Firm Profile > Freeths LLP > Leicester, England

Freeths LLP
ONE COLTON SQUARE
LEICESTER
LE1 1QH
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

Freeths LLP's market-leading reputation is underpinned by its seamless coordination across offices and breadth of expertise. Nottingham office managing partner Chris Freeston has expertise in all types of corporate lending transactions, with notable specialisms in property and construction finance, as well as project finance. Also based in Nottingham are John Heaphy, - whose acquisition finance knowledge complements his M&A experience -  recently promoted director Katie Hillier and director Renata Rai. During 2018 the team was boosted by the addition of derivatives expert Adam Wood from Clifford ChancePhil Baigent in Leicester is well-known for his expertise in the private healthcare sector, where he acts for funders, investors and care home operators.

Practice head(s):

Chris Freeston

Testimonials

Freeths offers superb out-of-the-box thinking

Chris Freeston is very engaging, and has an ability to cover a wide variety of financing transactions, ranging from property finance to private equity and everything in between

The team is very personable, knowledgeable and fast in providing solutions

In many cases, other law firms fail to provide adequate advice around the legal documents and associated risks, whereas Freeths will properly advise as to how each point will affect us

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Santander UK

Cambridge & Counties Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Frontier Development Capital

Lloyds Development Capital

Finance Birmingham

Business Growth Fund

Leumi ABL

West Midlands Combined Authority

ZSL Capital

CapitalRise

Reditum Capital

Chancerygate

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Freeths LLP's first-rate reputation in dispute resolution has seen its Leicester team undertake an increasing amount of work for clients in the food sector. In addition, the firm is well-known nationally for its strengths in energy (particularly LPG) sector matters. Mukesh Patel leads the team, advising on professional negligence claims, contractual disputes, insurance litigation and public procurement challenges. Simon Baigent (who has more than 20 years of dispute resolution experience), Emma Anderson and associate Richard Fitzmaurice are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mukesh Patel

Key clients

Flogas Britain Limited

MPK Garages Limited

RC Tuxford Exports Limited

ATS Inc

Travis Perkins Plc

Greenyard Fresh UK Limited

Cofresh Foods (Lakshmi & Son’s Limited)

Rigid Containers Limited

Karsten UK Limited

J&A Young (Leicester) Limited

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Freeths LLP is a top-tier firm in all types of commercial property matters in the East Midlands, including commercial and residential development projects, regeneration projects, property finance, and investment sales and acquisitions. In addition to having a stable of longstanding clients, the firm continues to win work from new sources. Darren Williamson is the firm's national head of real estate. Guy Winfield, who runs the team in Nottingham, focuses on the food retail and industrial sectors. Property development expert Heather Davies, whose practice is split between Nottingham and Derby, is experienced in matters connected with areas such as waste to energy, the private rented sector, mines and minerals, and hotels. Jon Smart has a standout reputation in the care sector. James Clamp made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Darren Williamson; Guy Winfield

Other key lawyers:

Heather Davies; Jon Smart; James Clamp; Mark Gradwell; Gary Reynolds; Gillian Roberts; Thomas Golding; Matthew Grocock; James Hart; Atiyya Khaliq; Isobel Radford; Emna Sfar-Gandoura; Adam Watson

Testimonials

The team understands how we work and what we want. It is practical and gets transactions done

Key clients

Chancerygate

Harworth Estates

LNT/Ideal Carehomes

BDW Trading (Barratt, David Wilson Homes)

EM Lawshare

Bellway

Travis Perkins

Redwood Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Tarmac

Construction Tier 1

Operating on a cross-office, national basis, Freeths LLP's construction team is a first port of call for many clients with high-stakes projects; it generates work from global construction consultants, end-users, developers, contractors and sub-contractors. 'Outstanding' national construction head Chris Holwell leads on a large number of complex construction projects; the scope of his team's non-contentious work includes hotel and sports developments, commercial/residential/mixed-use schemes and various other types of projects. On the contentious side, Amy Morley has vast expertise in all areas of construction and engineering law, and handles high-value, technically complex claims progressed by adjudication, arbitration or in the Technology and Construction Court. Guy Berwick, who was a partner for 30 years, is now a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Chris Holwell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Director John Kelly has a calm, considered approach and provides helpful strategic advice

A joined-up approach is taken across the various specialisms to give a co-ordinated solution. This is powerful as all specialisms and their associated nuances are considered in a process to give a good commercial outcome

Chris Holwell has an ability to address contentious issues within a negotiation in a straightforward and conciliatory manner. This is a key strength and has a big impact on the opposing party in a negotiation situation’

Key clients

Aldi

Tarmac

Gleeds

North Midland Construction

GF Tomlinson Group

Martifer UK

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Blueprint Regeneration

Travis Perkins

Scape Group

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Clients recommend Freeths LLP for its ‘very good technical knowledge’ and ability to handle ‘complex claims’. Under the leadership of Mark Keeley, the group undertakes a wide range of high-value litigation, including will challenges, removal applications and Court of Protection work. Estoppel claims and Inheritance Act matters are other strengths, as is the department’s knowledge of the agriculture sector. Director Rachel Gaffney is noted for her ‘excellent legal advice’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keeley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

 ‘Mark Keeley is good with clients and knows his stuff’

The team has real strength in depth. It is well respected and ably led by Mark Keeely‘.

Mark Keeley has excellent personable skills, enabling him to quickly build a rapport with clients and other parties alike.  He is a very able technician who is also able very quickly to deliver pragmatic commercial solutions in the best interests of his clients‘.

They are incisive, commercially minded and technically excellent‘.

Rachel Gaffney is prompt and efficient. She has an awareness of practical and commercial considerations‘.

 

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Freeths LLP, whose Nottingham team is part of a large national practice, demonstrates particularly strong capabilities in the healthcare sector, and is notably active in its work for care operators and funders. Elsewhere, it acts for a number of household names in sectors such as retail, food and drink, construction and automotive. National corporate head Karl Jansen has a particular focus on UK mid-market transactions, such as corporate acquisitions and disposals, MBOs/MBIs and private equity investments, John Heaphy, who leads the group in Nottingham, has an excellent record of advising owner-managed companies on deals.

