Freeths LLP > Derby, England > Firm Profile

Freeths LLP
Suite 2
1st Floor, South Point, Cardinal Square
10 Nottingham Road
DE1 3QT
England

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

Freeths LLP has a strong track record in financial services transactions, and has deepened its specialism with instructions from various regional players, including The Beckett Investment Management Group (BIMG). Highly regarded practice head John Heaphy is the go-to practitioner for M&A, commercial contracts, private equity and restructuring. Mallory Coxe left the team to join Wright Hassall LLP in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Heaphy

Testimonials

‘They are very user friendly and establish good relationships with all sides of a transaction very quickly. There is a clearly joined up use of cross-discipline teams and an impressive full-service offering.’

‘My experience with the Corporate Team has been one of engaging with individuals who have specific skills and experience in specialist areas, and of working together, acting collaboratively and collectively for the client.’

‘John Heaphy – cares passionately about get the right outcome for the client. But never forgets that sometimes a bit of humour can be very effective in breaking down barriers.’

‘John Heaphy is a very pragmatic and commercial lawyer who uses his experience and expertise to add value to transactions. ‘

Key clients

Costello, Pinkney and Hart

The Beckett Investment Management Group Limited (BIMG)

The Way Ahead Group Limited

Bio Dynamic (UK) Limited

The Reflex Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Paycircle on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Access UK, which included complex earn-out provisions and a retention.
  • Advised the Way Ahead Group on the acquisition of the entire share capital of EA Online Manual from three individual shareholders.
  • Acted for The Beckett Investment Management Group on the acquisition of certain clients from the wealth management business carried on by Brown Shipley & Co.

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

A ‘leading firm in the East Midlands', the commercial dispute resolution team at Freeths LLP works with both local and national clients on a mix of contentious matters, including shareholder disputes, commercial contracts issues, professional negligence, and restrictive covenants. Simon Baigent is known for his expertise in insolvency and property litigation, while Emma Anderson handles complex proceedings stemming from employment, professional negligence, and shareholder disputes. Other key names to note include Richard Fitzmaurice, recommended for his expertise in injunctions and restrictive covenants. Practice head Mukesh Patel passed away in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mukesh Patel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very impressive group. I have experience of most of the larger Leicester firms, and I consider Freeths to clearly be the best commercial disputes team in the city. In terms of approach, they are a very close-knit team which works closely with counsel.’

‘Simon Baigent is a calm and considered partner with very strong technical skills and strong client relationships.’

‘Emma Anderson is very experienced and has great judgment. A very personable lawyer who is great with clients and counsel.’

‘A leading firm in the East Midlands with an impressive list of clients. Plenty of resources from other offices if needed, and plenty of commercial savvy applied to each and every case.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, always look for solutions, and have dealt with numerous complex matters over the years. Very reliable.’

Key clients

Flogas Britain Limited

MPK Garages Limited

Fosse Healthcare Limited

Noble Foods Limited

Travis Perkins plc

RC Tuxford Exports Limited

VPK Packaging Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

H.W. COATES Limited

Work highlights

Employment Tier 1

Freeths LLP‘s Midlands practice has a solid reputation for handling employment tribunal cases, and has recently seen a significant increase in claims. Rena Magdani leads the firm's national head of employment, pensions and immigration; she works with  David Potter and firm chair Julian Middleton, supporting clients with restructures, strategic employment advice and TUPE, with additional expertise in relation to the ‘gig economy’ and employment status issues. Magdani also has extensive experience representing employers in claims involving equal pay, discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal. Matt McBride and legal director Fiona Powell also specialise in TUPE and all aspects of disciplinary and grievance processes.

Practice head(s):

Rena Magdani

Testimonials

‘The team at Freeths LLP is amazing, very knowledgeable and always available to satisfy our internal needs in terms of policies or administration.’

‘All individuals contacted have excellent skills and knowledge. I have worked with the Partner Rena Magdani for many years and I never had any problems with her advice. Always available to answer queries!’

‘We have been consistently pleased with the quality of advice and service from Freeths’ Employment team, whether in relation to Employment Tribunal work or ADR. We would highlight their collaboration skills and responsiveness as particular strengths.’

‘David Potter has a wealth of experience.’

‘I have used the services of the team at Freeths for many years and recommend them.  The team are always able to provide pragmatic advice and support and are highly responsive. Their expertise and experience is very much valued.’

‘The expertise and support on usually complex employment issues has been of the best quality. Their advice is practical, and they have a clear understanding of the needs of employers and local government.’

‘The team are totally client focussed working collaboratively and with full line of sight to the client, taking time to understand both the claim/case and the background/context. A thorough understanding of the law with up to date caselaw knowledge and respect from the local courts helps the processes immensely.’

‘Rena Magdani has been an excellent person to work with – her knowledge, experience and expertise, along with being extremely responsive, is really appreciated.’

Key clients

ALDI Stores Limited

DPD Group UK Limited

Sofidel Group

Nuffield Health

Paul Smith Limited

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

Center Parcs

National Express Limited

ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client DPD Group UK on a range of day-to-day employment issues and successfully defended it in a number of tribunal claims and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Provided all employment law and HR-related advice 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

Freeths LLP is particularly recommended for acquisition, mezzanine, real estate, public sector and healthcare financing. It also frequently works with challenger banks and several overseas banks across Europe and the Middle East. Its development finance practice is led by Nottingham-based team head Chris Freeston and Katie Hillier. Senior associate Gary Richardson is active across all forms of lending. Other specialists include John Heaphy, also in Nottingham, for acquisition finance, and Phil Baigent in Leicester for funding in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Chris Freeston

Key clients

AssetStone

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 Cohort Capital on a £45,000,000 bridging loan to enable a private investor to acquire the Corn Exchange in Manchester.
  • Advising Cohort Capital on a £70m facility to purchase a 313-unit student accommodation site in Paddington, London.
  • Advising Scotch Corner on a significant facility to finance the development of the Scotch Corner Retail Park Development.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

According to one client Freeths LLPis a stalwart of excellent personal injury and clinical negligence claims in the East Midlands’ and is headed by Jane Williams and Karen Reynolds , who are both known for their depth and breadth of experience in catastrophic injury claims, delay in diagnosis and misdiagnoses, surgical errors, incorrect treatment and Inquests. Williams currently leading the growing number of maternity claims against the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, while Reynolds leads on obstetric cerebral palsy claims and also brain injury cases. Personal injury team head, Jane Goulding is known for her work in catastrophic injury cases particularly brain injury and spinal cord injury cases for adults and children. Also recommended are senior associates Gemma Bedford and Adrian Denton , as well as associate Jessica Atkin, who’s involved in the maxillofacial, TVM mesh and the Nottingham Maternity Services Group actions. Consultant Paul Balen is part of the clinical negligence furniture in the UK’.  

Practice head(s):

Jane Williams; Karen Reynolds; Jane Goulding

Other key lawyers:

Paul Balen; Gemma Bedford; Adrian Denton; Jessica Atkin

Testimonials

‘Freeths has been amazing dealing with my complicated medical negligence case. They have an incredible team of lawyers who are competent, professional and yet also personable and approachable for any questions you may have. Their knowledge and experience shines through at every stage. You can tell that they have a great work ethic and work really well as a team. What makes them truly unique in my opinion is there balance of complete professionalism but at the same time treating the client as a human, and being a human themselves.’

‘Jessica Atkin has been my lead lawyer since the beginning and I cannot say enough good things about her. Her knowledge on the field of clinical negligence is outstanding. She is a great listener, but also ruthless when she needs to be and can cut through any of my waffle to filter out anything that is irrelevant to helping us move forward with the case.’

‘These solicitors have a lot of experience in managing catastrophic injuries and particularly brain injuries. I would highly recommend them for their expert knowledge and skills in this highly complex and specialist area’

‘Freeths is a stalwart of excellent personal injury and clinical negligence claims in the East Midlands.’

‘Jane Goulding understands the problems her clients face post-accident, how complex the world of litigation is to them and how to gently guide them along their claim with clarity and expertise. A Legal 500 ‘Hall of Fame’ lawyer for very good reason. ‘

‘Paul Balen is part of the clinical negligence furniture in the UK. A pioneer of the use of mediation in such cases, it highlights his drive and determination to remove, as much as possible, the adversarial side of litigation. He is a lawyer focussed on finding answers rather than having arguments.’

‘Jane Williams has been a leading clinical negligence lawyer for almost 30 years. Jane is driven to do the very best she can for her clients, pulling together her team to achieve exceptional outcomes. It is always a complete pleasure to work with Jane, who gives clear advice and instructions, having thought of every angle and implication.’

‘Jane Goulding is one of the best claimant PI/ clin neg solicitors in the country. Her attention to the best interests of a difficult and complex client base (brain injury, often children or protected parties) is extraordinary, and she goes well beyond the usual professional norm for her clients.’

Key clients

Multiple Claimants against Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust relating to the maternity services

Multiple Claimants against multiple NHS Trusts relating to the use of electroconvulsive therapy

 

Work highlights

  • Instructed by multiple claimants to pursue claims against Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in relation to maternity services together with supporting those clients who wish to take part in the ongoing formal inquiry.
  • Acting on behalf of a growing number of claimants with regard to the historic use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT, also known as electroshock therapy) to treat psychiatric conditions against multiple NHS Trusts.
  • Instructed to pursue a Gynaecological and Obstetric Group Action, against University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust relating to the treatment provided by a practitioner, on behalf of over 70 patients.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Freeths LLP is well-versed in all manner of contested estates work. Director Rachel Gaffney is involved in cases of financial abuse and undue influence, and disputes over lifetime transactions where someone is still alive but has lost capacity. Robert Hill handles lifetime disputes over assets and disputes in the Court of Protection. Mark Keeley is the joint national head of the private client practice and has over 25 years experience in contentious trust and probate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keeley

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Gaffney; Robert Hill

Testimonials

‘The team at Freeths are my go-to for this practice area. Always extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic in their approach and their client communication and flexibility in working with us and accommodating our clients’ needs has always been a cut above. The diversity of skills and experience within the team makes instructing them an easy choice as they can cover all bases on complex projects. Where there have been elements that are outside of their remit or jurisdictional capacities, they always have tried and tested recommendations/referrals for us which is greatly appreciated.’

‘The partner led approach is brilliant and service levels together with response times second to none.’

‘Very knowledgeable and willing to assist.’

Public sector Tier 1

Taking advantage of the firm’s national framework, the local government team at Freeths LLP is able to handle complex work for local authorities in the East Midlands and across the country. The team is skilled in helping clients navigate the regulatory environment of local government while also advising on all aspects of property work, telecoms and development projects for public sector bodies. Stephen Pearson has extensive experience offering procurement advice and guiding clients through governance investigations. The team is led by Nathan Holden in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Pearson; Gillian Roberts; James Hart; Clare Taylor

Testimonials

‘There is real quality in the firm, their ability to understand Local government political environments and to help you to navigate the associated challenges is what sets them apart.’

‘The lawyers are very knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields and brought new and innovative ways of dealing with the issues.’

‘Their breadth of knowledge and professionalism.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

University of Nottingham

Work highlights

  • Advising Gravesham Borough Council on the legality and justification for creating an LLP Investment JV Body and drafting the Members Agreement and other core documentation.
  • Advising Waverley Borough Council, Surrey, from Contract Notice and Specification through pre-selection to appointment of bidder including bespoking Standard Sport England agreement related to long-term refurbishment and management of 4 Leisure Centres.
  • Advising Shropshire Council on a complex relationship with an Academy Trust including land transfers and advice on DFE procedures related to school closure/opening.

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

The ‘professional, efficient and knowledgeable’ real estate team at Freeths LLP covers the entire spectrum of the industry, with a particular specialism in housebuilding and strategic land matters. Commercial and industrial development is another area of expertise, alongside property work within the care sector. Darren Williamson acts on all forms of commercial development for occupiers, developers and funds, particularly in the food and retail sectors. Jon Smart is an expert in care home development and residential land sales, while Guy Winfield focuses on acquisitions, disposals and complex development schemes.

Practice head(s):

Darren Williamson; Guy Winfield; Simon Abbott; Janet Rhodes; James Hart; Patrick Adie

Other key lawyers:

Jon Smart; Atiyya Khaliq; Heather Davies; James Clamp

Testimonials

‘The team is large enough to deal with the work that we put into them, but also small enough that the partner gets involved in most of our projects fairly closely.’

‘Professional, efficient and knowledgeable and well resourced team.’

Key clients

Barratt Developments Plc (Barratt David Wilson Homes)

Bellway Homes

Persimmon Homes

Davidsons Homes

Keepmoat Homes

Halfords

William Davis Homes

Harworth Group Plc

Aldi

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

EG Group (Euro Garages)

Tarmac

LNT

Chancerygate

Travis Perkins

Maria Mallaband Care Group

Waterfield Group (including Scotch Corner Designer Village)

Eddie Stobart

Nottingham Trent University

Toolstation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Harworth Group on their ‘Thoresby Vale’ scheme, within Sherwood Forest, which is being developed as 800+ dwellings (ranging from apartments and starter homes, through to five-bedroom houses and a retirement village) together with a 350-acre country park, commercial units and a link to the new ‘Robin Hood’ community centre.
  • Advising Toolstation on all matters relating to the development and letting of their new 493,098 square foot regional distribution centre at Prologis Park, Pineham.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Comprising a key part of the firm’s national practice, the construction team at Freeths LLP handles high value, complex disputes in the building, engineering, process plant and oil and gas sectors, where they’re instructed by a range of household names. In addition to leading the Nottingham team, Chris Holwell is the firm’s national head of construction and a construction procurement specialist. Meanwhile, Amy Morley specialises in adjudication and other matters concerning the management of complex claims. John Kelly is an expert in complex defect and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Chris Holwell

Other key lawyers:

Amy Morley; John Kelly

Testimonials

‘The construction practice at Freeths has a depth of talent we haven’t found at any other firm. They are responsive and dynamic in dealing with any matter for which we have sought help, and have always achieved good results. You know you are in safe hands with Freeths.’

‘John Kelly has a no nonsense approach to finding pragmatic solutions. Reassuringly this pragmatism is built on a foundation of deep technical knowledge combined with many years of experience. John has been an indispensable resource when dealing with complicated contractual situations, as well as a pleasure to deal with.’

‘We have used Freeths for over 20 years and have always received an excellent service. They have taken the time to understand our business and how we operate, particularly our appetite towards risk.’

‘Chris Holwell, the Head of Construction, manages our account and has done for many years. He has an excellent knowledge of our business. Chris always presents his advice in a clear way that is easy to understand, often citing appropriate examples to emphasise the point he is making. He brings a pro-active approach to problem solving, often setting out the different options available to us and explaining the risks and/or benefits of each one.’

‘The Construction team at Freeths have assisted us in compiling our standard forms of amendments to construction contracts plus template consultants appointments. On each of our developments these are used as a starting point and Freeths provide useful and proactive advice when there are any departures to the standard terms.’

‘Chris Holwell is particularly good, he has good knowledge of construction contracts, current issues and is commercially astute offering us proactive and good advice in a timely manner.’

‘John Kelly in particular is an outstanding Lawyer: very sharp, diligent, measured and knowledgeable.’

‘The construction practice at Freeths is excellent. They understand the commercial issues facing developers and they have a collaborative and pragmatic approach to developing the necessary contractual requirements of a development project, without over complicating the process.’

Key clients

Aldi

Tarmac

Gleeds

Igloo Group

Travis Perkins Plc

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Bio Products Laboratory Limited

Somerston Group

EM Lawshare

Chancerygate

Work highlights

  • Advising Gleeds on their contracts for work on the new Sizewell C nuclear power station.
  • Advising Igloo Regeneration in relation to the redevelopment of the Sunderland Riverside site – a former industrial area which is being cleared and redeveloped, including 1,000 new homes which are designed for sustainable living.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

The planning team at Freeths LLP is best known for its work concerning the residential care sector, large scale mixed-use development and urban developments on behalf of a number of blue-chip clients. Other areas of expertise include roadside services developments, industrial development and local planning authority advice. National panning and environment head Paul Brailsford specialises in large scale complex mixed use proposals and contentious residential developments. Mark Bassett is experienced in planning consultancy for large scale urban extensions. Emma Tattersdill left the firm in 2022 to join Bexley Beaumont.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brailsford; Mark Basset

Other key lawyers:

Louise Burnett

Testimonials

‘The Planning team lead by Paul Brailsford are extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with and have a very successful track record. I have worked with them on a number of complex projects and highly recommend them.’

‘Paul Brailsford is the stand out person. he gets involved every step of the planning journey and is an excellent communicator.’

‘The team have a unique understanding of commerciality and the complexities of the planning system therefore ensuring they get the best result for their clients.’

