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Freeths solicitors expands its real estate team with new hires

Freeths is delighted to announce it has recruited two property lawyers into its highly regarded Oxfordshire commercial property team, which is ranked as one of the South East’s Top Teams for commercial property work by The Legal 500, a leading UK legal directory.

Written by: Sian Hewitt, Freeths Solicitors

Philip Gray joins the firm’s commercial property team as a partner having previously worked at Irwin Mitchell LLP. He qualified in 2001 and has specialised exclusively in commercial property law.

Philip has a wide range of experience of all areas of non-contentious commercial property work. He has worked extensively for both landlords and tenants on all leasehold matters; real estate finance; and advising on the property elements of corporate acquisitions and disposals. Philip’s particular strength is advising corporate occupiers on the acquisition and management of their property portfolios; offering businesses a tailored & sector-specific service which focuses on the business’s own strategic property requirements rather than generic legal input.

Also joining the firm with Philip Gray is Kelly Sawyer, who joins as an Associate in the commercial property team and has worked with Philip at Irwin Mitchell since qualifying in July 2018. Kelly specialises in leasehold, real estate finance, and she will be supporting Philip on a day-to-day basis.

Patrick Whetter, partner and head of commercial property at Freeths in Oxford, said: “It is great news to be able to announce the arrival of Philip and Kelly to Freeths. Recruiting Philip and Kelly into the firm’s commercial property team will provide our business clients not just with the legal advice and guidance they will need with their property matters but also with their energy and enthusiasm to help businesses achieve their strategic objectives. Their knowledge, experience, and expertise will be extremely valuable to clients.”

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