Sarah Foster

Managing Partner

About

I manage the Oxford office of national law firm, Freeths LLP. Freeths is a full service law firm, with 12 offices across the UK. Whatever your legal needs as a business or individual, our wide ranging expertise is available to support our clients. We are known for our innovative approach which allows us to offer creative solutions with a focus on understanding our client’s needs and delivering tangible results. Our client’s can rely on our lawyers to be timely, commercially minded, personable and practical.

I am a dispute resolution lawyer, who primarily helps individuals involved in probate and trust disputes. I also have many years experience in dealing with claims made against professionals including legal, construction and financial professionals. I am well known for my firm but fair approach to the resolution of disputes. I am a fierce advocate of mediation, recognising that in family disputes particularly (where my aim is to maintain relationships wherever possible), it can be an extremely useful tool to bring about early closure of disputes and at less cost. Trials/contested hearings are very much the exception rather than the rule, but when they are the only option, I have been praised for my no nonsense, efficient and diligent approach.

I am ranked as an Eminent Practitioner in the Chambers & Partners, A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession (2021 edition) and I am also listed as a Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500, The Clients’ Guide to the UK Legal Profession (2020 edition).

Organisation

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Freeths Budget Comment

Whilst Autumn Budget 2021 announced a number of spending giveaways, it was relatively light on new tax measures. In particular, the much-feared increases to rates of capital gains tax, inheritance tax and self-employed national insurance contributions did not materialise. Also absent were new restrictions on pensions tax relief or the introduction of a wealth tax.

How to Build a Brand

On this episode of The Business Brunch, we are joined by guests Andrew Wilkinson, Managing Director of OWB Creative, Simon Barker, Partner and Head of IP & Media and Rhian Banks, Managing Associate IP & Media of Freeths as they discuss the key factors to consider when building a brand.

How to Build a Brand

When legal experts and creative minds work together, the perfect brand can be born! Hear from branding, media and legal experts on this episode of The Business Brunch.

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day we ran two special editions of The Business Brunch as we were joined by a cross-section of inspirational women from the B4 community as they discussed their own personal experiences and challenges within the workplace, both positive and negative.

The Past, Present, and Future

Join us for Business Insights from some of Oxfordshire’s leading professional advisers as we take a look at what has passed, current situations, and what the future may hold for business.

The Past, Present, and Future

Join us for Business Insights from some of Oxfordshire’s leading professional advisers as we take a look at what has passed, current situations, and what the future may hold for business.

The 9 Building Blocks For Recovery

We’re definitely not out of the woods yet but we’re certainly in a position to start ‘cautiously’ planning for the future. Representatives from B4’s Professional Services Hub got together to discuss what advice they’re giving their clients to build the foundations for recovery and what they’re doing in their own businesses to get in shape to hit the ground running.

Overcoming Our Biggest Challenges

It’s been almost a year of turbulence, a year like no other, certainly a year none of us will ever forget. But, as days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months, the realities of a new business world came into view. When would we see our colleagues again? Would we ever be together under the same roof? Can our business survive this? When B4 members from the Professional Services Hub got together recently, the stand out concern for them was the wellbeing of their colleagues.

B4 Embarks on National Expansion

B4, Oxfordshire’s leading business to business network, launched in 2006 and celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2021, has now launched nationally, providing businesses across the UK with fantastic opportunities to connect and secure excellent profile across B4’s growing digital audience.

B4 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Day

It’s B4 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

Freeths LLP celebrates another year of ‘Top Tier’ rankings...

This month, The Legal 500 (the Clients’ Guide to the UK Legal Profession) 2021 edition published results on recommended UK law firms. Freeths Oxford, yet again, has received stellar reviews and has been ranked in the top tier of law firms in the south east in seven of its practice areas: Family Law; Contentious Trusts & Probate; Private client (Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate); Clinical Negligence (claimant); Agriculture and Rural Estates; Charities; and Professional Negligence.

