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New arrivals make Frettens' Corporate team 'one of the most experienced' in the area

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Two new solicitors have joined Frettens’ Corporate & Commercial Team, making them one of the ‘most experienced and best-resourced in the area’.

Paul Longland (second on the left) and Zoe Watson (second on the right) join partner Karen Edwards’ team, meaning they now have six lawyers working exclusively on corporate and commercial transactions.

Experienced Corporate Solicitor joins Frettens’ Team

Paul was a partner for 30 years at another highly regarded corporate firm in Bournemouth and will bring all of his experience in getting large transactions over the line to the Frettens team.

“I have known Frettens for many years and know it as a forward-looking, busy and very approachable firm. They offer a high standard of legal advice through all their practice areas, including corporate law, which I specialise in.

When I received an offer to join the team after retiring as a partner from another law firm, I was very pleased to accept it and I am looking forward to the prospect of working with them.”

Head of Team Karen Edwards on her new team members

Karen Edwards is delighted with the arrival of her new team members.

“It shows how far the team has come in the past few years that a solicitor with Paul’s experience and reputation has chosen to join us.

In the immediate term, he will really help us deliver for our clients on the large number of ongoing transactions we have.

While this is important to us, what he can bring to the team in the medium-to-longer term is absolutely invaluable. His wealth of experience, legal knowledge and professional network will be incredibly beneficial to our more junior lawyers in the team.”

The addition of Zoe Watson

Speaking of other team members, Zoe Watson joined the team on the same day.

Zoe arrives from the commercial team at another local firm, where she completed her training in 2020.

She has since practiced as a commercial solicitor, working on company sales and disposals, as well as general commercial advice.

Karen's thoughts on Zoe

“I have experience of working with Zoe on the other side of transactions and have always found her to be proactive and a clear communicator, two traits we value extremely highly.

When we first met face-to-face, I could tell almost instantly that she would be an excellent fit for Frettens and was delighted when she accepted our offer to join us.”

Zoe's thoughts on Frettens

Zoe Watson said:  “I am delighted to be joining the corporate team at Frettens. There is a real buzz around the commercial side of the business and the firm as a whole.

I am really excited to start working with, and learning from, the fantastic experienced lawyers in the team.”

Corporate Team growth reflective of the firm as a whole

Paul and Zoe are the latest in a number of new faces at Frettens, with over twenty people joining the firm already this year.

“The growth of our corporate team is reflective of the recent growth and evolution of the firm as a whole.

Twenty years ago, we were a fairly traditional high street practice, without a commercial offering. Now, almost half of our work is for commercial clients and we have a team to rival almost any other in the area. We have certainly ‘grown up’ a lot in that time."

A growing reputation

"Our developing corporate team works closely with our other commercial departments at the firm.

Our commercial property, employment, litigation and insolvency teams are all highly regarded and have been recommended in the Legal 500. This means we can offer our commercial clients a comprehensive service, all under one roof.

We aim to be the best alternative to the large, regional firms in the conurbation for both clients and colleagues and I believe we are well on our way to achieving that aim.”

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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