‘Paul Brailsford – Planning Team Leader is an outstanding performer in the field. He uses his in depth knowledge to guide the project team to produce exactly what is required to bring about a successful result. A thorough professional in his approach and backed up by a specialist team to work on Statutory Agreements as part of the process.’

‘Very knowledgeable, pragmatic and quick turnaround on work.’

‘They are certainly confident in front of planners which can be a key advantage where you might be up against it.’

Key clients

Genesis Homes

Padley Group

Welcome Break

ALB Group

Tarmac

Hallam Land

Keepmoat

Allison Homes

Larkfleet Group

Freshwater Group of Companies

Boutique Care Homes

Lindum

Hallmark Care Homes/Savista

Principle Care Homes

Country Court Care Homes

Euro Garages

Carta Real Estate

Commercial Development Projects

GMS Estates

Leicester City Council

Derby City Council

Waverley District Council

West Northamptonshire Council

EM Lawshare Consortium of Local Authorities

Rula Developments

Saint Gobain

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

Travis Perkins Group of Companies

The Tarmac group of companies

Yorkshire Water

Novartis

Newton Nottingham Limited

Johnson Aggregates

Newcastle Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising ALB Group/High Road Developments on the redevelopment of the former Central College site, Beeston, Nottinghamshire.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The property litigation team at Freeths LLP works on a wide range of disputes, including those surrounding business leases, dilapidation, covenants possession claims and forfeitures. Paul Tomkins leads the national team and has extensive experience in lease renewals, dilapidation claims and break clause issues. Simon Baigent is an expert in restructuring and insolvency matters for clients with property portfolios, while also supporting landlords with insolvent tenants. Managing associate Beth Jenkins regularly handles trespass and possession claims, service charge disputes and forfeiture and termination matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tomkins

Other key lawyers:

Simon Baigent; Edward Pickard; Beth Jenkins

Testimonials

‘A cohesive and effective team, with good communication ensuring that nothing gets missed.’

‘Paul Tomkins is excellent. Pragmatic, decisive and adaptable.’

‘The strength of the Freeths litigation team is their collective knowledge and experience. It is evident that the team work closely together and collaborate on matters.

‘Paul Tomkins – A great client manager, always open to feedback and genuinely interested in the needs of our business and what matters to us.

‘Edward Pickard – encyclopaedic in litigation know-how and gives prompt, reasoned advice and recommendations which enable us to make commercial decisions and pace and keep up with the needs of the business.’

‘Probably, the best regional firm in England for prop lit.’

‘Paul Tomkins is an industry legend. Clever, canny and client focused.’

‘Edward Pickard is bright, solid and dependable.’

Key clients

Chancerygate Asset Management and Development

City Plumbing

Dreams

Euro Garages

Halfords

Poundstretcher

Tarmac

Timpson

Travis Perkins Group including Toolstation

Wickes

Work highlights

  • Advising Poundstretcher on all property litigation issues arising following its Company Voluntary Arrangement, which compromised claims with a value of £396 million
  • Acting on a dispute relating to a joint venture agreement, which was settled shortly before a 7-day trial was due to commence
  • Acting on a complex residential possession claim involving an individual shareholder of the landlord who had been occupying the property without any written tenancy agreement for several years.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Freeths LLP acts for some of the most significant local authorities and national developers in the sector with support from the firm’s national framework. The team is best known for its track record in property development and construction, while also being experienced in planning, securitisations and procurement matters. Sarah Rowe leads the social housing team and the key relationship partner for all clients in the sector, where she acts on social housing site and property acquisitions. Rachel Clarke is experienced in residential development, while Holly Chadwick specialises in the acquisition of large development sites.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Clarke; Holly Chadwick

Key clients

Cambridge City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association Limited

Partner Construction Limited

Living Space

Midland Heart Limited and Midland Heart Development Limited

Kirklees Council

Jigsaw Homes Midlands

MyPad 2020 Limited

Sedgemoor District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Sefton Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Consilio Property Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Inside Land

London Borough of Camden

Barratt David Wilson Homes Limited

Torus Group

North-East Lincolnshire Council

Milton Keynes Developments Limited

Davidsons Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cambridge City Council in the setting up of the Cambridge Investment Partnership which is a JV between CCC and Hill Investments that is delivering, on a 50/50 Public Private Basis, a number of major Housing Developments across the city with a mixture of private and public funding.
  • Acting for Partner Construction Limited on a tri-partite (landowner, contractor and buyer) sale and purchase agreement, conditional upon the grant of planning permission, in Carterton.
  • Acting for Warrington Borough Council in its role as lender in relation to a loan to be made to Auxesia Homes Limited to fund the purchase of social housing in the north-west of England.

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

Freeths LLP houses a team of ‘very experienced‘ practitioners who regularly advise SMEs and large companies in the automotive, drinks, and leisure sectors on private equity transactions and refinancings. Jonathan Hambleton heads up the practice with his longstanding expertise in corporate restructurings and MBOs in the hospitality sector. Gary Smith is a private company sales specialist, and director Natalie Drought provides an ‘excellent service‘ when advising restaurant chains and hotels on both solvent and insolvent M&A matters. Director James Cowell exhibits ‘exceptional dedication and drive‘ when handling transactions in the healthcare and pharmacy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hambleton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The breadth of service has always stood out for us. As a legal team they always have someone that can solve almost every legal problem as a business you might face.’

‘Natalie Drought at Freeths provides us with an excellent service and understands our client needs. We have always dealt with her and have never had anything other than fantastic service.’

‘The team are practical, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Very experienced lawyers. Strong client care and service.’

‘James Cowell shows exceptional dedication and drive to get issues resolved and deals complete. Jonathan is a very experienced practitioner, able to drive deals in the right way.’

‘Experienced team and good operators with well-integrated offering across corporate, commercial, property and employment. Responsive and pragmatic on a transaction aiming to apply a commercial lens to their legal advice.’

‘James Cowell, commercially-minded lawyer who is able to focus on pertinent points and drive a transaction forwards.’

‘Sensible, practical, commercial and well-balanced advice.’

Key clients

Travis Perkins Plc

DPD Group

AFI Group

London Luton Airport

Konica Minolta

The Big Table Group

Blackstar Instrument Group Limited

Cromwell Group (International) Limited

Zetar Limited

RedCat Pub Company Limited

Wells & Co

Childbase Partnership

Shareholders of Peach Pub Company (Holdings) Limited

Metro Logistics Group

Shareholders of Aurelia Bioscience Limited

Imaan Healthcare Ltd

Jardines Limited

Sharief Healthcare Limited

Bartley Balmoral Limited

Shareholders of Motor Parts Direct

Linkvertise Ventures GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Motor Parts Direct (Holdings) Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Motus Holdings (UK) Limited for circa £182m (plus adjustments).
  • Advising the shareholders of The Peach Pub Company (Holdings) Limited on the sale of the 21-site Peach Pub Company group to the AIM listed Revolution Bars group for £16.5m.
  • Advising Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited on the sale of Merlin Business Software Limited to US PE backed Aptean Inc.

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

The team at Freeths LLP retains its status as one of the leading Thames Valley corporate and commercial practices. Co-head of team Leon Arnold leads on the corporate side, while fellow co-head and ‘absolute diamond’ Rebecca Howlett  is vastly experienced on commercial matters, including negotiating contracts and the commercialisation of intellectual property. Having carved out a niche representing agricultural and agrifood companies, Tom Walker maintains his impressive corporate practice which emphasises joint ventures, corporate governance and shareholder matters. Malin Svanberg Larsson comes recommended as ‘very commercially savvy and practical’ and runs a broad M&A practice with a focus on private equity.

Practice head(s):

Leon Arnold; Rebecca Howlett

Other key lawyers:

Malin Svanberg Larsson; Tom Walker; Claus Anderson; James Lapham

Testimonials

‘A very comprehensive law firm with a good breadth of expertise across the company. They are always available at short notice and provide excellent advice, guidance and documents with senior people always at hand. Strongly recommend this firm.’

‘Our key partner is Tom Walker. He is always very good at listening so he has a proper understanding of the brief before he starts any work. The work he produces is always excellent and he is not afraid to tell you clearly when what is being asked is outside the scope of what can be done and vice versa.’

‘Freeths’ knowledge in venture capital and corporate is outstanding and cannot be faulted. Their billing and fees are also competitive. They have a diverse team (working with us are mostly female and LGBTQ lawyers which we encourage and support).’

‘Malin Savnberg Larsson is very commercially savvy, and practical. She also works efficiently and has been great at supporting and managing our UK-based deals.’

‘Rebecca Howlett manages the team very well. She is incredibly responsive and dedicated. Offers assistance and makes suggestions for change. Feels like an extension of the in-house function.’

‘The people are what makes this practice unique. Always taking the time to get to know you and so that they can always advise in the right way.’

‘Rebecca Howlett is an absolute diamond. She always the taking time to listen to the bigger picture, not just the area you need advice with. Always follows up just the right amount so always a pleasure to hear from her.’

‘Rebecca Howlett was incredibly supportive, knowledgeable and engaging. Rebecca was patient in her explanations and detailed when required, whilst ensuring our goals were met in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Geotek Coring Limited and Geotek Holding Limited

Paycircle Limited

BTomorrow Ventures Limited

Next Green Car Ltd

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Centrica Plc

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Critchleys Financial Planning LLP

The White Rabbit Pizza Co. Limited

Shareholders of Location Medical Services Limited

Flowmax group

Canalys Group

Freevolt Group Limited

GEFCO SA

The National Exhibition Centre Limited (NEC Group)

Highbourne Group of Companies

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute

Cool Milk at School Limited

Alumier Labs UK Limited

Korres International/Korres Natural Products

Annie Sloan

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

LACE Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Geotek Coring Limited and Geotek Holding Limited in their sale of the entire issued share capital of both companies to Judges Scientific Plc for consideration of up to £80million plus excess cash.
  • Providing bespoke “Virtual Legal Team” service to City Plumbing Supplies Holdings Limited on an ongoing and continual basis from August 2021.
  • Advised BTomorrow Ventures Limited on its investment in FEEL Holdings Limited as part of Feels’ £10million funding round.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Freeths LLP's ‘very well led and professional’ clinical negligence team is known for undertaking high value, complex cases that include multi-million pound, complex brain and cerebral palsy cases, alongside being instructed in relation to relation to potential group actions. Carolyn Lowe leads the practice group and is praised as ‘highly experienced and very impressive’. Catherine Bell  has a strong reputation for brain, birth and life-changing injury claims. Lynne Foster  is a key point of contact for fatal and catastrophic injury work.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Bell; Lynne Foster

Testimonials

‘Excellent and helpful team.’

‘Catherine Bell is a tenacious and efficient force for her clients.’

‘Well organised team with a varied caseload within this area of specialism. Not afraid of difficult cases which they fight tenaciously to get a good result for the client.’

‘Very well led and professional team. I always get the impression that the junior lawyers are well supported and confident in their work. They seem to enjoy working with Freeths. The claims are always particularly well run. Great empathy and compassion for the clients.’

‘I work with Carolyn Lowe who is highly experienced and very impressive.’

‘I have worked with many of the junior lawyers who appear very confident and well supported. There is a strong sense of confidence with Freeths. The team work with with great sensitivity and compassion, which is critical and greatly appreciated by the client.’

‘Catherine Bell is incredibly diligent, determined and committed to her clients. She is highly intelligent and vastly experienced in the field of birth brain injury, Her technical knowledge is second to none and makes her stand out from many competitors. I would rate her in the upper echelons of the clinical negligence solicitors I work for.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The sizeable Oxford dispute resolution practice at Freeths LLP acts for both claimants and defendants in an array of directors & officers’ liability insurance, legal professions as well as technology and IT professional negligence claims. Sarah Foster ’s practice encompasses contentious probate matters and related trust disputes. Clare Bellis is well-versed in professional negligence concerning property law, while Will Richmond-Coggan  is adept in data privacy breaches claims. Caroline Watson is experienced in advising financial services businesses with mis-selling claims and policy holder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Clare Bellis; William Richmond-Coggan

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Foster; Caroline Watson; Sally Goodger

Testimonials

‘Clare Bellis brings an unusual mix of both property litigation and professional negligence experience and expertise at a level that enables the firm to complete with bigger players in those areas.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a major professional indemnity insurer in relation to a series of subrogated recovery claims, arising from contractor negligence.
  • Advised individual trustees of a substantial family trust who are facing claims of negligent and/or fraudulent breach of trust in relation to their administration of the trust.
  • Assisted one of three trustees in connection with tax planning and obtaining a suitable cost indemnity.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Freeths LLP caters to an array of agricultural law matters, including contentious, environmental, employment and succession planning issues. Iain Davis leads the team and is particularly knowledgeable of the development of greenfield land. Balvinder Jaj is often engaged in mortgaging arrangements and secured lending. Laura Czapski advises clients on the Agricultural Holdings Act. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Oxford.

Practice head(s):

Iain Davis

Other key lawyers:

Balvinder Jaj; Laura Czaspski; Clare Bellis; Katherine Burge; Rosalyn Shephard

Testimonials

‘The team was most attentive with suggestions made and highly skilled at all levels from trainees to partner.’

‘The team were outstanding overall.’

‘When collaboration was needed from other members within the organisation, the work was carried out seamlessly and efficiently.’

‘The team made themselves readily available and responded quickly to any queries. The communication between individuals of the team appeared excellent.’

‘Freeths is particularly good in relation to family planning and land promotion for development. I have found Freeths have a very good knowledge and are very thorough in each department I have worked with.’

‘For land development promotion agreements, Iain Davis is excellent. He is well experienced and has very good knowledge, acting in a professional capacity.’

‘Iain Davis is exceptional in many ways, he has superb expert knowledge in his field and is extremely efficient.’

‘Laura Czaspski sets a wonderful example of professionalism in all matters.’

Key clients

Trinity College Oxford

Carington Estate

Sir Edward Dashwood

Cornbury Estate

Trustees of the Swanbourne Estate

Clydesdale Bank PLC

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Trustees of the Shotover Estate

Tarmac Group of Companies

Chancerygate Group of Companies

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

A ‘first-rate regional firm’ , Freeths LLP advises beneficiaries, executors, and trustees with challenging wills, family trusts and matters falling under the Inheritance Act. Head of the team, Sarah Foster, has a broad practice which encompasses claims against estates for financial provisions and the removal of executors and trustees. Sally Goodger is an ‘accomplished operator’ who often advises private clients acting as attorneys, deputies in addition to independent administrators. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Oxford.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice. Very high-quality work. Extremely pragmatic’

‘Freeths is a first-rate regional firm in this area. They are frequently brought in as independent trustees and executors where there is irreconcilable conflict amongst the existing parties, which is testament to their experience and skill.’

‘Their vast knowledge means that they are well prepared for every difficult situation which might arise. The firm also has a very strong non-contentious team which is invaluable in supporting with tax and trust advice where, as is often the case, it is needed in a litigation context.’

‘Excellent combination of knowledge, judgment, and empathy.’

‘A tremendously strong team which interlinks seamlessly with the non-contentious experts in the firm such as the massively experienced Sarah Foster.’

‘Sally Goodger is excellent and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Sally Goodger brings a wealth of experience to the team, having particular aptitude for clients in the charity sector.’

‘Sarah Foster is both deeply experienced and direct and practical in her approach. Sally Goodger is hard-working and unflappable even in the most stressful situations.’

Work highlights

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

Freeths LLP‘s private client service division specialises across all aspects of trusts, estates and tax, Court of Protection, private litigation and residential conveyancing. Oxford-based Sarah Foster  heads up the team. Nigel Roots is well known for managing complex inter-generational wealth structures and trust reorganisations, while Louise Lewis undertakes estate planning for high-net-worth individuals as well as on administration post-death. Lisa Mark-Bell is another important port of call, receiving client praise for being ‘practical, pragmatic and dedicated to finding solutions for her clients’, and specialising in providing bespoke trust advice to HNW trusts, including landed estates.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I feel that Louise Lewis and her team are immensely supportive and caring about the position that their clients are in and incredibly kind. She is an exceptional person and that radiates through her team. All very smart and diligent practitioners who make sure that the work is explained and gets done with sympathy and speed.’

‘I know that I am supported and cared about whilst making rather difficult decisions with my family.’

‘Louise Lewis clearly has a strong academic interest in the law she practises and I am aware that she has spoken at and led conferences. She will say if she wants to consult a colleague on a particular question and will tell me if she has new advice to offer as a result. Perhaps above all she brings to what are often difficult topics great human sympathy and understanding of family life.’

‘Dedicated, committed team. Creative and thoughtful, highly responsive, clear and transparent billing, very solutions oriented, great personal touch, and passionate about supporting their clients.’

