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Freemans Solicitors

Family Tier 2

Freemans Solicitors is particularly renowned for its work on both complex public and private law children matters. It represents a wide range of clientele including well-known actors, high-net-worth individuals and members of the aristocracy on various matters such as parental alienation, fabricated illness through to sexual abuse cases. It also frequently acts on the behalf of children either through their court-appointed guardian or by a direct instruction from the children themselves. It has vast experience of complicated cross-border matters and the team often features in reported cases regarding applications under the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention or other areas including the 1993 Hague Treaty on adoption. Its matrimonial practice is also strong and specialises in dealing with high-net-worth individuals. Nina Hansen is ‘exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Nina Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Hilka Hollmann; Laura Coyle; Georgina Stavrou


Freemans has a strong family team with a vast range of expertise. It deals with all areas of family work from high-net-worth financial cases to complex care proceedings. It is a supportive team that works incredibly well together‘.

‘Freemans is the creme de la creme for public law family work; and for complex private law work.  What sets the team apart is that it is in the High Court day in, day out, so has expert knowledge of practice and procedure there‘.

Freemans occupies a niche position in family law. It has excellent public law solicitors undertaking work at the highest level in the most difficult cases and unusually also services private law clients and international cases at a very high level. This cross-fertilisation of work gives the solicitors in the firm a very valuable breadth of experience‘.

The team has great energy. The relatively young profile of the partners makes them forward looking and innovative in their approach. The lawyers are notable for their work with modern families and with young people in parental disputes‘.

Nina Hansen is so adept at international children work she could probably do it in her sleep‘.

Nina Hansen is an excellent tactician and fights very hard for all of her clients. She is particularly skilled with vulnerable clients‘.

Laura Coyle’s robust yet pragmatic approach to children cases makes her one of London’s “go to” solicitors to represent children‘.

Laura Coyle fights tooth and nail for her clients. You want her on your side. She is forensic in her approach to all of her cases. She works diligently to get the right result‘.

Laura Coyle gets up to her elbows in cases. She conducts much of her own advocacy where she is robust and effective‘.

Hilka Hollmann is an outstanding lawyer with an exceptional grasp of international adoption issues from a family law perspective. Georgina Stavrou has quite an astonishing grasp of her work for someone of her level‘.

Crime: general Tier 3

Freemans Solicitors' team is 'hard working, dedicated and committed to achieving the best results for its clients'. Recent instructions for the group include cases of murder, sexual assault, violent crime and high-value fraud. Practice co-heads Michael Field and Kishoree Kotecha-Pau are 'extremely experienced, approachable and friendly lawyers'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Field; Kishoree Kotecha-Pau


Kishoree Kotecha-Pau combines an incisive legal brain with a gentle and reassuring manner. She is approachable, diligent, calm and constructive‘.

Michael Field is an excellent advocate who gets the work done very efficiently‘.

Freemans Solicitors has a reputation for providing high-quality work to both the business community and individual clients.

The firm: Freemans Solicitors was established in 1995 by Howard Freeman. The firm grew organically and in 2015 it merged with Sasto and Klinger and now has a total staff exceeding 50. It conducts both private and legal aid work.

Types of work undertaken: Property (commercial and residential): Freemans’ commercial and residential conveyancing team acts for a variety of clients, including developers, investors and lenders acquiring, disposing and lending against the security of land and buildings. Freemans has the legal expertise to negotiate, draft and produce the often complex documentation that will establish responsibilities and control costs, in order to maximise the value of clients’ properties. The department has a reputation for acting quickly, competently and having a real understanding of the ‘deal’ from a client’s perspective.

Civil litigation and commercial drafting: the firm has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, property litigation, building disputes, insolvency, probate and inheritance disputes and company/shareholders disputes and has conducted cases in all civil courts, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, and in mediations and arbitrations. It’s client base ranges from private individuals to large corporations and offshore companies. It is also able to provide advice and assistance in relation to drafting of documents, including shareholders’ agreements, service contracts, joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, terms of business and asset purchase agreements.

Employment: the specialist employment department deals with all employment matters from the drafting of contracts and advising on settlement agreements to litigation in the courts and the employment tribunals. The firm acts for employers and employees and can advise on employment claims arising from unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, harassment, bullying and victimisation, and employment issues on the transfer of the business to a new owner.

