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Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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


'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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Willoughby (562) Limited on the sale of Willoughby (562) Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries (the Core Management Logistics group) to the Rhenus Logistics group.
  • Advised Regen Devco Limited, a subsidiary of Regen Holdings Limited, on the acquisition of Augean Integrated Services Limited from Augean Plc.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Reasch Holdings Limited on the sale of the operating care home known as Blenheim Court to an investor and national care home operator.
  • Advised the shareholders of Wheeler’s (Timber and Builders) Limited on the sale of the company to Huws Gray Limited.
  • Advised Belfry Trucks Limited on the acquisition of Sparshatts Holdings Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Leading individuals

Keith Gilbert - Freeths LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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)


'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


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

Work highlights

  • Advised client on the acquisition of the Alun Griffiths group of companies, a civil engineering and surfacing business, operating largely in Wales, the Midlands and South West England.
  • Acted for the client in seven acquisition transactions.
  • Acted for the client on investment by Hong Long listed company Road King Investment and Asset Management.
  • Acted for the client on the sale of the Birchwood Price Tools division to Toolstream Ltd, part of Group Silverline.
  • Advised the client on its acquisition of ZenOffice Limited, a provider of business supplies and services.
Leading individuals

John Heaphy - Freeths LLP

Karl Jansen - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Noted for its ‚Äėpositive, knowledgeable and passionate approach‚Äô, 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, ‚Äėan experienced expert in the field‚Äô, 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


'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


Davy’s of London

Butcombe Brewery


Laine Pub Company


Gangmasters Labour & Abuse Authority

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole legal provider to the client on licensing issues across its 800 stores in the UK.  
  • Acting for the client  in securing the licence for its Royal Festival Hall site.
  • Handling a range of license variation applications on behalf of the client.  
  • Ongoing support to the in-house legal team in relation to a range of regulatory and licensing matters.
Leading individuals

Lisa Gilligan - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Simon Baigent; Emma Anderson; Richard Fitzmaurice

Key Clients

Flogas Britain Limited

MPK Garages Limited

RC Tuxford Exports Limited


Travis Perkins Plc

Greenyard Fresh UK Limited

Cofresh Foods (Lakshmi & Son’s Limited)

Rigid Containers Limited

Karsten UK Limited

J&A Young (Leicester) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the client (as the new employer of two former employees of the claimant) in Aquinas Education Ltd v. Miller and others. The dispute centred on whether or not a 'springboard injunction', which prevented two former employees from setting up a competing business, should be lifted.
  • Assisted the client as the claimant with its successful committal application in Flogas Britain Ltd v Attock Metal & LPG Ltd and another, where the defendants had contravened court undertakings on the handling of cylinders.
  • Acted for the client, a forecourt operator, in litigation arising from a neighbour's use of an access way owned by the client.
  • Acted for the client, a forecourt operator, in court proceeedings arising from a neighbour's use of an access way owned by the client.
  • Acted for the client (a forecourt operator) in court proceeedings arising from injuries suffered by an individual, who was assaulted with a brick from a wall situated on the client’s premises and which was in disrepair.
Leading individuals

Mukesh Patel - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Richard Fitzmaurice - Freeths LLP

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Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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:Jade Flint


'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

Work highlights

  • Represented Mark Howard and Tamasin Howard at the Court of Appeal in an appeal of a summary judgment application decision in relation to a claim arising from the indemnity provisions of a sale and purchase agreement
  • Acted for a high net-worth individual in insolvency proceedings brought against another high net-worth individual.
  • Acted for a finance provider in proceedings arising from the provision of a loan to a borrower for the purpose of acquiring a limited edition Aston Martin.
  • Acted for a cosmetic surgery company in a defamation matter.
  • Acting for a high net worth individual as a defendant in relation to claim arising from his alleged involvement in a tax avoidance scheme.
Rising stars

Jade Flint - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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 Chance. Phil 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

Other key lawyers:John Heaphy; Phil Baigent; Katie Hillier; Renata Rai; Adam Wood


'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


Reditum Capital


Work highlights

  • Acted for the borrower on the financing aspects of the development of a luxury hotel in the Midlands.
  • Acted for the borrower on the refinance of a recently completed student accommodation development in Reading.
Leading individuals