Practice head(s):

Karl Jansen (national head); John Heaphy (Nottingham head)

Testimonials

John Heaphy ensures that we get the right service for the project in hand

John Heaphy performs above our expectations

The team is open, honest and pragmatic. It explains matters in a clear and concise manner

The group is able to take instructions, keep it simple for a layman and give sound advice

The firm fields quality staff, from top to bottom

Key clients

Tarmac

Aldi Stores Limited

The Spicers-OfficeTeam Group Limited

Motorpoint Group Plc

Travis Perkins Plc

Carlsberg UK Limited

Maria Mallaband Care Group Limited

The Reflex Group Limited

Estee Lauder

LNT Group Limited

Employment Tier 1

The practice at Freeths LLP is particularly active in handling Employment Tribunal litigation. Clients from both the private and public sectors engage the group, which is headed by Rena Magdani and David Potter. Other core strengths include restructures, TUPE, discrimination, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief. The caseload has had a recent uptick in cases concerning employment status in the gig economy.

Practice head(s):

Rena Magdani and David Potter

Other key lawyers:

Julian Middleton

Testimonials

The team works to extremely high standards in providing advice to us on cases, and also horizon scanning for the future. It shows the qualities expected of a true partnership in every way through strong levels of trust, commitment and openness

Rena Magdani has always been outstanding, commercial and pragmatic

Key clients

ALDI Stores Limited

DPD Group UK Limited

Tarmac Group

Sofidel Group

Staffline Recruitment Limited

National Express Limited

Center Parcs

Paul Smith Limited

ERIKS Industrial Services Limited

Carlsberg UK Ltd

Travis Perkins

Eddie Stobbart Ltd

CML PLC

Family Tier 1

Freeths LLP has a notable profile among high net-worth individuals. It excels in handling financial issues arising from divorce, with cases often involving pensions, family business interests and trusts. Judith Speed is increasingly sought out for advice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, as well as private law Children Act applications. The practice is jointly led by Speed and Diana Copestake.

Practice head(s):

Judith Speed; Diana Copestake;

Testimonials

Judith Speed is a calm and rather understated lawyer, who has a wonderful grasp of her area of expertise which she puts to the good use of her clients.’

Judith Speed always has all aspects of the case under control‘.

Local government Tier 1

The team at Freeths LLP advises its clients on planning and environmental issues, regeneration and redevelopment projects, commercial contracts and employment matters. On the contentious side, its work includes representing local authorities in property litigation and defending judicial review proceedings. Birmingham-based Nathan Holden serves as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden;

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Pearson; James Hart;

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond’.

 

Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council – Pension Fund

Cherwell District Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Wigan Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Mole Valley District

Guildford Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Luton Borough Council

London Borough of Camden

Tandridge District Council

Milton Keynes Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Staffordshire Moorlands District

Birmingham City Council

Derby City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Kettering Borough Council

Cambridge City Council

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Council

Leicester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Halton Borough Council

Walsall Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

London Borough of Newham

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Acclaimed as ‘extremely professional and efficient’, Freeths LLP’s personal injury team places particular emphasis on brain, birth and spinal cord injury work for both children and adults. The firm is also a 'quality outfit in the clinical negligence market’, with expertise in diagnosis delays, misdiagnoses, surgical errors, incorrect treatment, cosmetic surgery and product liability. The ‘highly knowledgeableJane Goulding leads the personal injury team. The clinical negligence practice is co-led by Karen Reynolds and Jane Williams; the latter is a 'market leader and go-to expert in her field'.

Practice head(s):

Jane Goulding, Jane Williams and Karen Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Bedford; Adrian Denton

Testimonials

Adrian Denton is very professional and his knowledge of the system is second to none‘.

They have integrity and common sense. They do not pursue weak points or weak cases‘.

The team is tenacious, meticulous, clearly knowledgeable and willing to help at all times. They are supportive and sympathetic, clear in their explanations and always ready to listen‘.

Jane Goulding is a thorough solicitor and readily recommended.  She is tenacious but fair‘.

Jane Williams never gives up and we know she will keep going until she is satisfied that she has done all she can to get a justified result‘.

Jane Williams stands out as an excellent litigation specialist in the highest value claims‘.

Property litigation Tier 1

Freeths LLP's first-rate reputation in property-related dispute resolution sees it generate work from clients in sectors such as retail, energy, food and construction, among others. Simon Baigent, who is highly regarded for his restructuring and insolvency expertise, has an excellent record in contentious matters involving an interplay between property and insolvency; his experience includes cases where landlords are faced with insolvent tenants and insolvency matters involving large property portfolios. Practice head Paul Tomkins is closely involved with the East Midlands branch of the Property Litigation Association, while senior associate Edward Pickard is active in all areas of property litigation, with a particular strength in dilapidations disputes, acting for landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tomkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm provides practical, good value advice

Paul Tomkins gave clear, straightforward legal advice and guidance on dilapidation issues. The advice was practical and set out the implications of various actions very clearly

Key clients

Travis Perkins Group including Wickes

Well Pharmacy

Tarmac

Chancerygate Asset Management

Middlesbrough Borough Council (Teeside Pension Fund)

Deichmann-Shoes UK Limited

EM Lawshare

Jelson Limited

Mazars

Social housing Tier 1

Freeths LLP operates at the top end of the social housing market, and its breadth and depth of expertise ensures that it wins premium work from arms-length management organisations (ALMOs), registered housing providers and developers, among other clients. Matthew Grocock and consultant Gary Reynolds co-head the practice in Nottingham, which provides a comprehensive range of services to clients, including property development, securitisation, planning, construction and procurement. One area of growth has seen the team increasingly being sought-out to assist with negotiating portfolio transactions. Stephen Pearson is another notable partner in the team. Principal property manager Sarah Rowe, and senior associates Rachel Clarke and Claire Bennett, collectively have over 38 years of experience of the social housing sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Grocock; Gary Reynolds

Testimonials

‘The Freeths team are my go-to team – there is a huge breadth of knowledge and positive attitude towards getting things done.’

‘They give measured and knowledgeable advice which enables things to progress quickly and productively.’

‘Senior associate Dilys Taylor is a huge asset to the Nottingham team. She is highly reliable and you are reassured any work will get done to a high standard when Dilys is involved. You can let Dilys run with any work without the need to chase or oversee any elements as she has already taken care of them.’

Key clients

Nottingham Community Housing Association Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Longhurst & Havelok Homes Limited

Greensquare Group Limited

Arches Housing Limited

Derwent Community Housing Association Limited

Kirklees Borough Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich, London

Cambridge City Council

Aldwyck Housing Group Limited

Lea Valley Developments Limited

Metropolitan Housing Trust

Lets Select Limited

Partner Construction Limited

Robert Woodhead Limited

Westleigh Partnerships Limited

Countryside

Helena Partnerships Limited (now Torus)

Dragonfly Development Limited

Starfish Group

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Freeths LLP is well-placed to advise on large-scale and multi-party disputes, leveraging its strong presence in the Nottingham and Derby markets, as well as its wider national network. The Nottingham team is led by Graham Greenfield, who has been a partner since 1991, and who handles a wide range of commercial (including professional negligence) and financial cases. Greenfield, whose 'leadership skills and work ethic are second to none', also heads up the insolvency practice in Nottingham, and insolvency litigation is another pillar of his work. Greenfield is supported by recently promoted senior associate Jade Flint, 'a swift and efficient communicator'. Jonathan Jefferies is the main contact in Derby.

