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Frettens welcomes four bright new lawyers
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of four new faces at our offices in Christchurch and Ringwood, as our team of bright lawyers continues to grow.
Julia Gaunt, an experienced licensed conveyancer, joined our residential property team in Ringwood during lock down and has already started helping the huge volume of clients moving in Ringwood and the New Forest.
The local property market has been moving extremely quickly since lock down measures were lifted and the stamp duty holiday was announced.
“Since joining Frettens, as everyone can imagine, I have hit the ground running! I have never known the property market to be so busy and I have worked in a residential property department for nearly 30 years!
One of the great benefits of working at Frettens is the team ethic – Frettens truly believe there is no “I” in “Team” and all of my colleagues stick to that ethic. So, even though I and my colleagues are extremely busy, the camaraderie is incredible.”
Cheryl Phimster also joined our residential property team, and will be based in our Christchurch office. Cheryl has worked as a senior conveyancer in Lymington for the past eight years, so knows the local property market well.
“The firm seems very forward thinking based on my experiences with other law firms and the people here are just lovely.
Other staff members are continually popping their heads round the door ask if I’m OK and to offer their help if needed. That makes a huge difference when you’re somewhere new.”
Megan Wilkins will work in the residential property team as a paralegal. She joins from another firm in the area and will be studying for her CILEX qualification while at Frettens.
New solicitor in specialist new social housing team
Hannah Martin joins the firm’s new specialist social housing team. Hannah is a newly-qualified solicitor who will work with team leader Ben Cobb on the acquisition of property portfolios for registered social landlords and investors.
Hannah is excited to be joining the new team.
“I am obviously excited to join. Everyone has been so welcoming and lovely in helping me settle in and feel as though it’s a good place to fit in and develop as a solicitor. Frettens is a forward-thinking firm who are always looking for new ways to get ahead in the market.
As a newly qualified solicitor this job is an amazing opportunity to be a part of such a bespoke team and having a hand in helping to develop it. It is a job that will challenge me in ways I didn’t think I would get the chance to and I am looking forward to growing the department and being part of Frettens.”
Managing Partner Matt Fretten on Frettens’ expanding property teams:
“It is great to be able to announce more good news for the firm.
We always look for talented lawyers who are bright, approachable, and can give advice in plain English. In Julia, Cheryl, Hannah and Megan we have found four within a short space of time.
Not only will their arrival allow us to deal with the increasing amount of work and maintain our levels of service, they are all great personalities who I am certain will fit in well with our team.”