

                ‘David Potter is an employment law partner and leads as a solid, approachable presence managing and discussing the case from a tactical point of view and also managing the litigation. David has a wealth of experience and a thorough knowledge of employment law and case law.’

                ‘Freeths communication and professionalism is spot on. They are professional and helpful, and always keep our company informed every step of the way and follow up with the agreed actions similarly.’

                ‘David Potter takes full advantage of his experience and authority to consistently deliver excellent results.’

                ‘Matt McBride is quick to respond and always thorough in his advice. The training we have received from Matt is of immense value and greatly assists and supports our employment practice. Matt is friendly and approachable. His knowledge and experience means that we can be confident in bringing difficult queries to him for help untangling them.’

                Key clients

                ALDI Stores Limited

                DPD Group UK Limited

                Sofidel Group

                Nuffield Health

                Shoe Zone Retail Limited

                Center Parcs

                National Express Limited

                ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

                Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Lutterworth Limited

                Mettler Toledo Limited

                Laser Sailboats Limited

                Envisage Group Limited

                Parkway Derby Limited

                Panache Lingerie Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised longstanding client DPD Group UK Limited on a range of day-to-day employment issues and successfully defended them in a number of tribunal claims and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
                • Provided all employment law and HR needs to a national retailer in respect of a workforce of approximately 30,000 people.
                • Provided employment advice and HR support to a national employer with 16,000 employees, operating 40 hospitals, 114 fitness and wellbeing centres, medical centres and workplace wellbeing facilities.

                Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

                A leading choice for East Midlands based lending and finance work, Freeths LLP is particularly skilled in healthcare finance, real estate, acquisition and public sector financing. It also routinely acts for UK-based challenger banks and major foreign institutions, including several Middle-Eastern banks, owing to Katie Hillier ‘s knowledge of Islamic compliant financing structures. Real estate finance specialists Chris Freeston and Hillier are supported by managing associate Gary Richardson on development finance, loan restructuring and work-outs. Corporate finance expert, John Heaphy is another integral figure. As part of the Baker Tilly International network, the firm is able to leverage cross-border capabilities and grow its portfolio of foreign-based clients.

                Practice head(s):

                Chris Freeston

                Other key lawyers:

                John Heaphy; Katie Hillier; Gary Richardson

                Key clients

                Allied Irish Bank

                Santander PLC

                Lloyds Banking Group

                Clydesdale Bank/Yorkshire Bank

                Beechbrook Capital

                Redwood Bank

                Cambridge & Counties Bank

                Frontier Development Bank

                ICG Longbow

                Work highlights

                • Advised Beechbrook Capital on the provision of a mezzanine finance facility to United Tooling Solutions to support its simultaneous acquisition of two complementary businesses.
                • Advised Santander UK plc on the provision of acquisition finance facilities to BDR Group to support its ‘buy and build’ strategy.
                • Advised Cambridge & Counties Bank on the provision of real estate supported acquisition finance facilities to MAC Waste Management UK in support of its acquisition of ACL Quarries and Drygon8.

                Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

                Freeths LLP is recognised for its deep bench strength in catastrophic injury claims, delay in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer and other conditions, surgical errors, incorrect treatment and inquests. ‘Exceptional‘ department head Jane Williams is a renowned figure and is an expert in complex surgical, oncology and brain injury cases. Owing to its medical negligence pedigree, the firm acts for an increasing number of clients as a result of the Maternity Services scandal at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, with claims ranging from maternal injuries, stillbirths, birth injury claims and neonatal deaths. Consultants Paul Balen and Jane Goulding are equally lauded for inquest work and cases with brain and spinal injuries; senior associates Adrian Denton  and Gemma Bedford are also integral figures in the practice.

                Practice head(s):

                Jane Williams

                Other key lawyers:

                Paul Balen; Jane Goulding; Adrian Denton; Gemma Bedford

                Testimonials

                ‘The whole team were very helpful. Gemma Bedford was extremely helpful and supportive being our advocate every step of the way’

                ‘Jane Williams has always reassured and explained the process, her drive, knowledge and passion for her work is outstanding’

                ‘Freeths has a great clinical negligence pedigree. Their lawyers are pragmatic and sensible. They rarely pursue weak cases/or argue weak points. They are forward-thinking and ready to embrace new ideas to explore novel ways to resolve claims. They are confident in their assessment of liability and quantum such that they will discuss resolution of cases at an early stage, rather than painting by numbers.’

                ‘Jane Williams is a tenacious but sensible opponent. She is always open to discussing cases. She leads the way on collaborative working -that has probably short-circuited resolution by many months and enabled the Claimant to achieve some measure of closure through sharing her experiences. Jane has the insight to see that resolving claims is a healing process and is about more than money. Up-and-coming team members include Gemma Bedford.’

                ‘Jane Williams – exceptional communication and responsiveness and a clearly defined work programme with all players in the know. Fabulous and responsive to work with and genuinely caring about the client in the middle of all of it.’

                ‘Freeths are the leading clinical negligence law firm in Nottingham in my view. Paul Balen is a living legend in Nottingham and beyond, more than ably supported by Jane Williams. Being focussed on the clients’ individual needs and providing exception legal support, they continue to lead the way in the East Midlands.’

                ‘Paul Balen is an exception ‘been-there, done-that’ lawyer that is unflappable. A pioneer of the use of mediation to achieve the best results for clients, he has been a shining light for personal injury law in the Midlands.’

                ‘Jane Williams is an exceptional lawyer and one of the most caring individuals I have come across in professional life. Jane has devoted her life to ensuring the right outcome for her clients and long may that continue.’

                Key clients

                Leicester Maxillofacial Group Action

                Vaginal Mesh Group Action

                Work highlights

                • Acting for over 30 patients in relation to a group action concerning the oral and maxillofacial surgery service at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
                • Acting for the Vaginal Mesh Group Action, representing a large number of  ‘mesh-affected’ women on the basis that there was a lack of compliance with NICE guidelines and/or Montgomery informed consent.
                • Acting for three families who have sadly suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of complications following ERCP procedures undertaken by the same doctor at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

                Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

                Freeths LLP is a ‘leading player’ in high value contentious trust and probate litigation, excelling in contested court of protection work, estoppel claims, Inheritance Act and removal applications. It is also increasingly sought after by farming clients on numerous high profile disputes involving large agricultural estates, and as part of the Baker Tilly network, is taking on more disputes with international elements. Mark Keeley and Rachel Gaffney have over 35 years’ of combined litigation experience. Director Robert Hill  has an interest in jointly owned property, particularly in claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment Act.

                Practice head(s):

                Mark Keeley

                Other key lawyers:

                Rachel Gaffney; Robert Hill

                Testimonials

                ‘Freeths are a leading player in the field of Contentious Trusts and Probate. The specialist team sits within an organisation that is very well resourced and which offers a full range of private client and litigation services to high net worth clients. Despite their heavyweight presence, leader Mark Keeley and his team are all very down to earth and approachable.’

