Christchurch Office

Opening times: Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.15pm

Free initial meeting

Frettens are pleased to offer a free initial meeting for all new clients.

We have always offered this service because we recognise the importance for clients of deciding whether they feel they can work with a particular solicitor and to find out more about the process and likely outcome. All of our lawyers endeavour to offer positive, down to earth advice, and we hope that this initial meeting allows you the time to see this as well.

Contact us to arrange a free initial appointment at our Christchurch office. Free initial meetings usually last for around 30 minutes. If needed, our solicitors may be able to come to your home if you are unable to come into the office. You will be able to meet your lawyer with no obligation or charge.

Our services for you

Property

We are recognised for our property law expertise by the Law Society with the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation. This means you can trust our conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch to conduct your case with skill, efficiency, and reliability.

Our property expertise includes:

  • Buying a home
  • Selling a home
  • Remortgaging
  • Equity release
  • Buying a new build property
  • Government schemes including Help to Buy and Shared Ownership
  • Lease extensions and enfranchisement
  • Buy to Let conveyancing
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax

Divorce & children

Family breakdown can be a challenging time for everyone in the family. Choosing to divorce is never a light decision, however, our divorce solicitors in Christchurch are on hand to guide and support you through the process.

We’ll always keep your interests and the welfare and happiness of your children at heart; with our assistance, we hope you’ll be able to move into the future feeling confident and secure.

Our expertise includes:

  • Divorce and civil partnership dissolution
  • Separation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, including collaborative law
  • Arrangements for children
  • Financial settlements and disputes
  • Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes

Employment

If you’re having issues with your employer, our employment solicitors in Christchurch can advise you on your legal rights, help you make a complaint (including using ACAS Early Conciliation), and conduct Employment Tribunal proceedings on your behalf.

Our expertise includes:

  • Negotiating and advising on settlement agreements (or compromise agreements)
  • Disciplinary action and grievances
  • Contract advice and disputes, including advice on service agreements and consultancy agreements
  • Discrimination claims
  • Harassment claims
  • Redundancy advice
  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • Constructive dismissal claims

Dispute resolution

When legal disputes creep into our personal lives, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed about the whole situation. Our dispute resolution solicitors in Christchurch will take the weight off your shoulders by providing clear, uncomplicated advice and helping you negotiate a harmonious resolution without resorting to court wherever possible.

Our expertise includes:

  • Issues with your landlord
  • Property and boundary disputes
  • Consumer contract disputes
  • Challenges and legal claims on the estate of loved ones who have died
  • Professional negligence, including other lawyers, accountants, surveyors, and any other professional

Disputed Wills

When loved ones pass away, we understand that the last thing you want to deal with is a legal dispute over their Will. Unfortunately, when people are grieving, it’s easy for disagreements over Wills and inheritance to escalate quickly, causing rifts in families which can take years to heal.

Whether you’re worried the deceased was influenced into leaving gifts against their wishes, that they were not of sound mind when making the Will, or that the Executors are not fulfilling their wishes properly, we can help you bring and defend any claim relating to disputed Wills.

Our disputed Wills solicitors in Christchurch can also help you make a claim where the deceased has died intestate or left you out of their Will, leaving you in financial difficulty.

Lease extension & enfranchisement

If you own leasehold property in the UK, you become entitled to extend your lease after 2 years. Alternatively, a group of leaseholders who own property under 1 freeholder can come together to purchase the building, with each leaseholder obtaining a share of the freehold (leasehold enfranchisement).

If you would like advice about extending your lease or purchasing a share of the building’s freehold, we have a dedicated lease extension and enfranchisement team with an enviable reputation for our expertise.

Will & estate administration

Preparing for the future may end up being one of the most important things you can do to protect your wealth and ensure your loved ones are provided for after you die.

Our Wills and probate solicitors in Christchurch can provide advice in relation to all Wills and estate administration related matters. Whether you are looking to make your estate plan, you’ve been appointed as an Executor under a deceased person’s Will, or you want to deal with the estate of a relative who died intestate (as an Administrator), we are here to help.

Our expertise includes:

  • Wills
  • Probate, including applying for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Estate administration advice
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills and Advance Decisions
  • Long term care planning
  • Trusts
  • Court of Protection, including deputyships and Statutory Wills
  • Deeds of variation and codicils
  • Contentious probate and disputed Will matters, including claims for financial provision for dependants
  • Advice on intestacy matters

Tax planning

With the dramatic rises in property prices over recent years, Inheritance Tax is no longer just something for the extremely wealth to worry about. Many people’s estates will now fall above the tax-free threshold of £325,000.

However, with a well thought out estate plan, you can minimise your liability for Inheritance Tax, allowing you to leave as much of your wealth and property to your loved ones as possible after you die.

Our expertise includes:

  • Will drafting
  • Main Residence Nil Rate Band
  • Lifetime gifting
  • Trusts
  • Equity transfer
  • Inheritance Tax relief, such as Agricultural Property Relief and Business Relief

Equity release

As living costs go up, increasing numbers of home owners are becoming asset rich but cash poor. It’s therefore becoming common for people to struggle with their everyday expenses, let alone pay for longer-term needs such as care and home help.

