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Karen Edwards promoted to Partner at Frettens

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Karen Edwards promoted to Partner

Karen Edwards, Head of Frettens’ growing Corporate and Commercial Team, has been promoted to Partner.

“It’s a proud day for Karen, the firm, and for me personally.” Said Managing Partner Matthew Fretten.

“Karen has worked with me in the Corporate and Commercial Team for over a decade and took over leadership of the team last year. She has done an exceptional job, as we all knew she would, and her promotion to partner could not be more deserved.

I am absolutely delighted for her.”

A rising star

Karen joined the firm in 2008 as a legal secretary. She commenced a training contract in July 2009 and went on to qualify into the Corporate & Commercial Team. She was promoted to Associate in 2016 and to Head of Team last year.

Karen also heads up the firm’s trainee programme alongside Ben Cobb and has been recognised as a 'Rising Star' in The Legal 500, the independent guide to law firms for the last few years.

"I joined Frettens during the recession, when the future looked uncertain for many businesses." Says Karen, reflecting on her career so far with Frettens.

"Since then, the Firm has adapted to different challenges and gone from strength to strength and I am incredibly proud to continue to be part of that success.

I work alongside brilliant lawyers and a reliable, hard-working support team and this has all contributed to me flourishing in my own career. I could not be more thrilled that I now have the opportunity to progress to partnership level.

The corporate and commercial department now has 5 members and I am excited at the prospect of continuing to lead and grow the team. Just as with my own experience, organic growth is valuable in many ways and I am delighted to be heading up the trainee programme alongside Ben Cobb.

With the wider introduction of flexible and hybrid working we are able to offer a more flexible service to our clients and this year we have seen an increase in the number of corporate transactions taking place, so I am eager to see what the future brings."

Progression prospects

Karen’s promotion takes effect from 1st January 2022 and she joins five other team members who were promoted to partner in 2021, a reflection of the firm’s recent growth and success.

“Karen’s story is a great reflection of what we are trying to do at Frettens.” Continues Matthew.

“We knew from when she started with us that she was going to be a very bright lawyer and would be great with clients.

She has developed her profile and leadership skills and moved from legal secretary to partner in just over a decade, all whilst raising a wonderful young family and embracing flexible and hybrid working.”

Careers at Frettens

We are a progressive and ambitious firm and have worked hard to create an environment that is flexible, fulfilling, and fun. That's why we've been accredited by Best Companies, the research group behind the Sunday Times Awards.

Our current vacancies are listed here. We are always interested in hearing from bright, ambitious people who could help contribute to our continued growth.

So if you feel you would fit in here, but there is not a role listed below that suits you, please do not hesitate to send your CV via email to Catharine Snow, our Operations Manager. Simply email csnow@frettens.co.uk !

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