                ‘Mark Keeley is rightly regarded as a leading figure in this sector. His knowledge his extensive and his judgment is impeccable. With his calm manner and skills honed as an experienced mediator, he is able to de-escalate even the most hostile situations, cutting through to find workable solutions for his clients.

                ‘Robert Hill is highly knowledgeable and pragmatic, providing a steady hand on the tiller. ’

                ‘The team is led by Mark Keeley who is a very experienced and knowledgeable specialist. He is ably assisted by Rachel Gaffney. Certainly one of the leading teams in the region.’

                ‘Good national coverage, large and experienced team of specialists who are all down to earth and approachable.’

                ‘Freeths are one of the heavyweights in contentious probate. Excellent across the board’

                ‘Mark Keeley knows his stuff. An excellent academic lawyer and mediator’.’

                ‘Mark Keeley has been a leading figure in contentious probate for many years both in practice and as a much sought after mediator – his skills are second to none.’

                Public sector Tier 1

                Freeths LLP‘s ‘friendly, reliable and very capable practice’ provides a full service offering to public sector clients, including local authorities and councils as well as universities, academy trusts and rescue services. Key areas of advice are in relation to procurement, subsidy control support, service contracts, service and joint venture agreements, creating joint venture bodies, governance issues as well as employment matters. Nottingham-based partner Stephen Pearson is experienced in advising on a variety of matters ‘ranging from advice on procurement matters to complex negotiations on investment partnerships’ and has a particular niche specialism in governance investigations and related legal challenges. The practice is headed by Birmingham-based Nathan Holden.

                Practice head(s):

                Nathan Holden

                Other key lawyers:

                Stephen Pearson

                Testimonials

                ‘They have strength and depth and cover all matters pertaining to local government – a real all rounder!’

                ‘I have worked with Stephen Pearson on a number of matters ranging from advice on procurement matters to complex negotiations on Investment Partnerships. Stephen is very comfortable in presenting to councillors and his approach puts them at ease.’

                ‘I have found Freeths to be a friendly, reliable and very capable practice willing to help on an urgent basis when needed. They not only provide legal advice but real practical solutions, which is invaluable and, in fact, exactly what clients want.’

                Key clients

                Royal Borough of Greenwich

                Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Milton Keynes Development Partnership

                Buckinghamshire Council

                Cherwell District Council

                Solihull MBC

                Mansfield District Council

                Enfield Council

                Nottinghamshire County Council

                Cambridge City Council

                Leicester City Council

                Derby City Council

                Milton Keynes Council

                Telford and Wrekin Council

                Walsall Council

                Kettering Borough Council

                North West Leicestershire District Council

                Broxtowe Borough Council

                London Borough of Ealing

                Lincoln City Council

                West Northamptonshire Council

                North East Lincolnshire Council

                Nottinghamshire Police Authority

                London Borough of Bromley

                Kent County Council

                Hertfordshire County Council

                Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

                Nottingham City Council

                East Northamptonshire District Council

                Cheshire East Council

                Rugby Borough Council

                Huntingdonshire District Council

                Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

                Luton Borough Council

                Rushcliffe Borough Council

                North Lincolnshire Council

                South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

                Newark & Sherwood District Council

                Oxford City Council

                Worcestershire County Council

                Central Bedfordshire Council

                Harborough District Council

                Bolsover District Council

                High Peak Borough Council

                Charnwood Borough Council

                East Lindsey District Council

                Leicestershire County Council

                Old Bolsover Town Council

                Rushmoor Borough Council

                Shropshire Council

                South Cambridgeshire District Council

                Gloucestershire County Council

                Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Comb

                York City Council

                North Yorkshire County Council

                Derbyshire Dales District Council

                Isle of Wight Council

                Stratford Upon Avon District Council

                Peak District National Park

                Ashfield District Council

                Peterborough City Council

                Coventry City Council

                South Staffordshire Council

                Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

                Boston Borough Council

                Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

                Bassetlaw District Council

                Chesterfield Borough Council

                Bedford Borough Council

                Lincolnshire County Council

                Doncaster Children’s Trust

                Dronfield Town Council

                Staffordshire County Council

                Daventry District Council

                North Hertfordshire District Council

                North East Derbyshire District Council

                Erewash Borough Council

                Wolverhampton City Council

                Plymouth City Council

                Herefordshire Council

                Fenland District Council

                London Borough of Sutton

                Melton Borough Council

                Cotswold District Council

                East Hertfordshire District Council

                Wigan Council

                Warrington Borough Council

                Cumbria County Council

                Halton Borough Council

                Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

                Allerdale Borough Council

                Cheshire West and Chester Council

                Blackpool Borough Council

                Middlesbrough Borough Council

                Northumberland County Council

                Durham County Council

                Gateshead Council

                Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

                London Borough of Camden

                London Borough of Hackney

                London Borough of Newham

                London Borough of Hillingdon

                Tamworth Borough Council

                Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

                West Midlands Combined Authority

                Guildford Borough Council

                Mole Valley District Council

                Runnymede Borough Council

                Waverley Borough Council

                Kirklees Council

                Leeds City Council

                West Yorkshire Combined Authority

                Wakefield Council

                Leicestershire County Council

                Stoke on Trent City Council

                London Borough of Lambeth

                The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

                Surrey County Council

                South Somerset District Council

                Portland Town Council

                Gravesham Borough Council

                Darlington Borough Council

                London Borough of Havering

                Gloucester City Council

                The West Midlands Growth Company

                EMC North Northamptonshire Council

                Bath and North East Somerset Council

                Swindon Borough Council

                Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

                The Cornwall Council

                Birmingham City Council

                Ipswich Borough Council

                Crawley Borough Council

                Elmbridge Borough Council

                Reading Borough Council

                Bingham Town Council

                Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

                Woodstock Town Council

                Hanborough Parish

                Rochford District Council

                Broughton Astley Parish Council

                Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

                Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

                Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

                Fretherne with Saul Parish Council

                Billinge Chapel End Parish Council

                Landau Forte Charitable Trust

                University of Nottingham

                Corby Borough Council N

                Merton London Borough Council

                Work highlights

                • Advised Newark and Sherwood DC on Yorke Drive Regeneration project.
                • Created a new JV entity for North West Leicestershire District Council to deliver exemplar “Green” housing development.
                • Advised on a major JV project for South Cambridgeshire District Council related to the new quarter of Cambourne “New Village”.

                Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

                Freeths LLP fields one of the largest commercial property teams in the East Midlands and provides a full-service offering to clients with experience of both the private and public sector. Within the team, further focus groups handle specialist areas, which include distressed property, fund management and investment property, licensing, property finance, regeneration projects, and more. The unit has particular experience in acting on residential developments for some of the UK’s largest housebuilders as well as on commercial and industrial developments, such as distribution centres, supermarkets and out-of-town retail villages. Darren Williamson is the national head of the department while Guy Winfield and Janet Rhodes head the Nottingham and Derby teams correspondingly. Clients appreciate that ‘the standard of advice and speed of turnaround is consistently high’. Jon Smart is a senior partner in the national care team, which focuses on the private care homes market.