Practice head(s):

Graham Greenfield (Nottingham); Jonathan Jefferies (Derby)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has a very human approach; you are far from just a number and you can tell it invests time in truly understanding the individual situation. Graham Greenfield and Jade Flint are two standout people. Empathetic and supportive

The team has an impressive breadth of experience and clearly communicates well’

Graham Greenfield takes a traditional supervisory role of the cases and is extremely good at making high-level strategic decisions. He always has an eye on the bigger picture and can bring the room back to reality in a mediation when all others are lost in the detail. He makes a good team with Jade Flint, who is very detail-oriented and will be sure to have thought of every angle and to have tracked down every document, if there is any chance it will help’

Graham Greenfield is an absolute gentleman and always puts the client first

Key clients

FRP Advisory LLP

Mazars LLP

Reditum Capital

Chancerygate/Contour Capital

Reditum Capital

Sytner Cars Limited/Sytner Group

Central Bridging Loans Limited

Reflex Labels Limited

Chris Fountain Limited

Bio Dynamic (UK) Limited

The Way Ahead Group Limited t/a See Tickets

Flexiscale Technologies Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Freeths LLP covers the commercial property market extensively, by leveraging the expertise of its Leicester team, and also its wider national network. Its excellent reputation has seen it secure Leicester's Phoenix Arts Centre and Abbey Commercial Investments Group as new clients. Although the group in Leicester primarily focuses on high-value and complex transactions, it also handles development work, landlord and tenant matters, and real estate finance transactions, among other areas. Team head Simon Abbott specialises in investment portfolio management and work with a nexus to the retail sector. Also recommended is Sam Pancholi, who has more than 18 years of commercial property experience. Director Harjit Saund is the lead relationship manager to clients such as Tarmac and Flogas Britain.

Practice head(s):

Simon Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Sam Panchioli; Harjit Saund

Testimonials

Professional in its work and very efficient

Key clients

Jelson

Flogas Britain

Svenska Handlesbanken

Tarmac

Motor Parts Direct Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Abbey Commercial Investments Group

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Freeths LLP's first-rate reputation among commercial and private clients (in the UK and internationally) is underpinned by the market knowledge of its six-strong team in Leicester, which collectively has 125 years of experience of handling corporate transactions. In addition, the group's strong deal execution capabilities are complemented by the firm's ability to provide full-service support in many ancillary areas, including competition, tax and employment. Phil Baigent has a strong track record acting for clients in the healthcare sector, such as banks and care home operators. Baigent also advises businesses active in the optometry, dental and pharmacy arenas. Keith Gilbert has particular experience of acting for clients in matters involving sectors such as waste and food and drink.

Practice head(s):

Phil Baigent; Keith Gilbert

Testimonials

A very cohesive and effective team that aims to provide (and succeeds in delivering) a complete package which satisfies clients’ objectives at minimum cost

Strong commercial knowledge across the team

Committed to delivering a legal solution that works for our business

The team at Freeths has always been helpful in all matters we have worked with it on. It highlights potential issues which may arise (often before we have realised), can meet with us at the drop of a hat, and is always available on the phone

Keith Gilbert has a good eye for detail

Key clients

Bakers Waste Services Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Carlsberg UK Limited

Clydesdale Bank Plc

CML Limited

Eurokey Recycling Limited

Flogas Britain

Integrated Doorset Solutions Limited

James Convenience Retail Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Maria Mallaband Care Group Limited

MCR Systems Limited

Motor Parts Direct Limited

MPK Garages Limited

Naismiths Limited

OEM Automatic Limited

Regen Holdings Limited / Whites Recycling Limited

Samworth Brothers Limited

Santander UK Plc

Sofidel UK Limited

Sprintquip Pty Ltd

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Travis Perkins Plc

Education Tier 2

Freeths LLP's client roster includes various schools and colleges, as well as several major universities. Academy conversions are a key strength, with the practice undertaking a broad range of contracts and governance work, property-related instructions, student issues and employment disputes. Team head Stephen Pearson is an expert on governance contracts, procurement and state aid issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Pearson;

Testimonials

The team is accessible, well-informed and proactive

Key clients

University of Nottingham

CPC “Crescent” Consortium (various schools and colleges)

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocesan Board of Education

Loughborough University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Birmingham

University of Lincoln

Oxford Brookes University

Environment & planning Tier 2

Freeths LLP's planning and environment team acts for public and private sector clients in large and complex projects nationally, including residential, retail, commercial, mixed-use and urban regeneration developments. Chris Waumsley, who leads the planning and environment group, has more than 30 years of experience advising local authorities and private sector clients on planning matters. Waumsley works closely on the planning side with Paul Brailsford, whose expertise includes food and non-food retail developments, and residential-led urban extensions; both are widely respected in their field. The environment practice, which is led in the East Midlands by Emma Tattersdill, assists clients with managing issues connected with environmental permitting, waste management, contaminated land and environmental prosecutions, among other matters. Clients in this space primarily come from the minerals, waste, construction and housebuilding sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Waumsley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Freeths has a very capable and experienced team, which stands out in the East Midlands

Chris Waumsley and Mark Bassett are very good planners with a deep understanding of their field. They are people that you can rely on

Key clients

Millenium Land (10M Consortium)

Larkfleet Group

Aldi Stores and group companies

Taylor Lindsey Ltd

Redrow Homes

Simons Group

Henry Boot Developments

The Tarmac group of companies

Barratt Homes

Urban and Civic

Westleigh/Countryside

Carlsberg/London Fields Brewery

South Lincolnshire Estates

Travis Perkins

Health Tier 2

Freeths LLP has core strengths in acquisitions, disposals and mergers in the private healthcare sector. In addition, its team is experienced in handling land acquisitions and subsequent developments for senior living facilities and supported living units. Other specialist areas include end of life consent matters, inquests and other regulatory enforcement matters, as well as corporate governance and procurement. Clients include public sector entities, care providers and real estate investment trusts. Thomas Golding, James Clamp and Phil Baigent jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Golding; James Clamp; Phil Baigent;

Key clients

LNT Group / Ideal Care Homes

Maria Mallaband Care Group, including Countrywide Care Homes

Athena Care Homes

One Housing / Baycroft

Bank Leumi UK Plc

NHS Shared Business Services

NHS Property Services Limited

Anchor Trust

Country Court Care Homes

BUPA

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Freeths LLP has a particularly strong focus on acting for regional and national insolvency practitioners, but it is also seen as a first port of call by trustees, directors and creditors, among others. On the non-contentious side, its team advises on the entire ambit of matters, including reorganisations and restructurings, administrations/receiverships/CVAs and acquisitions/disposals of distressed companies. It also provides assistance on the full range of contentious insolvency issues. Simon Baigent and Charles Darby (an expert in anti-avoidance and asset avoidance cases) are the main contacts in Leicester, while Graham Greenfield is the name to note in Nottingham.