John Heaphy - Freeths LLP

Rising stars

Katie Hillier - Freeths LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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


Begbies Traynor LLP

CBA Business Solutions Limited

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Greenfield Recovery Limited


Mazars LLP

PKF Cooper Parry Limited


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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Acclaimed as ‚Äėextremely professional and efficient‚Äô, Freeths LLP‚Äôs 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‚Äô, with expertise in diagnosis delays, misdiagnoses, surgical errors, incorrect treatment, cosmetic surgery and product liability. The ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô Jane 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


'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'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in the landmark case of Webster v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which emphasised the importance of patient choice in respect of the treatment they receive. This was a successful Royal Courts of Justice appeal where the client, born in 2003, suffered cord compression and a hyptoxic ischaemic injury at birth as a result of the Defendant's failure to find polyhydramnios in his mother's womb.      
  • The firm has handled 14 settled cases for former patients arising from the high-profile surgical malpractice of Roger Bainton.  
Leading individuals

Jane Goulding - Freeths LLP

Jane Williams - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Clients recommend Freeths LLP¬†for its ‚Äėvery good technical knowledge‚Äô and ability to handle ‚Äėcomplex claims‚Äô. 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‚Äôs knowledge of the agriculture sector. Director Rachel Gaffney¬†is noted for her ‚Äėexcellent legal advice‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Mark Keeley

Other key lawyers:Rachel Gaffney


 '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'.


Leading individuals

Mark Keeley - Freeths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rachel Gaffney - Freeths LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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;


'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'.

Leading individuals

Judith Speed - Freeths LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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;

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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;


'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

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Nottingham on complex arrangements concerning termination of contract with government department.
  • Acted for an academy trust on a major dispute with another academy trust, culminating in successful mediation and FOI disclosure issues.
  • Acted for the University of Nottingham on commercial and property agreements with National Foundation, including partnering with Academic Departments.

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Health - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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


Work highlights

  • Acting for LNT Care Developments Limited on the forward commit sales to institutional fund (Octopus Healthcare) of 3 new build luxury care homes with a combined turn-of-key value of £30m.
  • Advising CareSolve Care Group on its first forward commit institutional 35 year lease of a prestige new care home in Wales.
  • Acted for Anchor Hanover Trust on the sale of the business and assets of a care home to Kirklands Care Limited for a total of £1.6m.
  • Advised BKR Care Consultancy Limited on its inspection and audit partnership with Laing Busson, aimed at operators throughout the UK.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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;


'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

Work highlights

  • Advice to Rushmoor Borough Council on the creation of the Rushmoor Development Partnership, a new joint venture entity with Hill Investment, which is planned to transform Farnborough and Aldershot Town Centres.
  • Acting for Melton Borough Council on a complex project related to long-term outsourcing contract for all waste collection and processing, together with the operation of a green waste club.
  • Acted for Nottinghamshire County Council on the forward purchase of The Pavilion and The Oast House, Spinningfields, Manchester from Allied London.
  • Acted for Milton Keynes Council on the acquisition of strategic residential development land at Tickford Fields Farm, Newport Pagnell from Inter MK Limited for £11m,
  • Acted for Derbyshire Dales District Council on the procurement of new waste collection and disposal services over 10-year period.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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


'Professional in its work and very efficient'

Key Clients


Flogas Britain

Svenska Handlesbanken


Motor Parts Direct Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Abbey Commercial Investments Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for H W Coates Limited on the sale of an investment property for £5.1m.
  • Acted for HD Property Developments Limited on the sale of an investment property for £5m.
  • Acted for AMK Peterborough Fruit Services Ltd on the purchase of land and associated development agreement, with a value of £26m.