                Practice head(s):

                Darren Williamson; Guy Winfield; Simon Abbott; Janet Rhodes

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Quality of advice from all members of the team.’

                ‘Confidence in the advice and ability to deal with cases in a timely manner.’

                ‘They are a helpful and friendly team always keen to perform and go the extra mile.’

                ‘The standard of advice and speed of turnaround is consistently high.’

                ‘This team is focused on assisting clients to deliver sites for development and provide expert knowledge of the whole process, anticipating potential areas that will cause issues, especially those for lenders and purchasers.’

                ‘The team understand all the aspects of the process a developer needs to follow to both acquire a site and then deliver a successful development. Any red flags are highlighted promptly, with potential solutions/options, clearly set out with concise advice. A truly specialist team at the top of their game.’

                ‘Approachable team that understands the requirements of its clients. Key focus on residential development which is important for us as a major housebuilder.’

                Key clients

                Barratt Developments Plc (Barratt David Wilson Homes)

                Bellway Homes

                Persimmon Homes

                Davidsons Homes

                Keepmoat Homes

                Halfords

                United Living Group

                Harworth Group Plc

                Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

                EG Group (Euro Garages)

                Barratt Developments Plc (Barratt David Wilson Homes)

                Bellway Homes

                Tarmac

                LNT

                Chancerygate

                Travis Perkins Group

                Maria Mallaband Care Group

                Waterfield Group (including Scotch Corner Designer Village)

                Work highlights

                • Advised Toolstation on all matters relating to the development and letting of their new 493,098 square foot regional distribution centre at Prologis Park, Pineham.
                • Helped Allica Bank shape and refine the lending process and documentation suite with the bank and continue to work to improve it: keeping the legal remit and spend to a sensible minimum whilst protecting the bank’s interests.
                • Acted for Scotch Corner Designer Village (the landowner/ developer) on all aspects for Scotch Corner Designer Village, including real estate, pre-lettings, infrastructure, funding and construction.

                Real estate > Construction Tier 1

                Freeths LLP’s construction department acts for national and international clients, which include major highway contractors, supermarket chains, hotels, universities as well as local councils, on all types of contentious and non-contentious matters. ‘Excellent problem solverChris Holwell heads the ‘strong and knowledgeable construction team’ and has a focus on advising developers, contractors and specialist subcontractors on procurement issues. Consultant Guy Berwick continues to act for clients in construction and infrastructure related claims. Amy Morley is a dispute resolution specialist who has particular experience in multi-party actions, mediations and adjudications. The team has recently received new instructions from clients from the sports, education, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

                Practice head(s):

                Chris Holwell

                Other key lawyers:

                Amy Morley; Guy Berwick

                Testimonials

                ‘Freeths always adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving. They have a strong and knowledgeable construction team and always respond timeously.’

                ‘Chris Holwell is extremely knowledgeable, an excellent problem solver and communicator. He is always amenable and has assembled an excellent team around him. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Chris.’

                ‘Chris Holwell is an outstanding lawyer able to analyse the most complicated issues and the impact that alternative approaches may have in order to provide straightforward practical advice.’

                ‘We’ve found the team at Freeths to have a lot of general understanding of market standard practices, but to also have an ability to remain flexible in achieving the protections we require to make our contracts bankable while not being unduly restrictive on our counterparts.’

                ‘Freeths take a pragmatic approach, delivering strong legal support balanced with the technical and commercial considerations of our industry. The team are very personable and are always available on short notice. All deliverables and support are of high quality and performed efficiently.’

                ‘Freeths is a “one-stop-shop” providing legal advice and support in all fields: they employ a panel of lawyers with the knowledge and tenacity sufficient to tackle any challenge.’

                ‘Very strong knowledge and thought leadership on construction contracts.’

                ‘Chris Holwell is very good at appreciating the commercial vs legal elements of the contracts and advising where commercial views need to be taken.’

                Key clients

                Aldi

                Tarmac

                Gleeds

                Blueprint Regeneration

                Travis Perkins Plc

                Novartis Pharmaceuticals

                Bio Products Laboratory Limited

                Somerston Group

                EM Lawshare

                Chancerygate

                Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

                Freeths LLP provides comprehensive advice regarding both planning and environmental issues and offers a planning consultancy service in order to advise clients on development projects from inception through to completion. The 'helpful, knowledgeable and proactive' team advises on all issues relating to development planning, provides assistance in environmental compliance matters and represents clients in judicial review challenges and environmental civil litigation. Paul Brailsford has an 'exceptionally wide range of knowledge regarding planning and the appeals process' and Emma Tattersdill has knowledge of environmental law, in particular in respect to waste regulation and environmental based civil litigation, which 'is to the highest level'. Clients note the 'outstanding level of knowledge on niche environmental topics'.

                Practice head(s):

                Paul Brailsford; Emma Tattersdill

                Testimonials

                ‘Outstanding level of knowledge on niche environmental topics.’

                ‘Emma Tattersdill has provided an excellent level of service to our company. She’s extremely approachable, highly knowledgable and efficient in her work. She always provides us with very clear, detailed and pragmatic legal advice. She’s a clear expert in her field and I would go to no other lawyer for advice on environmental permitting or waste regulations.’

                ‘The team are helpful, knowledgeable and proactive regarding all planning matters. They have the ability to review and understand planning policies and work with councils to obtain planning approvals whilst co-ordinating a full team of consultants to support the planning process. I tend to use Freeths on more complex planning applications.’

                ‘Paul Brailsford is my key contact. He has an exceptionally wide range of knowledge regarding planning and the appeals process. You can always contact Paul, no matter how busy he is, and he works with a supportive team within the company.’

                ‘Emma Tattersdill is an exceptionally helpful and wise provider of legal advice. Her knowledge of environmental law is to the highest level and her ability to explain this, often to clients who are not always willing to listen, is particularly impressive. If I have a client that needs advice about environmental law, she is always my recommended first port of call.’

                Key clients

                Freshwater Group of Companies

                Hallam Land

                Allinson Homes

                Keepmoat Homes

                Lindum Homes

                Hallmark Care/Savista Developments

                Principle Care Homes

                Country Court Care Homes

                Eurogarages

                Commercial Development Projects

                Carta Real Estate

                Rula Developments

                GMS Estates Limited

                Leicester City Council

                City of Lincoln Council

                The Tarmac group of companies

                The Travis Perkins group of companies

                Carlsberg Breweries A/S

                CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments)

                EM Lawshare

                Work highlights

                • Secured the allocation of 22 hectares of land for strategic employment use in Grantham for Carta Real Estate and successfully securing outline planning permission for 1 million sq ft of storage and distribution floorspace.
                • Secured detailed planning permission for Freshwater Group of Companies on the redevelopment of the former Tesco store site in Sevenoaks town centre to provide new food store, retail units and 104 apartments with a scheme value of £40m.
                • Advised City of Lincoln Council on the legal aspects of an application for 3,200 new homes, a leisure village, industrial park and associated transport infrastructure.

                Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                Top-class firm' Freeths LLP has the ‘best team in the East Midlands' for property litigation, acting for ‘an impressive client base of household names'. The practice is ‘very strong in commercial landlord and tenant matters‘, with particular strengths in the retail sector, and further has ‘a very strong position in the niche area of minerals extraction'. ‘Great team leader' Paul Tomkins is the head of the practice, who ‘excels at 1954 Act cases, dilapidations, and contentious property acquisitions‘ and is noted for his ‘exquisite legal judgement'. Managing associate Beth Jenkins is particularly experienced in contentious landlord and tenant matters, including adverse possession claims, contested lease renewals and covenant disputes. Corporate clients state that the firm's property disputes team is 'a seamless extension' to their own in-house legal department.

                Practice head(s):

                Paul Tomkins

                Other key lawyers:

                Beth Jenkins

                Testimonials

                ‘A top-class firm. Best team in the East Midlands. Gives clients Waitrose service and Lidl prices. Very strong in commercial Landlord and Tenant matters and has a very strong position in the niche area of minerals extraction.’

                ‘The team is led by Paul Tomkins. Another great team leader who remains at the top of his game. A very skilled lawyer who gets his sleeves rolled-up when running the file himself. He has exquisite legal judgement.’

                ‘Expertise in the full range of real estate litigation areas. Very strong in the retail sector – an impressive client base of household names. Practical and creative approach to solving their clients’ problems, through collaboration between different lawyers departments.’

                ‘Paul Tomkins: he is known for being a commercial, pragmatic, and creative problem-solver. He excels at 1954 Act cases, dilapidations, and contentious property acquisitions. Paul is ably assisted by a strong team of associates.’

                ‘I have worked primarily with Paul Tomkins. He leads his team by example and gives clear uncomplicated advice. He has a great skill in being able to drill down to the main issue of complex matters and is clear at explaining the matter without technical jargon enabling those not familiar with property litigation on property law to be able to understand their position very clearly. I have always felt a valued client to Freeths property litigation team.’

                ‘The Freeths property team is a seamless extension to our in-house property legal team and provides pragmatic commercial advice.’

                Key clients

                Chancerygate Asset Management and Development

                City Plumbing

                Dreams

                Euro Garages

                Halfords

                Poundstretcher

                Tarmac

                Timpson

                Travis Pekrins Group including Toolstation

                Wickes

                Work highlights

                • Advised Poundstretcher on all property litigation issues arising following its Company Voluntary Arrangement, which compromised claims with a value of £396m.
                • Advised the Travis Perkins Group on the property litigation aspects of a project to separate City Plumbing from the group so that it could be sold.
                • Advised one of the UK’s leading discount supermarkets on a successful claim to recover possession of land facilitating a £4m redevelopment.

                Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

                The social housing team at Freeths LLP is led from Nottingham by experienced director Sarah Rowe; she works with clients including housing associations, registered providers (RP) and local authorities on a wide range of matters. Other prominent names include real estate partner Patrick Adie, who handles site acquisitions, and director Caroline Wofinden, who heads up the residential new build and social housing plot sales team. Recent areas of growth have included acting for RP clients working in partnership with Homes England to deliver the 2021-2026 Affordable Homes Programme.

                Practice head(s):

                Sarah Rowe

                Other key lawyers:

                Key clients

                Nottingham Community Housing Association Limited

                Torus62 Limited

                Kirklees Council

                Citizen Housing Group Limited

                Jigsaw Homes Midlands

                Longhurst Group Limited

                Davidsons Developments Limited

                United Living Limited

                Midland Heart Limited

                BDW Trading Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised Stockport Homes Limited on the disposal of a rolling number of units.
                • Advised BDW Ashlawn Road on the sale of affordable units which made up approximately 40% of the site.
                • Advised NCHA Derwent Street on the acquisition of the client’s largest solely affordable development to date.

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

                Freeths LLP is a full-service corporate team covering a range of finance and transactional work for SMEs, individual entrepreneurs and listed public companies. Situated in Milton Keynes, the practice has an excellent client portfolio including Aldi Supermarkets, Travis Perkins, Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc and Experian. Jonathan Hambleton co-heads the practice with considerable experience in M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Co-head Leon Arnold has acted on various disposals including the sale of Garland Partners Limited. Gary Smith and Natalie Drought handle private equity transactions while director James Cowell deals with refinancing matters.

                Practice head(s):

                Jonathan Hambleton; Leon Arnold

                Other key lawyers:

                Gary Smith; Natalie Drought; James Cowell; Tom Walker

                Testimonials

                ‘Professional practice providing proactive and clearly presented legal advice to a range of clients. Fast to respond, friendly and reputable.’

                ‘Individuals are knowledgeable and communicate with a proactive and thorough approach which is clearly understood by clients.’

                Key clients

                Centrica plc

                GEFCO SA

                Travis Perkins Plc

                London Luton Airport

                Konica Minolta

                RedCat Pub Company Limited

                Zetar Limited

                Shareholder of DTE Solutions Limited

                Cromwell Group (International) Limited

                Shareholders of Safety Services Holdings Limited

                Gravity Consulting Engineers Holdings Limited

                Wells & Co

                Childbase Partnership

                Metro Logistics Group

                Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

                Time + Space Studios Limited

                AFI Group

                Arkk Consulting Ltd

                Lancer Property Asset Management

                Avalon Aero Engineering Services Limited

                Shareholders of Plus 8 Industries Limited

                BWC Manufacturing Limited

                Dalkeith Laboratories

                OTC Concepts Limited

                Herbal Concepts Limited

                Canalys Group

                Aurelia Bioscience Limited

                Flowmax Group

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

                With specialist practitioners in various sectors, Freeths LLP has established itself as a leading corporate and commercial practice in Thames Valley, headed by Leon Arnold on the corporate and Rebecca Howlett, who has extensive expertise in the beauty and cosmetics industry, on the commercial side. Malin Svanberg Larsson has a broad M&A practice which she has recently increasingly employed in service of private equity, tech, retail, and property clients. Tom Walker has established himself as a go-to lawyer for high-net-worth individuals, agricultural and agrifood companies, advising primarily on business structures. Additionally recommended for his corporate law expertise comes Ben Filmer.

                Practice head(s):

                Leon Arnold; Rebecca Howlett

                Other key lawyers:

                Malin Svanberg-Larsson; Tom Walker; Claus Andersen; James Lapham; Ben Filmer

                Testimonials

                ‘Malin Svanberg-Larsson was fantastic in all aspects.’

                ‘Good solid commercial team. A very well resourced team able to provide solid legal and commercial advice on a wide range of commercial contracts and corporate matters.’

