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Host of new starters bring Frettens staff numbers to landmark high

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We are proud to announce a host of new starters at Frettens, bringing the firm’s staff numbers above and beyond the one hundred mark.

Seven new people arrived at Frettens in September, including a new partner, a second cohort of law graduates and more. Here’s everything you need to know…

A new Commercial Property Partner

Experienced Lawyer Sarah Heath has joined the team, becoming the 3rd partner in our Commercial Property department.

Sarah is a ‘major coup’ for Frettens, being an established name in commercial law and joining us from a large local firm.

Oonagh McKinney, who heads up the department, said: “It’s great to have another partner on board in commercial property, especially one with such a great reputation.

Sarah will not only be a great help to the team in Ringwood and assist us in dealing with the increasing number of commercial property clients instructing Frettens, but will also play an important role in working with the leadership team.”

You can read more about Sarah here.

New Trainees

In addition to Sarah, we’ve had a second cohort of trainees join the firm. From left to right, Justine MearsBethany Pinner and Sevil Yildrim all started with us in September.

Sevil and Justine will work towards completing their LPC and qualifying as solicitors over the coming years, with Bethany beginning year one of our Graduate Scheme before moving on to the SQEs.

Sevil starts with us in our Wills & Tax Team, Justine joins our Conveyancing Department and Bethany is completing her assistant year in our Family Team.

You can find out more about our new trainees here.

Anthony Eaton

Dispute Resolution Solicitor Anthony Eaton is another ‘new face’ at the firm. Anthony joins us after picking up experience at two local firms, one a large regional competitor, where he advised in a broad range of contentious matters.

Anthony has experience in professional negligence & misrepresentation claims, contentious probate, property issues, such as boundary disputes, and more.

When asked about his short time at Frettens so far, Anthony said: “I am delighted to have started at Frettens. I have had a very warm welcome from everyone at the firm and am excited to start work for my new clients.”

Read Anthony's first article for Frettens, where he talks about professional negligence and how to prove it, here.

Anthony has ‘hit the ground running’ says Michelle Hayter

Michelle Hayter, who heads up the dispute department, said: “We’re thrilled to have Anthony join us at Frettens. He is not only another set of hands to help us deal with the amount of work we have, but also an experienced lawyer.

Anthony has hit the ground running and he is looking forward to continuing to develop his skills and expand his client base whilst working as part of a team.

He has a promising career ahead of him and we’re certainly excited to see him flourish and reach new heights at Frettens.”

More ‘New Faces’

Anne Spicer is another addition to our Commercial Property team, where she’ll be working as a Paralegal supporting Sarah Heath.

Anne has previous experience as a Licensed Conveyancer, but decided to take a step back into a support role in 2021.

Anne said: “Having worked for over ten years in my last employment, I was a little apprehensive about learning a new IT system and meeting new colleagues.

Of course, I needn’t have been concerned as everyone has been very friendly and welcoming and have answered my numerous ‘how do I’ questions to help me settle in and to get to grips with the new system.

I love the bright, refreshing colours Frettens have adopted and the information and articles on the website made them stand out as a great place to work.”

Francesca on starting at Frettens

And, lastly, Legal Secretary Francesca Dixon has joined our team in Christchurch and will be assisting our Employment and Insolvency teams. 

She hopes to develop her skills and broaden her understanding with a view to becoming a Legal Executive one day.

Francesca said: “I am very excited to be starting here at Frettens. I received a very warm welcome, with an introduction and tour within my first few days, which really helped me settle in and begin to learn the names of all the staff and who to turn to if I needed help.

I wanted to join Frettens as the firm allows me to progress within this industry, with training opportunities to suit my personal career path.”

‘A landmark moment for us’ says Matthew Fretten

“The last couple of years have been a productive period for recruitment at the firm, but these last few weeks have been particularly busy.” said Managing Partner Matthew Fretten.

It’s my pleasure to welcome all seven of our ‘September starters’ to the firm, and I’m glad to see that they are all settling in well.

Sarah, Anne and Francesca will all play pivotal roles in maintaining the current growth of the commercial side of the firm; while the others will be essential support for our busy personal services.

Passing one hundred team members is definitely a landmark moment for us, and there’s plenty more to come.”

Careers at Frettens

We are in the midst of an exciting period of growth at Frettens and are looking for bright, ambitious people to join us and help achieve our ambitions.

You can see what it is like to work with us and check out all of our current vacancies in our careers section.

If a job for you isn’t listed but you like the sound of what we’re doing, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat. We are always looking for great people to share in our success.

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