Accordingly, the firm has reviewed its office portfolio, taking into account the efficiency of agile working, the preferences of employees and clients, as well as accommodating the firm’s progressive and ongoing growth. The review has concluded that, while remote working is likely to remain a core element in the future, the ability for clients and staff alike to physically come together and collaborate, as well as have meeting space, will always remain important to the Freeths offering.
As a result, Freeths is pleased to announce the firm has this week moved into a new look Derby office, which is specifically designed to accommodate an efficient agile working environment. Freeths has also taken new premises in Oxford, which it will be moving into in the summer after completing an extensive fit out to provide a creative and collaborative workplace. The Stoke team, having worked remotely for the last year, will now be fully agile. The move to agile working across Stoke coincides with the retirement of Peter Gavin in the summer after nearly 40 years of practice in Freeths’ Stoke office (previously KJD). The Freeths staff, who live in and around Stoke, will continue to have a strong presence throughout the city and to work for their clients across the region. In addition, given Stoke’s proximity to the Birmingham, Manchester and Derby offices, the business has decided to link its existing Stoke team with these three regions, thereby enhancing the client offering.
National Managing Partner, Karl Jansen said, “We would like to thank Peter for all his achievements over his many years with Freeths. He has put together an excellent team in the region and we are fully committed to supporting them, and our Stoke and Staffordshire clients, in the long term. The pandemic has proven we can still offer excellent and immediate service, while working remotely, and our lawyers are enjoying the benefits of a more flexible working environment. Moving to a more modern and progressive office platform will ensure benefits for both clients and our people, which is why we feel it is important to move forward and continue to embrace all the benefits which technology offers”.
Freeths is one of the UK’s leading national law practices offering a broad range of commercial services. With an income of nearly £102m in the last financial year, Freeths has moved to a national ranking of 46 in the Top 100 UK law firm listing published by The Lawyer magazine.
The rapidly growing firm provides nationwide coverage from 13 offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and Stoke, but with plans to move to more agile working. Our growing firm has over 800 members of staff. The Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides consistently rank our lawyers in their top tiers. Other facts:
- Listed in The Times Best Law Firms 2021
- Winner of The Lawyer and Legal Week’s Litigation Team of the Year 2020
- Ranked 51st in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2020
- Ranked 57th in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019
- Rated Two Stars in The Best Companies to Work For 2019
- Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace (Private Sector) 2019
- Winner of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2019
- Small Employer of the Year in the enei (Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion) Awards 2018
- ‘Diversity Champion’ for Stonewall – a charity supporting LGBT rights