Demand for Freeths Solicitors’ Top Ranked Thames Valley Corporate Team has Resulted in a Record Year of Growth.

The corporate team at Freeths solicitors is a major player not only in the local market but also in the south east region, having completed 18 major transactions in 2017.

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The team’s outstanding ability to drive deals to completion on time and on budget has resulted in a significant increase in demand for the team’s growth and exit strategy legal services for businesses. The team is well versed in maximising the sale price of businesses as well as acquiring new businesses within a short time period, which helps to keep costs down for clients.

One happy client has confirmed that they “make corporate law uncomplicated” and they are “very diligent and very responsive.”

Freeths’ corporate team very much want to work with clients and be part of their organisation, not just be their external advisers. They invest time in getting to know, and keeping in touch with, clients which comes “as a breath of fresh air” to many. Unlike lawyers from other firms, Freeths’ corporate team is appreciated for just how visible and accessible they are, together with the energy they bring to their projects.

One of the main distinguishers of the team is its national reach. The Oxford corporate team sits within the Firm’s national 50-strong corporate team, giving clients a depth of knowledge, clear specialisms and sector-expertise coupled with a down-to-earth approach.

This national reach and breadth of experience enables the team to provide their clients with expert guidance that is as commercially intelligent as it is legally flawless. The clients they work with and the types of work that they do is a testament not only to their work as lawyers but also to their role as clients’ key strategic and operational partners.

The corporate team has made a number of new appointments in its Oxford corporate team through a mix of promotions and new recruits.

Tom Walker has been promoted to Partner. Tom has particular expertise in partnership and corporate structures for land owners and family investment companies, and is a key member of the Firm’s agriculture & rural land sector team. He is regarded as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by the Legal 500 (the leading guide to law firms in the country), recognising the material difference Tom makes to not only the Firm’s offering but the Firm’s clients in the local area.

Malin Svanberg Larsson has been promoted to Senior Associate. She advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including restructuring, early stage investment and shareholders relations as well as mergers & acquisition. She is acknowledged as an ‘Associate to Watch’ by Chambers & Partners, recognising Malin’s work in major deals.

Solicitors Rebecca Lowery and Ben Filmer have joined the team from leading law firms.

Of course the department continues to provide the proactive, high-quality advice they are known for. In fact the team receives most of its work through recommendations and word of mouth and are praised for being able to explain legal jargon in plain English, as well as problem solving. The team have secured a number of significant new clients, including those who were on the other side of earlier transactions. One client commented “you clearly outperformed our lawyers on the last transaction, so we want you on this one.”

The team achieved a Tier 1 ranking in the Chambers & Partners Guide in its 2018 edition. The new ranking recognises the department as a leader in the field of corporate M&A and is a real testament to the team’s commitment and dedication to achieving the right results for its clients, whether it be preserving their wealth for generations to come or advising on a strategic acquisition of a business in a particular market.

The Chambers & Partners Guide is widely regarded as the most authoritative Guide to the legal profession in the UK. The Guide ranks law firms and solicitors in over 70 specialist areas of law. The Rankings are the result of research conducted by 150 editors and researchers employed by Chambers & Partners.

Leon Arnold, the head of the corporate team, said: “We’ve gone from strength to strength over the last two years. The addition of Rebecca and Ben will ensure we meet increasing client demand and helps put us in a stronger position for continued growth and development”.

If you would like to meet a member of the corporate team to discuss how they can work with you to achieve your business objectives, then please call 01865 781 000 or speak directly to Leon Arnold on 01865 781 202 or by email at

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