‘Louise Lewis, an outstanding, highly articulate and dedicated lawyer who is passionate about supporting her clients and providing solutions and value, is a thoughtful and a collaborative problem solver, generous with her time, and very approachable in her working style. Louise is a complete pleasure to work with and a stand-out lawyer working in a very strong partnership.’

‘Lisa Mark-Bell was very professional and knowledgeable in advising me on my will, which had several international aspects. She was also very personable and listened to my questions and responded to them in a way I could, as a lay person, understand. The will was done and dusted within a week and I would highly recommend her.’

‘The Oxford office has a good team of experts able to help potential private and rural clients with all their personal and property needs whether that be a well drafted will, some specialist trust advice or a property transactions ranging from the simple house sale to a more complex transaction involving development or commercial land. They are fast and efficient.’

‘Lisa Mark Bell is very approachable and easy to work with. Practical, pragmatic and dedicated to finding solutions for her clients. She is friendly and efficient.’

Work highlights

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

In Milton Keynes, the ‘responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable‘ team at Freeths LLP assists a varied client base, notably including Dawsongroup, London Luton Airport, and Milton Keynes Park Trust. Practice head Lucy Bradban focuses on the transactional side of the practice, and is ‘incredibly enthusiastic and committed‘ when assisting clients with secured lending projects, and multi-party transactions within the hospitality and leisure sectors. Shashi Chambers regularly acts for international logistics companies and airports on developments and international leases, the management of portfolios, and relocation transactions. Darren Debock assists housebuilders and commercial developers with strategic land acquisitions and land disposals.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Bradban

Other key lawyers:

Darren Debock; Christopher Ainsworth; Lucy Walford; Shashi Chambers

Testimonials

‘Extremely professional but always maintaining a commercial view of the issues involved.’

‘First-class legal advice, a firm which understands its clients and fosters an exceptional working relationship.’

‘Lucy Bradban is incredibly enthusiastic and committed to obtaining the very best outcomes.’

‘We receive excellent service from Freeths. They are responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable.’

‘They provide a top-class service and do so in a practical and personable way.’

Key clients

FedEx Group of Companies

London Luton Airport

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

Maple Ridge Homes / 3 Counties Land

Work highlights

  • Advised Dawsongroup on a £42m land sale just outside just outside the village of Brogborough at junction 13 of the M1.
  • Advised MKDP on the grant of a building lease of the property known as D4,4N, Milton Keynes of 328 apartments and 1,180 square metres of mixed commercial development.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Co-headed by Mark Brown and Clare Bellis, the ‘technically astute’ real estate litigation team at Freeths LLP focuses primarily on the licensed leisure sector, acting for pub owners, national brewers, and hotel owners. Brown is based in Milton Keynes, and has vast expertise in dilapidation claims and forfeiture proceedings. Over in Oxford, the ‘dedicated and client focused’ Bellis has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of property litigation. Adam Boyd was promoted to partner in April 2022, and advises clients on complex development projects, while managing associate Rosalyn Shephard specialises in Agricultural Tendencies Act 1995 litigation. Andrew Dashwood-Begg handles commercial and residential property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown; Clare Bellis

Other key lawyers:

Adam Boyd; Andrew Dashwood-Begg; Rosalyn Shephard; Tristan Sharples

Testimonials

‘First class legal advice at a sensible cost. A firm which understands its clients and fosters an exceptional working relationship.’

‘Adam Boyd – an expert in his field. Incredibly knowledgeable and always determined to deliver the best outcome for the client.’

‘Clare Bellis and Rosalyn Shephard – both very dedicated and client focused. They give clear practical advice.’

‘Clare Bellis brings an unusual mix of both property litigation and professional negligence experience and expertise, but at a level that enables the firm to complete with bigger players in those areas.’

‘The size and experience of the Freeths team is very impressive. The team is technically astute, but they never lose sight of the commercial realities of any given situation. They get full marks from me!’

‘Clare Bellis is excellent. She is very competent, but also easy to deal with. Clare’s attention to detail and technical legal knowledge are second to none. I would highly recommend!’

Key clients

Punch Taverns

Tavern Propco

Vauxhall Tavern London Limited

Admiral Taverns / Hawthorn Leisure

Countryside Properties

Burger King UK

Trust Inns

Harworth Group Plc

Investra Capital

Wagamama Limited

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Tarmac Group of Companies

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited t/a Protyre

The Carington Estate, Buckinghamshire

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

Trinity College Oxford

Response Organisation

Bellway Homes Limited

Masternaut Group of Companies

Chancerygate Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Acting for Vauxhall Tavern London, the operator of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, in a £500,000 damages and specific performance claim against its landlord, Immovate, a Dutch property investment company which is under an obligation to keep the structure of the property in repair.
  • Acting for Rolf Munding, in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), in an appeal by Fairhaven Shipping Company (UK) against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal.
  • Advising a landed estate client on an Agricultural Holdings Act succession application following the death of the current tenant.

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

Distinguished for its healthcare and care sector-focused offering, Freeths LLP‘s practice is headed by corporate partners Thomas Golding in Nottingham and Phil Baigent in Leicester. Baigent has over 20 years of experience advising sellers and buyers, banks, REITs, mid-market SMEs and management teams in the care sector.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Golding; Phil Baigent

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable in the care sector. Approachable. Good value. Provide real solutions to issues that are both pragmatic and realistic. As a team, well rounded and experienced.’

‘Phil Baigent: Very good corporate lawyer and great with detail.’

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Group

Boutique Care Homes

LNT Group

Country Court Care Group

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Optimo Care Group Limited

Maria Mallaband Care Group

Lawrence Baker Group

Sandstone Care Group

Belmont Healthcare Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Optimo Care Group (via its subsidiary, Optimo (SL Holdco)) in relation to the acquisition of the entire issue share capital of My Life Choice.
  • Advising on a new investment framework with Impact Healthcare REIT for a portfolio of care homes, involving the sale and leaseback of one asset via a corporate sale of the ‘propco’ and acquisition of another.
  • Acted for one of the largest UK care home developers on the nine-figure sale of eight development sites with the benefit of planning permission for the construction of a care home on each site.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

Licensing is a key area of growth within Freeths LLP‘s broader regulatory department. Led by the highly regarded Lisa Gilligan, the team has seen increased demand for health and safety, trading standards and food labelling advice from overseas businesses looking to launch their products in the UK. Gilligan advises domestic and international clients from all sectors of the leisure industry, including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, investors and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Gilligan

Testimonials

‘The team is one of the most proactive in highlighting potential issues before they become problems. Their foresight and diligence has allowed us to navigate complex processes with innovative and energetic solutions. They work collaboratively with all departments within the business whilst navigating centralised and regional structures within which we work.’

‘Lisa Gilligan has helped us navigate several processes over the last couple of years. Lisa has made various recommendations to not only streamline processes but also recommended solutions which helped us achieve cost savings. Lisa is always responsive and open to discussion before formulating a best course of action.’

‘Every interaction and transaction was guided by professionalism and customer service. We knew we could trust and rely on this firm and their ability to guide us as their clients.’

‘Lisa Gilligan helped us successfully on a number of occasions. Lisa has an incredible way with people, not only the people she represents but also the people that she is up against. She is very good at making everyone concerned feel at ease and like she is in control, albeit in an amiable way. She is very clear about how things are going to proceed, not only in terms of the case but also in terms of billing. We could not recommend Lisa highly enough and would happily recommend her to anyone.’

‘Lisa Gilligan was responsive, accountable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. I would recommend her to anyone that asked and we do plan to utilize her for future legal needs, should they arise.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Cheshire Cat Pubs

Crepeaffaire

Butcombe Brewery

NEC

Davys Wine Bars

Re-Imagined Quality

Noisily Festival Limited

Charles Wells & Co

Centre Island Hotels

RedCat Pub Company

Number 23 Uppingham Ltd

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

Carlsberg Marstons Limited

The Abbeyfield Society

Newark and Sherwood District Council

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 NEC Group 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.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

The ‘dynamic, experienced, forward-thinking, and collaborative’ team at Freeths LLP handles a vast range of issues for a number of significant clients, including disputes surrounding breach of directors’ duties, commercial contracts, and insurance. Graham Greenfield - who leads the Nottingham office - is noted for his expertise in complex commercial claims, including professional negligence claims. Jade Flint frequently handles disputes for national and international clients alike, while Jessica Lees' commercial-oriented workload includes shareholder disputes and breach of contract cases.

Practice head(s):

Graham Greenfield; Jonathan Jefferies

Other key lawyers:

Jade Flint; Jessica Lees; Gregg Parkin

Testimonials

‘Good knowledgeable team’

‘Strength throughout the whole team in legal knowledge and application.’

‘Jessica Lees is a brilliant lawyer and very impressive with her management of difficult opponents.’

‘The team is dynamic, experienced, forward-thinking and collaborative.’

‘Jade Flint has always been the standout member of this team. Jade is able to take on a huge amount of work as she is very focused and organised.’

Key clients

Poundstretcher Limited

Agrovista UK Limited

Bio Dynamic (UK) Limited

FRP Advisory Limited

Opus Restructuring LLP

The Way Ahead Group Limited t.a See Tickets

The Skills Coaches Group of Companies

Motorpoint Limited

Motopark Academy GmbH

R Stratton & Co Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Smart Medical Clinics Limited in connection with a claim against Chubb Insurance concerning business interruption losses sustained during the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Acting for an international printing consumables business in connection with a claim in excess of £3million brought against its former director and others arising out of sums taken by fraudulent conduct and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Acting for an international ticketing business with a turnover in excess of £20million in connection with a claim against its former advisers for an amount in excess of £8million.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Private client > Family Tier 2

Nikki Aston has taken over as the lead family lawyer at Freeths LLP, following the retirement of Judith Speed in September 2022. Described as ‘driven, compassionate and dedicated to doing her absolute best for her clients’ Aston, has great experience in divorce and high net worth financial settlements, and in complex private law children matters, particularly in issues such as allegations of abuse, and parental alienation. She also advises on civil partnership breakdown and cohabitee property disputes. In July 2023, the team was bolstered by the arrival of Stephanie Clifton from John Hooper & Co.

Practice head(s):

Nikki Aston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Freeths has a strong Midlands Team. They are well regarded in the local market. They have good quality clients.’

‘Nikki Aston is a star. She is a really capable and well regarded financial remedy lawyer. She is pragmatic and professional and looks after her clients.’

‘Freeths are a large national firm but with a strong East Midlands presence, which is being built further by new recruit Nikki Aston.’

‘Nikki Aston is driven, compassionate and dedicated to doing her absolute best for her clients.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The trusts, estates and tax team at Freeths LLP offers a full range of probate advice, acting on a range of matters locally and on a multijurisdictional level concerning multi-million pound estates. The team also handles niche work surrounding asset protection, trust creation and administration of estates. Team head Scott McKittrick has extensive experience advising on wealth preservation and lifetime planning matters. Rahul Kotecha is particularly experienced in estate and tax planning, as well as on matters concerning corporate structures. Marie Cooper deals with the administration of estates including foreign assets and drafting complex wills.

Practice head(s):

Scott McKittrick

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Kotecha; Marie Cooper; Katherine Beggs; Sarah Phillips

Testimonials

‘The people working for the firm are extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Service provided by Rahul Kotecha was outstanding, quality of work was exceptional.’

‘Having a professional contact who is both knowledgeable and efficient is a real bonus for our clients and practice. Marie Cooper has provided an excellent insight to clear, unambiguous legal guidance to our corporate and personal clients.’

‘Rahul Kotecha is very helpful and he has gone the extra mile to get things done. He knows his stuff. In my experience he has been the best solicitor so far in the 50 years plus of using lawyers.’

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

The real estate team at Freeths LLP handles a wide range of matters in the sector, particularly on the transactional side. This includes acquisitions, landlord and tenant, real estate finance and mines and minerals. Simon Abbott leads the team with particular experience in landlord and tenant matters, retail and development. Sam Pancholi focuses on property finance and investment with particular expertise in supporting clients in the healthcare sector. Harjit Saund is another key name with experience in property investment and asset management.

Practice head(s):

Simon Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Sam Pancholi; Harjit Saund; Kishen Ravalia

Key clients

Abbey Commercial Investments Group

Deichmann-Shoes Limited

Flogas Britain

Jelson Homes

Minster Property Group

Tarmac

Travis Perkins

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Freeths LLP‘s public sector practice is noted for its ‘knowledge and expertise in the local government planning field‘, boasting a strong record of advice on procurement initiatives, section 106 agreements, planning inquiries, and compulsory purchase orders in connection with high-value residential and commercial development projects as well as urban regenerations. The practice maintains close relations with the likes of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Reading Borough Council and, in addition to its planing expertise, is well-versed in contentious and non-contentious matters related to telecoms infrastructure. Birmingham-based planning and CPO expert Nathan Holden, who also has significant procurement experience, leads the practice. Bristol-based real estate lawyers Duncan Tringham, who is noted for his understanding of clean energy schemes, and Dan Cuthbert, who advises on property disputes, are also recommended, as is London infrastructure expert Robert Bruce.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in planning law. Came up with innovative ways to overcome a section 106 issue we had.’

‘Everyone at Freeths gives sound, clear, concise, legal advice and I always feel they fully answer our queries. They are aware of the legal issues that are important to us. They have taken time to familiarise themselves with our internal procedures and ways of working, and they always make themselves available to assist accordingly.’

‘Robert Bruce takes time to provide advice and updates in a way that we can easily apply to our planning work. He has been particularly mindful of and expert in helping us navigate the complexities of our case. All the lawyers we worked with are extremely supportive to us in dealing with complex, often high profile cases and I have always felt confident in their work. They are always 100% professional and discreet. They have provided crucial support in helping to get difficult matters resolved under high pressure situations.’

Key clients

Allerdale Borough Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Ashfield District Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Bedford Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

Blaby District Council

Bolsover District Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Boston Borough Council

Bristol City Council

Broxbourne Borough Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Buckinghamshire Council

Cambridge City Council

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Cambridgeshire County Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Cheshire East Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Cotswold District Council

Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Coventry City Council

Cumbria County Council

Darlington Borough Council

Daventry District Council

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Durham County Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

East Lindsey District Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

East Sussex County Council

Eden District Council

Enfield Council

Erewash Borough Council

Exeter City Council

Fenland District Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Gateshead Council

Gloucester City Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Halton Borough Council

Harborough District Council

Harlow Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Havant Borough Council

Herefordshire Council

Hertfordshire County Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

Ipswich Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Kent County Council

Kettering Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Leeds City Council

Leicester City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council

Lichfield District Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

London Borough of Sutton

Luton Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

Melton Borough Council

Merton London Borough Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Mole Valley District Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North Northamptonshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Northampton Borough Council

Northumberland County Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Oxford City Council

Oxford City Housing Limited

Peak District National Park

Peterborough City Council

Plymouth City Council

Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Reading Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Rugby Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Scape Group Ltd

Sedgemoor District Council

Sefton Council

Sheffield City Council

Shropshire Council

Solihull MBC

Somerset County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Lakeland District Council

South Somerset District Council

South Staffordshire Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Southampton City Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Staffordshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

Surrey County Council

Swindon Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

Wakefield Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Walsall Council

Wantage Town Council

Ware Town Council

Warrington Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

West Midlands Growth Company

West Northamptonshire Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

West of England Combined Authority

Wigan Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council

Worcestershire County Council

York City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the London Borough of Lambeth on a number of major projects, including the Oasis Academy project.
  • Advised the London Borough of Camden on the creation of a new corporate structure to include a new registered provider.
  • Advised the Royal Borough of Greenwich on matters related to its contracts and planning teams.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The firm’s national head of restructuring and insolvency Joey Byrne, who is noted as a ‘leader in the field’, heads Freeths LLP‘s practice, which is formed of numerous solicitors who are dual-qualified insolvency practitioners. It has a strong reputation for its work for its extensive portfolio of clients in both contentious and non-contentious contexts. Expert in non-contentious work Kevin Pinkerton, who leads on many of the team’s most prominent matters, is recognised for his ability to form ‘outstanding client relationships’, whilst associate Miles Hacking, who ably handles high-value court applications and administration proceedings, is noted as ‘excellent’.

Practice head(s):

Joey Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Pinkerton; Miles Hacking; Matthew Kelly; Chris Ali

Testimonials

‘A growing team that has managed to retain all of its talent in a competitive market over the last decade. Every individual is a specialist in insolvency with their own further specialised skillset within the field.’

‘Joey Byrne has seen and done everything. He still has hands-on involvement in an active caseload that benefits from his in-depth knowledge. His judgment calls are second-to-none. Matthew Kelly is unflappable. He has excellent attention-to-detail and does not lose a winnable case. Miles Hacking is excellent at client management and is able to deal with urgent matters very well.’