Children and family matters: the family department has a reputation for high-quality service and breadth of expertise. It is particularly well known for its work in the field of international family law, an area in which it is considered to be a market leader. The firm has a number of specialist solicitors and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases involving cross-border disputes, including in the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, which has helped to shape the law. It also is well known for acting for parents and children involved with social services. The firm’s financial team have a developing reputation in representing high-net-worth clients. Freemans Solicitors are members of the Law Society Children and Family Law panels, and are Resolution-accredited.

Immigration: the team of specialists are highly experienced in all areas of immigration and nationality law including business immigration. It is very adept at assisting high-net-worth individuals and businesses, especially in Central London. Clients include large businesses and manufacturing companies which are leaders in Europe and the Middle East. The team is able to achieve exceptional results for clients and has assisted tier 1 entrepreneurs, tier 1 investors and tier 2 work permit applicants. It has obtained sponsorship licences for employers and assisted sole representatives of overseas companies. Freemans lawyers are experts in human rights and European law rights, appeals and judicial review applications in connection with transfers and negotiating image rights on the behalf of clients.

Crime: the criminal team has considerable experience across a wide range of criminal offences, many high profile, including, inter alia, serious drugs, murder, terrorism, extradition, VAT fraud, money laundering, driving cases involving death, drink drive, sexual offences, investigations by the DSS, DWP,MHRA and NMC. It offers specialist advocacy services in all cases before Magistrates, Crown Court and criminal appeal courts.

Regulatory: the firm offers a specialist regulatory service to businesses and individuals. The firm advises on environmental, trading standards, and health and safety maters. Advice and assistance is provided to professionals subject to investigation or disciplinary proceedings by their regulator.

Wills and probate: the firm offers an efficient service for the preparation of wills and lasting powers of attorney, which can, if necessary, include a visit you your home. It provides a professional and sympathetic service, after a death, in dealing with the administration of the deceased’s estate in accordance with the terms of the will, or if there is no will, in accordance with the intestacy rules. It also deals with post-death variations by way of the preparation of deeds of variation, deeds of family arrangement or disclaimer.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior and managing partner Howard Freeman
Commercial/residential property Howard Freeman
Crime Michael Field
Immigration Oluwole Osibona
Family Nina Hansen
Civil litigation Paul Nathan
Wills & probate Stephen Nelken
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gopal Bhudia  photo Gopal Bhudia Partner in the firm and specialises in property transactions involving sales, purchases…
 Laura Coyle  photo Laura Coyle Partner
 Michael Field  photo Michael Field Michael is a specialist trial advocate. He has been in legal practice…
 Howard Freeman  photo Howard Freeman Senior managing partner specialising in all forms of property work and light…
Ms Nina Hansen photo Ms Nina Hansen Nina joined Freemans in 2002 and set up their Family department. She…
 Hilka Hollmann  photo Hilka Hollmann Associate Solicitor
 Mark Kosmin  photo Mark Kosmin Mark is an experienced family solicitor, mediator and collaborative lawyer; committed to…
 Kishoree Kotecha-Pau  photo Kishoree Kotecha-Pau Partner and joint head of criminal department and HR partner. Kishoree is…
 Stephen Nelken  photo Stephen Nelken Partner in the property department dealing with both residential and commercial conveyancing,…
 Oluwole Osibona  photo Oluwole Osibona Mr Osibona specialises in all areas of immigration and nationality law including…
 Yogesh Patel  photo Yogesh Patel Partner specialising in commercial property, acting for many offshore companies, being well…
 Stephen Sasto  photo Stephen Sasto Partner specialising in commercial and residential property including investment property and landlord…
 Nathan Woodward  photo Nathan Woodward Partner in the property department specialising in the sale and acquisition of…
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 13

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Gopal Bhudia
TESTIMONIAL: Gopal was very helpful and tactful in dealing with a difficult situation and I was impressed with how he always responded to me in a timely manner. In the last three days, he did as much as he could to expedite matters and ensure we could exchange before the end of the month.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Laura Coyle
TESTIMONIAL: Laura Coyle, who supported me throughout the most difficult time in my entire life, is not only the most professional and devoted to her role but above all kind and always very understanding. For over 6 months of her hard work , I was granted relocation with my precious child to Poland. Laura went above and beyond what I could have ever expected. Always immensely helpful and responsive and I can not thank her enough.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Michael Field
TESTIMONIAL: Mr. Michael Field is a top-notch barrister. He is very good at what he does and I highly recommend him. Mr. Field represented me at my trial and achieved a very [favourable] result. He is very down to earth and a calm person. In the court he made the points very succinctly and was not fazed by anything. One of the most important qualities that he has is of honesty. He explained things very clearly and had a plan for every eventuality. I highly recommend him.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Howard Freeman
TESTIMONIAL: Howard Freeman has notable expertise in retail and office leases, investment sales and purchases, and developments and is very approachable, has a vast amount of knowledge and is always available when needed.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Nina Hansen
TESTIMONIAL: Nina has represented me for over a year now. She has supported me through various court hearings, the most recent being three days. My case was very complex involving the children. Her team have been amazing! Nina is extremely professional and her knowledge and experience in family law in exceptional which was crucial for me. Above all of that …. she cares!