                ‘Leon Arnold and Malin Svanberg-Larsson always keep to their word and deliver the final agreement within time, and with a transparent and pragmatic approach to increasing the fee (if needed).’

                ‘Both Leon Arnold and Malin Svanberg-Larsson and their associate team are patient, understanding and professional throughout, and I will and do most certainly recommend them highly to others who need a corporate solicitor who values both their clients and their profession.’

                ‘Tom Walker is very much the “trusted adviser” for our firm and we frequently seek his advice.’

                ‘Rebecca Howlett was a key source of support.’

                ‘Rebecca Howlett is a pleasure to deal with, making sure reviews are carried out efficiently and within agreed timescales. Reports are tailored to our needs and additional support given when needed.’

                ‘The team’s sincerity, integrity and pride in their job are self-evident. And the dedication towards their clients and to their profession is second to none. Furthermore, the attention to detail – so vital in the work of a solicitor, not least of all in the corporate setting – is always very clear throughout any process.’

                Key clients

                Centrica plc

                GEFCO SA

                Shareholder of DTE Solutions Limited

                Shareholders of Safety Services Holdings Limited

                Gravity Consulting Engineers Holdings Limited

                Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

                Arkk Consulting Ltd

                Flowmax Group

                Canalys Group

                Freevolt Group Limited

                The National Exhibition Centre Limited

                Highbourne Group of Companies

                Shareholders of Garland Partners Limited

                Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute

                Cool Milk At School Limited

                Alumier Labs UK Limited

                Korres International/Korres Natural Products

                Annie Sloan

                Shoe Zone Retail Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised Centrica Plc on their investment into HiiROC Limited which formed part of a wider investment of ca. £26m.
                • Advising Micheldever Tyre Services on a series of four acquisitions of tyre retail business both by share purchase and asset purchase.
                • Acting for the selling shareholders of Safety Services Holdings Limited in the sale of the entire issued share capital to Phenna Group.

                Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

                Freeths LLP ‘s clinical negligence team has ‘a longstanding history in the Oxford region of providing excellent services, and are part of a wider national firm which has a very good reputation.’ The Oxford-based team is led by Carolyn Lowe, who is ‘calm and exudes confidence and competence‘. Director and solicitor advocate Catherine Bell and managing associate Lynne Foster are key individuals. The practice deals with high-value, complex cases concerning a wide range of medical negligence matters.

                Practice head(s):

                Carolyn Lowe

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘This is a team who have a longstanding history in the Oxford region of providing excellent services, and are part of a wider national firm which has a very good reputation.’

                ‘A highly competent and organised outfit.’

                ‘Catherine Bell is tenacious and organised.’

                ‘Catherine Bell is excellent. Warm, empathetic, very knowledgeable. A very capable clinical negligence practitioner.’

                ‘Lynne Foster has an excellent client manner, takes a robust but very pragmatic approach to her cases and always provides sound, common sense advice.’

                ‘Very close knit and well run team. The junior staff seem very well supported. Very tenacious and committed for their clients Excellent administrative support’

                ‘Carolyn Lowe is an excellent lawyer, calm and exudes confidence and competence.’

                ‘Overall I like Freeths so much, and despite knowing a huge number of other law firms, I have chosen them to act for my own personal affairs – I hope that there can be no greater endorsement! An excellent legal firm’

                Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

                Freeths LLP has a large national team devoted to dispute resolution, which includes a number of specialist professional negligence lawyers. Its Oxford office is led by managing partner Sarah Foster, who focuses primarily on contentious trusts and probate matters buit also deals with a range of professional negligence matters. Clare Bellis, joint head of the dispute resolution team, specialises in property professional negligence claims; she runs the team alongside Will Richmond-Coggan. Duncan Crine has over 25 years of experience working on complex claims for both claimants and defendants. Sarah is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Clare is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the Agricultural Law Association; and Duncan is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).

                Practice head(s):

                Clare Bellis; Will Richmond-Coggan

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘A strong historic track record in the professional negligence sphere’

                ‘Clare Bellis – a bright lawyer; well-attuned to client needs and pressures; very sensible and pragmatic; brings deep real estate knowledge to professional negligence disputes in that area’

                Work highlights

                • Represented a trustee in the defence of a High Court claim brought against a trustee and a professional co-trustee in relation to a sale of trust property.
                • Represented a professional negligence claim against solicitors for alleged failure to advise properly on the automatic merger of freehold and leasehold title.
                • Represented a major professional indemnity insurer in relation to a series of subrogated recovery claims, arising from contractor negligence. The issue had resulted in the collapse of land, resulting in damage to a number of properties, resulting in a substantial outlay for the insurer.

                Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

                Freeths LLP advises on a range of matters relating to agricultural tax, property, disputes and corporate issues, and is praised for its ‘industry knowledge and accessibility‘. Oxford property head Iain Davis leads the agricultural team; he works with Sarah Duffy – ‘a clear “go to” for rural sales’ – and Balvinder Jaj, whose work focuses on acquisitions, disposals, and land development, while managing associate Laura Czapski also has a real estate focus.

                Practice head(s):

                Iain Davis

                Other key lawyers:

                Sarah Duffy; Balvinder Jaj; Laura Czapski; Katherine Burge; Rosalyn Shephard; Claire Bellis

                Testimonials

                ‘They were very good and clear at communicating with us. Always kind, courteous and understanding. Their use of technology is superb, never had a problem at all.’

                ‘Managing associate Katherine Burge handled the final stages of the property transaction once the litigious stages were resolved. She also took the care to ensure that any remaining contractual wording that would remain post ownership transfer was clear before finalisation to avoid any future problems.’

                ‘Strength in depth in a wide variety of issues with partners and senior associates that communicate effectively.’

                ‘Iain Davis – Exceptional expertise for the drafting and negotiation of complex strategic promotion and collaboration agreements. Operates in a very calm fashion, enabling him to placate excitable opposition. I do not hesitate in recommending him to act on behalf of landowners.’

                ‘Approachable yet high-quality delivery every time. Good industry knowledge and accessibility.’

                ‘Sarah Duffy – a clear ‘go to’ for rural sales. Always on the short list due to her pragmatic and approachable nature, problem solving and clear delivery of the facts when needed.’

                ‘The team I have worked with at Freeths in the last year are Rosalyn Shephard and Clare Bellis. To me they stand out because they are both good with the factual and legal details, and also seeing the bigger picture, and understanding the tactics of litigation. They have an excellent knowledge of Agricultural Tenancies law, and how it applies in practice.’

                ‘Freeths has a strong team with great strength in depth. The communication from a client persepective is as good as I have ever known.’

                Key clients

                Robert Paul Camping

                DCL Gibbs Children’s Trust

                Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

                The team at Freeths LLP, which ‘often gets brought in for the most contentious and difficult estate disputes’, works with clients including beneficiaries, executors and trustees, handling disputes concerning will validity challenges, family trusts, and shared estate claims. The Oxford-based practice is led by Sarah Foster, a ‘wise and calm leader‘ who is supported by director Sally Goodger, who is described as ‘unfailingly calm, retaining a sense of perspective and humour under pressure‘.