‘The team has a varied approach but is always pragmatic, practical and commercial. They work alongside clients, providing sensible answers to complex scenarios.’

‘Kevin Pinkerton and Miles Hacking make a very good team. They work well together and provide a great service.’

‘The Freeths team has a number of dual-qualified solicitors and insolvency practitioners. It has specialists dealing with contentious and non-contentious work and has a very strong reputation for both.’

‘Kevin Pinkerton is a dual-qualified solicitor and insolvency practitioner who has outstanding client relationships. Kevin is intelligent, commercial and easy to deal with. Joey Byrne is a well-respected litigator with a reputation for his no-nonsense approach; he is a recognised a leader in the field.’

‘The team is large enough to deal with good-sized cases, but small enough to really offer the personal touch. There is a great deal of experience in dealing with contentious claims in corporate and personal insolvency, particularly arising out of tax schemes.’

‘Joey Byrne is a very experienced partner with a very good commercial sense for how to resolve cases. Chris Ali has acquired particular experience in relation to complex IVAs.’

Key clients

Adcroft Hilton Limited

Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners Ltd

Antony Batty LLP

Arkle Insolvency

Armstong Watson

Asertis Litigation Funding

Auker Rhodes

Bailey Ahmad

Ballard Business Recovery

Barringtons Corporate Recovery

Beesley Group

Begbies Traynor Group PLC

Bespoke Insolvency Solutions

BHP Corporate Solutions

Brailey Hicks

Bridgestones

Buchler Phillips Group LLP

Business Liquidation Ltd

Carter Clark

CFS LLP

Clarke Bell Ltd

CMD Partners UK Limited

Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP

Crawford Accountants LLP

Cromwell Insolvency

Currie Young Group

Debt Movement Ltd

DMC Recovery

Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery LLP

Durkan Cahill

Evelyn Partners

Expedium Ltd

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

Ideal Corporate Solutions

Interpath Ltd

Johnson Geddes Ltd

Kay Johnson Gee Corporate Recovery Limited

KBL Advisory Ltd

Keystone Recovery Ltd

Kroll

KW Recovery Ltd

Leading Business Services Ltd

Leonard Curtis Group

Lewis BRI

Lucas Ross Limited

Mackenzie Golderg Johnson

Manolete 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

Path Business Recovery

PWC

Quantuma

Resolve Advisory Ltd

Restart Business Turnaround & Insolvency

RG Insolvency

Rimes & Co

Robson Scott Associates

Royce Peeling Green Limited

RSM

SC Finance Limited

Seneca Insolvency Practitioners

Simply Corporate

SFP Restructuring Limited

Turpin Barker Armstrong

Umbrella Accountants LLP

West Gate Restructuring Ltd

Wilson Field Group

TH Financial Recovery Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lucas Ross (as liquidators) and Asertis in relation to claims against over 30 individuals seeking recovery of circa £8.5m as unpaid share capital or by way of subrogation.
  • Acted for Mazars as administrators in relation to a sale of the business and assets of Grono Lawns Ltd – a Northwest based landscaping supplier.
  • Acted for Cowgills Business Recovery as administrators in dealing with their appointment and a sale of the business and assets of this business which operates as a forum for consumers who wish to sell clothes and other items online.

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

Freeths LLP‘s ‘very confident, competent, professional, and hard-working‘ team assists a diverse client roster consisting of corporations, and charitable and educational institutions. The Milton Keynes-based practice handles a myriad of disputes, including those arising from M&A, energy claims, and shareholder conflicts. Practice head Simon Hobbs is a ‘superb litigator‘ who has expansive knowledge spanning energy, insolvency, and professional negligence disputes, supported by managing associate Tom Holden, who is ‘incredibly hardworking‘, and has extensive expertise in handling the full spectrum of commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hobbs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are focused and client orientated. They take time to listen and give good and accurate advice, including realistic prospects for choices of action.’

‘The team is very confident, competent, professional, and hardworking – this applies equally to Tom Holden and Simon Hobbs.’

‘First class legal advice, a firm which understands its clients and fosters an exceptional working relationship.’

‘Simon Hobbs is a superb litigator who never misses the important details and always has a watchful eye on the long term strategy when dealing with a case. He develops excellent relationships with clients to fully understand their needs.’

‘Tom Holden is an incredibly hardworking lawyer who fights hard to push for the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Dawsongroup Plc

Amscan International Limited

Wells & Co LimitedAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited

FedEx UK Limited

Cromwell Tools Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Triad Group Plc

Bristol Airport Limited

Ultramap Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dawsongroup in a claim brought against it and EvoBus UK (a division of Mercedes Benz) by Irish coach operator Last Bus Limited.
  • Advising Triad Plc on the injunction it had obtained against its former CEO in respect of a ‘twitter war’ that had been raged against Triad, its directors and advisers.

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

Freeths LLP‘s Thames Valley-based contingent primarily acts on behalf of corporate clients, but also represents landed estates as well as educational and charitable institutions on a broad variety of disputes. Core pillars of the team’s commercial litigation offering include contractual disputes, fraud allegations, M&A-associated litigation, shareholder conflicts, and IT and cyber issues – to name a few. Caroline Watson leads the team out of the Oxford office, excelling on complicated technology-sector disputes. Director Will Richmond-Coggan is a seasoned litigator, well-known for his work on data protection issues. Managing associate Paul Brown is another key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Watson

Testimonials

‘Will Richmond-Coggan is excellent on data law issues. Very knowledgable.’

‘Caroline Watson has real depth and experience. Very pragmatic and approachable.’

‘First-class legal. A firm which understands its clients and fosters an exceptional working relationship.’

‘Tom Holden is an incredibly hard working lawyer who fights hard to push for the best outcome for the client.’

‘Caroline Watson is a go-to commercial litigator.’

Key clients

Cromwell Tools Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Dawsongroup Plc

Amscan International Limited

Wells & Co Limited

Scania Limited

Triad Group Plc

Bristol Airport Limited

GEFCO

FedEx UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a provider of outsourced pensions and financial services in defence of data breach claims impacting approximately 1,200 public sector employees with pension schemes administered by our client.
  • Acting for a substantial provider of short-term consumer loans in defence of a series of claims brought by various firms, on behalf of claimants said to be affected by a cyber-security incident in 2021.
  • Acting for Triad Plc against the former CEO of Triad in respect of a ‘twitter war’ she had raged against Triad, its directors and advisors.

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

Working out of the Milton Keynes office, Freeths LLP‘s ‘attentive and thorough‘ practice frequently advises clients on trade union issues, investigations, and disciplinary matters. The ‘excellentChristopher Sing leads the team, and has a ‘wealth of experience‘ in handling allegations of discrimination and sexual assault, while senior associate Toni Hudson assists clients within the aviation, education, and hospitality sectors with TUPE and redundancy issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sing

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Christopher Sing is very capable. He is personable and has a wealth of experience in employment law.’

‘Fully engaged team that is responsive to the diverse requirements of a group that is spread all over the UK.’

‘Very knowledgeable about their subject area. Understanding customer needs. Attentive and thorough.’

‘The practice is unique, pragmatic and focused on getting the right result. They are a people business and really focus on having the right people to support its clients.’

‘Christopher Sing stands out above others. His knowledge and skills along with his ability to find the right result are second to none. His whole team are equally able and willing to find the right result.’

‘Extremely professional, couldn’t get better advice, you can be confident it’s the right advice! Freeths’ customer service is consistently good, they still have that family feel.’

‘The team are always approachable, empathetic, down to earth and inspire confidence. They listen and engage very well. You feel a genuine partnership with them. The team provides excellent guidance and advice.’

‘Christopher Sing is an excellent lawyer and is reassuring. He is very approachable and has excellent communication and interpersonal skills.’

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 UK Limited

Yamaha Music Europe GMBH (UK) Limited

Oxford Brooks University

Santa Maria UK Limited

Deutsche Telekom Global Business Solutions Limited

Laine Pub Company

Niftylift Limited

Chesterfield College

Brewhouse and Kitchen

The Dragon School Trust

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

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

Gavin Scott heads up Freeths LLP family offering out of Oxford, having joined from Stowe Family Law LLP in August 2022. Praised for being ‘exceptionally hardworking and providing a great service to his clients’, Scott’s caseload includes highly complex and cross-border child cases, alongside financial matters. The team is known for its expertise in matters involving overseas assets and pensions, and for particular knowledge in fertility and surrogacy law – Tom Burgess is a key name here. Joanne Thomas is another important port of call for financial remedy work.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Scott

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Danielle Beesley was really kind, supportive and professional when dealing with my case. I valued her honesty and ability to clarify all aspects of my case so I was able to easy understand and stay in control of the situation.

‘Gavin Scott is exceptionally hardworking and proves a great service to his clients. He is good with both financial remedies and children act matters. He provides sensible advice and will always go the extra mile.’

‘Tom Burgess is a very capable lawyer who is able to quickly cut to the heart of an issue and provide robust advice.’

‘Joanne Thomas is one of the most dedicated and diligent solicitors I work with, and is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients. Her advice is always practical and sound.’

‘Gavin Scott has an effortless charm to his persona which belies a commanding grasp of his cases and an ability to find a way to achieve the best outcome for his clients. His preparation of cases in the lead up to a hearing is superb and makes my life as a barrister so much easier when representing his clients.’

‘Heather Jarrold-Taylor is wonderful to work with – she is responsive, organised and generally on top of things. She clearly takes a lot of time to ensure she is aware of the client’s aims and wishes, but gives sensible advice.’

‘Freeths LLP is always a reliable firm. You know that you will get good quality representation and sensible advice.’

‘Tom Burgess is kind and understanding with clients, always providing sensible and practical advice. He is organised and reliable when it comes to court documents and deadlines.’

Work highlights

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

Freeths LLP’s Oxford-based multi-disciplinary commercial property offering undertakes commercial development work for long-standing corporate clients, alongside representing national operators in the logistics and industrial sector, and fostering a growing specialism in transactions arising out of the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Experienced real estate practitioner Patrick Whetter leads the team, and is praised as ‘capable, knowledgeable and approachable’. Philip Gray is a specialist when it comes to acting for occupiers and advising on the property elements of corporate work. Laura Brown is another important port of call within the department.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Whetter

Other key lawyers:

Philip Gray; Laura Brown; Kelly Sawyer; Richard Collett; Michael Healey

Testimonials

‘We have found Freeths to be a pro-active firm. They will point out potential problems with an area of our business before it gets to a stage where fire engine practice becomes necessary.’

‘Practical and pragmatic advice. Thorough and yet also converse plainly. Tight, well-experienced team.’

‘Laura Brown is an extremely proficient lawyer who has a no-nonsense straightforward approach to problems and delivering advice.’

‘Patrick Whetter is a joy to work with. He is capable, knowledgeable and approachable. I am very confident in his ability to get the job done and his representation of me as a client. Patrick understands our needs and the challenges that we work with.’

‘We receive an excellent service from Freeths – responsive, supportive and knowledgeable. While most of our work is in one area, they also have a wider team we can access if necessary and this has been useful to us on more than one occasion.’

‘The two solicitors we deal with regularly are Philip Gray and Kelly Sawyer and they are outstanding; responsive, supportive and knowledgeable as well as willing and able to explain legal issues and terminology in everyday language which is very welcome.’

‘A very focused and sensible approach that suits my business, Freeths deliver often complex legal advice and support delivering it in a straightforward and easy to understand manner.’

‘Laura Brown leads on projects and is skilled on bring colleagues on board when specialist input is required outside of Laura’s remit.’

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited t/a Protyre Oxford University Press

Perspectum

Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited

Dogs Trust

Clasado Research Services Limited

Feefo Holdings Limited

First Touch Games Limited

Idverde Limited

Stine Goya

JCC Lighting Products Limited

ResMed UK

Pembroke College

Kitchen Architecture Ltd

Helen & Douglas House

Work highlights

  • Advising Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd on the portfolio management of its circa 240 sites across the UK, and advising on share acquisitions of 5 retail businesses incorporating 23 new sites into its retail property portfolio.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Described by some clients as ‘exceptional in every way’, Freeths LLP pulls together a strong offering in areas such as public infrastructure, joint ventures between local government and the private sector, and regeneration and development schemes. The ‘outstanding’ Duncan Tringham marshals the South West team, frequently leading on local government-led real estate projects. Daniel Cuthbert specialises in contentious telecom matters while his Bristol colleague Michael Bray excels in local government-led developments. Coralie McKeivor and Emilie Criddle are also recommended for their public sector acumen.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Tringham; Nathan Holden

Testimonials

‘The individuals are brilliant but they also quickly and effortlessly combine to act in concert when required to provide synchronised and mutually reinforcing advice.’

‘Duncan Tringham in particular is outstanding and great to work with. You can always rely on him to keep everyone on track and to maintain the momentum on a deal.’

‘The team at Freeths has been exceptional in every way.’

‘Duncan Tringham has been the lead partner now for a number of years and on a number of projects, all of which have been exceptional.’

‘The team at Freeths has been a huge support on all things concerning our telecoms legal matters including guidance through a (successful) tribunal.’

‘All of our contacts within Freeths are brilliant. They go above and beyond with their work for us.’

 

 

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

The West London Alliance (7 London Boroughs)

Work highlights

  • Advising Cornwall Council on the £450m Langarth Garden Village scheme involving the strategic acquisition and development of a new town.
  • Advising the Council on the creation of Habitat Banking Vehicles (HBV) that will enhance the biodiversity of substantial areas of land within Plymouth.
  • Advising Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community on the joint venture development of a new community owned solar farm at Chelson Meadow.

Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

In addition to acting for a host of local authorities across the South East and South West, Freeths LLP is regularly instructed by a number of utilities companies and developers, who turn to the team for its capabilities in mixed-use developments, regeneration schemes, and infrastructure ventures. Practice head Duncan Tringham is an ‘outstanding‘ real estate partner whose wide-ranging practice covers regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments, both for public and private sector clients. Daniel Cuthbert, who heads up the regional real estate litigation practice, is noted for his telecoms infrastructure acumen, while Michael Bray handles an array of projects in the transport and energy sectors – an area in which Emilie Criddle is also well-versed. Tom Allen, who joined the team from Bates Wells in January 2022, maintains a broad commercial property practice.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Tringham; Adam Watson

Testimonials

‘The individuals are brilliant, but they also quickly and effortlessly combine to act in concert when required to provide synchronised and mutually reinforcing advice.’

‘Duncan Tringham is outstanding, and great to work with. You can always rely on him to keep everyone on track and to maintain the momentum on a deal. He has an unerring ability to quickly get to the nexus of the issue, to add insight based on extensive experience, and to shift the focus from the problem to the solution.’

‘Duncan is pragmatic, professional and proactive. He is an integral part of the team delivering a very large and complex project.’

‘They have remained steadfastly approachable, dedicated and committed to providing the best service that they can with their team of specialist advisors. Their ability to collaborate with changing technical support teams, council leadership changes and a dynamic political and economic environment has been second to none.’

‘Duncan Tringham has been an outstanding character and member of the team. He has a particular approach to managing the client with absolute tact and diplomacy. He is, without a shadow of doubt, a most capable partner.’

Key clients

West of England Combined Authority

The Cornwall Council

Exeter City Council

Plymouth City Council

South Somerset District Council

Walsall Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

The London Borough of Hackney

The London Borough of Enfield

The London Borough of Brent

The West London Alliance (7 London Boroughs)

Yorkshire Water

Bristol Airport

Luton Airport

Kent Police Authority

Harworth Estates

SmartParc Group

PEC Parkfield

Copas Group

Plymouth Energy Community

Clean Earth Energy

Photovolt Development Partners

RE Property Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising Cornwall Council on the £450 million Langarth Garden Village development scheme.
  • Advising Yorkshire Water on a digital infrastructure project which involves the roll-out of a telecoms infrastructure backhaul network in water pipes through a joint venture with Comms World.
  • Advising Photovolt on its proposed Botley West solar development scheme.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Drawing strong praise from clients for its, ‘technical capability and commerciality’, the team at Freeths LLP works with a number of public and private sector entities on various mid-market matters – particularly in the tech, retail, manufacturing, engineering, and chemicals sectors. The corporate team is headed up by the ‘incredibleLee Clifford, who also chairs the firm’s national private equity group, while Mark Neale – who also runs the national IT and data team – heads up the commercial practice. Other commercial partners to note include Nigel Gardner, whose broad focus encompasses logistics, manufacturing, and hospitality; Zoë Robertson, a contracts specialist whose recent engagements have seen her working for both local authorities and national retailers; and Kirstin Roberts, who specialises in waste and renewables sector work. Other key figures include Olivia Johnson, experienced in mid-market corporate deals, and Mohammed Abbas, who is central to the firm’s PE offering. Shireen Eliyas is also recommended for commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Lee Clifford; Mark Neale

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive and pragmatic in working with us to deliver a tailored service. The team are able to call in different departments, but the corporate department co-ordinates this in a project manager capacity.’

