Freemans Solicitors > London, England > Firm Profile

Freemans Solicitors
22 UPPER WOBURN PLACE
LONDON
WC1H 0HW
England

Private client > Family Tier 2

Freemans Solicitors ‘ is one of the few firms which practises both private and public law at a high level. It uses the breadth of knowledge of its partners and associates to ensure that its clients receive expert advice on all aspects of child law, particularly in cases with complex allegations’. The team is led by the highly regarded Nina Hansen who is an established name for international children cases and has considerable ‘experience in the UKSC and the Court of Justice of the European Union which ‘exemplifies her ability to handle the most testing and complex work’. The ‘client focused’ Hilka Hollmann  is another key figure. Laura Coyle  has a solid international practice covering Hague Convention matters, wardship and child arrangements ( such as relocation). Georgina Stavrou was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Nina Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Laura Coyle; Hilka Hollmann; Mark Kosmin; Georgina Stavrou; Sophie Lambert; Claire Leslie; Angela Kwokori

Testimonials

‘Excellent children practitioners particularly in the public law field. They have a very strong team. Nina Hansen – highly experienced and very human solicitor with good judgment’.

‘I would like to emphasise that Mark Kosmin is obviously a very considerably talented solicitor. Obviously he has competitors who are certainly as good and well known as him but he is up there as one of the market leaders. I would recommend anyone to take their case to him. I particularly valued his thoroughness, calmness under fire and skill in dealing with a difficult client’.

‘Freemans has strength in depth across all areas of family law. Rather than becoming a niche practice, they have maintained a presence across all areas of family law, and offer experience at all levels. Nina Hansen is the doyen of international family lawyers. She has the ear of judges and is hugely respected. Mark Kosmin and Gina Stavrou (finance) are both stand out junior partners’.

‘Freemans is an excellent niche firm specialising in children cases. Nina Hansen is an outstanding solicitor. She is one of the best for dealing with international children cases. One of the first choice solicitors for representing children. She is enormously empathetic and inspires great confidence in her clients’.

‘Hilka Hollmann is a leading solicitor in the field of child law. She has particular expertise in complex cases with allegations of serious abuse and is experienced in representing high profile clients in cases where a very high degree of sensitivity and confidentiality is required. Her judgement is sound, her commitment and work ethic are exemplary and she has a wonderful ability to put her clients at ease’.

‘I have recently worked with Georgina Stavrou who has a detailed knowledge and experience of all areas of family law. In particular Georgina’s great strength is grappling with the key issues in a case and providing the client with straightforward advice’.

‘Hilka Holman is a standout solicitor.  She has patience and tenacity as well as supreme client and case judgment . She is a one woman wonder. The solicitor we would want on our side if we were in need’.

‘Laura Coyle is a high-profile practitioner with a firm foundation in public law children’s cases, but also with tremendous experience in international work at the highest level. She has established a strikingly good reputation in particular as a ‘go-to’ representative for older children who (for whatever reason) are not represented by a CAFCASS lawyer in the most difficult types of international work. In this regard, she continues to appear in landmark cases. Her tactical judgment is acute, and she is a formidable opponent’.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

The ‘exceptional’ Freemans Solicitors fields litigation and advocacy teams which work together to represent clients in cases concerning serious fraud, violence and sexual offences. ‘Top quality advocate’ Michael Field, who has more than 25 years’ experience, and established the firm’s crime department, co-leads the team with ‘simply superb’ Kishoree Kotecha-Pau. Higher court advocate Peter Bedingfield is experienced in all areas of criminal law, and works with vulnerable clients such as young people and those suffering from serious mental illness. Leo Martin, who joined from Hodge Jones & Allen in April 2021, specialises in pre-charge advice, aiding clients in avoiding potential criminal prosecution.

Practice head(s):

Michael Field; Kishoree Kotecha-Pau

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very cohesive and well organised with polite and helpful staff.’

‘Michael Field is a top quality advocate and well presented, organised and very helpful. His understanding of the law and the court process, and ability to advocate effectively and effortlessly before judges is excellent.’

