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Firm Profile

Freeths LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 3rd Floor
  • 100 Wellington Street
  • Leeds
  • West Yorkshire
  • UK
  • LS1 4LT

Firm profile submitted by Freeths LLP

Chief Executive: Peter Smith
Chairman: Colin S Flanagan
Number of partners: 162
Assistant solicitors: 224 Other fee-earners: 159

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: David Potter
Insolvency: Graham Greenfield
Internet: Deryck Houghton
IP: Simon Barker
IT: Deryck Houghton
Licensing: Lisa Gilligan
Litigation: Philippa Dempster
Mines & Minerals: Paul Calladine
Pensions: John Heaphy
Personal Injury: Jane Goulding
Planning: Chris Waumsley
Private Client: Nigel Cullen
Product Liability: Paul Balen
Professional Negligence: Charles Powell
Projects: Stephen Pearson
Property (Commercial): Darren Williamson
Public Sector: Nathan Holden
Renewable Energy: Catherine Burke
Risk Management: Philippa Dempster
Tax (Corporate and Property): Bob Neal

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 11 offices in the UK the firm has excellent geographic spread and is planning more locations to further enhance its national reach. Particularly helpful for the large corporate and public sector clients and also convenient for its strong private client following, this growth firmly establishes Freeths as one the leading national law firms in the UK. A snapshot of clients includes: a major national supermarket, RBS, Lafarge, BDW Group, Ladbrokes Coral, Fresenius Medical Care, Santander, Capita, Bellway Homes Limited, Whitbred Group plc 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 such as Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017, silver standard in Investors in People, Law Firm of the Year (Manchester Business Awards) and Legal technology awards and nominations. It also won ‘Best Firm 2015’ in the UK Diversity Legal Awards.

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.

Areas of Practice
Commercial Property: 34%
Corporate & Commercial Services: 28%
Dispute Resolution: 22%
Private Client: 16%

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.

The private client team has an excellent reputation advising individuals in every aspect of their life from wealth generation and preservation 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 drinks and hospitality, retail, food, franchise, transport, renewable energy, property, healthcare and public sectors.

The Oxford private client team is well known in agriculture, blood stock and rural affairs, as well as the charities sector.


  • Cumberland Court,
  • 80 Mount Street,
  • Nottingham,
  • Nottinghamshire
  • UK
  • NG1 6HH
  • Tel (0845) 634 2600
  • Fax (0115) 859 9600
  • DX 10039 Nottingham
  • Email : [email protected]
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