‘I’d like to specially mention Tom Brown, Mohammed Abbas, and Baljit Atwal for their dedication in getting a deal over the line and providing constructive solutions to mitigate any issues.’

‘Good personal touch with access to partner-level knowledge at all times.’

‘Nigel Gardner provides solid commercial advice and pays careful attention to detail. Nigel manages expectations well and delivers ahead of anticipated timescales, keeping you up to date throughout.’

‘Freeths delivers a market-leading combination of technical capability, commerciality and personal service. Access to senior members of the team is prioritised and the level of service is exemplary.’

‘Lee Clifford is an absolutely incredible partner. His ability to cut to the issues, understand what is important for his clients, and he delivers first time, every time. To get the level of capability and personal service is unusual and highly valued.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC)

Funeral Partners

Carbon8

Hydrock Group

Stone Technologies

EH Smith

Flow Communications

Tarmac Group

Shaken Udder

Cardel Group

ALDI Stores Limited

Toolstation Limited (part of Travis Perkins Group)

ShoeZone Retail Limited

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Runnymede Borough Council

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Cromwell Tools Limited

Fosse Healthcare Limited:

Lyle & Scott Limited

Skarn Associates Limited

The British Dietetic Association

Wickes

Highbourne Group

PVH:

NCR Ltd

Travis Perkins PLC

Carlsberg

Navitas Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) on its minority investment into Shaken Udder.
  • Advised several different clients in relation to their arrangements for the implementation of complex, substantial and high value automated/robotic warehouses, including contracts for the construction and fitting out of ALDI’s largest ever distribution centre.
  • Appointed by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council to assist in its procurement of an operation and maintenance contractor for its energy-from-waste plant at Lister Road, Dudley.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

The commercial litigation practice at Freeths LLP consists of a ‘high proportion of really effective lawyers with a commercial approach,’ who are ‘agile, pragmatic litigators’. The firm utilises the Baker Tilly International Network to collaborate with legal, auditing, and advisory companies to provide an integrated approach for its clients. Head of the team Richard Coates is commended for being a ‘excellent litigator with a great eye for client care’ and he is supported by the ‘extremely effectiveLouise Wilson is integral to the group, regularly leading on matters for high-profile clients. Managing associate Josh Middleton is another name of note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Coates

Other key lawyers:

Louise Wilson; Josh Middleton; Michael Hoskins

Testimonials

‘Freeths has a high proportion of really effective lawyers with a commercial approach to getting to the right result. Highly recommended.’

‘Louise Wilson has an extraordinary ability to get to the core of a matter right away, with an analytical approach which leads to direct and clear advice. Louise is extremely effective and gets results.’

‘Josh Middleton is an associate whose abilities are far greater than his years. He is sensible, commercial, and proactive.’

‘Agile, pragmatic litigators who also bring a personal touch. Strong at managing group litigation and keeping everyone on side.’

‘Richard Coates is excellent at developing relationships with clients and has strong commercial instincts.’

‘Michael Hoskins has a thorough grasp of the detail and the legal issues and is quick to identify and articulate avenues of argument and potential pitfalls and to provide clear analysis and advice.’

‘Josh Middleton has a good eye for detail on the law and in the evidence, both in terms of adding value with good points and spotting where the issues may lie. He is commercial and understands how the court may approach things, whilst still fighting for the result that his client seeks.’

‘High technical knowledge, fantastically personable to work with, they always make themselves available, they are proactive, and they have a very impressive client base who use them for everything.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

AP Racing Limited

Eurocell PLC

Hi55 Ventures Limited

Inchcape Retail Limited

Lancaster PLC

Lookers Motor Group Limited

Mackie Motors (Brechin) Limited

Michelin Tyre PLC

Motorpoint Limited

Porcelanosa Group

Tarmac

The National Exhibition Centre Limited

The Route – Finance

Travis Perkins PLC

Work highlights

  • Representing the National Exhibition Centre in its defence of claims arising from the cancellation of an event in June 2020.
  • Acting for a number of clients in the retail and automotive sectors in a claim against Visa under the Merchant Interchange Fee Umbrella Proceedings.
  • Representing Mackie Motors in a Court of Appeal case.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Freeths LLP handles bankruptcy and asset recovery work, as well as contentious work in the corporate insolvency area, counting corporate, lender and funds clients in their roster. The ‘commercial’ John Jeffreys leads the practice with vast experience in restructuring and insolvency work, primarily handling non-contentious and transactional issues. Mike Gilmour, who jointly leads the team, offers expertise in the field of contentious insolvency and asset recovery work. Senior associate Grace Millar advises on both non-contentious and contentious insolvency issues, including pre-pack and post-appointment sales of company assets and businesses.

Practice head(s):

John Jeffreys; Mike Gilmour

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experienced, knowledgeable, commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Good value.’

‘John Jeffreys is a hands-on commercial insolvency lawyer with a huge amount of experience.’

‘John Jeffreys always responds quickly, and his work is best in class.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

BDO LLP

RSM UK Restructuring & Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor Central LLP

Alvarez & Marsal LLP

Evelyn Partners

Mazars LLP

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

ReSolve Advisory Limited

Interpath Advisory

Savills LLP

Colliers International

Hilco Global

Poppleton & Appleby LLP

Moorfields CR

PKF Smith Cooper LLP

Travis Perkins PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting as the joint administrators of Vivarail Limited, handling administration asset sales and other issues.
  • Advised The Deltic Group on restructuring issues and ultimately its sale to REKOM Group via a pre-packed administration and have continued to act as their administrators, handling transfer of freehold and leasehold estate and complex litigation claims, amongst other issues.
  • Advising LPA Receivers of Regal Food Limited and M&Z Real Estate on a number of issues, including handling a portfolio of properties and advising on interaction between corporate and partnership obligors and personal guarantors.

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

The ‘top-quality’ team at Freeths LLP advises on infrastructure funds, secondary market transactions and asset management, particularly in relation to Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and PPP transactions. The firm also has a dedicated waste and sustainability practice, often handling matters involving clean and smart energy technologies. Kirstin Roberts leads the waste and sustainability team, with notable experience of a range of areas that includes waste re-use, reduction and recycling. The ‘exceptional’ practice head James Larmour is experienced in infrastructure and project finance transactions, notably including PFI secondary market transactions, while ‘dedicated’ associate Reece Ballett strengthens the firm’s waste and sustainability practice, handling significant matters in this area.

Practice head(s):

James Larmour; Kirstin Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The advice provided was quick, creative and practical. This was needed in respect of a project with a very demanding timeframe and changing legislative requirements.’

‘Reece Ballett was extremely dedicated and committed to achieving our aims. Kirstin Roberts also provides sound advice to make sure that the project remained on track.’

‘What really sets Freeths apart from their competitors is their communication, which in my experience is the best in the industry. I have yet to work with another law firm whose partners make themselves so readily available and so easily contactable. I would not hesitate to use Freeths again.’

‘They deliver top-quality work, are capable of working to strict deadlines, and are good at managing difficult problems and people on the other side of the table. Partner James Larmour in particular stands out. James is extremely personable and a strong communicator.’

‘Freeths Projects and Infrastructure team offers a partner led and delivered service. Clients will secure the full benefit of the team’s experience, which is not always be the case with larger practices. The team is focused on delivery and achieving results for clients, with the minimum of “drama”.’

‘James Larmour is exceptional and fully deserves his recognition as a leading individual in PFI/PPP matters. His clients can have absolute confidence that he will get the job done for them and will have a proactive and sensible solution where any transactional challenges arise.’

‘James Larmour operates in a collaborative, constructive and friendly manner. I have rarely met another lawyer who is easier to get on with and more focused on client delivery.’

‘At the forefront of developments and good market knowledge.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Amber Infrastructure

Biodiversify Ltd

Bio Dynamic Limited

Calisen

Centrica plc

CL:AIRE

Dalmore Capital

Daedalus Development Company Limited

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Equans

Equitix

Enovert Limited

FCC Environment

Greenshanks Limited

Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited

International Public Partnerships

Johnson Aggregates Limited

LNT Carehomes Limited

Nova Pangea Limited

Oasthouse Ventures

P&H

Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth Council

Rochford District Council

SmartParc

Staffordshire County Council

Tarmac

Whites Generation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Equitix on the refinancing of the Knowsley and Southampton Street Lighting PFI projects with a combined value in excess of £55m financed by Aviva.
  • Acting in the new practice area of Natural Capital, advising property developers acquiring Bio Diversity Net Gain credits and Nutrient Credits and advising the creators of such credits and brokers of such credits. E.g. Greenshanks, Biodiversify and LNT.
  • Acting for Aldi Stores Limited in connection with its joining a number of reuse and recycling schemes, including that of Podback.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

The ‘brilliant’ Freeths LLP has a practice that encompasses transactional property work and regulatory matters, as well as development projects and joint venture arrangements, to name a few. Co-lead Nathan Holden has particular expertise in regard to property, such as disposals, compulsory purchase orders and acting for authorities in defending judicial review claims. Alongside him, Mitchell Ball‘s practice involves food retail development work and town centre regeneration, with vast experience in town planning.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden; Mitchell Ball

Other key lawyers:

Clare Taylor

Testimonials

‘The individuals are brilliant, but they also quickly and effortlessly combine to act in concert when required to provide synchronised and mutually reinforcing advice.’

‘The key strength of the team is that it consists mainly of former local government lawyers who have the “insiders” in-depth knowledge to be able to advise and find solutions.’

‘Nathan Holden in the Local Government team is consistently the most responsive compared to lawyers in other firms, applying his extensive experience and knowledge of local government practices and processes to help find practical solutions, often at extremely short notice.’

‘Nathan Holden’s understanding and sensitivities to local politics and governance issues make him stand out.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising on the acquisition by the North East Lincolnshire Council of the Freshney Place shopping centre and ongoing work around repurposing the space to revitalise the area.
  • Advising the Royal London Borough of Greenwich on the contractual arrangements for joining a Regional Adoption Agency.
  • Advising the Oxford City Council on its Blackbird Leys regeneration scheme, regarding housing development.

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

Freeths LLP‘s key area of expertise is in handling IP disputes, notably for consumer-facing brands and retailers. Other areas of expertise for the team include anti-counterfeit expertise, trademark filing and defamation cases, to name a few. Simon Barker leads the practice, acting on lots of high-profile IP disputes. Iona Silverman is another key contact at the firm. Martin Noble joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Simon Barker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Martin Noble is a highly capable lawyer in the soft IP field.’

‘Very proactive and commercial.’

‘Very clear advice, with risks explained and weighted.’

‘Simon Barker offers clear, sensible advice.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Poundland

Lyle & Scott

Shoezone

Leighton Vans

Euro Car Parts

Thornton Hundred Motorcycles

Sik Silk

Joseph

Tala

Laura Green

Travis Perkins

Tarmac

Eurocell

City Plumbing Supplies

Carlsberg

Charles Wells

NEC Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aldi in Marks and Spencer v Aldi Stores Limited in relation to M&S’s claim that Aldi’s Glitter Gin products infringed certain M&S Registered Designs. M&S were successful at trial but permission has been granted for Aldi to appeal the judgment so the case is ongoing.
  • Acted for Lyle & Scott in a case against American Eagle Outfitters concerning their respective “eagle” brands. The case concerned an historic co-existence agreement and passing off with parallel proceedings in the US.
  • Acting for Moviebox Megastores (International) Limited and other against Oriental Star Agencies Limited which controls the largest UK Bhangra catalogue in the world. The Claimants were fighting to defend against strikes being issued against the Claimants’ Youtube content for what they say are bogus and malicious copyright complaints.

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

Freeths LLP‘s practice routinely advises various clients on outsourcing projects and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) contracts, as well as assisting with GDPR-related issues. Mark Neale leads the practice, with extensive experience in assisting suppliers and customers with IT and data matters, alongside considerable expertise in working on large transactions. Nigel Gardner often aids clients with the application of automation and other IT solutions, while associate Shireen Eliyas‘s broad experience includes the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Neale

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are highly skilled and experienced, sharing unique insights to solve problems and offer potential solutions.’

‘They are very hands-on and join meetings, supporting our teams and working collaboratively.’

‘They are also very responsive and helped when timescales were tight.’

‘They are skilled, articulate and levelled.’

‘Competitive, risk averse problem solvers.’

Key clients

Tranxactor UK PTE Limited

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Cromwell Tools Limited

Fosse Healthcare Limited

Abode Systems Inc

Lyle & Scott Limited

Skarn Associates Limited

The British Dietetic Association

Wickes

Highbourne Group

PVH

ShoeZone

TerraQuest

NCR Ltd

Arkphire/Presidio

ALDI Stores Limited

Tarmac

Travis Perkins PLC

Carlsberg

Navitas Group

IPV Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised several different clients in relation to their arrangements for the implementation of complex, substantial and high-value automated/robotic warehouses, including ALDI’s largest ever distribution centre in Leicestershire.
  • Advising Tranxactor on its provision of IT solutions powering the Subway® App and Subcard® loyalty programme.
  • Acting for Cromwell Group/Grainger on the sale of specialised ERP solution Merlin Business Software Limited to US PE backed Aptean Limited.

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

Freeths LLP has an established reputation amongst Sheffield’s manufacturing and engineering businesses, as well as a growing practice advising technology clients. Peter Crawford heads the corporate team and has experience handling company acquisitions and disposals, fundraising, and joint venture matters. Meanwhile Roger Gough, who recently joined from DLA Piper, leads the commercial practice and has particular expertise in trading and supply agreements, and warehousing and transport contracts. Recently promoted partner Lisa Wallis is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Peter Crawford; Roger Gough

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Peter Crawford brings the main issues to the fore and has a great commercial outlook.’

Key clients

Additive Manufacturing Technologies

ATI Global group

Braintrain2020

Careport Group

Plus X

Powerstar

SynGenSys

UniHomes and Bills

TES Global Limited

Ibstock Brick

Highbourne Group-City Plumbing

Audio Technica

Maher

Work highlights

  • Advised The Floow and its former shareholders on their exit to NASDAQ listed Otonomo Technologies.
  • Advised the shareholders of the NAPIT Group on their exit to Phenna.
  • Advised the shareholders of WINCRO Holdings on their exit to an MBO team.

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

Freeths LLP is noted for having ‘a strong team of commercial litigators who are able to master any commercial claim efficiently and effectively.’ Group actions, competition litigation, international arbitration, and shareholder disputes form much of the work of the team, who also have a wealth of experience in professional negligence claims, pensions disputes, and banking and financial services disputes. ‘Incisive and quick to get down to business’ James Hartley is the head of the team that consists of ‘exceptional’ Lindsey Clegg, ‘excellent project manager’ Imogen Randall, and senior associate Chloe Oram, noted for her ‘excellent attention to detail and strategic judgement’. 

Practice head(s):

James Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong team of commercial litigators who are able to master any commercial claim efficiently and effectively.’

‘James Hartley is incisive and quick to get down to business.’

‘Lindsey Clegg is an exceptional lawyer, strong determined with serious experience and knowledge of arbitration and litigation. Clients from many spheres count themselves lucky to have Lindsey on their side.’

‘Lindsey Clegg – a commercially minded and astute litigator, who has handled a difficult and demanding client very well.’

‘I have worked on numerous cases with Freeths over the years. I would distill the best features of working with Freeths by focusing on three main areas: collaborative approach with counsel, client care and engagement, and diversity of the team.’

‘James Hartley (Partner): Very commercially astute. Makes big and important calls under pressure and in a manner that is calming for a client.’

‘Imogen Randall (Director): Excellent project manager of a case. Even in the most difficult and sprawling of cases, she’s able to substantively be across all issues and run a team in an efficient and effective manner.’

‘Chloe Oram (Senior Associate): Chloe is a pleasure to work with. As she has been taking on more responsibility for running cases in her own right, she continues to exhibit excellent attention to detail and strategic judgment, whilst always being attuned to her client’s needs every step of the way.’

Key clients

Post Office Group Action and current work with UK Government on Scheme design

Mayfly GWR Offshore Containers Industria e Commercio LTDA

Wealth at Work Limited

MGS Technical Plastics Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

A-Safe HQ Limited

Azex Leasing

Atlas International B.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing Mayfly GWR, the Brazilian subsidiary of a UK manufacturer in a complex, multi-jurisdiction, multi-contract dispute arising out of the breach of minimum purchase obligations.
  • Appointed by the UK Government to support and advise on the design and implementation of a compensation scheme for the circa 500 postmasters involved in the High Court Group Action against Post Office Limited.
  • Advising Azex Leasing Limited, an Irish domiciled aircraft lessor, and its Guarantor, Atlas International, in Commercial Court proceedings brought by the owner of several commercial passenger aircraft, Alterna, in a dispute involving complex points of law arising in the geo-political context of the outbreak of war and the interaction of the various international sanctions regimes.