Preparing to Return to Business as (Un)usual – Road...

Many businesses were left confused by the Prime Minister’s recent address with regard to how and when they should facilitate the new plan for workers to return to the workplace unless they can work from home. However, the guidance is that employers should start taking steps to ensure the workplace is “Covid Secure” for their workers to return.

Without a good lawyer, dealing with a commercial dispute...

International fleet telematics company, Masternaut, was developing a technological solution for insurers which included claim management and fraud detection services. Their plan was to integrate standard telematics equipment with a hosted Software-as-a-Service application and an end-user app for drivers. They worked with a specialist developer/supplier which was to receive ‘milestone payments’ as certain technological milestones were reached.

Positive Steps with Philip Gray, Partner at Freeths

1. Having left a firm after 20 years and joining Freeths during lockdown, you might think that this could pose a unique set of problems. Completely the opposite as whilst I have only very recently “physically” met my new colleagues after 3 months, the firm’s switch to online induction and the incredibly positive and warm welcome from all my new colleagues via Zoom; Teams; online drinks and quizzes, I have felt far more integrated within my new home than I ever thought was possible back at the end of March.

Positive Steps with Claudia Lacey of Freeths

1. Charitable and social initiatives: Despite being physically separated, the Freeths Charity and Social Committee has been extremely active; we have kept the Freeths community spirit high through organising a variety of virtual social initiatives such as Zoom quizzes, Microsoft Teams lunches and a firm-wide monthly book club!

Protect yourself and your duties as a director

As the chaos caused by the coronavirus outbreak continues to impair global markets, creating unprecedented challenges that may prove to rival the 2008 financial crisis, directors are having to consider not only how to cope with the immediate effects on their business, such as supply chain disruption and employee retention, but also the potential long-term implications of their decisions.

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.

The long and winding road

If the GDPR was supposed to clarify companies’ data privacy compliance obligations, the recent fine levied by the CNIL against Google underscores how far we still have to go – writes Will Richmond-Coggan, director specialising in data privacy issues at Freeths LLP

Oxford’s leading law firm is acknowledged as a UK...

Freeths Solicitors has received stellar reviews in this year’s publication of the UK’s leading legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In addition, The Times has commended Freeths for inheritance and succession (private client) and family law in their recently published Best Law Firms 2019 supplement. Freeths are one of only 24 firms in the country to be commended in these areas of work.

The Shape of Things to Come

In Issue 53 of B4 we covered Freeths’ roundtable discussion at Pembroke College where we first met Tom Cheesewright, the founder of applied futurism practice, Book of the Future and creator of the Applied Futurist’s Toolkit, a suite of strategy and storytelling tools for agile organisations. Tom recently visited Freeths’ offices to present about life after Brexit and how his clients, including large multinationals, rarely discuss the ‘B’ word and that this presentation was something of a first.

Corporate VIIIs with Freeths

One of the highlights of many Olympics over the past twenty to thirty years has been the GB rowing team powering to Gold – seemingly always early on a Saturday morning – leaving plenty of defeated crews in their wake. What a sight it is to behold, eight rowers in perfect sync, gliding over the lake, relentlessly in pursuit of their prize.

Meet Freeths’ Family Team

Our team of specialist family lawyers advise clients on all aspects of family law. We work with each client to identify the best approach for their particular circumstances. Our team also offers alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

Sexual Harassment at work

As more and more media stories emerge of sexual harassment in the film industry, the fashion industry, and in politics, I have been approached by HR managers concerned about the possibility of similar allegations in their business, as well as by individuals who are contemplating taking action for sexual harassment against their employer.

Six things you need to know to protect and...

Failing to protect your intellectual property (IP) rights can impact considerably on your finances. Even worse, if you don’t own control over the rights that your business was founded on, this could destroy it. Yet many companies only address the issue of IP when something has gone awry and needs to be fixed.