‘They are the best law firm in the country. Have used them on many occasions and they are exceptionally professional, organized, clear and concise, value for money, dedicated and their staff have amazing knowledge of the law process.’

‘Freemans are an exceptional firm as their solicitors genuinely care about their clients and represent them to the highest levels. They have a very skilled and experienced team who represent their clients extremely well.’

‘The lawyers at Freemans are hardworking, they have backbone and they know their stuff. The firm provides a well rounded service where you know the solicitors have proper support from a capable and efficient back office team.’

‘Extremely strong and well – resourced team capable of litigating large scale criminal cases.’

‘Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is simply superb – a totally dedicated, creative, highly experienced expert in both criminal law and financial crime with superb communications skills and an instinctive understanding of the human psyche.’

‘The hard work they put in to achieving the best results always pays off and this is in part because they understand how to resource and manage cases properly and match the best people to the case and the client.’

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

Led by Oluwole Osibona, who became managing partner in April 2022, Freemans Solicitors‘ immigration department has experience in handling the range of complex human rights-related immigration matters, from nationality and citizenship applications to cases concerning deportation and unlawful detention. Ahmed Sesay is another key contact, and was promoted to partner in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Oluwole Osibona

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An eclectic team with wide and deep experience of all aspects of immigration law. Based in Central London, the firm has teams well established in other areas and the cross disciplined expertise enhances each teams breadth. Expect good communication, realistic but also creative advice.’

‘Great depth of knowledge and experience, with modern and highly professional approach.’

‘This is a very strong department; all the members are knowledgeable, accessible, very hardworking and genuinely motivated to do the best for their clients. I really value my working relationship with the whole department. It does feel like a collaborative approach, both within the department but even with counsel; the lay-client gets a joined-up service. The team is particularly diverse.’

‘The people are amazing. Fantastic service received over the last 10 years.’

‘Goes above and beyond to support at every stage of the process.’

‘Team led by a veteran of the circuit, partner in firm and head of immigration, Oluwole Osibona. A steady, calm and extremely knowledgeable individual whose leadership ensures consistently assured service to the firms immigration clients. Oluwole is a great communicator, managing client expectations well and provides excellent instructions and background research too.’

‘Mr. Osibona is a highly skilled and educated immigration lawyer who supplied me with excellent service. He is a true professional who will go above and beyond for his clients. He took on my hopeless case and brought it to a successful conclusion. Justice has only been served as a result of his professional expertise. I will be eternally thankful.’

‘The team at Freemans has the ability to work with others across the legal profession and the courts. From taking on clients, to liaising with counsel’s clerks, to instructing counsel, and speaking to the listings office at court prior to listing, the team is able to communicate effectively with people at every level within the legal profession and legal system. I have always found Mr Oluwole Osibona to have an uncanny ability to put his clients at ease, whilst maintaining professional integrity and quality service.’

Established in 1995 by Howard Freeman, Freemans Solicitors has evolved into a highly regarded central London practice. It has a reputation for dealing with difficult and complex cases, and for providing clients with a high standard professional service.

 

Freemans advise individuals and businesses on a range of legal issues. The firm’s main areas of practice include:

 

Property (commercial and residential): Freemans’ commercial and residential conveyancing team  represent 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  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 Company law : 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. Its 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.

 

Family, Children and Divorce: 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 is also well known for representing parents and children involved with social services. The matrimonial finance team are frequently instructed in complex cases involving high-net-worth individuals, and cases with international elements.   . The department also includes a team of specialist family mediators to assist parties who wish to reach an amicable agreement in relation to their children and/or family finances. Some solicitors in the family department are members of the Law Society Children and Family Law panels, and many are Resolution accredited specialists. The head of family department is also a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

 

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. Recently the team have been working with UK and European Nationals advising them on the impact of Brexit. 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. The team have had cases heard at all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

 

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.