Practice head(s):

Simon Baigent (Leicester); Charles Darby (Leicester); Graham Greenfield (Nottingham)

Key clients

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor LLP

CBA Business Solutions Limited

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Greenfield Recovery Limited

KPMG LLP

Mazars LLP

PKF Cooper Parry Limited

RSM

Licensing Tier 2

Noted for its ‘positive, knowledgeable and passionate approach’, the team at Freeths LLP is traditionally adept in alcohol licensing matters and is increasingly advising on health and safety, trading standards and fire safety matters. Lisa Gilligan, ‘an experienced expert in the field’, helms the practice and is engaged for personal licenses, premises licences and DPS applications. She represents a client base which includes various bars, pubs, supermarkets and leisure businesses.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Gilligan

Testimonials

Lisa Gilligan is a trusted adviser who understands the client’s business needs and has an excellent commercial approach

Lawyers are are extremely approachable and so make all interactions, particularly inquiries, very easy

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars

Unique Hospitality

Crepeaffaire

Davy’s of London

Butcombe Brewery

NEC

Laine Pub Company

Carlsberg

Gangmasters Labour & Abuse Authority

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Freeths LLP fields dedicated teams for tax and estate planning, trust administration, probate and wills. Trusts and inheritance tax are also core strengths, as is estate administration, including matters with a cross-border element. Scott McKittrick heads up the practice, which was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of senior associate Charlotte Royal from Browne Jacobson LLP ; she adds to the team’s strengths in technical trust and tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott McKittrick;

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Cullen OBE; Charlotte Royal;

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Iain Davis

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

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

The Carington Estate, Buckinghamshire

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

Trinity College, Oxford

Swanbourne Estate, Buckinghamshire

The Blenheim Estate

Wadham College, Oxford

BBOWT (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust)

Tarmac Group of Companies-

Robert George Thorne

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Bell; Lynne Foster;

Testimonials

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

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

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Patrick Whetter

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Oxford University Press

Lloyds Bank

Resmed UK Ltd

NSF Safety & Quality Limited

 

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

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

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

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

Practice head(s):

 Jonathan Hambleton 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BLC Leather Technology Centre

Blackstar Amplification

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

Metro Supply Chain Inc, Canadian logistics

Milton Keynes Security Services

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

4 See Ltd

Charles Wells, pub company

London Luton Airport

AFI Group, powered access equipment

Frosts Garden Centres

Nebula Systems, Telematics

Butcombe Brewery

Childbase Partnership

Uniglass UK

Brakspear, pub operator

Longleat Hotels

Newnorth, printers

Sealed Air, packaging

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Rachael Oakes

Testimonials

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

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

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

 

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

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

Practice head(s):

Nigel Roots, Jane Maitland, Sarah Foster

Other key lawyers:

Professional negligence Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

‘The team is organized, pragmatic and client focused.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Nigel Roots

Other key lawyers:

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Hobbs

Key clients

London Luton Airport

TNT / Fedex

ID Medical Ltd

Hologic Group

Diversey Ltd

Sealed Air Ltd

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

Freeths LLP handles a variety of contentious matters ranging from shareholder and partnership disputes to public procurement challenges, contractual claims, insolvency matters and reputation management work. James Hartley, who splits his time between the Leeds and Sheffield offices, heads up the team alongside the 'super smart' James Berry, who attracts praise for being 'very personable and quick on the uptake' and focuses on the manufacturing, construction and technology sectors. Senior associate Mark Gudgeon acts for clients in a range of commercial disputes including public procurement challenges.

Practice head(s):

James Hartley; James Berry

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gudgeon; Ciaran Dearden

Testimonials

Freeths LLP commercial litigation team provides a very professional and pleasant approach to clients.

Freeths LLP is an excellent choice for anyone (claimant or defendant) who requires advice or representation in commercial disputes, whether in Yorkshire or indeed nationally.

Freeths LLP‘s dispute resolution team is very experienced, competent, professional and good value.

Freeths LLP‘s provides partner-led client engagement with a broad range of specialist areas and an effective network of wider business contacts.

Freeths LLP litigation team provides clear advice, unwavering support, genuine interest in the client’s business, unprompted updates and engagement.

James Hartley has a great reputation in Yorkshire for commercial litigation.

James Berry is quick to respond and is able to confidently and concisely provide sound advice that is understandable and clear to a lay person.

James Berry is absolutely first rate — he is highly intelligent, strong analytically and strategically, extremely hardworking and excellent with clients.’

James Berry is the man you want on your side in commercial litigation; he is the complete package.

Associate Ciaran Dearden is one to watch as he is smart, diligent and dedicated to the client’s interests.

Key clients

Global Technologies Racing Limited

MGS Technical Plastics Limited

Paragon Quality Foods Limited

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Limited

Advanced Alloy Services Limited

Solpro Manufacturing Limited

C Spencer Limited

EMP Technologies Limited

EMC Solihull MBC

Jacobs

Healthcare Business Solutions (UK) Limited

FISC Limited

Engie Fabricom UK Limited

Zoll Medical UK Limited

EMC Melton Borough Council

Rafico Engineering Ltd

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

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

Practice head(s):

Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BMW

Adestra Limited

GEFCO (UK)

Masternaut Group

Virtual Alliance Limited

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Leo Skinner; Valerie Warman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

High-level knowledge, responsiveness and efficiency‘.

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

Professional, expert, concise and commercial‘.

 

Key clients

TNT (UK) Limited

London Luton Airport

Casual Dining Group

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Fedex Group of Companies

Advanced Software

Childbase Partnership

APCOA Parking

Burger King UK

Dawson Group Plc

Charles Wells

SMC Pneumatics UK

Jardines UK Ltd

Bristol Airport international  airport

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Clifford; Nigel Gardner

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

The Alumasc Group Plc

Frontier Development Capital

Würth Group

Funeral Partners Limited

BGF Investments LP

Tarmac

Travis Perkins

Hydrock

Autins

Eurocell Group Limited

Tarmac Group

Hypnos Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

NEC Group Ltd

Inchcape Retail Limited / Inchcape UK Limited

Travis Perkins Group

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

The team at Freeths LLP handles a breadth of transactions for its client base, which encompasses SMEs and large corporates; the group also has particular experience acting for manufacturing, engineering and high-growth technology businesses. Practice head Peter Crawford and senior associate Lisa Wallis are key names to note and have experience handling corporate deals and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Crawford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Working with the team at Freeths is a complete delight. It is always innovative and quick to respond to any issue, which certainly helps calm tricky situations.