                Practice head(s):

                Sarah Foster

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Freeths has a very strong contentious trusts and estates team, led by Sarah Foster and hugely well supported by an excellent team of associates and senior associates.’

                ‘Sarah Foster is a wise and calm leader. I have worked recently with Sally Goodger who is unfailingly calm and retains a sense of perspective and humour under pressure.’

                ‘They offer an excellent service across the whole range of contentious trusts and estates and Court of Protection work. Always focused on the client’s commercial objectives. Pleasant to deal with.’

                ‘The contentious trusts and probate team at Freeths have very strong individuals at all levels to call upon as needed for a given case. Sally Goodger is very knowledgeable with a good commercial sense.’

                ‘Freeths have a well-established and well-regarded private client team. The strength of the team transcends the regional offices. They are often involved in large private client disputes also involving the elite London private client firms.’

                ‘Sally Goodger in the Oxford office is an astute and very able practitioner, who handles her disputes with skill and empathy.’

                Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

                Freeths LLP is a full-service, go-to firm for HNW clients in respect of their estates, financial assets, and taxation and has particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable individuals and where IP is involved, for example authors, scientists, and artists. Sarah Foster leads the practice out of Oxford. The trusts, estates, and tax team in Oxford is jointly led by Lisa Mark-Bell and Louise Lewis, the former is a specialist in tax planning, whereas Lewis’ practice is strongly focused on vulnerable clients. Daniel Boyle advises owners of businesses and agricultural property on succession planning. Intergenerational wealth structures are managed by Nigel Roots who also regularly acts as a trustee.

                Practice head(s):

                Sarah Foster

                Other key lawyers:

                Nigel Roots; Lisa Mark-Bell; Louise Lewis; Charlotte Digby; Daniel Boyle; Sally Goodger; Melanie Williams

                Testimonials

                ‘Speed of response is excellent. The advice is practical. Many of the lawyers have wider knowledge beyond the law, for example finance and taxation, that enables them to create effective solutions.’

                ‘Lisa Mark-Bell is both a lawyer and a chartered tax adviser, it was reassuring to deal with someone who has such knowledge in depth of financial matters, taxation as well as the legal implications of estate planning. She is constructive, practical and effective. She is positive, professional and achieves her deadlines. It was a pleasure to work with her.’

                ‘I found the team very cohesive and diverse in the different areas of professional needs for the work to be successfully completed.’

                ‘Charlotte Digby is an excellent professional who has provided me with support all along giving me sound and considered legal advice on any query I have. Her knowledge and attention to detail are to be highlighted.’

                ‘The team has a full understanding of situations and treat transactions personally. Technical advice is supplied and in a constructive & practical manner.’

                ‘Nigel Roots is vastly experienced with a broad range of knowledge. Lisa Mark-Bell is very able indeed and inspires confidence.’

                Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

                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.

                Practice head(s):

                Lucy Bradban; Leo Skinner

                Other key lawyers:

                Darren Debock; Christopher Ainsworth; Lucy Walford

                Testimonials

                ‘We’ve instructed Freeths on the basis of our long standing relationship with Darren Debock but have been suitably impressed with their approach.’

                ‘High quality advice and very knowledgeable. Good to communicate and enjoyable to work with.’

                ‘High quality of individuals with broad knowledge and ability to communicate.’

                ‘Excellent commercial awareness and understanding of the client’s needs. The team offer solutions and put forward ideas to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.’

                ‘Excellent communication.’

                ‘Shashi Chambers and Sam Pomfret have been extremely helpful and pro-active in all our dealings with Freeths. They work hard for us as clients in a very professional, but friendly manner, always looking after our best interests.’

                Key clients

                FedEx Group

                London Luton Airport

                Burger King

                Twickenham Studios

                APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd

                Milton Keynes Council

                Milton Keynes Parks Trust

                Allica Bank Limited

                Advanced Software

                Bristol Airport

                Dawsongroup

                Wells & Co

                Abbey Developments Limited

                Milton Keynes Development Partnership LLP

                Monument Bank Limited

                RedCat Pub Company Limited

                Work highlights

                • Acted on a complex freehold development acquisition for house builder Abbey Developments Limited with an estimated asset value of £50m.
                • Acted for Allica Bank Limited on a £3,000,000 lend to Lily House Park Ltd for the purchase of an investment property in Bracknell.
                • Acted for Milton Keynes Development Partnership LLP on the grant of a conditional agreement for the grant of a development lease and all associated documentation as part of the £180m MK Gateway scheme.

                Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                Freeths LLP’s South East property litigation practice is split across two offices in the Thames Valley: the Milton Keynes team is led by Mark Brown, and the Oxford-based practice is led by Clare Bellis. Brown specialises in the leisure and retail arenas, where his deep knowledge and strong reputation have seen him instructed by a wide range of prestigious regional and national clients, while Bellis leads the firm’s agriculture sector offering with strong experience in site clearances for developments, contested succession applications, option and promotion disputes, and tenant breaches. She is notably supported by managing associate Rosalyn Shephard, whose expertise in complex agricultural disputes makes her highly sought after. Adam Boyd also works out of Milton Keynes, and was recently promoted to partner; his expertise includes dilapidations cases, rent reviews, and matters concerning commercial rent arrears.

                Practice head(s):

                Mark Brown; Clare Bellis

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The team are experts in their field, combining years of experience and knowledge to deliver first class advice.’

                ‘Good knowledge of the real estate market in their areas of work.’

                ‘The team has a very good understanding of all litigation related matters, and a very diverse offering that is able to act as a one-stop shop. Most importantly, the team makes itself available at short notice, and delivers a high quality product.’

                ‘Very efficient, kind and courteous in all communication.’

                ‘Clare Bellis – a bright lawyer; well-attuned to client needs and pressures; very sensible and pragmatic; depth of real estate knowledge, also informed by professional negligence expertise.’

                ‘Adam Boyd – an expert in his field. Adam shows great attention to detail while at the same time demonstrating strategic thinking to ensure the best outcome for client.’

                Key clients

                Punch Taverns

                Tavern Propco

                Admiral Taverns / Hawthorn Leisure

                McMullens

                Countryside Properties

                Burger King UK

                Fuller, Smith and Turner

                Investra Capital

                Wagamama Limited

                Oxford University Press (OUP)

                Tarmac Group of Companies

                Micheldever Tyre Services Limited t/a Protyre

                GEFCO Logistics

                Blenheim Estate/Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

                The Carington Estate, Buckinghamshire

                Sir Edward Dashwood (West Wycombe Estate, Buckinghamshire; Picton Estate, Pembrokshire and Golden Grove Estate, Carmarthenshire)

                Wadham College Oxford

                Response Organisation

                Bellway Homes Limited

                Work highlights

                • Acting for Tavern Propco in possession proceedings against a tenant of a large public house in London, together with a damages claim of c. £350k.
                • Assisting Bellway with obtaining vacant possession of a complex 72 acre site occupied by Agricultural Holding Act tenants, in respect of which planning permission had been obtained for a substantial housing development.
                • Acted for Countryside in its successful opposition to an asset of community value nomination by a local community organisation of residential development land worth several million, which Countryside is promoting.

