About Frettens

We’re a team of bright and experienced lawyers in Christchurch. We select the best professionals to work at Frettens, looking for a blend of knowledge and personality.

Our jobs are all about people – we don’t see it as just dealing with legal problems, but as helping people to deal with big issues that they face. As your solicitor, our role is to understand you and what you are dealing with, clearly communicate your options and offer honest, clear advice.

We appreciate that some people may be apprehensive about contacting a solicitor, so we try and make it as painless and straightforward as possible. A chat over a coffee is almost always the first step and that initial meeting or call with us is free of charge.

We do work in an old profession but we operate in the modern world, taking advantage of IT to make life easier and quicker for you. Filling in forms digitally, for example, may speed up your transaction and also saves paper.

A little history

Ian Fretten began practising as a sole practitioner in Christchurch on 1st January 1978. He felt strongly that there was an opportunity in Christchurch for a solicitor's practice offering great service at affordable prices. Whilst the firm today is very different from the business he started in the late 1970's, we still work to his original ideals.

The firm originally dealt with residential property, wills, probate and trusts. Over time, new solicitors joined and added to our areas of expertise. In 2002, Ian's son Matthew joined the practice, having trained and qualified in large commercial firms in Southampton, with the remit to build a commercial side to the firm to compete effectively with other commercial practices in Bournemouth, Poole and beyond, to offer you and your business a wider range of service.

Frettens today

The firm now handles corporate, employment, commercial property and commercial dispute resolution work as well as family, wills & tax and conveyancing. The partners are very pleased to attract high calibre solicitors to our teams and continue to strive to provide you with a high quality service at affordable cost. The firm is now a mid-sized law firm, with approximately sixty staff, based in the heart of Christchurch. Ian Fretten retired as a Partner in 2012 and the Partners and management team have full responsibility for the strategic growth and development of the firm in the region.

The firm is CQS accredited, has been recommended by The Legal 500  legal directory and also recognised at the LFS Awards for excellence in Conveyancing.

We invite you to visit us with any legal problem you may have and look forward to helping you.