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

The commercial dispute resolution team at Freeths LLP has a broad range of expertise, including acting on shareholder, technology, manufacturing and engineering, partnership and trust, and professional negligence disputes. Practice head James Berry has a broad practice that covers a variety of commercial disputes, including interim injunction applications and enforcement and insolvency-related issues. Also noted are Gary Duffy and Ciaran Dearden, both of whom handle shareholder and partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Berry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Freeths is overall amazing. They provide an excellent service and have different departments that can help with different issues. I would highly recommend them to anyone.’

‘They provide a personal and professional approach with easy to reach partners who treat you as a client.

‘We would say that Freeths have a diverse breadth of team members, with those individuals having the social and professional ability to communicate with us without feeling that they somewhat sit above us and with the more traditional legal approach. We would particularly mention James Berry, Ciaran Dearden and Gary Duffy.’

‘Dynamic, professional and commercial advice.’

‘Gary Duffy gives sound, tailored, logical and dynamic advice on a wide range of litigation issues encountered in the running of a business.’

‘Ciaran Dearden is a very strong, competent lawyer and easy to work with.’

‘Gary Duffy offers a service beyond his price point, is very hands-on and takes a sensible and commercial view of matters.’

Key clients

Advanced Alloys Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

Queenscourt Limited

Canning Conveyor Co. Limited

Spencer Technologies Inc

Clear Line Maintenance Ltd

Ant Marketing Limited

Planet X Ltd

MGS Technical Plastics Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national insolvency practitioner in respect of litigation involving a large construction company.
  • Acting for the shareholder of international hotel brands valued at circa €65m in a cross-border shareholder and director dispute which involves issues of diversion of business opportunities, misfeasance, misappropriation, fraud and tax evasion.
  • Acting for a supplier to the bulking handling industry with a circa £600,000 professional negligence claim against a firm of structural engineers in relation to the catastrophic failure of a ship-to-shore conveyor at a major shipping port used by major companies.

Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

Freeths LLP's 'modern practice' covers the full range of employment work, advising and providing HR support to a number of major national clients across the engineering, food and drink, sport, travel, healthcare, and technology sectors. The team has an established track record defending Employment Tribunal claims and in redundancy exercises, with the newly promoted Tom Draper conducting his own advocacy and working with a number of large public and private sector organisations. Senior Associate Toby Pochron has a specialist interest in data protection and trade union work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Draper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are down-to-earth and understand that the practicalities of running a business mean you need them to give you pragmatic advice and they have done this very well for us, both in relation to general questions and detailed legal issues over a number of years.’

‘Tom Draper continually gives solid advice on a range of complex employment matters.’

‘The Freeths Sheffield employment team are pragmatic, commercially aware, astute and informed. They have taken the time to understand the intricacies of our organisation to deliver an informed perspective on issues, acting as a true business partner. Knowing our business and what is important to us allows the Freeths team to pre-empt issues proactively, allowing us to address them at the root cause.’

‘Tom Draper continues to build an outstanding employment team in Sheffield. The bench strength of the team from partner down is exceptional and evident in the development and progression from trainees through to senior positions, a responsibility for which Tom Draper takes personal ownership.’

‘Freeths is a modern practice. Communication is simple and understandable, and they are down-to-earth, extremely helpful and make me feel confident.’

‘Toby Pochoran is great to work with and he uses language that helps me understand complex legislation. He never sits on the fence, he always tells me what my options and the risks are and supports me through them. I always feel confident with what I am doing after I have taken advice and support from Toby.’

‘The employment law team at Freeths are knowledgeable, responsive and work in partnership with our internal people and legal teams. They work flexibly according to our specific needs on an issue, positioning their engagement on a case-by-case basis. They are friendly, professional and our go-to employment advisers.’

‘We work with Toby Pochron, who exemplifies everything we see in Freeths. He offers professional and practical advice that is always specific to our business requirements. He works in close partnership with our teams as a truly trusted adviser.’

Key clients

NG Bailey Group

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Limited

Queenscourt Limited

ASK4 Group

NTT Data UK Limited

AESSEAL plc

Ant Marketing Limited

Northern Taxis Limited

Progressive Care Limited

Abbey Care & Nursing

Cathelco Limited

In-Part Publishing Limited

Abbotsbury Contractors Limited

Nimble Delivery Limited

Elevation Recruitment Limited

Tessian Limited

Boynton Bros. & Hallam (Ranskill) Limited

InfoTrack limited

St Luke’s Hospice

Tutora Limited

Litigationware Limited

Blossom View Respite Unit Limited

Ivy Cottage Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Boynton Bros. Hallam (Ranskill) Limited on urgent employment matters when its tyre recycling business was forced to close after a catastrophic fire.
  • Defended GDMA Care Group in an Employment Tribunal claim for breach of contract.
  • Assisted Northern Taxis on reforming their internal HR governance.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The restructuring and insolvency team at Freeths LLP is led by Oliver Jackson in Sheffield, and Helen Bates in Leeds. The team specialises in complex corporate insolvency and restructuring for clients in industries from retail to construction, as well as the banking and financial services sectors. Managing associate Isobel Callaghan has experience leading on high-value work in this space, both contentious and non-contentious.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Jackson; Helen Bates

Other key lawyers:

Isobel Callaghan; Thomas Childs

Testimonials

‘They are personable and very easy to work with. Restructuring and insolvency knowledge and expertise is second to none without the jargon and they work hand in hand to solve matters.’

‘Helen Bates is an expert in her field and kept me informed from start to finish. Very professional.’

‘Open, honest and transparent advice is given. Fee quotes are transparent and adhered to, without any surprises materialising when a bill is received. Most importantly advice is commercially realistic.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Interpath Ltd

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

James Cowper LLP t/a James Cowper Kreston

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)

ELS Advisory Limited

Focus Insolvency Group

Opus Restructuring LLP (Nottingham)

Clough Corporate Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising TGTC on the acquisition of the business and assets of The Garden Trading Company, which is in administration.
  • Advising the administrator of Bio Pack, a company which manufactures and distributes compostable eco-friendly sustainable packaging.

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

Freeths LLP‘s environment team is well-regarded for its ability to handle matters related to natural and wildlife law and regularly provides regulatory advice on the biodiversity and pollution impacts of large infrastructure schemes and development projects. The team is particularly active on questions surrounding the post-Brexit development of British natural environment law, advising clients such as the Office for Environmental Protection and acting in high-profile disputes on the issue. The practice is led by Sheffield-based lawyer Penny Simpson, who is widely regarded as an expert on natural capital and natural environment issues and has handled a number of regulatory due diligence issues as well as criminal investigations. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Leeds-based environmental planning expert Alison Ogley from Walker Morris LLP in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Penny Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team on environmental regulation.’

Key clients

Abbey Developments Limited

C Squared Property Developments Limited

Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management

City Plumbing Supplies Limited

Defence Infrastructure

Shropshire Council

Office for Environmental Protection

Southern Water Services Limited

United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Advised the CCSF Defence Infrastructure Organisation on its crucial applications for abstraction licences to allow its Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) military facility in Wiltshire to continue to operate with abstracted water supplies.
  • Advised the Office for Environmental Protection since its inception on matters such as emerging government policies and draft legislation relating to environmental law.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 3

Fielding a ‘true partner-led service’, Freeths LLP regularly assists clients on M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions. Practice head Tom Rowley acts for clients across a range of sectors on the full gamut of transactional and commercial matters. The ‘gifted’ Francis Dalton  has particular expertise in funding rounds and M&A, notably acting for regulated tech and IP-focused companies. The team has recently been strengthened by a number of new recruits from BDB Pitmans, including Angelina Mikelove Szentpali and Robert Chidley, who joined in October 2022 and November 2022, respectively. Peter Hill retired in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rowley

Other key lawyers:

Francis Dalton; Robert Chidley; Matthew Cooper; Naomi Spring

Testimonials

‘It is a true partner-led service it doesn’t just say that it is and a true team where members can dip in and out of projects and the service level, expertise and historical client knowledge is not impaired. Lots of firms say it but few actually deliver that.’

‘Francis Dalton is gifted technically with an ability to distill and explain complicated points and find practical commercial solutions with a really pragmatic approach – a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Vero Screening Limited

Templars Medical

Solomon Capital Holdings

Samskip Multimodal BV

Phenutest Diagnostics Limited

Tescan Medical

Autins Group Plc

Hanover Investors Management LLP

Celeres Investment Limited

Perci Health Ltd

Hexagon Intergraph

Cambridge Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Vero Screening Limited on sale to Accurate Background, the largest privately held provider of compliant background checks, drug and health screening and monitoring solutions in the USA.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of their entire issued share capital of Optimal Medical Limited, a company based in Skipton to a Swedish publicly-listed company, Dedicare A.B..
  • Acted on the c. USD 250m sale of Tescan Orsay Holding a.s., a Czech-incorporated company in the life sciences sector, by a dozen different sellers in the Czech Republic and France to global investment PE firm Carlyle.

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 3

Mark Keeley –  Freeths LLP  Nottingham-based Mark Keeley at Freeths LLP is 'a top-notch mediator. He is wonderful with clients and puts everyone at ease, but also combines this with a razor-sharp mind. He can crack cases that nobody else can'. Undertaking 53 mediations in 2022, Keely specialises in contentious trust and probate disputes, as well as professional negligence claims.Paul Balen – Freeths LLP  Freeths LLP's consultant Paul Balen conducted over 40 mediations during 2022. Balen is widely respected for his experience in mediating clinical negligence and personal injury matters.

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

The team at Freeths LLP offers a wide range of advice to its extensive client base with particular expertise in matters relating to state aid and subsidy control, planning, real estate, public procurement, governance, and regeneration. The team is also adept in handling employment matters and commercial disputes. Practice head Jackie Heeds draws on extensive experience leading significant infrastructure projects, transactions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Heeds

Testimonials

‘A very collaborative approach where Freeths were commissioned jointly by us and the other party to draft an agreement. This was done thoroughly with risks and remedials discussed and agreed in an open and transparent manner.’

‘Jackie Heeds was very thorough and committed to completing the tasks on hand. She was always available to explain and work through solutions that were acceptable to both the parties.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

Work highlights

  • Supporting Wigan Council and procurement consultants on all steps of a £130 million project securing the redevelopment of Wigan Town Centre, including satisfying the pre-conditions of the development agreement, dealing with construction documentation relating to the demolition of the site, and advising on the property management contract.
  • Advising Allerdale Borough Council on issues relating to the successful receipt of a number of Government grants, including Levelling-Up Grants related to the town centre redevelopment, Local Enterprise partnership Growth deal re Lillyhall Industrial Area, and Green Homes Grant agreements.

Real estate > Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 3

The team at Freeths LLP‘s Liverpool office, well-regarded for its ‘outstanding commercial approach to real estate legal transactions’, is co-led by property finance expert Andrew Nichol, and Luke Hopkins, who assists a reputable portfolio of institutional lenders, including The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, HSBC Bank plc and Lloyds Bank plc. The team often assists such clients in the provision of high-value loans in relation to significant acquisitions and developments. The team has been consolidated by legal director Mark Alexander, who joined from Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP in August 2022, where he was head of real estate.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Nichol; Luke Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Mark Alexander; Joei Chung

Testimonials

‘Great communication and pragmatic when problems arise. Accessibility is key when working with solicitors and Freeths are always on hand.’

‘It’s rare you find good solicitors that put their ego aside for the greater good of the client, but that’s what the team at Freeths provides.’

‘They are very knowledgeable, approachable and fast, particularly Andrew Nichol.’

‘An outstanding commercial approach to real estate legal transactions that cuts through the minutiae of contracts and legal jargon. The team is appropriately results-driven.’

‘A personable and discreet service that delivers results.’

‘The team has a broad level of experience across property and finance departments. The team are small enough to be very nimble which, coupled with their can-do attitude, makes them an attractive proposition when seeking bank-side solicitors.’

‘Typically, the team are accessible, and always available to discuss how best to structure a transaction. They are looking for ways to do a deal, not kill it.’

Key clients

Unity Trust Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Handelsbanken plc

Ahli United Bank (UK) plc

Santander UK plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Trophy Homes Limited

Pure Residential & Commercial Limited

Iliad Group

Nicholson Group

Shape Land & Property

Reciprocal Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Unity Trust Bank plc in the provision of a loan of £8.69m to Wey Securities Limited for the acquisition of New Bond Street Shopping Centre for £15,9m.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank plc in the provision of a loan of £8m to The Hub Salford Limited for the refinance of a portfolio of 23 residential properties located in Manchester with portfolio value of over £13m.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Known for its expertise in the drinks and hospitality sector, the team at Freeths LLP dispenses ‘first-class‘ advice to insolvency practitioners, and insolvent pubs and restaurants. Simon Hobbs and Caroline Watson jointly lead the practice from Milton Keynes and Oxford respectively. Hobbs ‘never misses the important details‘ when acting for liquidators and administrators in matters concerning the recovery of assets from suppliers, customers, and directors of insolvent companies; while Watson leads the Oxford practice, maintaining a dispute resolution-focused practice. In Milton Keynes, Adam Boyd has ample expertise in assisting tenant restaurant operators with insolvency related property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hobbs; Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:

Adam Boyd; Tom Holden

Testimonials

‘First-class legal advice, a firm which understands its clients and fosters an exceptional working relationship.’

‘Simon Hobbs never misses the important details. Develops excellent relationships with clients to fully understand their needs.’

‘Tom Holden is an incredibly hardworking lawyer who fights hard to push for the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory Group Plc

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Mazars LLP

Opus Restructuring LLP

Azets Holdings Limited t/a Azets UK

Fortis Advisory Limited

BRI (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Joint Liquidators in defending a claim against EHW (the Part 20 Defendant) for a contribution and indemnity made by the Defendant/Part 20 Claimant in the Business and Property Courts in Liverpool Technology and Construction Court (QBD).

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

Freeths LLP fields a core team focused on clean energy projects and transactions; as well as advising across the gamut of traditional renewables issues, including those relating to wind, solar and energy from waste, the group is also increasingly active in the hydrogen and nuclear spaces. Rhianna Wilsher has established a niche expertise in solid heat networks issues, while Duncan Tringham and Emily Settle bring real estate and corporate knowledge, respectively, to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rhianna Wilsher; Duncan Tringham; Emily Settle

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bray; Coralie McKeivor; Meryon Roderick; Ben Nolan

Testimonials

‘The teamwork is excellent, lawyers are almost always available, and when they aren’t someone else is lined up to step in, they do a great job and the client always knows who to contact.’

‘The practitioners are down to earth people it is really easy to build a relationship with. I will definitely instruct them again on our next renewables project.’

‘Rhianna Wilsher is great – she is personable and so easy to deal with. Her knowledge of the industry is great, but she is practical and pragmatic.’

‘The team, especially Rhianna Wilsher, is very personable which makes it very enjoyable to work with them – particularly important on very protracted negotiations that take years, rather than weeks or months.’

‘They are particularly skilled at taking complex technical energy matters (that clients are not well versed in) and explaining them clearly and in practical terms, in a down-to-earth manner which makes it much easier for their clients to make decisions.’

‘They are clearly experienced in the energy market and I value the examples they can bring of their experience from other deals.’

‘Personal, helpful and practical approach.’

‘I would say that the individuals I’ve dealt with have known their topics very well, looked at delivering practical solutions whilst ensuring that I, as a client, am protected.’

Key clients

Centrica plc, Centrica Business Solutions/ Centrica Energy Assets

Solos Power

SmartParc

Photovolt Development Partners GmbH

Countryside Properties UK Ltd

ENGIE

ENGIE Fabricom UK

London Borough of Ealing

Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth City Council

Adam James Limited

Euro Garages Limited

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

RE Projects Developments Limited

Clean Earth Energy Group

Catalyst Capital

BioDynamic

Work highlights

  • Advising SmartParc on the development and operation of managed services, and the electricity, heat and cooling provisions for a £300m food manufacturing estate and shared distribution hub in Derbyshire.
  • Advising Photovolt on its proposed Botley West scheme which relates to a major solar development.
  • Advising Clean Earth on a wind energy scheme involving the development of a turbine to supply 9m kW hours of renewable electricity to the AB Inbev brewery in Magor, Wales.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Freeths LLP‘s strong focus on telecoms, notably in Electronic Communications Code, cases is complemented by advice across the spectrum of property law, such as rights of light and dilapidation cases. The firm’s Bristol offering is spearheaded by Daniel Cuthbert, who draws superlative praise from clients and is noted for his fluency in Electronic Communications Code cases. Ella Carroll‘s contentious practice includes site clearances, tenant renewals, and telecoms work.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Cuthbert

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Freeths is extremely knowledgeable on telecoms and the Electronic Communications Code. Its work is very thorough, and it makes efforts to explain issues in a very efficient, concise way.’