                South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol

                Freeths LLP fields a real estate team with comprehensive knowledge in public infrastructure, property investments, regeneration and development, as well as public and private collaborations. Regeneration, infrastructure and local government specialist Duncan Tringham leads the practice together with managing partner Adam Watson. Michael Bray is specialised in energy development matters, while Dan Cuthbert brings to bear extensive know-how in regard to telecoms projects. Property funds and ventures are handled by Emily Settle and Charlotte Hugo.

                Practice head(s):

                Duncan Tringham; Adam Watson

                Testimonials

                ‘Duncan Tringham stands out in particular. His strategic advice and collaborative, measured approach was absolutely critical to concluding the deal. He successfully navigated us all through many obstacles and challenges including the counter-parties and their advisers.’

                ‘The Team that Freeths have provided to support the commercial element of the project is excellent. Freeths have our total confidence in their activity and their knowledge of the markets that we are operating within.’

                ‘Duncan Tringham is a key member of the team who we trust implicitly and value his advice and guidance. He is cautious and will go the extra mile to ensure that we have all available information to facilitate decision making. He is sure and steadfast and maintains a clear and direct approach with partners to ensure there is no doubt around the legal position.’

                Key clients

                The Cornwall Council

                Exeter City Council

                South Somerset District Council

                The West London Alliance (7 London Boroughs)

                The London Borough of Enfield

                The London Borough of Hackney

                The London Borough of Merton

                Leicester City Council

                Walsall Borough Council

                Bristol Airport

                Luton Airport

                Icosa Water Group

                Affinity Water Group

                Liberatis Group (aka The 4th Utility)

                Plymouth Energy Community

                The Clean Earth Energy Group

                Photovolt Development Partners

                Harworth Estates Group

                SmartParc Limited

                The Copas Partnership

                RE Property Developments

                Work highlights

                • Advising Cornwall Council on an urban extension to the town of Hayle in Cornwall, comprising up to 1,000 new homes, a new school, 9,000sqm of office space, 14,000sqm of employment space, link road and public open space.
                • Advising the West London Alliance on a digital project to roll out ‘Small Cells’ telecoms networks on hundreds of thousands of street furniture and other public assets across 7 London Boroughs.
                • Advising Clean Earth on a wind energy scheme involving the development of a large turbine to supply 9 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity to the AB Inbev (aka Budweiser) brewery in Magor, Wales.

                North West > Public sector > Local government

                With a large client base of local councils, the team at Freeths LLP is described as ‘approachable, knowledgeable and prepared to respond in detail and at short notice’. One area of recent innovation is the organization of public-private joint ventures training workshops for board members of local authority councilors. Practice head Nathan Holden in Birmingham is experienced with property projects. Ian Tempest  specialises in property law, PPP and regeneration work. Jackie Heeds has experience in infrastructure and commercial transactions procured through public private partnerships.

                Practice head(s):

                Nathan Holden

                Other key lawyers:

                Jackie Heeds; Ian Tempest

                Testimonials

                ‘Can do approach and collaboration working.’

                ‘They are prepared to offer discounted rates under the EMLS framework, their people are professional and approachable, and the offer a streamlined service in terms of confirming instructions.’

                ‘They are approachable, knowledgeable and prepared to respond in detail and at short notice.’

                Key clients

                Royal Borough of Greenwich

                Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Milton Keynes Development Partnership

                Buckinghamshire Council

                Cherwell District Council

                Solihull MBC

                Mansfield District Council

                Enfield Council

                Nottinghamshire County Council

                Cambridge City Council

                Leicester City Council

                Derby City Council

                Milton Keynes Council

                Telford and Wrekin Council

                Walsall Council

                Kettering Borough Council

                North West Leicestershire District Council

                Broxtowe Borough Council

                London Borough of Ealing

                Lincoln City Council

                West Northamptonshire Council

                North East Lincolnshire Council

                Nottinghamshire Police Authority

                London Borough of Bromley

                Kent County Council

                Corby Borough Council

                Merton London Borough Council

                Hertfordshire County Council

                Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

                Nottingham City Council

                East Northamptonshire District Council

                Cheshire East Council

                Rugby Borough Council

                Huntingdonshire District Council

                Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

                Luton Borough Council

                Rushcliffe Borough Council

                North Lincolnshire Council

                South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

                Newark & Sherwood District Council

                Oxford City Council

                Worcestershire County Council

                Central Bedfordshire Council

                Harborough District Council

                Bolsover District Council

                High Peak Borough Council

                Charnwood Borough Council

                East Lindsey District Council

                Leicestershire County Council

                Old Bolsover Town Council

                Rushmoor Borough Council

                Shropshire Council

                South Cambridgeshire District Council

                Gloucestershire County Council

                Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Comb

                York City Council

                North Yorkshire County Council

                Derbyshire Dales District Council

                Isle of Wight Council

                Stratford Upon Avon District Council

                Peak District National Park

                Ashfield District Council

                Peterborough City Council

                Coventry City Council

                South Staffordshire Council

                Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

                Boston Borough Council

                Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

                Bassetlaw District Council

                Chesterfield Borough Council

                Bedford Borough Council

                Lincolnshire County Council

                Doncaster Children’s Trust

                Dronfield Town Council

                Staffordshire County Council

                Daventry District Council

                North Hertfordshire District Council

                North East Derbyshire District Council

                Erewash Borough Council

                Wolverhampton City Council

                Plymouth City Council

                Herefordshire Council

                Fenland District Council

                London Borough of Sutton

                Melton Borough Council

                Cotswold District Council

                East Hertfordshire District Council

                Wigan Council

                Warrington Borough Council

                Cumbria County Council

                Halton Borough Council

                Work highlights

                • Advised the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on a digital regeneration project to create a new full fibre backhaul network comprising over 212km of ultra-fast gigabit ready broadband across all 6 Districts comprising the Liverpool City Region.
                • Advised Wigan Council on a £130m project to secure the redevelopment of Wigan Town Centre.
                • Advising Cumbria Council on a major called-in inquiry and S106 agreement (including representation at S106 hearing) in relation to the proposed development of a new underground metallurgical coal mine and associated development at former Marchon site, Whitehaven.

                South West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

                Praised for its ‘incredible up-to-date knowledge of the energy sector’ and ‘excellent management skills’, Freeths LLP draws its expertise from its energy, waste and sustainability practice as well as its major projects group. Based in the firm’s Bristol office, the team fields strengths in the renewables market, particularly in regard to hydrogen transactions and battery storage. Duncan Tringham leads the practice together with corporate specialist Emily Settle and director Rhianna Wilsher, who joined the firm in September 2021 from Bird & Bird LLP.  Charlotte Hugo, previously at Foot Anstey, is another new addition to the team.