 

Freemans has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency in the practice areas of Crime, Family and Immigration. The team can assess an individual’s eligibility for legal aid where appropriate.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Oluwole Osibona+44 20 7935 3522
Civil litigation Russell Henry+44 20 7935 3522
Commercial/Residential property Nathan Woodward & Balbit Thandi+44 20 7935 3522
Crime Michael Field & Kishoree Kotecha-Pau+44 20 7935 3522
Employment Jacob A Fabowale Makinde+44 20 7935 3522
Family Nina Hansen+44 20 7935 3522
Immigration Oluwole Osibona+44 20 7935 3522
Wills, Estate Planning & probate Stephen Nelken+44 20 7935 3522
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 28

CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “This firm is a credit to legal representation. The firm is very reliable and great value for money. Will recommend them any time to anyone, Well done.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “This firm is absolutely excellent and they have recruited some of the best people to work for them. They are all amazing, helpful, kind, considerate, committed and extremely knowledgeable about their work.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The right choice….Freemans delivered a service that was supportive, understanding and professional. With so many other firms competing to have you as a client, I can highly recommend Freemans”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The help and advice I received from everyone at Freeman’s was excellent. They were very supportive and informative. I was in very safe hands”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your advice and support in what was a very difficult and stressful time for our family. I fear that the outcome may have been different had I not been fortunate to have had you on my side from an early stage. We got the right outcome in the end and you fought our corner with tenacity, despite frustrating and unhelpful opposition. I will always be grateful to have had you fighting our corner”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. I can honestly say that throughout the whole process my matters are dealt with professionally and efficiently at all times…I also feel supported and that I have someone on my side throughout”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We would recommend this firm 1000 times over!!! Competent, efficient and knowledgeable should be their motto!”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Michael Field is a most excellent barrister. Although the word is misused a lot nowadays, legendary, truly applies to Mr Field. He is truly outstanding barrister, humanitarian, gentleman. The way he helped my husband through a crisis of unimaginable proportions is truly incredible. If you are going through hell like we were, give Michael Field and Freemans a call. All our prayers were answered when Mr Field and Freemans walked into our lives”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I finally have my freedom back Michael and for that i am at most thankful to you and your team who supported me and my son through this very difficult time. I honestly thought that you handled the case extremely well and was at times amazed and completely taken back just how you unfolded and dealt with each scenario. It was to say the least one hell of an experience but having you on my side made all the difference.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “A professional and excellent service was received from both Kishoree and Michael. They genuinely cared about our case and the outcome which instilled a lot of confidence in us. Lovely people to work with and their eye for detail and conscientious approach ensured that we received the best outcome possible. It was a pleasure to have known and worked with them”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Barrister Michael Field, helped my dad during a crisis wonderfully, who was suffering from mental health issues. Mr Field went out of his way to deliver a truly outstanding service. We sought help from some of the biggest law firms in London with their famous solicitors and barrister. Although they were good, none could do what Mr Field and Freemans achieved. Anyone needing a truly out of this world firm and barrister, needs to call Mr Field and Freemans”


CLIENT: Client S
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “You have to see Barrister Michael Field at work to really appreciate him. Although I met him in unfortunate circumstances of my trial, it was an absolute pleasure to see a true master of his trade at work. Calm logical approach, thoroughly reasoned delivery, an incredible ability to sift through huge amounts of information and extract only what is important and discard what is not important. A kind man, totally trustworthy. An amazing knowledge of the subtle technicalities of law, a gentleman. If there is a firm that deserves the highest 5 stars then it is Freemans.”


CLIENT: Ms A
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Kishoree Kotecha-Pau is a very experienced criminal defence solicitor at Freemans. She is very professional and takes personal interest in your case. She has been God send to me. She is very considerate and has gone well above her duty to help me. On numerous occasions she has given up her time on the weekend to provide advice. I highly recommend her.


CLIENT: Mr B
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “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. Kishoree’s guidance during the case and in the help recommending the right legal team (QC and Barrister) to represent me at court, was very invaluable. Kishoree genuinely cared about the whole family, during the whole difficult period for us. I will always be grateful to Kishoree for her kindness, understanding and compassion.”


CLIENT: Ms R
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I just wanted to thank Kishoree and the team at Freemans. They have fought various cases for my husband in the last 5 years. Kishoree came highly recommended through friends and I was not disappointed. Her professionalism, wealth of knowledge, organisation, understanding and support to our family has been exceptional. She was always available for late night calls and email responses If ever I was unsure of anything.”