Peter Crawford is reliable, super professional and makes an effort to feel like he is part of the client’s company.

Key clients

The Floow

The InfoTrack Group

Careport Group

The Arkote Group

SCX

Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Whitespace Technology

Pro Display TM

Osmond Capital

Various Eateries Group

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Leon Arnold

Testimonials

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

Leon Arnold and his team are exceptional.

Key clients

Integrity Print Limited

Complete Childcare Limited

The Adolf Würth Group

Santova Limited

NSF Safety and Quality UK Limited

Travis Perkins PLC

Environment Tier 2

Freeths LLP is known for its work on complex development sites, handling issues relating to wildlife and the natural environment, water, waste and contaminated land work. The group also assists with permitting matters, environmental crime work, water and ground pollution incidents, transactional mandates and judicial reviews. Team leader Penny Simpson is an all-round environmental lawyer and counts developers, mineral, energy and water companies, charities and public sector bodies among her clients.

Practice head(s):

Penny Simpson

Testimonials

Penny Simpson is a well-known name in the environmental world and a go-to practitioner in the field‘.

Key clients

The States of Jersey Government

Howard Sawston Ltd

Naturespace Partnership Ltd

Thatchers Cider Company

Commercial Estates Group Ltd

Affinity Water Ltd

Morris Homes Ltd

Cornwall Council

Intellectual property Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Barker

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Lester

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and sensible.  Excellent technical skills.’

‘Simon Barker provides a high quality service.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic.’

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

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Bridges Business Space No2 LLP

Birlea Furniture Ltd

Creative Products Ltd

Tarmac

Travis Perkins plc

Eurocell Group plc

William Hill

Poundland

Local government Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council – Pension Fund

Cherwell District Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Wigan Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Mole Valley District

Guildford Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Luton Borough Council

London Borough of Camden

Tandridge District Council

Milton Keynes Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Staffordshire Moorlands District

Birmingham City Council

Derby City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Kettering Borough Council

Cambridge City Council

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Council

Leicester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Halton Borough Council

Walsall Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

London Borough of Newham

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Across its 13 nationwide offices, Freeths LLP  acts for clients ranging from owner-managed SMEs and individual entrepreneurs to larger listed public companies. The M&A team works closely with equity capital markets colleagues to advise AIM clients on listings and related acquisitions. Practice head Tom Rowley has particular experience in the aviation industry. Associate Francis Dalton has a broad practice, with a focus on private M&A in the media, technology and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rowley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Freeths are smart, focused and 100% professional’

Practical approach backed by experience

Creative thinking, innovative, absolute dedication, tremendous work ethic and value for money

Tom Rowley and Francis Dalton encompass the values that make Freeths such a pleasure to work with

Key clients

Patron Capital Partners

Green Man Gaming Holdings Plc

Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc

Quixant Plc

Gama Aviation Plc

BGF Investments LP

Northbridge Industrial Services Plc

N+1 Singer Advisory LLP

Crown Worldwide Limited

Calculus Capital

Proteome Sciences plc

Ten Entertainment Group plc

Benito’s Hat

betPawa

ECSC Group Plc

Autins Group Plc

Mediators Tier 2

Freeths LLP's Charles Powell, who is also at In Place of Strife, is 'an exceptional mediator'. He 'finds patches of common ground in battlefields littered with casualties' and 'parties trust him to guide them towards a resolution because he understands the necessary ingredients for settlement and does not allow himself, or the parties, to become hung up on irrelevant aspects'. Powell has over 20 years of mediation experience and has conducted over 500 commercial mediations; he specialises in commercial and partnership disputes, property and fire damage claims, professional negligence and banking and asset finance disputes.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Julie Nichols

Other key lawyers:

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Chadder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

AXA XL

Axis Capital

Zurich

BMW

Jaguar Land Rover

Faraday Underwriting

Starstone Underwriting

Armour Risk Management

Sompo International

Vesuvius UK

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

James Larmour

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Amber Infrastructure Limited/International Public Partnerships Limited

Calvin Capital

Dalmore Capital

Engie Services Limited

Equitix

inspiredspaces Tameside Limited

Transmission Investment

Property litigation Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown; Clare Bellis

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Greene King plc

The Restaurant Group plc

Shepherd Neame

Casual Dining Group

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Fuller Smith & Turner

Savills UK

Hall & Woodhouse

Punch Taverns

Fedex / TNT

Tarmac Group of Companies

Oxford University Press  

GEFCO UK Limited

Wadham College, Oxford

Sir Edward Dashwood

The Blenheim Estate

NSF Safety and Quality Limited

Masternaut Group of Companies

The Carington Estate

Resmed UK

Banking and finance Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

James Dyson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Commercially minded in getting deals through.’

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Santander UK

Cambridge & Counties Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Frontier Development Capital

Lloyds Development Capital

Finance Birmingham

Business Growth Fund

Leumi ABL

West Midlands Combined Authority

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Coates 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Inchcape Retail Limited

The National Exhibition Centre Limited

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

1

Other key lawyers:

4

Key clients

Tarmac PLC

Bird & Sons / Yarrows Aggregate Ltd

Norcros PLC

Baker Tilly

Moore Stephens

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 3

Freeths LLP enters into the rankings this year with its growing Liverpool-based real estate practice which handles a range of real estate finance, investment and development work. Team head Andrew Nichol is noted for his real estate finance and investment expertise and 'combines his extensive experience with a commercial approach to transactions and advice; he understands what clients require and manages to "get deals done"'. Nichol is ably supported by Luke Hopkins , who is 'extremely efficient and responsive; he is very experienced in real estate finance', and director Peter Barber, who recently joined from Land Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Nichol

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is really practical and has great commercial know how.

The team has a strong handle on the local market and is extremely personable.

The firm provides a partner-led service and all matters benefit from the experience and commercial approach of the partners.

The team’s legal expertise in relation to the property and finance sector is second-to-none, however the major strengths is around collaboration and ultimately getting the deal done.

The team’s ability to navigate problem cases is second-to-none.

Luke Hopkins is knowledgeable, quick and excellent to work with.