                Practice head(s):

                Duncan Tringham; Emily Settle; Rhianna Wilsher

                Other key lawyers:

                Charlotte Hugo; Clare King

                Testimonials

                ‘Hands-on experience from senior level to most junior, with in depth knowledge and commercially driven approach to problem-solving. Excellent interpersonal skills, unmatched knowledge of the energy sector, excellent management skills.’

                ‘Clare King – Exceptional knowledge across the energy sector. Builds fantastic and long-standing relationships.’

                ‘Incredible up-to-date knowledge of the energy sector and important influences. Outstanding Partner in Clare King.’

                ‘Very proactive and have great, trusting relationships with clients.’

                ‘Freeth’s clearly have a deep understanding of the market, legislation and technology  as well as the approaches being created and taken within the market.’

                ‘Duncan Tringham is clearly developing a deep knowledge in this area, but specifically in the area of green energy solutions and approaches and their use in the planning and developing of large scale commercial and residential projects. You absolutely need Duncan in your tool bag when managing complex large scale developments.’

                Key clients

                Centrica plc

                SmartParc

                ENGIE

                ENGIE Fabricom UK

                Solos Power

                Catalyst Capital

                Vital Energi

                Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth City Council

                Euro Garages Limited

                Group companies of Freensphere Capital (Western Bio Energy/ Duranta Energy)

                Powerstar

                Hive Energy

                BioDynamic

                RE Projects Developments Limited

                Clean Earth Energy Group

                Cambridge Power Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advising SmartParc on the entire energy provision to their £300 million state-of-the-art food manufacturing campus.
                • Advised Catalyst Capital on all legal aspects of the acquisition of a 100MW battery energy storage project at the former Skelton Grange Power Station.
                • Appointed to Centrica’s corporate panel in January 2021 and advise Centrica on various corporate matters.

                South West > Public sector > Local government

                Freeths LLP joins the ranking this year with a local authorities practice that is 'able to bring forward great advice and excellent support at the times when it is absolutely required'. Embedded in the firm’s national structure, the practice advises public sector clients on a range of issues including regeneration, development and government grant initiatives. ‘Absolute rock’ Duncan Tringham heads the Bristol team, in which Dan Cuthbert and Nathan Holden are further key contacts.

                Practice head(s):

                Duncan Tringham

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Duncan Tringham is an absolute rock. His advice and guidance is excellent and is matched by his experience and commitment.’

                ‘Throughout the time we’ve been working with Freeths and in particular Duncan Tringham, they have provided an excellent service, committed to achieving the outcomes that we as a team are trying to achieve. They are able to bring forward great advice and excellent support at the times when it is absolutely required.’

                Key clients

                Royal Borough of Greenwich

                Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

                Milton Keynes Development Partnership

                Buckinghamshire Council

                Cherwell District Council

                Solihull MBC

                Mansfield District Council

                Enfield Council

                Nottinghamshire County Council

                Cambridge City Council

                Leicester City Council

                Derby City Council

                Milton Keynes Council

                Telford and Wrekin Council

                Walsall Council

                Kettering Borough Council

                North West Leicestershire District Council

                Broxtowe Borough Council

                London Borough of Ealing

                Lincoln City Council

                West Northamptonshire Council

                North East Lincolnshire Council

                Nottinghamshire Police Authority

                London Borough of Bromley

                Kent County Council

                Corby Borough Council

                Merton London Borough Council

                Hertfordshire County Council

                Work highlights

                • Advising Cornwall Council on the Langarth Garden Village project involving the strategic acquisition and development of a new town with at least 4000 homes, new schools commercial, retail and public space and a £47 Million grant funded highway scheme in collaboration with three developers.
                • Advising Exeter City Council on a city regeneration scheme at the heart of Exeter known as City Point involving the redevelopment of the Civic Centre and central bus station to create a new multi-use development involving a new leisure complex, bus station, local and national government offices and residential and retail unit
                • Advising the West London Alliance on a digital project to roll out pioneering ‘Small Cells’ telecoms networks on hundreds of thousands of street furniture and other public assets across 7 London Boroughs.

                South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

                Freeths LLP has a niche in transactions involving private equity, assisting portfolio companies with bolt-on acquisitions and investment rounds as well as advising shareholders on sales to PE funds. Beyond the private equity space, the practice is instructed on a steady stream of M&A deals, investments, commercial agreements and corporate government matters. Emily Settle leads the ‘practical and approachable’ team and has a client base spanning portfolio companies, large corporates, SMEs and startups. Charlotte Hugo was promoted to director in October 2021 and is another name to note in the private equity space, winning praise for her ‘excellent eye for detail’.

                Practice head(s):

                Emily Settle

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Practical and approachable.’

                ‘Working with Emily Settle and Charlotte Hugo was a pleasure. Both were very well structured, very responsive and had an excellent knowledge of the mandate.’

                ‘Well run and efficient team. Always available to help and deliver a direct and no nonsense approach to corporate transactions.’

                ‘Charlotte Hugo stands out as a star performer. She has an excellent eye for detail, is a brilliant project manager and has a warm personable style. One to watch.’

                ‘The team were a well oiled machine. They were incredibly organised and had great time management. They also maintain thorough and regular communication throughout the entire project. They were on top of all the key legal and commercial issues that a complex deal could face.’

                ‘Emily Settle and Associate Charlotte Hugo have been a pleasure to work with on projects. Their eye for detail is impeccable. They are also great communicators, a trait very important in project work consisting of various parties.’

                ‘The work Freeths do for us is very much partner led, so we know we are getting experienced corporate advice that has been well thought-through.’

                ‘I have worked mainly with Emily Settle, who has led the corporate advice given to us by Freeths. Whilst not directly involved in individual transactions, Emily’s role has been to assist us from a wider group perspective – giving that “bigger picture” analysis. Emily is extremely effective in delivering this at a high quality. Her advice is clear, concise and is pitched at the right commercial risk level.’

                Key clients

                Freshwave Services Limited

                Zetar Limited

                Public Group International Limited

                Perci Health Ltd

                Hasan Sheikh Faridul & Mohamed Abria

                The Cornwall Council

                Poundhost Internet Limited

                Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

                Self-Portrait Ltd

                Centrica plc

                Work highlights

                • Advised Poundhost Internet on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Catalyst2 Services Ltd from the founder, key management and family members.
                • Advised long-standing client self-portrait on its strategic acquisition of the luxury dress brand Roland Mouret from administrators.
                • Appointed to Centrica’s corporate panel in January 2021 and since appointment have advised the plc on various corporate matters including structuring and governance advice, confidential acquisitions, and a minority investment into hydrogen production technology company HiiROC.
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