Disabled employees should not be denied the ability to engage in strategies and mechanisms which help to cope with the effects of their condition simply because they inconvenience other staff. Paul Burton looks at a recent case where disability discrimination was disputed.
Matthew is a leading Corporate & Commercial lawyer with a reputation for pragmatic and strategic advice in the local commercial market. He leads a team of experienced solicitors, each of whom are recognised specialists in this field.
Having faced many of the challenges faced by business leaders himself, in his role as Managing Partner, Matthew is able to provide an invaluable, relatable perspective when advising his clients. Both Matthew and his team are named in The Legal 500, the independent guide to law firms in the UK.
Matthew joined Frettens in 2002 and became the Managing Partner in 2011. He has overseen a prolonged period of sustained growth and change at the firm.
Matthew deals with all aspects of non-contentious company and commercial work. Clients are typically owner-managed SME’s but include larger national clients as well as clients from the sports industry.
Matthew is an active member at the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sitting as honorary solicitor on the council board, a sign of the high regard in which he is held in the local business community.
- Ongoing Corporate advice relating to the expansion and joint ventures undertaken following a major equity investment.
- Advised Shareholders of a leading south coast Insolvency Practitioners in connection with their merger with the SKS Benedict Group.
- Ongoing corporate advice and support for a Group expansion in 2020: including acting on behalf of the company in respect of 2 acquisitions, EMI Share Option Schemes and ongoing strategic legal advice.
- Multi-million pound Funding/Facility Agreement advice in connection with the re-location and acquisition of additional freehold premises, EMI Option Scheme implementation and general legal advice.
Life away from work is relatively hectic for Matthew with his young family but long dog walks at the beach and in the forest help restore the balance after a busy week. As an optimistic dreamer, he is bound to follow the trials and tribulations of Southampton FC and his hero is still Matt Le Tissier.
Sport is a big part of life for Matthew, though rather more watching than playing these days. In summer he tries to get out onto the golf course when he can find the time and still fits in the occasional game of squash.
Corporate Commercial Client
I have worked with Matthew Fretten and his team for many years. Throughout that time I have received practical, pragmatic, honest, relevant and value for money advice on every occasion. The team is friendly, approachable and obviously close knit. There are no egos, just a commitment to excellent client service and to each other.
Corporate Commercial Client
Friendly, insightful, professional advice delivered at an appropriate technical level for the client, accompanied by a quick delivery of well communicated actioned work.
Matthew Fretten is one of the most down to earth, approachable and practical people that I have ever dealt with.