‘Dan Cuthbert’s knowledge is outstanding, and he is at the forefront of all changes and new ideas.’

‘Ella Carroll is very knowledgeable and very thorough with good attention to detail.’

‘The firm is very adaptive and always able to communicate remotely at very short notice, especially by video conference. A very strong specialism in the Electronic Communications Code, and one of the very top firms in that particular area.’

‘Dan Cuthbert is very amenable and highly knowledgeable especially in the field of telecoms and regarding the Electronic Communications Code. He is a pleasure to work with, and a real specialist in that field – in the top two or three partners in the country.’

Ella Carroll is a highly efficient and capable associate, especially in the field of telecoms (Electronic Communications Code). She is a real specialist in that field, of which there are not many.’

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

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

Housing Gateway Limited

Otto Management Company Ltd

Carrington, Lord, Trustees of the 1963 Settlement

Flamingo Horticulture Investments Limited

Glenmore Business Park (Andover) Limited

TA Copas Family Settlement

Leicester City Council

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

GBE (Chartist) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the West London Alliance on the roll-out of open access agreements for micro cells across 200,000 street furniture in seven London Boroughs.
  • Represented the London Borough of Hackney in a case  concerning the rights of site providers to impose Health and Safety requirements on operators when accessing residential tower blocks.
  • Acted on behalf of an individual in EE Ltd & Anor v Stephenson & Anor [2022] a case that provided clarity for operators and landowners on the Electronic Communications Code.

Employment Tier 3

The ‘reliable and responsive’ team at Freeths LLP acts for many key private sector clients as well as a significant number of public and educational sector clients. Rebecca Sawbridge heads the Birmingham employment team and is skilled at advising on all areas of employment law. The group is renowned for its work on complex restructures and TUPE matters as well as matters relating to the ‘gig economy’ and employment status.

Practice head(s):

Rena Magdani; David Potter; Rebecca Sawbridge

Key clients

Goodridge Limited

Paul Smith Limited

AP Racing Limited

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

The Freeths LLP team has particular expertise in regard to acting for funders in healthcare, as well as the manufacturing and construction sectors, to name a few. Key contact James Dyson specialises in corporate lending transactions, such as acquisition finance and leveraged buy-outs, for a variety of clients.

Practice head(s):

Chris Freeston (Nottingham)

Other key lawyers:

James Dyson; Ateeq Ahmed; Charlotte Beddows; Katherine Ferrari-Bradley

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 finance facilities to Retail & Asset Solutions Group to support a management buy-out and the exit of incumbent private equity investor, LDC.
  • Advised Clydesdale Bank on the provision of senior term loan and working capital facilities to a private equity (NVM) backed newco to support its acquisition of specialist electronics business Easby Group.
  • Advised Beechbrook Capital on the extension of its existing term loan facility to United Tooling Solutions to support the acquisition of three complementary businesses.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Mark Keeley  heads the department at Freeths LLP - he divides his time between Birmingham and Nottingham. Keeley has regularly been appointed by the court to act as an independent replacement trustee/ administrator in numerous contested estates. Managing associate, Max Orbach, plays a pivotal role in the Birmingham offering. The group is skilled at handling high-value contentious trusts and probate litigation ranging from removal applications to professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keeley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Freeths are undoubtedly one of the leading contentious trust and probate teams in the Midlands. They have strength in depth from Mark Keeley who leads the team, through their various partners and associates. Strong technically but always very pragmatic’.

‘Mark Keeley is an extremely capable lawyer with strong knowledge and tactical acumen. He is very ably assisted by Max Orbach’.

‘Freeths is one my favourite firms and this team is no exception. They really know their stuff and go the extra mile for their clients. They focus on the clients’ aims and deliver’.

‘Max Orbach is excellent and really does his absolute best for clients in all circumstances’.

‘Mark Keeley is a very smart, tough but sensible litigator, who because of his vast experience as a mediator is very well tuned to how to find a good resolution’.

‘The stand out aspect of this firm is the breadth of experience in this field, with excellent resources behind them. They have top quality partners and associates all dedicated to trusts and probate work so that any clients knows in serious litigation they have a heavy hitting team on their side’.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

With an established practice handling procurement and dispute resolution, Freeths LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, including energy, oil and gas, and engineering. Perveen Akhter leads the practice, focusing on non-contentious matters in both the private and public sectors, with clients such as local authorities, contractors, consultants, banks and education institutions. Akhter also focuses her practice on renewable energy. Alex Johnson leads the team’s contentious offering, assisting in a variety of construction and engineering disputes, often with an international component.

Practice head(s):

Perveen Akhter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced construction lawyers working in small teams who have a pragmatic approach to achieving resolution of disputes in the most effective way for their clients.’

‘Alex Johnson: what stands out for me is his approach to the challenges, keeping an open mind to and exploring possible options before deciding on a course of action and not sticking to a “cookie-cutter” methodology.’

Key clients

Aldi

Tarmac

Gleeds

Landmark Power Holdings

PCE Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank Limited

Hive Energy (UK)

Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited

London Luton Airport

Porcelanosa (South East) Limited

Catalyst Capital

Cambridge Power

Work highlights

  • Advising Landmark Power Holdings on its second project for the design and construction of a flex power plus and carbon capture utilisation and storage plant.
  • Counselling Hive Energy on the design, installation, testing and commissioning of a 13.1 MWp ground-mounted solar PV plant.
  • Acting for the project company funded by Catalyst Capital in relation to the EPC turnkey contract for a large-scale 100MW battery storage project in Yorkshire.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

Freeths LLP’s is well versed in handling tax litigation and tax structuring matters. The team is headed by Bob Neal from Nottingham; in Sheffield, Adrian Hackett is noted for his expertise in handling investment fund structuring matters, as is senior associate Alex Angelides. Director Claire Boyce handles tax issues in M&A transactions, exit planning, and corporate reorganisation and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Bob Neal

Key clients

Stay Properties ApS

The Floow Limited

Napit Group Limited

BE Content Solutions Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Stay Properties ApS on the demerger and wider reorganisation of the property-holding structure of the STAY Properties ApS group, which was comprised of the transfer of the UK care homes from Danish K/S entities to a common UK intermediary holding company.
  • Advised The Floow Limited on the sale of Direct Line Insurance Group plc and other shareholders of the Floow Limited, to Otonomo Technologies.
  • Advised and structured the sale of Napit Group Limited to Phenna Group Limited.

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Freeths LLP works primarily with smaller pensions schemes, offering services to assist in a range of matters, including regulatory issues and criminal claims. Kim Jones heads the national pensions practice from Leeds, with the pensions aspects of transactions being a particular focus of her work. Director Nigel Jones also has transactional expertise, with a specialism in M&A pensions work. Director Max Ballad joined the group in early 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kim Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are innovative and have strong technical capabilities. They have been able to identify innovative solutions for complex issues.’

‘Kim Jones is personable and attentive, ensuring excellent client services are delivered.’

‘Nigel Jones has strong technical knowledge and is able to identify innovative solutions for complex issues.

‘Freeths provides a team with a combination of strong commercial understanding of small and medium-sized entities with great technical knowledge of pensions law.’

‘Kim Jones is a very personable partner, with great communication skills and commercial acumen.’

‘Nigel Jones is a really good lawyer who combines technical capability with the ability to create practical solutions.’

Key clients

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

Freeths LLP’s Leeds-based team is led by director Mark Heppinstall. The team is experienced in working with business owners and those with agricultural and multiple property interests, carrying out family work from financial remedy cases to children disputes. Its children work typically involves complex situations such as parental investigation and alienation. As part of a full-service firm, the team is able to refer clients for support regarding employment, tax, trusts and estate planning concerns.

Practice head(s):

Mark Heppinstall

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Scullion

Testimonials

‘Mark Heppinstall is an excellent solicitor. I have known him for many years and I find him very knowledgeable and thorough.’

‘Mark Heppinstall is extremely down to earth and not confrontational in any way. He works hard to find a solution.’

‘Sarah Scullion has been a very good and astute addition to the team at Freeths. She shows great expertise as a more junior solicitor and is collaboratively trained. It is clear that he has a real knack for family law. Her client care skills are excellent.’

‘I have worked on a number of occasions with Mark Heppinstall. He is approachable, and I have found him to provide helpful and timely input when called on.’

‘I have worked with Mark Heppinstall and Sarah Scullion. They are both extremely committed individuals with a high level of client care and able to deal with the most complex of cases in an efficient and sensitive manner.

‘They offer an excellent client service – with a strong team having knowledge of the law; how to effectively address the issues and good back-up and resources.’

‘Mark Heppinstall is a good negotiator, but a strong fighter, when required.’

Sarah and Mark are extremely thorough in their preparation, are able to manage clients’ expectations and provide high-quality advice. It is a pleasure as counsel to receive briefs from this firm, as I know they are always comprehensive and detailed.’

Work highlights

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

Sitting within the firm’s national local government team, Freeths LLP‘s Yorkshire-based practitioners are particularly active on real estate projects, including investment and development transactions. Liz Banks heads up the group in Leeds and advises clients on investment acquisitions, portfolio management issues, land disposals and developments. The group also leverages the knowledge of various team members in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):

Liz Banks

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising North East Lincolnshire Council on the acquisition by the council of the Freshney Place shopping centre and ongoing work around the repurposing space to revitalise the area.
  • Advising Shropshire Council on unlocking air quality impact environmental law constraints to obtaining planning permission for the council’s Shrewsbury North-West Relief Road project.
  • Advising Leeds City Council in connection with the disposal of various brownfield land sites for housing development.

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

Freeths LLP’s commercial property practice excels at advising national retailers and corporate entities and is noted by clients as being ‘a joy to work with’. National clients such as Aldi Stores and Travelodge Hotels frequently instruct the firm on strategic land and property development matters. The team also frequently works with property developers and holding entities in connection with transactional and financing matters. Retail development expert Liz Banks leads the team together with key investment contacts John Flathers and Jonathan Crew.

Practice head(s):

John Flathers; Liz Banks; Jonathan Crew

Other key lawyers:

Emma Medina-Wallace; Tristan Milner

Testimonials

‘The team are a joy to work with. They provide easy to understand, pragmatic advice and work with me to obtain the desired end result efficiently and effectively.’

‘John Flathers provides practical advice which is easy to understand and works with me to achieve the results I require.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

C.P. Hart & Sons

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Hargreaves Services PLC

KCS Development Limited

Magnet Limited

PPG Architectural Services UK Limited (Johnstones Paints)

Samara Group

The Gym Group

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Wickes Building Supplies Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on Henry Boot Developments’ sale of its interest in a Joint Venture with Huddersfield & Calderdale Trust for £20m.
  • Advised on a £19.4m forward funding agreement for Travelodge Hotels in connection with a new 113-bed hotel in Chiswick.
  • Advised on the refinancing of a significant number of investment properties (13 freehold and 17 leasehold) for Samara Properties.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Freeths LLP stands out for its ability to handle a large volume of disputes, with clients in the energy, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in particular instructing the team to handle claims related to damages, defects, contract breaches and accounts. The team is also active on non-contentious procurement work, assisting clients such as Travelodge and Glenbrook with a number of developments. Practice head Rachael Yates is a key contact for energy and utilities clients seeking advice in disputes, and Dominic Canning is recommended for his advice on contracting matters.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Yates

Other key lawyers:

Marie Mulligan; Dominic Canning; Hannah Ley

Testimonials

‘Very much on top of all the details. Very familiar with procedural aspects of litigation, arbitration and adjudication. Excellent on the technical detail.’

‘A very, very solid offering. They should be the first port of call for anyone in the area (or further afield).’

‘We have been working closely with Freeths LLP for a few years now. Freeths have been reviewing all our non-contentious construction legal work during this period. We find Freeths to be diligent, helpful, forthcoming and proactive.’

‘Marie Mulligan is diligent in her work and can be counted on for a clear and concise reporting of the issues in hand. Marie has managed to understand the legal issues and risks associated with our business when advising us on the matters that are crucial to us as a company. This enables her to prioritise the issues for us, and any meeting with her is efficient and productive.  I have never had the feeling there is any bit of information she is not completely savvy in. It is a pleasure working with Marie and the support she is offering to us is unmatched.’

‘Freeths always look for practical solutions that make commercial sense. The construction team are all very approachable and easy to work with, even in the most challenging situations.’

‘Racheal Yates offers exceptional attention to detail and is essential in construction disputes.’

‘Concise, direct, clear advice.’

‘Marie Mulligan has exceptional knowledge of her sector. Very clear advice without making matters overly complex.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Equans Fabricom UK Limited

Glenbrook

Huber Car Park Systems

Travelodge Hotel Limited

Travis Perkins

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equans Fabricom UK Limited in a dispute with MW High Tech Projects UK Limited regarding the Energy Works Hull EfW project.
  • Advised Travelodge Hotels Limited on securing £19.4m of funding from RTP Global Real Estate for the construction of a new 113-bedroom hotel in Chiswick.
  • Acted for Glenbrook on three high-value and high-profile build to rent developments with a total value exceeding £100m.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Freeths LLPtakes a pragmatic and commercial view, while providing clear concise advice and options‘. Well known for both high-value and high-profile litigation, the practice is headed by London managing partner Philippa Dempster, ‘a leader in her field‘, whose caseload encompasses both UK and international disputes, along with defamation and data-related claims. Nick Sutton joined as partner in September 2022 from Fletcher Day to bolster the firm’s commercial litigation and insurance disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Dempster

Other key lawyers:

Nick Sutton; Imogen Randall; Samantha Fleming; Sajjid Kurmani; Petya Koycheva

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the law, but takes a pragmatic and commercial view, while providing clear concise advice and options.’

‘Philippa Dempster – a leader in her field, and a great communicator who provides a range of solutions from a commercial angle.’

Petya Koycheva is very thorough and provides clear, concise advice.

Key clients

Lyle & Scott

Eddie Stobart

Work highlights

  • Acting for Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in connection with social media and LinkedIn posts, alleging that the BCI’s board and senior management were acting contrary to good ethics and the Institute’s constitution.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Freeths LLP’s cross-office retail and consumer team is well versed in work relating to sustainability, strategic partnerships and M&A, as well as covering IP disputes, acting for trade bodies, start-ups, and established brands. Philippa Dempster heads the practice and advises on commercial agreements, including outsourcing, franchising, supply chain agreements, and logistics issues. Managing associate Jessica Matthews is recommended for her expertise advising clients in the luxury goods and technology industries.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Dempster

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aldi

PVH

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

Travis Perkins

TALA

Lyle & Scott Limited

Time Products (UK) Limited

Unilever

Paul Smith Limited

L’Oreal

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company Limited (“CMBC”)

Scotch Corner Designer Village

Poundstretcher

Pukka Pies

Dreams

Wickes

Magnet Limited

Self-Portrait

JOSEPH

Euro Garages

Alumier Labs UK Limited

Hello Fresh UK

Work highlights

  • Assisting PVH with the negotiation of contracts with Heathrow Airport and various suppliers of customer services, payment services and operational support in order to set up a new retail reserve and collect model for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
  • Successfully settled a major trade mark and passing off claim for fashion brand Lyle & Scott against American Eagle Outfitters.
  • Advising influencer Grace Beverley on the follow-on and angel investments, following on from successful assistance with a seed investment of £4.2m to expand her fast-growing sustainable activewear label.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 4

The majority of Freeths LLP ’clients are brain injured and have received multi-million-pound compensation awards. It also has considerable experience of working with elderly clients. The group is particularly skilled at handling welfare work, as well as property and affairs matters. Natasha Molloy and Melanie Williams co-head the department. Williams and Jane Maitland are both appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s Panel of Deputies.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Molloy; Melanie Williams

Other key lawyers:

Jane Maitland; Navada Ward

Testimonials

‘Melanie Williams is the head of the team. Melanie has been appreciative, I believe, of our collaborative approach and I feel we work well together in solving issues that arise’.

‘Melanie Williams is an experienced and highly capable practitioner’.

‘I have worked with the CoP team for many years and am always impressed with their dedication and particular attention to detail’.

‘Focused, engaged, personal, and real knowledge of the clients as people’.

‘Freeths CoP team works in a collaborative way with the client, their family members and also the wider professional network. They are approachable and flexible in their approach’.

‘Natasha Molloy heads the service and provides stability and expertise in supporting her colleagues. She has a straightforward approach and is clear and articulate when querying issues or when taking decisions’.

