A Little Freethinking Delivers Results
It has been another successful year for Oxford’s freethinking law firm, Freeths. Over the past year the firm continued investing in its legal teams with the recruitment of 9 additional lawyers to help meet demand for legal advice and support from businesses and private individuals in Oxfordshire. A notable new member in Freeths’ Family Wealth team is Director, Louise Lewis, who joined the firm from Penningtons Manches Cooper in the summer.
Freeths is well-known in the region for providing a first class service to clients and this is all down to them instilling a strong, positive entrepreneurial culture, which they call ‘freethinking’. This culture really shines in Freeths’ two specialist initiatives, Freeths Advance – De-Risking Your Business Growth Service for SMEs and Platinum Connect for Entrepreneurs and Private Individuals. These initiatives provide innovative legal advice and solutions for everyday issues.
The Oxford office of Freeths is the second largest of the 13 offices around the country and it recently received stellar reviews from clients and peers in this year’s independent research into the top UK law firms, which is carried out by the UK’s leading legal directories; The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The legal directories are widely regarded as the authoritative guides to the UK legal profession. Both guides rank law firms and solicitors in over 70 specialist areas of law. The rankings are a result of research undertaken by over 200 researchers who conduct thousands of interviews on law firms’ technical legal ability, client service, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, depth of legal teams, and value for money.
Chambers & Partners, A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession highlighted the excellence of the Oxford office’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Clinical Negligence, Family/Matrimonial and Private Wealth Departments and has ranked each of them as one of the top UK legal teams in their field. The Corporate department also received stellar reviews and were highly regarded along with the recently promoted Director, Malin Svanberg Larsson, who was highlighted as an ‘Associate to watch’.
Here is some of the feedback Chambers & Partners has published about Freeths: “They’re excellent,” comments a client, who notes: “They offer a really prompt service and are able to translate complex issues very succinctly.”
Another client reports: “Freeths were excellent in every department. All staff were attentive, prompt and made us feel that our deal was the biggest and most important that they had on.”
“All the lawyers are very easy to work with and are very responsive. It is a very well-organised firm with good expertise in many areas.”
A commentator appreciates that the real estate team at Freeths is “very caring and provides 100% of what we require in timescales and the quality.”
One client praises the firm’s “outstanding” service, saying: “They were professional at all times, knowledgeable, courteous, kind and efficient.”
The Legal 500, The Clients’ Guide to the UK Legal Profession ranked Freeths as a top tier law firm for Commercial Property, Professional Negligence, Family, Clinical Negligence, Contentious Trusts and Probate, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, and Agriculture and Estates. The firm’s highly regarded Corporate and Commercial and Commercial Litigation Departments also received excellent feedback from clients and peers.
Here is some of the feedback The Legal 500 has published about Freeths: “The corporate team at Freeths is always one step ahead of their larger competitors. They are well prepared and always put the client first.”
“I am always impressed by the speed of response and willingness to immediately help even at extremely short notice”.
“The family team go several extra miles for their clients- they always make themselves available, clearly explain the issues and suggest reasonable alternatives.”
“They were all a delight to work with and always highly professional. They did the work extremely well and promptly”.
Freeths LLP provides ‘excellent’ and ‘well-balance’ assistance to a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals, estate owners and family businesses.
Sarah Foster, Managing Partner at Freeths Oxford, says “I’m very proud of our lawyers and the way they have helped clients to achieve successful outcomes on their business interests and family wealth matters. We continue our legacy of being ‘freethinking’ lawyers, which is much more than just giving legal advice. It is obvious from our employee growth over the last year and the recent feedback in the legal directories that the clients and intermediaries we work with see that too. At Freeths, we look to build long-term relationships with our business and private clients by adding value to our relationships wherever possible, be that by way of completing M&A deals on time and under budget or advising private individuals on preserving their wealth for generations to come. We always strive to deliver the results our clients want.
We are able to do this by recruiting lawyers not just based on their experience and expertise but also on trust – we look at what kind of person they are to see if they have the ability to build long-term relationships with colleagues across our 13 offices, clients, and intermediaries. It’s all part of our freethinking culture, which is why we are able to give a great service.”
It is clear that demand for Freeths legal services is high and this is due to the lawyers at the firm going above and beyond for their clients by always looking at ways to deliver more than the client expects.