If you’re over 55 and own a property worth at least £70,000, you may be eligible for equity release, a method of freeing up money in your home whilst allowing you to continue living there. Our specialist equity release solicitors in Christchurch can provide informative, understanding advice about your options, including helping you choose which method of equity release is right for you and handling the conveyancing process on your behalf.

Our services for your business

Business contracts

Our commercial solicitors in Christchurch can provide advice on all kinds of business contractual matters, whether they concern 2 businesses or business to consumer relations.

Our expertise includes:

  • Shareholder agreements
  • Partnership agreements and dissolution
  • Acquisitions and mergers
  • Disposals
  • Agency agreements
  • Franchising
  • Guarantees
  • Sponsorships and endorsements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Sale of goods and services
  • Terms and conditions of trading

Buying or selling a business

From forming new companies to mergers and acquisitions, we have extensive experience guiding commercial clients through the complicated legal processes associated with buying or selling a business.

We understand that time is of the essence in most business transactions; we’ll structure our advice in line with your commercial goals and business strategy in order to achieve a positive result efficiently and cost-effectively.

Our expertise includes:

  • Company formations
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and disposals
  • Shareholder agreements and business partnership agreements
  • Management buy-outs
  • Share buy-backs
  • Joint ventures
  • Restructuring and reorganisation
  • Family company succession

Commercial property

Our commercial property solicitors in Christchurch advise investors, property owners, landlords, developers, and commercial tenants on their property matters and disputes.

We’ll quickly get to grips with your business strategy and tailor our approach accordingly so you can expect to receive high quality advice which is relevant to your circumstances.

Our expertise includes:

  • Landlord & tenant disputes
  • Corporate property finance
  • Development and plot sales
  • Leasehold property, lease extensions and enfranchisement
  • Financing
  • Sale and leaseback
  • Estate management

Debt recovery

Cash flow is one of the major issues which face businesses in today’s society. If you are owed money by an individual or company, we can help you recover it.

We’ll act quickly without delay to ensure you have the best possible chance of recovering as much of your money as possible. In many situations, we are able to settle debt recovery matters amicably, preserving your relationship with the debtor. However, if it does become necessary to take the matter to court, we’ll work vigorously to recover every penny you are owed.

Our expertise includes:

  • Negotiations in line with the Civil Pre-Action Protocol
  • Money claims
  • Statutory Demands
  • Bankruptcy or insolvency claims
  • Enforcing money judgments through the County Court or the High Court

Dispute resolution

Disputes which arises in the course of business can have significant impact on its ability to run its day-to-day activities as court proceedings are lengthy, expensive, and stressful for everyone involved.

Our dispute resolution solicitors in Christchurch aim to help you resolve your business dispute harmoniously wherever possible. As experts in negotiation, we have an impressive track record for settling disputes out of court, saving the business considerable hassle and publicity.

However, we’ll never advise you to settle out of court just because it’s the “easy” option. If necessary, we will help you start a legal claim and fight robustly to preserve your business’s financial and reputational interests until the very end.

Employment

Employment law evolves and changes so often, it’s challenging for employers to keep up without the assistance of a specialist employment solicitor.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to comply fully with your responsibilities as an employer and we can provide ongoing support and guidance to help you avoid unnecessary disputes.

Where disputes do unfortunately arise, we’ll be by your side throughout the process, guiding you through settlement discussions and taking all possible steps to preserving your commercial interests whilst addressing the issues raised by your employee.

We also advise employees, giving us a unique insight into both sides of any dispute which we can use to our advantage during settlement negotiations in order to find a resolution quickly and efficiently.

HR training

If you’re a HR processional who’s looking to improve and boost your business’s policies and procedures in line with employment law, we can offer you bespoke training courses which are developed specifically to meet your needs.

Examples of our training courses include:

  • Disciplinary action and grievance procedures
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Redundancy and restructuring advice
  • Legislation updates
  • Performance management
  • Absence management
  • Recruitment procedures
  • Firing procedures
  • Immigration and recruiting from outside the EU

Landlord & tenant

Purchasing buy to let property can be a lucrative investment, however, renting on the private market also comes with many legal responsibilities. With landlord and tenant law changing rapidly, it’s beneficial to enlist the guidance of a specialist property solicitor.

We offer comprehensive landlord and tenant advice, including:

  • Tenancy agreement drafting and review
  • Rent deposit advice
  • Maintenance and advice about landlords’ legal duties
  • Rent arrears advice
  • Evictions and Section 21 and Section 8 notices

Local courts near Christchurch

Bournemouth and Poole County Court and Family Court

This court based near the centre of Bournemouth hears civil cases and family cases relating to:

  • Adoption
  • Bankruptcy
  • Children
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Housing possession
  • Money claims

Southampton Combined Court Centre

This court based in Southampton city centre hears mainly civil cases relating to:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Children
  • Domestic violence
  • Employment
  • Housing possession
  • Money claims
  • Social security

Salisbury Law Courts

This court hears mainly civil cases relating to:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Divorce
  • Housing possession
  • Money claims
  • Social security

Winchester District Probate Registry

The Winchester District Probate Registry takes probate applications from anywhere in the country, particularly from the surrounding Hampshire area, including Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Basingstoke.