CLIENT: Ms N
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “My case was handled by Kishoree Kotecha. I must say she did a great job and was a pleasure to work with. She put in so much time and effort into my case and which reflected on the outcome . The receptionist was so pleasant and made me welcomed anytime I had an appointment. I would highly recommend this firm based on the great experience I had.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
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!”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “My experience with Nina Hansen has come after a lengthy and complex multi-jurisdictional family dispute. …Nina can be tenacious when necessary; she is always empathetic and cares about my family and always manages to strike a balance that has the long-term well-being of the children at heart. I can unreservedly recommend Nina, and after having had experience with several firms, Nina is a notch above the rest. …I respect Nina for this and her insightful and wise advice.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “… I have been and continue to be impressed [by Nina’s] excellent quality of work and care and dedication to my case. Nina has been a huge support to me throughout this time and she is someone who really cares about families and children. Her attention to detail and critical analytical skills have helped me hugely in understanding how to navigate through a very difficult period in my life. … I would strongly recommend her and her team as being exceptional lawyers who really care about the work they do for families and children.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “… I found [Nina] to be exemplary in her professionalism, she exuded serenity, was completely attentive and reassuringly empathic to my situation and concerns. Her method of extracting pertinent information by thorough, precise and carefully framed questions, that were delivered in a non-patronising fashion enabled me to reveal details that I had either forgotten or thought them to be inconsequential, but were, as she showed, very relevant… It’s because of Nina’s calm considered approach, evident wealth of experience and ability to sort the wheat from the chaff that gave me some solace …. I had legal representation of the highest calibre.”


CLIENT: Anon
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I got Mr Osibona’s contact details from a family friend, and his services came highly recommended. He was encouraging and positive from the outset and kept our end goal at the forefront of the process at all times. I particularly appreciated his clarity in explaining every step of each procedure. He was responsive at every turn and I was always able to reach him when necessary – he approached all our concerns in a practical and professional manner. I would recommend his services to anyone with a similar legal issue, and it has been a pleasure to work with him”


CLIENT: Mr S
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Mr Osibona, Thanks so much for this sir. I am really grateful. You are one of the people I have came across in the journey of my life that have had a good positive impact in my life. You have always responded to all my problems even the one that doesn’t concern you, my wife will call you and you will give her attention. You took me like a brother and you always do your best to ease the pressure on me”


CLIENT: Mr L
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “A big thank you to Mr Oluwole Osibona and Freemans solicitors. Mr Oluwole Osibona is the best immigration solicitor I ever came across. He saw the long-standing journey of my immigration to a glorious destination. His professionalism is second to none, his integrity has no match, confidence is unquantifiable and his level of reliability and attention to details is immeasurable. When you hand over your case to him, you can go and sleep while he works on your case with the appropriate armour. He is well experienced. I will undoubtedly and strongly recommend Mr Oluwole Osibona of Freemans solicitors anytime.”


CLIENT: Mr M
COMPANY/FIRM: Freemans Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “My heartfelt gratitude goes to Freemans Solicitors and Mr. Oluwole Osibona for the very professional and responsive service rendered to me. Mr. Osibona was particularly available to guide me through the process and respond to my enquiries timeously. His knowledge of the field made the application process almost seamless. With his help, I was able to achieve the desired result. I recommend the firm and Mr. Osibona to anyone who may require legal services.”


Being a diverse and inclusive workplace is an integral part of our organisation.  When establishing the firm in 1995 former Managing Partner Howard Freeman set out with the intention of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.  He wanted to prove that it was possible to establish a successful and diverse practice. Today we are a team of 15 partners headed by Oluwole Osibona and almost 30 fee-earners who come from different ethnic backgrounds.

Our diverse and inclusive culture distinguishes our practice from other firms who have introduced specific measures to become more diverse. We remain committed to treating 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

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, gender identity, sexuality, those with religious beliefs and those with none, with respect and dignity and to a Freemans service. In addition, that same year Partner and joint head of the criminal department Kishoree Kotecha-Pau also received a Highly Commended BSN Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplished legal career and dedication to promoting equality and diversity within the profession.