Frettens Solicitors is delighted to report that it has been recognised in specialist areas of 'The Legal 500' again for 2018-19.
Legal 500 is an independently researched guide to law firms in the UK and is generally recognised as the largest and most in-depth survey of the UK legal market. It is compiled based on client feedback and the complexity of cases handled. The region we are included in covers the whole of Dorset and Wiltshire.
In 2018, the firm was ranked third in the region in the Legal 500 for Corporate and Commercial work, mentioning each of our Commercial Solicitors, Partner Matthew Fretten and Associate Karen Edwards. The team were commended for work relating to mergers, acquisitions, share transactions and general commercial advice.
Oonagh McKinney, Partner and Head of Commercial Property, is recognised for her experience in large-scale commercial letting work and development land transactions and described as being "on par with much of the local and regional competition". James Love is also highlighted as an expert in this area. Clare Hallett is also included for her leadership of the firm’s residential property team and her specialist experience in residential sale and purchase transactions.The team are listed as third in the area. Niki Adkins is singled out for the first time, for handling lease extension transactions and her expertise in collective enfranchisement matters.
Paul Burton and Kate Fretten from the Employment team are recommended, with the team ranked as second in the region. They are described as having has experience in advising on employment issues in relation to business reorganisations, including handling ensuing redundancies and senior management exits. Paul Burton is highlighted for being "very professional, friendly and approachable".
The firm's Dispute Resolution Team is described as "punching well above it's weight". Michelle Hayter, Partner and Head of the team, is recognised for being "a tenacious lawyer" and noted for her ‘unwavering drive to achieve the best outcome for her clients’. Partner Carl Geary is highlighted in the directory for his work involving boundary and dilapidations claims.
Dual quailfied tax adviser and Head of Wills & Tax Lee Young is appreciated for "truly excellent at all aspects of will, trust and probate planning" and described as "technically excellent in tax planning and trust law, but manages to convey often complex options to clients in a concise and appropriate manner". The team are also described as being "extremely knowledgeable and professional". This area is considered across the whole of the South West so our team is ranked amongst some of the country's biggest firms from Bristol, Cheltenham and Exeter.
Managing Partner, Matthew Fretten, says: "My team and I strive to deliver the best possible service to each of our clients. Naturally, it is nice to be recognised for this level of service and the quality of the advice. We are delighted that every one of our Partners at the firm has been noted as leaders in their respective fields, alongside several of our Associates. This is not only recognition of the expertise and standing of the leaders within our firm, but a reflection of the hard work put in from each and every member of our teams, which significantly contributes to each recommendation."
View the recommendations and league tables on the Legal 500 website.