Freeths Solicitors is proud to announce another year of development and growth with the Oxford office growing its headcount to over 115 staff since last year and includes the recruitment of 8 new lawyers into the firm’s various legal departments. The firm’s most recent and noticeable lateral hire is Will Richmond-Coggan, previously a Partner at BDB Pitmans LLP. His specialisms include GDPR, data privacy, technology, and reputation cases.
Freeths through the development of client centric services such as Freeths Advance, Platinum, and The Hub, continue to provide the solutions corporate and private clients want and need in order to achieve their business and personal objectives.
The firm’s ability to provide innovative legal solutions coupled with a first-class service is why Freeths has received stellar reviews for its highly regarded corporate, commercial, dispute management and real estate teams in this year’s publication of the UK’s leading legal directories; The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In addition, The Times commended Freeths for inheritance and succession (private client) and family law in their recently published Best Law Firms 2019 supplement. Freeths is one of only 24 firms in the country to be commended in these areas of work.
The legal directories are widely regarded as the authoritative guides to the legal profession in the UK. Both guides rank law firms and solicitors in over 70 specialist areas of law. The rankings are the result of research conducted by 150 editors and researchers.
The Legal 500 (the Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019 edition) ranked Freeths as a Top Tier law firm in the South East in eight of its practice areas: commercial property, family law, contentious trusts & probate, private client (Wills, trusts & probate), clinical negligence (claimant), agriculture & rural estates, charities ,and professional negligence.
Freeths were also ranked Top Tier by the Chambers and Partners 2019 Guide to the UK Legal Profession in four of its practice areas: clinical negligence; agriculture and estates; family; and private client wealth (High Net Worth).
The demand for Freeths’ legal services is not just limited to Oxford, nationally, Freeths’ staff numbers have increased across all 12 offices, going from 844 to 905. In addition, Freeths opened an office in Bristol on 1st April 2019, taking the total number of offices to 13.
Sarah Foster, Managing Partner of Freeths in Oxford, commented: “I’m very proud of what our staff have achieved over the last year for clients and the intermediaries we work closely with.
What makes us unique is the firm’s culture, which we call ‘freethinking’. In essence, being a Freeths’ lawyer is about a lot more than just knowing the law, it is about entrepreneurialism, it is about doing the right thing, it is about building trust and most importantly of all, it is about delivering results for the clients we act for and for the clients of the professionals we enjoy working with.
In today’s world it is a given that as a lawyer you provide advice on legal matters but at Freeths, being a lawyer is much more than that. A great service requires more than just knowing the law and responding to client’s needs in a transactional way. It is about lateral thinking instead of looking at the problem head on, it is about putting yourself in your client’s shoes, seeing their vision and listening to their ideas so that we can make those ideas happen. It is about being undeniably good and always delivering more to our clients than they expect. These are the qualities that separate a Freeths lawyer from other lawyers. With this in mind, we are keen to hear from lawyers who are looking to take the next steps in their careers as we continue to grow our legal teams.”