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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
 Laura Coyle  photo Laura Coyle
 Michael Field  photo Michael Field
 Howard Freeman  photo Howard Freeman
Ms Nina Hansen photo Ms Nina Hansen
 Hilka Hollmann  photo Hilka Hollmann
 Mark Kosmin  photo Mark Kosmin
 Kishoree Kotecha-Pau  photo Kishoree Kotecha-Pau
 Paul Nathan  photo Paul Nathan
 Stephen Nelken  photo Stephen Nelken
 Lynton Orrett  photo Lynton Orrett
 Oluwole Osibona  photo Oluwole Osibona
 Yogesh Patel  photo Yogesh Patel
 Stephen Sasto  photo Stephen Sasto
 Nathan Woodward  photo Nathan Woodward
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 13