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Freeths LLP

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Chief Executive: Peter Smith
Chairman: Colin S Flanagan
Number of Partners and Directors: 205
Number of Consultants:
33
Number of Senior Associates/Associates:
172
Number of Assistant Solicitors: 115
Number of other fee-earners: 199

Contacts:
Admin/Public Law:
Nathan Holden
Banking: John Heaphy
Charities: Nigel Roots
Company/Commercial: Paul Thorogood
Construction: Chris Holwell
Corporate Finance: Karl Jansen
Employment: Julian Middleton
Housing Associations: Gary Reynolds
Immigration: Tom Bradford and Emma Brooksbank
Insolvency: Graham Greenfield
Internet: Deryck Houghton
IP: Simon Barker
IT: Deryck Houghton
Licensing: Lisa Gilligan
Litigation: Philippa Dempster
Mines & Minerals: Stephen Hadley
Pensions: Nigel Bolton
Personal Injury: Jane Goulding
Planning: Chris Waumsley
Private Client: Nigel Roots and Rachael Oakes
Product Liability: Paul Balen
Professional Negligence: Charles Powell
Projects: James Larmour
Property (Commercial): Darren Williamson
Public Sector: Nathan Holden
Renewable Energy: Clare King and Jason Richards
Risk Management: Philippa Dempster
Tax (Corporate & Property): Bob Neal
Clinical Negligence: Carolyn Lowe, Karen Reynolds and Jane Williams
Family Law: Rachael Oakes
GDPR/Cyber Security: Will Richmond-Coggan
Residential Conveyancing: Lesley Pollock and Rebecca Maeers

THE FIRM Freeths is a national law firm with a great reputation for delivering high quality advice and results for its clients. Clients talk about trusting the Freeths team to do the right thing and like their strong ethics, integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. With 13 offices in the UK the firm has an excellent geographic spread, which is particularly helpful for the large corporate and public sector clients and also convenient for its strong private client following, this firmly establishes Freeths as one of the lead national law firms in the UK. A snapshot of clients includes: BMW, RBS, Tarmac, BDW Group, Ladbrokes Coral, Fresenius Medical Care, Santander, Capita, Bellway Homes Limited, Whitbred Group plc, Oxford University Press and Experian. Freeths is committed to the regional communities in which it is based and actively supports a number of causes both nationally and regionally.

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

It has won a host of regional and national accolades in recent years:
-Ranked 50 in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For
-Silver Investors in People – an award recognising workplace leadership and management
-‘Highly Commended’ in the enei (Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion) Awards
-Law Society Accredited by Lexcel Practice Management Standard
-Rated Two Stars in The Best Companies to Work For
-‘Diversity Champion’ for Stonewall – a charity supporting LGBT rights
-‘Firm of the Year’ in the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017

Clients are particularly impressed with its efforts to work closely to reduce their legal spend by analysing the root cause and then upskilling the client’s team.

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

Business Services With an expert for every area of commercial and corporate law, Freeths deliver a complete package of legal services. From specialists in IT and Data, Mergers and Acquisition to extensive Intellectual Property and Employment Teams. Offering answers, not opinions and renowned for both technical excellence and common sense.

Dispute Management Experts at resolving disputes whether by negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Achieving success by having a 3-fold approach to the management of any dispute which involves Feasibility, Risk Specific Investigation and Delivery Stages. Supporting clients consistently on their most complex and “high stakes” disputes.

Real Estate Freeths offer a highly capable team of specialists who will “get it”. With the latest industry know-how at our fingertips and a spread of experts across all the real estate types, taking a commercially-minded approach to get your real estate deal done for less.

Service for Individuals The Private Client department has an excellent reputation advising individuals in every aspect of their life from wealth generation and presentation through to acquisitions and disposals of property, family and childcare matters, elderly parents, injury and clinical negligence, and future planning (wills and probate).

The firm has stand out experience in the following sectors:

-Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure
-Retail
-Food
-Franchise
-Transport
-Renewable energy
-Property
-Healthcare
-Public sectors