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Handelsbanken

McComb Property Company

Santander UK

Hope Capital

Redwood Bank

Mental Health Care Group

ACM Estates

Roubaix Group

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

Freeths LLP’s 'knowledgeable and skilled' retail property team, which is led by Sarah Griggs and Jenny Cooper, advises clients ranging from household high street names to small niche retailers and also includes European, Australian and US entities entering the UK market. Instructions include a broad array of property matters in addition to retail-related IP, disputes, employment and regulatory affairs, among others. Ian Rowson leads the overall real estate department which is engaged for property transactions, real estate finance work, regeneration, urban regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as the disposal of distressed assets.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Griggs; Jenny Cooper

Testimonials

‘Freeths are extremely reliable and have strength in depth covering every aspect of work – development, investment, landlord and tenant, insolvency, contracts, construction and planning.’

‘Ian Rowson, Clive Pearce and Frances Astbury are a formidable property team and deal with all challenges’.

‘Strength in depth and expertise in most areas combined with excellent customer service.’

‘Ian Rowson, Clive Pearce and Frances Astbury make an exceptionally strong property team.’

‘Freeths have a key understanding of the commercialities and practicalities of the development process. They are able to sound advice whilst also having a forward thinking approach as to how the clients interests are protected.’

‘Ian Rowson has a forward thinking approach and commercial approach to development.’

‘David Laurence is quickly able to grasp a client’s requirement with legal application. He has a skill to be able to allow a client to simply understand complex legal matters.’

‘The team on retail property are very knowledgeable and skilled. They know all the key issues to discuss.’

‘Sarah Griggs is a top class retail property lawyer. She understands the points that are important to retailers. She is very professional, practical and reliable.’

Key clients

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger & Calvin Klein)

House

Duck & Dry

Aldo

Wood Wood

Hema

Hotel Chocolat

Aldi Stores Limited

Papa John’s Pizza

Beyond Retro

City North Finsbury Park

Anytime Fitness

Matt Roberts Gyms

Psycle Limited

Corporate tax Tier 3

Freeths LLP's tax practice is instructed on the tax elements of a range of corporate and real estate transactions including M&A, project finance work and the structuring of private equity funds. It benefits from the ability to leverage its national network in large instructions. Nottingham-based Bob Neal heads the team, which includes Adrian Hackett in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):

Bob Neal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Eddie Stobart

Linley & Simpson

Fleetondemand

Hague SR Limited

Neom

Xceed Group Limited

JGA Group Limited

Majenta PLM Limited

Flomax Limited

Court of protection Tier 3

Freeths LLP has a UK-wide Court of Protection team. The majority of its clients are brain-injured people who have received large awards. The practice is skilled at helping clients who require substantial care packages and have complex equipment and property needs as well as behavioural difficulties. The group handles a wide array of matters from acting as professional deputies for clients with valuable estates (several clients have large agricultural estates, businesses and foreign assets) through to preparing expert reports on Court of Protection costs for litigation proceedings. Melanie Williams and Jane Maitland were appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s panel of deputies in July 2015.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Williams; Natasha Molloy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jane Goulding is very efficient, organised and is very passionate about what she does, always being client centred in her approach‘.

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sing

Key clients

Chesterfield College

London Luton Airport Operations

T-Systems – part of Deutsche Telekom

Derby College

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Musto Limited

Helly Hansen (UK) Limited

Niftylift Limited

Sports & Leisure Management (‘Everyone Active’ brand)

Lyreco UK Limited

Oxford Brookes University

Energy Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Jason Richards, Kirstin Roberts, James Larmour

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

FCC Environment

Oasthouse Ventures

Clean Earth Group

Metka-EGN Limited

Voltalia UK Limited

Voltalia Portugal S.A.

Sovereign Energy Partners LLP

Orbital Power Ltd

Hybrid Energy Solutions

Kanfa Group

Amber Infrastructure

Flogas

RE Projects Development

Reliance Energy Limited

Icosa Water

Travis Perkins plc

Tarmac Trading Limited

Derbyshire Dales County Council

iChoosr

RCD Utilities

4D Energy

ALDI Stores

Envirotech Energy Solutions

Solar Power Inc

The National Exhibition Centre

Sowden Group Limited

Onsite Energy Projects

Nottingham Trent University

Aurora Energy Research

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Freeths LLP 's expertise spans complex contentious and non-contentious insolvency work and the team is largely instructed by national and regional insolvency practitioners. Complex restructuring, corporate recovery mandates and administrations are notable areas of expertise. The team is known for its ability to handle nil-asset cases and also boasts specialist personal insolvency expertise. The 'brilliantJoey Byrne heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Joey Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Pinkerton; Chris Ali; Henry Clappison; Matthew Kelly; Miles Hacking; Graeme Danby

Testimonials

Joey Byrne is an excellent insolvency litigator

Kevin Pinkerton is superb

Key clients

AARBS

Begbies Traynor Group

KPMG

PwC

Crawfords Accountants

BDO

SFP Restructuring

UHY Hacker Young

Ideal Corporate Solutions

Griffins Insolvency Practitioners

Focus Insolvency Group

Mazars

Oury Clark

Leonard Curtis

Heath Clark

Dow Schofield Watts

Seneca Insolvency Practitioners

Bailey Ahmad

Fortis Insolvency

Robson Scott

FRP

Anderson Brookes Insolvency Practitioners

Greenfield Recovery

Poppleton & Appleby

Milner Boardman & Partners

CMB Partners UK

Mercury Corporate Recovery Solutions

Bridgestones

Lucas Johnson

Cowgill Holloway

Wilson Field

Adcroft Hilton

CVR Global

Restart BTI

RSM

DMC Recovery

Beesleys

Carter Backer Winter

Kennway Francis

Marshall Peters

Currie Young

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Freeths LLP focuses on complex restructurings and non-contentious corporate insolvencies for clients in a variety of sectors including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, property and banking. Insolvency practitioners, accountants, banks, creditors, corporates and individuals make up the team's client roster nationally. Oliver Jackson heads up the group.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Jackson

Testimonials

Freeths fields a great team, who all work together to achieve the desired outcome‘.

The team is growing its profile in the local market, becoming increasingly visible‘.

Oliver Jackson is very thorough and provides a fantastic service‘.