‘Navada Ward is responsive and clear in her manner. She is organised and open to discussion over decisions to be made’.

‘Always keeping the best interest of her client at the front of their minds the team at Freeths offer a professional and supportive service’.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Freeths LLP‘s team is well-equipped to manage a range of matters in power. A portion of the team’s workload is formed of clean energy-related projects, with multiple members who specialise in this area, particularly in electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure work. There is also a heat networks sub-team led by director Rhianna Wilsher, who ‘stands out from the crowd’, and a hydrogen sub-team led by managing associate Liam O’Flynn. Clare King heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Clare King

Other key lawyers:

Liam O’Flynn; Rhianna Wilsher

Testimonials

‘A knowledgeable, commercial and accessible team.’

‘Strong communication skills, a commercial approach and a breadth and depth of knowledge.’

‘The team is diverse with a deep understanding of the clean energy market.’

‘Clare King is very knowledgeable and well-connected. She is also very commercially-minded. Liam O’Flynn is extremely bright and passionate about the clean energy market.’

‘The corporate team deliver a very efficient and effective service – they are highly organised and understand the key issues that need to be addressed.’

‘The team is very well-coordinated with a good activity rate, they are very thorough and know their area extremely well. Personable and easy to work with .’

‘Freeths take a very hands-on, practical approach to supporting and guiding clients through agreements. The standout difference for me is that they feel like part of our internal team, they take real ownership of challenges and protection of our interests.’

‘Rhianna Wilsher stands out from the crowd. Without Rhianna’s support and guidance through a challenging set of technical agreements we would not be in the strong position we’re in today.’

Key clients

Centrica plc

ENGIE

Vital Energi Limited

Cambridge Power Limited

Photovolt Development Partners GmbH

Funds advised by Catalyst Capital LLP

Greensphere Capital and its group companies (Western Bio Energy and Duranta Energy)

Wattstor Limited and certain of its shareholders

Hive Energy UK

Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth City Council

Clean Earth Energy Group

Corona Energy

SmartParc

Solos Power

Opium Power

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Greenshanks Limited

Landmark Power

NNB Generation Company

Countryside Properties

RE Projects Developments Limited

Adam James Limited

London Borough of Ealing

Work highlights

  • Advising Cambridge Power on its entry into a strategic framework with Brookfield Renewables for the delivery of 985MW of battery storage and co-located solar PV projects in the UK.
  • Supporting Centrica PLC’s strategic plan to deliver 900MW of solar and BESS assets by 2026 via numerous energy project acquisitions.
  • Advising Photovolt Development Partners on the development of Europe’s largest ever solar farm, with a potential capacity of 840MW.

Transport > Rail Tier 4

Tom Johnson and Michael Bray co-lead the practice at Freeths LLP. It has a broad range of experience in diverse areas such as rolling stock financing, procurement, leasing and maintenance, as well as rail regulation and health and safety issues. Johnson has extensive experience of advising on a wide variety of rail-related matters, both in the UK and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Tom Johnson; Michael Bray

Other key lawyers:

Iain Bowler

Testimonials

‘Our work has been managed by Tom Johnson. He has the combination of substantial experience in these type of transactions and understanding of our business sector, which allows him to support and advise on our negotiations’.

‘I think the team brings different levels of experience and expertise and can rely on each other for support to offer clients an all round legal service’.

‘I have worked with Tom Johnson and sat opposite Iain Bowler, so know them both. What I like is that both operate fairly, whichever side they represent they obviously want the best for their clients’.

‘I am familiar with Tom Johnson from his previous roles at Norton Rose. He is a very capable asset finance lawyer’.

‘Tom Johnson is a very capable and committed asset finance lawyer’.

Key clients

Porterbrook

GB Railfreight

Tronos Limited

Tronos AG

Vivarail Limited

HS1

Crown Commercial Services Public Sector Legal Services, Lot 3

Leicester City Council

Walsall Council

Travis Perkins Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising GBRf in relation to the leasing of certain locomotives from A Locomotive Pool Structure 3 Ltd., a subsidiary of Akiem S.A.
  • Advising Vivarail Limited on matters of contractual interpretation arising in relation to a rolling stock purchase contract.
  • Advising Leicester City Council on its ambitious plans to transform the entrance to Leicester’s historic railway station, securing £18m of Government Levelling Up Funding and match funded by a further £5m – £m of local authority monies.

Employment Tier 4

Roundly praised by clients in the retail, hospitality and leisure, warehousing and logistics sectors, the ‘incredibly approachable’ employment team at Freeths LLP is noted for its broad contentious and non-contentious expertise. Recently appointed team head Laura Tracey is the primary driver in the firm’s steady stream of corporate-related mandates, routinely advising on mass consultations and the transfer of employees as part of commercial mergers and acquisitions, as well as drafting and negotiating supporting documents such as Asset Purchase Agreements. Lynne Ingram has been active in a variety of claims that have been both settled through mediation and progressed through to hearings, while also being a key figure in the practice’s audit and assessment work, most recently evaluating a clients’ diversity and inclusive initiatives, while Matt Fraser focuses on restructuring and redundancy matters.

Practice head(s):

Laura Tracey

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Igram; Matt Fraser

Testimonials

‘Quick turnaround when feedback required from other internal teams for example the tax team quickly feeding back to the employment team.’

‘I find the team at Freeths incredibly approachable. Emails are dealt with and responded to in a very efficient and timely manner. They listen and are very understanding to our needs and always provide a helpful practical response.’

 

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Emma Bridgewater Limited

Churchill China PLC

Portmeirion Group PLC

Gu Indulgent Foods Limited

National Portrait Gallery

Leek United Building Society

DBS Online Limited

Horizon Care & Education Limited

Zetar Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a manufacturer of a global consumer brand on the termination of its chairperson’s employment and their removal from the board.
  • Undertook a ‘root-and-branch’ audit of a building society’s diversity and inclusion work.
  • Acted for a global materials science-tech company in its defence of an equal pay employment tribunal claim brought by its current finance director.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

Freeths LLP’s ‘in-depth expertise’ and ‘exceptional service’ in corporate work makes the team attractive to a number of tech companies, private equity firms (and their portfolio companies), and energy providers. Corporate chair Emily Settle – who ‘consistently goes above and beyond’ – is noted for her strength in both strategic M&A and private equity-driven transactions, advising a diverse roster of clients on all manner of transactions. Ben Moylan – who sits within the corporate finance and banking team – specialises in real estate financing deals, while Charlotte Hugo’s practice focus encompasses energy, technology, and private equity portfolio companies. Fatima Hammad and Charlotte Hartwright are also noted for their wide-ranging capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Emily Settle; Adam Watson; Leon Arnold

Testimonials

‘Freeths’ corporate team has real in-depth expertise and delivers an exceptional service in a cost-effective way. They have a sharp focus on identifying our key commercial goals and risk appetite, and tailor the scope of their work and advice to meet that.’

‘Emily Settle and Charlotte Hugo consistently go above and beyond to ensure they are delivering the service we need within the timeframes and budgets we’ve agreed. Both are a highly valued as our trusted advisors. They truly get it, and work as a genuine extension of our in-house team.’

‘The team is very pleasant to work with. The process is simple and efficient. They have full technical skills and know very well their sector of activity.’

‘They are fully client oriented and make complicated matters simple for clients. Especially when we work with them on cross-border UK/French matters. They have made it simple for the non English speaking clients. They have always matched the different schedules/timings and this is much appreciated.’

‘In addition to being knowledgeable, their response times are exceptional, as is the way in which they apply their advice and knowledge to the business of their clients.’

‘Emily Settle and the team are proactive, approachable and instil confidence quickly.

‘Quick results within the shortest possible time. Cross-team analysis and customer-oriented solutions were delivered.’

‘Emily Settle and Lottie Hugo are two individuals I have recently worked closely with at Freeths. They are both very driven individuals, who are strong in managing the process, taking a very commercial approach.’

Key clients

Centrica plc

Next Green Car Limited

Poundhost Internet Limited

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Shareholders of Flowervision (Bristol) Limited

We Are TALA (Holdings) Limited

Eva Health Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Centrica plc on its purchase of AvantiGas ON Ltd’s portfolio of B2B gas customers.
  • Advised Poundhost Internet Limited on its acquisition of UKDedicated Ltd.
  • Advised Maven on the investment by its VCTs into Bud Systems Limited.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Freeths LLP's specific expertise in corporate lending, real estate finance and Islamic finance makes the practice an attractive address for players in the world of acquisition finance, challenger banks and funders, operators and investors in the healthcare sector. Chris Freeston oversees the firm’s national banking and finance practice from Nottingham, while the Bristol-based Ben Moylan is the practice’s key contact in the South West.

Practice head(s):

Chris Freeston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Freeths’ banking partner runs point on most deals, ensuring we are provided the best service. Despite this, their fees are still comparable to other firms not offering the same access.’

 

Key clients

Santander UK

Lloyds Banking Group (including Lloyds Development Capital)

Clydesdale Bank

Yorkshire Bank

Beechbrook Capital

Redwood Bank

ICG Longbow

Chancerygate

Bank of London and the Middle East

Qatar National Bank

Cohort Capital Ltd

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Noted for its ‘experienced people and blend of skills’, Freeths LLP‘s real estate team advises on town centre regeneration, land acquisitions, and retail and residential developments. The team is led by Mitchell Ball who works with local authorities on many notable regeneration projects alongside a particular expertise in residential development. Lucy Jackson bolsters the practice with her experience in handling real estate finance, property management and portfolio acquisitions, among other areas, counting numerous shopping centres in her client roster. Managing associate Nikki Guest handles various matters, from corporate acquisitions to secured lending.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Ball

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Jackson; Nikki Guest; Hannah Greatbatch; Laura Cope; Nathan Holden

Testimonials

‘Freeths has a team of experienced people and blend of skills in property, construction, finance, planning etc to provide expert advice on all types of property transaction.’

‘They have been one of the pioneering law firms to embrace Proptech.’

‘In the Birmingham office, Mitchell Ball is excellent and has a knack of getting to the nub of issues very quickly and providing pragmatic and clear advice.’

‘Mitchell Ball is very responsive and able to meet demanding deadlines.’

‘Well-connected, know each other’s strengths, via technology links with other teams (even geographically distant).’

‘When additional expertise is required, key contacts bring consolidated advice and they are quick to respond.’

‘I really enjoyed working with Nathan Holden, Mitchell Ball and Hannah Greatbatch.’

Key clients

Paul Smith Limited

Real Estate Investors plc

Measure Corporation Limited (Hong Kong based real estate investor)

Calthorpe Estates

Gant UK Limited

Lacoste UK Limited

The Kooples UK Limited

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Cherwell District Council

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Telford & Wrekin Council

West Northamptonshire Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Lloyds Bank plc

The National Exhibition Centre Limited

National Westminster Bank

Richborough Estates Group Limited

Savills

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Gloucester City Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority

Oxford City Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Kent County Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Opus Land Limited

Smartwater Limited

North East Lincolnshire Council

Isle of Wight Council

Rathbone Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising North East Lincolnshire Borough Council in relation to its acquisition of Freshney Shopping Centre.
  • Advising Solihull Council in connection with its Kingshurst redevelopment, which includes 79 new family homes (including a new vicarage), with a minimum of 40% affordable housing to meet local needs.
  • Advising Tamworth Borough Council on the redevelopment of the town centre following an award of over £20m from the Future High Streets Fund.

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

Freeths LLP advises on private acquisitions and disposal matters, particularly in relation to owner-managed businesses with investment capital being injected. Beyond that, the team is also well-versed in handling M&A, MBO, MBI and ECM transactions, corporate restructuring and reorganisations, in addition to commercial matters. The leadership team consists of Dahren Naidoo, Andy Francey, and Jeremy Swift. Frank Suttie leads the commercial side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey; Jeremy Swift; Frank Suttie

Testimonials

‘They really push the pace of deals without compromising on client direction and interaction, and without compromising on quality.’

‘Andy Francey always provides balanced advice and different angles where needed, and is available but has a great team, who we’ve learned through experience, we can rely on. Andy empowers and supports his team such that they can give robust and pacey support to clients.’

‘Andy Francey is our main contact. His commitment and dedication is second to none.’

Key clients

Skipworth, Ewan and Blannin

Definition Agency Limited

Schmid, Schmid and Redmoor Health

Paul and Claire Minikin

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Sound Training for Reading Limited

School Explained Limited

Educationalappstore Limited

Inploi Limited

Preformed Windings

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of some of the shareholders of Ecus Holdings Limited and Environmental Monitoring Solutions Limited to complete a corporate merger of the three companies, to be known as Cura Terrae, and facilitate a significant investment by Palatine Private Equity.
  • Acted for Definition Agency Limited in relation to the acquisition of both Brand Vista Limited and Schwa Consulting Ltd.
  • Advising Sound Training for Reading Limited on a range of matters, including trademarks, product licencing (based upon a software as a service approach for part of the product) and a reseller agreement.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

The planning team at Freeths LLP regularly advises clients on large-scale developments and infrastructure projects. The department has also developed specialist expertise in minerals planning, in addition to its experience with highway and public right of way issues. Practice head Robert Bruce ‘stands out’ for his ‘wealth of experience’ in planning matters and his ability to ‘think outside the box’.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bruce; Mark Harris; Paul Brailsford; Penny Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Roe; Edward Peel; David Bowes

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and professionalism in the planning field are excellent. They have knowledge of local government planning law.’

‘One of the few legal practices that has a dedicated team of planners attached to the team. This gives Freeths an advantage over others because of the collaboration with their expert planning practitioners. It has the capability to provide the entire service in house.’

‘Robert Bruce is engaging and has a wealth of experience. He challenges clients and is realistic about their chances.’

‘Robert Bruce values other people’s opinions and is very respectful; he knows there is often more than one solution to a problem. His greatest attribute is to think outside the box and raise issues no one has even started to consider.

‘The team has experience, expertise, and enthusiasm.’

‘Robert Bruce stands out. He thinks outside the box and always has the client’s aims in mind.’

‘The team is extremely capable and very supportive. It is viewed by staff as giving good advice and turning matters around quickly.’

‘Robert Bruce is very knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Central Bedfordshire Council

City of Lincoln Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Aldi Stores Limited

Cumbria County Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Tarmac Trading Limited

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Freeths LLP has proven capabilities in compliance, training, and sponsor licence work, and undertakes immigration due diligence in support of the wider firm’s corporate practice, in relation to major transactional mandates. Emma Brooksbank heads the national work from Leeds, and Shradha Virji is a key contact in the London practice.

Practice head(s):

Emma Brooksbank

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent support from the Freeths team, in particular Emma Brooksbank. They have been able to answer all of our queries and provide the best advice in the given situation.’

Emma was quick and efficient. She was confident and clear and undertook the application without delay. It was reassuring to be able to rely on her. I have referred colleagues on to her and will definitely instruct her again.’

Key clients

University of Leeds

Costa Limited

CNC Inversiones

Optimo Limited

Halcyon Care Group Limited

Villa Care Limited

Metka- EGN Limited

Asite Solutions Limited

Sofidel UK Ltd

Celsa Manufacturing UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Halcyon Care Homes on a £10.2 million takeover which revealed several immigration breaches, undertaking an extensive audit, training and put new policies in place.
  • Advised the University of Leeds on immigration compliance, with a secondment to undertake a right to work compliance review and advise international staff.
  • Advised Sofidel Limited on immigration compliance and right to work compliance, undertook audit work, advised the UK and international group companies.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

The arrival in April 2022 of Tom Johnson  from Norton Rose Fulbright has enhanced Freeths LLP's rail finance credentials, in light of his longstanding expertise at handling rolling stock acquisitions, and financing and purchase agreements. Bristol-based partner Michael Bray handles real estate-related rail work and heads up the firm’s multi-disciplinary transport practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Johnson (head of rail); Michael Bray (head of transport)

Key clients

Porterbrook

GB Railfreight

Tronos Limited

Tronos AG

Vivarail Limited

North Yorkshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising GB Railfreight in relation to the leasing of certain locomotives from A Locomotive Pool Structure 3 Ltd., a subsidiary of Akiem S.A.
  • Advising Vivarail Limited, a British rolling stock company and a leading global manufacturer of emission-free trains based around modern battery technology, on matters of contractual interpretation arising in relation to a rolling stock purchase contract.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Real estate > Planning

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Real estate > Environment

Private client > Family

Irpreet Kohli heads the family department at Freeths LLP, which is praised for handling ‘the most high value and complex of cases with ease. They have also dealt with some highly complex child arrangements and cross-border issues involving difficult surrogacy disputes’.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Freeths LLP has been building up its Manchester practice with a number of promotions in recent years - the key name in the team, which focuses on private healthcare transactions, is Sarah Moore.
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