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Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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


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

Key Clients


Harworth Estates

LNT/Ideal Carehomes

BDW Trading (Barratt, David Wilson Homes)

EM Lawshare


Travis Perkins

Redwood Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank


Work highlights

  • Acting for Scotch Corner Designer Village on the development and the first pre-lets of a 92-unit designer outlet village at Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire.
  • Acted for The Market Village Company on the high value and time critical sale (via pre-emption rights) of Brixton Market to Hondo Enterprises.
  • Advised Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund on the forward purchase of The Pavilion and The Oast House, Spinningfields, Manchester from Allied London.
  • Advised Harworth Estates Investments Limited on the redevelopment of a former colliery at Swadlincote, Derbyshire
  • Advised LNT Care Developments, a care home specialist developer and construction company, on the forward commit sales to institutional fund (Octopus Healthcare) in relation to three new build luxury care homes with a combined turn-key value of £30m.
Leading individuals

Darren Williamson - Freeths LLP

Jon Smart - Freeths LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Clamp - Freeths LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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:Amy Morley


'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




North Midland Construction

GF Tomlinson Group

Martifer UK

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Blueprint Regeneration

Travis Perkins

Scape Group

Work highlights

  • Drafted and advised Aldi on the circa 60 construction framework contracts related to 'Project Fresh' - the ongoing programme of works to refresh its current network of 775 UK stores.
  • Advised University Hospital North Durham on existing PFI Hospital Schemes and additions.
  • Acting for Siglion Developments on the development of the 14-acre former Vaux brewery site in Sunderland.
  • Acted for Wadham College, Oxford on the construction within the historic college grounds of two new, linked buildings.
  • Acting for Blueprint, the enabling developer, on the development documentation for a residential development of circa 42 properties in an inner city location adjacent to the former Fruit Market, Sneinton, Nottingham.
Leading individuals

Chris Holwell - Freeths LLP

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

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:Paul Brailsford; Emma Tattersdill


'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


Carlsberg/London Fields Brewery

South Lincolnshire Estates

Travis Perkins

Work highlights

  • Acting for Henry Boot Developments/Hallam Land Management in relation to the strategic urban extension of Tamworth in Warwickshire. Promoting land for residential development of up to 1,000 new homes both through the local plan process and via a planning application.
  • Advice to Helier/Millennium Land (a promoter of large-scale development schemes in the Midlands) on large scale urban extension in Mansfield, North Nottinghamshire, involving over 800 dwellings and new commercial development through the Mansfield Local Plan.
  • Acting for Henry Boot Developments/Hallam Land Management on the preparation of the planning applications for 400 dwellings in North Derbyshire including infrastructure planning application, and new outline planning application.
  • Provided planning advice to Simons Developments in respect of the redevelopment of a large brownfield site in West Bridgford, Nottingham for mixed retail, leisure and residential uses.
  • Advising London Fields Brewery/Carlsberg on planning aspects of the acquisition of London Fields Brewery in Hackney and associated regularisation of planning position via the submission of linked planning applications for brewery, tap room and venue for brand building events.
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Emma Tattersdill - Freeths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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:Simon Baigent; Edward Pickard


'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


Chancerygate Asset Management

Middlesbrough Borough Council (Teeside Pension Fund)

Deichmann-Shoes UK Limited

EM Lawshare

Jelson Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising a leading sustainable building materials group in relation to a right to break its lease of premises, which was conditional on it materially complying with all covenants in its lease.
  • Represented an independent fuel retailer in a dispute, where its neighbour was preventing access to its commercial site, in breach of covenant.
  • Acting for a Fire and Rescue Authority in relation to the removal of  telecommunications apparatus from its site.
  • Acting for one of the UK’s leading builder’s merchants in resisting attempts by its landlord to terminate its tenancy on purported redevelopment grounds.
  • Representing a UK-based property investment fund in a significant dispute concerning the amount of overage payable to it after the grant of planning permission to a developer.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Stephen Pearson; Sarah Rowe; Rachel Clarke; Claire Bennett


'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


Helena Partnerships Limited (now Torus)

Dragonfly Development Limited

Starfish Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kirklees Council in the Right to Buy and Right process for 200 properties following the initial tenant notice (RTB1), and upon issuing the reply notice (RTB2) and serving the s125 offer notice.
  • Acted for Cambridge City Council on a joint venture with a developer partner for the redevelopment of an old council depot.
  • Acted for NCHA on its acquisition of 142 units from Miller Homes for circa £10.6m.
  • Advising Torus 62 Limited on the disposal of 40 shared ownership units at a development in St Helens.
  • Advising Bromford Housing Association on the disposal of 35 shared ownership units at a development in Burntwood.

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