Key clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Wilson Field

Leonard Curtis

The Springs Partnership (Graywoods)

Abbey Taylor

BHP Clough Corporate Solutions

Restart BTI

ELS Advisory

Maxim IP

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Hobbs

Testimonials

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

Key clients

PwC

BRI (UK) Ltd

Quantuma

RSM

Mazars

Opus Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Wilkins Kennedy

IT and telecoms Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Neale

Key clients

Aldi

Travis Perkins

NCR

Equifax

Jaguar Land Rover Retail Board

Carlsberg

Inchcape

William Hill

RGIS Inventory Specialists

Ingenie

Tarmac

Eurocell

Stone Computers

Luceco Plc

Funeral Partners

Pensions Tier 3

Freeths LLP acts for a range of clients spanning family-owned businesses, SMEs, large corporates and public sector clients. The team was established following the arrival of practice head Nigel Bolton and Kim Jones in November 2017 from Irwin Mitchell. Bolton is frequently instructed on public sector outsourcings and advising trustees on scheme closures, mergers, data protection issues and scheme funding issues, while Jones has particular expertise assisting with scheme mergers and scheme wind-ups on a solvent and insolvent basis.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Bolton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Freeths provide an excellent, pragmatic and practical pension legal service to middle-market businesses at a very competitive price.

Nigel Bolton is a very experienced pension lawyer with a strong commercial understanding of entrepreneurial and family businesses. His capability to devise practical solutions to pension legal problems is unsurpassed in the market.

Kim Jones has a great capability to communicate complex issues in a manner that is clearly understandable by trustees and senior management teams alike.

Nigel Bolton and Kim Jones provide an excellent service, responding quickly and sensibly to requests for advice.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Freeths LLP handles a range of issues including international dispute resolution and arbitration, trusts, estates and private litigation, pensions matters, competition litigation and insurance sector claims. James Hartley, who has expertise in litigation funding, heads the team, which includes Lindsey Clegg, who is frequently instructed in cross-border commercial disputes, and legal director Stephen Lewis, who has particular expertise in insurance litigation. The team benefits from the addition of senior associate Laura Short, a trusts and estates dispute specialist, who joined from Jones Myers LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Hartley

Testimonials

Freeths LLP‘s dispute resolution team has been making an impact on the Leeds legal market and is developing a reputation for handling some good work.

The individuals at Freeths are clearly experts in their field.

Freeths LLP‘s dispute resolution practice provides customers the best answer for the best value for money, with no hint of complacency.

The litigation team at Freeths LLP  is very personable, easy to work and communicate with, and combines good team spirit with a competent professional approach to issues.

Freeths LLP has excellent technical skills and awareness of the law, combined with a practical approach to cases and a very pragmatic approach to solving the problem at hand and finding the solution for the client.

‘Senior associate Laura Short is very on the ball, technically excellent and a great advocate to have fighting your corner.’

Key clients

Peerless Europe

North Tyneside Council

Onur Air T.S.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Freeths LLP's real estate team focuses on commercial development, leisure and retail, public sector and pharmacy clients. Matthew Thompson leads the practice, and also leads on much of the team's most significant work in sectors including manufacturing, retail and leisure. Liz Banks is another notable name, leading the firm's local government team, with a focus on investment and development transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aldi

Travelodge

Travis Perkins

Glentrool Estates Group

Highgrove Group

Opus Land

S Harrison Developments

Leeds City Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Prestige Car Direct Properties

Imaan Ltd

Sharief Healthcare

Marsdens Developments

Construction Tier 4

Freeths LLP is noted for its contentious expertise, with a particular focus on the water, energy, utilities, engineering and technology sectors. The group has also recently handled a number of procurement processes. Joseph Hale and Rachael Yates jointly lead the department; Hale handles procurement work alongside his contentious expertise and Yates counts employers, contractors and subcontractors as clients.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Yates; Joseph Hale

Testimonials

Freeths’ team of specialists gives thorough and sound advice. The small size of the team means clients have regular personal contact with partners, and everyone is willing to get stuck in to get things done. The team values personal relationships with clients and goes above and beyond to ensure that client expectations are met and provides a first-class service along the way‘.

Joseph Hale is an excellent contentious and non-contentious partner. He is very bright and knowledgeable on the law and gives sensible and clear advice. He is fun to work with and clients respect and trust him‘.

Key clients

Mott MacDonald Bentley

Vital Energi Utilities Limited

Tarmac

Amey Plc

Engie Fabricom

Delta Simons

Sarens (UK) Limited

Mayfair Developments and Properties Limited

GF Tomlinson and Sons Limited

Gyron Internet Limited

James Fisher Nuclear Limited

Kanfa Group

Employment Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Sawbridge; Peter Gavin

Key clients

ALDI Stores

DPD Group UK

Tarmac Group

Sofidel  Group

Staffline Recruitment

National Express

Center Parcs

Paul Smith

ERIKS Industrial Services

The Reflex Group

Aperam Alloys IMPHY

Preston Innovations

Stone Group

AP Racing

EH Smith

The British Horse Society

Envisage Group

Daelmans Pastries

Hydrock Consultants

Medinet Clinical Services

Inchcape Retail

Voltalia UK

Sopra Steria Recruitment

International Glazing Services

Pattonair

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Emery

Key clients

Integrity Print Limited

Zooplus Services Limited

Aricent International (UK) Ltd

Local government Tier 4

A substantial offering at Freeths LLP comprises numerous offices around the country that advise on a broad range of development and regeneration projects, including mixed-use constructions, shopping centres and investment transactions. It provides planning, environment and real estate expertise in these areas, and more broadly also advises on areas such as tax and property litigation. Nathan Holden is a key contact in Birmingham and Stephen Pearson is noted for his broad expertise, which includes employment law. Some of the key team members include Ian Rowson and Clive Pearce for real estate, and Robert Bruce and Jennifer Roe for planning.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Testimonials

They are flexible and responsive, good engagement with both officers and members‘.

Stephen Pearson is very knowledgeable and able to brief clients in plain English and is supportive of the development new policy and excellent at Elected member briefing‘.

 

Key clients

Rushmoor Borough Council

Wigan Borough Council

Melton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund

Darlington Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Hinckley and Bosworth BC

London Borough of Camden

Royal London Borough of Greenwich

Swindon Borough Council

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Ball; Richard Beverley; Lucy Jackson

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Paul Smith Limited

Gant UK Limited

Y International (UK) Limited

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Measure Corporation Limited

Calthorpe Estates

Central Bedfordshire Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Cherwell District Council

The National Exhibition Centre

Telford and Wrekin Council

Walsall Council

Tandridge District Council

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Freeths LLP is instructed by public and private sector clients across a range of residential and commercial property development matters. Ian Tempest heads the team and Stephen Lewis specialises in investment and transactional work for funds, property companies and high-net-worth individuals. Lewis also heads the real estate finance team, specialising in high-value development bridging finance.

Practice head(s):

Ian Tempest

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council

Derby City Council

Ingleby (1245) Limited

Evenbrook group of companies

Poundstretcher Limited

Barratt Developments

Rockar

Wigan Council

De Trafford Estates

Clogau Gold

Vabeld UK

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Freeths LLP handles M&A, private equity work, financing and corporate restructuring and reorganisation transactions for its diverse client roster, which includes owner-managed businesses, SMEs and national public and private companies. Dahren Naidoo jointly heads up the team with Andy Francey, who has particular experience handling bank refinancings in the leisure sector.