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Mark Kosmin
TESTIMONIAL: Mark Kosmin handled my case with dignity, empathy, and thoroughness. He always set realistic expectations and I was very satisfied with his advice and the overall service that I received from Freemans.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Kishoree Kotecha-Pau
TESTIMONIAL: Gold Star to Kishoree Kotecha-Pau. I would like to thank and commend Kishoree for the way she handled my case. Her knowledge, experience, support and understanding was outstanding and exceptional during my traumatic 27 month period.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Stephen Nelken
TESTIMONIAL: Stephen Nelken did an excellent job on the sale of my mother’s house which included a number of unexpected surprises along the way. Stephen made himself available and provided sensitive, sound advice throughout. No hesitation in recommending.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Oluwole Osiona
TESTIMONIAL: I am extremely appreciative and grateful for the professionalism, support and precised legal work executed by Mr Osibona of Freeman Solicitors. We were highly impressed and delighted with the service obtained from Freeman Solicitors, in particular Mr Osibona, at the efficiency and smoothness of the whole process!

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Yogesh Patel
TESTIMONIAL: As a client, I have had the pleasure of working with Yogesh Patel, a senior Partner at Freemans Solicitor, over many years, and have greatly benefited from his extensive experience in the field of Property Law. I cannot recommend him enough for his exceptionally high professional standards. His expert legal advice is based on a mix of intellectual sensitivity, personal integrity and pragmatic objectivity. I have recommended him to friends who are also full of praise for him.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Stephen Sasto
TESTIMONIAL: I have had an excellent service from Mr Stephen Sasto. He dealt with a complex commercial transaction of mine and resolved and completed the whole process of the sale of my business within the given timescale. I am very satisfied with his work and the company. Also completed another of my property transaction. Mr Sasto provided very fast and efficient service. Highly recommended for anyone who has to appoint solicitor. Will use Freemans in the future too. Thank you.’

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Nathan Woodward
TESTIMONIAL: Nathan Woodward has done an exceptional job on the sale and purchase of our properties and also in the sale of our mother’s property. He and his secretary were professional throughout and made sure everything went smoothly. Would definitely recommend Freeman to family and friends.

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Hilka Hollmann
TESTIMONIAL: Highly recommended for international adoption – what she doesn’t know about this subject isn’t worth knowing’

COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
PARTNER: Karim Maksoud
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for completing the whole process absolutely stress free! I really appreciate it.


Freemans Solicitors are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and to promoting equality and diversity within our policies, practices and procedures and we are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the firm.

This applies to our professional dealings with clients, staff and partners/directors, other solicitors, barristers, and third parties.

We commit that we will treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect, regardless of:

  • sex (including marital status, gender (including transgender), pregnancy, maternity and paternity)
  • sexual orientation (including civil partnership status)
  • race or racial group (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins)
  • religion or belief
  • age
  • caring responsibility
  • or disability

We have a full Equality and Diversity policy which forms part of our internal Office Manual. Should you wish to see a copy of this please contact Kishoree Kotecha-Pau on

In 2018 we were awarded the UK Diversity Legal Awards for Managing Diverse Talent in recognition of our diverse and inclusive culture. Building on our success, we will aim to continue to be an inclusive and welcoming firm and to treat people whoever they are, from whatever background, colour, race or creed, man or woman, sexuality, those with religious beliefs and those with none, with respect and dignity and to a Freemans service.


Unusually for a Central London firm, we provide services for local families and people working nearby, as well as managing the private and family affairs of our commercial clients and high net worth families.

Because of this commitment to our local area we engage in activities with local business groups and work with local resident led organisations wherever possible.

We understand the impact that we, like any business, can have on the environment and we are working to reduce our carbon footprint in a number of ways, for example:

  • We recycle as much waste as we can, including all paper and cardboard waste and toner cartridges;
  • We aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste we create in the office as much as possible;
  • When replacing electrical equipment we buy more energy efficient products;
  • We buy recycled and fair trade products where possible