Practice head(s):

Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey

Testimonials

The Freeths team demonstrates a personable service and a holistic approach to dealing with legal matters. It is able to break down an idea into a logical legal roadmap and implement an idea into a solid agreement that captures what the client needs. What makes it unique is its personable, logical, holistic approach to matters backed by various legal expertise in the one firm, that can be conveniently accessed.

Andy Francey from the commercial law division stands out with his logical approach to resolving complex legal matters, coupled with his personable approach and ability to deliver outstanding service on a tight time line, within the budget originally estimated.

The individuals at Freeths are approachable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful. They often go the extra mile without being asked in order to deliver the best outcome for the client, and the speed of response is excellent.

Dahren Naidoo thinks laterally and proactively tests and challenges the business rationale for a particular action in the context of the legal framework. He manages the project and team cost effectively and on time, and delivers sound advice in a timely fashion and acts very much as a critical friend to the business. He is very highly regarded and the ‘go-to’ corporate lawyer for M&A, with first-class associates and junior lawyers in support.

Key clients

Eddie Stobart

Linley & Simpson

Fleetondemand

NeedleSmart

Peratech Holdco

Hague SR

Neom

Arie Capital

Arie Tech LLP

Filmore and Union

Knightsbridge Mergers and Acquistions PTY

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Freeths LLP handles a broad range of issues for corporate clients, with regular mandates including updating trust deeds and rules, advising on pension scheme liabilities arising from acquisitions, indexing issues and GDPR compliance. The team has recently provided expertise with advising on auto-enrolment requirements and pension harmonisation issues for international businesses entering the UK market.

Practice head(s):

Parminder Latimer

Planning Tier 5

The planning and environmental team at Freeths LLP handles complex residential-led and mixed-use developments for a modest list of local authorities, advising on all relevant issues including section 106 negotiations, highways agreements, rights of way issues, and CIL. Commercial clients instruct the team to represent their interest in judicial review proceedings, with recent successes in both defending and challenging planning decisions in the High Court. Practice head Robert Bruce also advises on CPO compensation claims and other contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bruce

Testimonials

Provides prompt and thorough legal advice.

Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund & Aberdeen Standard Life

English Heritage

Stein Management Limited

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Aldi

NHS

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Travis Perkins

Urban & Civic

Construction Tier 6

Freeths LLP handles a raft of development work, is experienced in procurement matters, and also handles disputes in the sector. Recently promoted director Jennie Jones, who heads the team in Manchester, handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Pandora Lougheed has joined Addleshaw Goddard, while former team head James Driver and David Lorenzo have joined Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones

Testimonials

‘Jennie Jones is exceptional; she is highly knowledgeable, expert in her field, and tactically astute.’

‘The team is highly competent and efficient.’

Key clients

De Trafford Estates

Vabeld

Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

Travelodge

Aldi

Gleeds (global consultancy providing construction and property services)

MCR Property Group

Bathsystem

Fabricom Oil, Gas and Power

Lloyds Bank

Employment Tier 6

Freeths LLP's Manchester employment practice, which is led by Charlotte Rees-John, has a strong track record in the leisure and retail sector where it acts for household names, while education and sports are areas of increased activity for the team. The team regularly advises senior executives on their exits, and covers the whole range of employment law issues, including restructurings and redundancies, corporate transactions, restrictive covenants and employment tribunal claims. Tahera Khan is a new addition to the team, having joined as a senior associate from DAC Beachcroft LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Rees-John

Other key lawyers:

Tahera Khan; Matt Fraser

Key clients

PureGym

Roadchef

Colosseum Dental Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

JM Fitness Limited (Orange Theory Fitness)

Salford Reds Rugby League Club

Lift Brands UK Limited

Place North West Limited

Workspace Design Limited

Olive Tree School

Property finance Tier 6

Freeths LLP's growing client base includes investment and development companies, private equity and infrastructure funds, and clearing and challenger banks. The team has particular expertise in development finance, particularly in the healthcare (including care homes) and student accommodation sectors and for mixed-use and residential development schemes. Practice head Richard Williams leads the practice, which also handles mezzanine lending, distressed property finance, and sharia-compliant transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Williams

Testimonials

Freeths offers strong partner and associate support.

The team stands out for its commercial acumen; it is relationship driven, very responsive and solution focused.

Richard Williams deserves praise for his availability, speed and accuracy of engagement.

Freeths has excellent service, is very timely on delivery of work and is a very competent team.

The team understands how we work and what is important to us, and therefore negotiates positions that we are comfortable with.’

The team is not only very knowledgeable and efficient but also incredibly responsive.

The access you have and the presence of Richard Williams on the transaction is second to none. He is always available and on top of all the aspects of the transaction.

The team has a pragmatic and commercial outlook to transactions. They have strong attention to detail and a proactive approach.

Key clients

Puma Investments

Ahli United Bank

Allied Irish Bank

CapitalRise

Santander UK plc

ICG-Longbow

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Patron Capital

HSBC

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Freeths LLP's 'team provides good value for money' across a broad array of disputes work including corporate and M&A matters, commercial disputes, fraud, insolvency, group actions, public sector disputes, IT matters and insurance. Philippa Dempster is the principal contact and Vickie Williams was promoted to director.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Dempster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has a strong presence in IT litigation‘.

Director Vickie Williams is a good team player and takes a commercial approach‘.

Key clients

Eddie Stobart

William Hill Organization

Lyle & Scott

Volare Aviation

GP Surveyors

The liquidators of SHB Realisations (formerly BHS)

Immigration

Freeths LLP handles a range of immigration work for corporate, individual and high-net-worth clients; ranging from entrepreneurs to multinational clients. The team regularly advises on right to work, compliance audits and advises clients on preventing and challenging civil penalties. It also handles sponsor licence applications and management issues and advises on suspended and revoked licences. The education, care, manufacturing, cyber, sports. technology, logistics and leisure sectors are key areas of focus. The team operates closely with the firm's corporate department to advise on the immigration implications of transactions. Tom Bradford, who previously worked at the Home Office, is the key partner in London.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bradford

Other key lawyers:

Shradha Virji

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Colin Flanagan
Chief executive Peter Smith
Corporate and commercial Karl Jansen
Construction Chris Holwell
Dispute resolution Philippa Dempster
Employment Julian Middleton
Real estate Darren Williamson
Private client Nigel Cullen
Private client Jane Goulding
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Number of UK partners : 206
Number of other UK fee-earners : 546