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Corporate

Maximising your return

At Freeths we have a team of over 70 corporate lawyers who have extensive experience of advising businesses ranging from entrepreneurs, SMEs, financial institutions to FTSE 100.

Our team of expert lawyers, operating from 12 major UK locations, provide advice and guidance on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, fundraising, private equity, equity capital markets, due diligence, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, reorganisations and demergers, corporate structures and governance.

In today’s competitive corporate legal market, technical expertise is a given, which is why clients look for more from their corporate lawyers. Businesses work with us because we pride ourselves in not only delivering technical legal advice but also recognising the importance of understanding their business, the sector in which they operate and the challenges they face on a day to day basis.

Corporate transactions are by their very nature complex and often stressful. Using our wealth of experience and knowledge in creatively solving problems, we will guide you through each step of the transactional journey to ensure that it is delivered on time, on budget and on the right terms for you. Our role is not only to provide you with expert legal advice but to also minimise the disruption to you and your business.

Why Choose Freeths

  • An award-winning corporate team, recognised as one of the most active in the UK
  • Reputation for building long term client relationships, allowing our clients to gain trust in us as a key strategic and operational partner
  • A full range of service covering all specialist areas of the transaction
  • In-depth understanding of the dynamics of a corporate transaction and current market trends
  • Corporate knowledge across a broad range of sectors, both nationally and internationally
  • Annually we provide corporate support to over hundreds of businesses operating in various sectors including life sciences, technology, logistics, financial services, retail, drinks, hospitality and leisure.

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Key contacts

Leon Arnold
Partner

0345 166 6330

Jonathan Hambleton
Managing Partner - Milton Keynes

0345 271 6750

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Meet the team

Corporate Lawyers


Jonathan Hambleton
Managing Partner

0345 271 6750

Claus Andersen
Partner

0185 678 1295

Leon Arnold
Partner

0345 166 6330

Phil Baigent

Phil Baigent
Partner

0345 634 9799

Tom Brown

Tom Brown
Partner

0345 634 9807

Robert Chidley
Partner

0345 030 5852

Lee Clifford

Lee Clifford
Partner

0345 634 2586

Peter Crawford

Peter Crawford
Partner

0345 030 5851

Francis Dalton
Partner

0345 128 6954

Andy Francey

Andy Francey
Partner

0345 166 6252

Corporate

Philip Gray
Partner

0186 578 1170

John Heaphy

John Heaphy
Partner

0345 634 9782

Katherine Hillier

Katie Hillier
Partner

0345 073 8551

Karl Jansen

Karl Jansen
Partner

0345 634 9780

Tom Johnson
Partner

0345 128 7974

James Larmour

James Larmour
Partner

0345 017 1122

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Partner

0345 050 3697

Dahren Naidoo

Dahren Naidoo
Partner

0345 030 5743

Tom Rowley

Tom Rowley
Partner

0345 050 3206

Emily Settle

Emily Settle
Partner

0345 126 4366

Gary Smith
Partner

0345 271 6740

Malin Svanberg Larsson

Malin Svanberg Larsson
Partner

0345 166 6335

Jeremy Swift - Corporate Lawyer

Jeremy Swift
Partner

0345 030 5807

Tom Walker

Tom Walker
Partner

0345 166 6337

Lisa Wallis

Lisa Wallis
Partner

0345 128 6952

Ateeq Ahmed
Director

0345 634 2580

James Cowell

James Cowell
Director

0345 271 6751

Natalie Drought
Director

0345 271 6752

Leanne Fryer

Leanne Fryer
Director

0345 077 9645

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Charlotte Hugo
Director

0345 126 3470

Jennifer Staples
Director

0345 077 9566

Mike Copestake - Corporate Consultant

Michael Copestake
Consultant

0345 634 9791

Robert Rowley

Robert Rowley
Consultant

0345 634 9797

Mohammed Abbas
Managing Associate

0345 274 6946

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Edward Chapman
Managing Associate

0345 030 5876

Matthew Cooper
Managing Associate

0345 271 6776

Mallory Coxe
Managing Associate

0345 030 5823

Sajjid Kurmani
Managing Associate

0345 166 6312

Ewen Lowrie
Managing Associate

0345 404 4122

Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews
Managing Associate

0345 166 6261

Naomi Spring
Managing Associate

0345 030 5782

Fiona Woodhead

Fiona Woodhead
Managing Associate

0345 166 6346

Megan Atack

Megan Atack
Senior Associate

0345 030 5804

Baljit Atwal

Baljit Atwal
Senior Associate

0345 077 9676

Rosanna Brown
Senior Associate

0345 073 8550

Fatima Hammad
Senior Associate

0854 126 3750

Charlotte Hartwright

Charlotte Hartwright
Senior Associate

0345 126 3747

Olivia Johnson
Senior Associate

0345 634 1743

Anika Pancholi

Anika Pancholi
Senior Associate

Victoria Price - Corporate Lawyer

Victoria Price
Senior Associate

0345 166 6253

Henrietta Rendell
Senior Associate

0345 128 6981

Maddy Scott

Maddy Scott
Senior Associate

0345 128 7973

Corporate

Tatsuki Shiratsuchi
Senior Associate

0345 166 6325

Rajinder Singh
Senior Associate

0345 404 4179

Caroline Thomas

Caroline Thomas
Senior Associate

0345 073 8554

Bradley Adams
Associate

0345 272 5741

Reece Ballett
Associate

0345 128 6980

Mia Broomhall
Associate

0345 077 9652

Emma Dye
Associate

0345 271 6746

Shivani Fakey
Associate

0207 440 5182

Chloe Frances
Associate

0345 272 5708

Rebecca Hughes
Associate

0345 030 5754

Christopher Johnstone
Associate

0345 404 4109

James Lapham
Associate

0186 578 1291

Corporate

Angelina Mikelova Szentpali
Associate

0345 272 5750

Thomas Robinson
Associate

0345 030 5722

Farrell Tang
Associate

0345 166 6254

Elliot Ruffle
Senior Executive

0345 077 9639

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Testimonials

"We are extremely grateful for the consistently outstanding support given by Freeths to Tarmac. The team's dedication and professionalism has enabled Tarmac to deliver numerous complex projects. Their fantastic enthusiasm, technical strength and team spirit create a highly effective working relationship with Tarmac, and Karl's positive commitment and attitude make him the ideal client partner."

(Katie Smart, UK Head of Legal, Tarmac)

"Freeths have great experience on private equity bolt-ons with a specialist focus on portfolio work. They are particularly adept at managing transactions on the buy-side where the sellers are owner/founder managers. I particularly liked their succinct fee proposals, very commercial in approach and easily understood by my deal team colleagues. They approach to fees is straightforward, commercial and transparent. They see their role as a partner and not just a service provider. They are more than a match for many of the larger City firms we work with."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Thanks again for your immense help, we couldn’t have done it without you personally and the contribution of the wider Freeths team."

(Martin Entwistle, Carlsberg UK)

"Well run and efficient team. Always available to help and deliver a direct and no-nonsense approach to corporate transactions."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"The team is very responsive, practical and commercial. The attitude is to work constructively to get a deal done. We value the advice in particular because the Freeths corporate team find commercial solutions to problems as they arise."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Professional practice providing proactive and clearly presented legal advice to a range of clients. Fast to respond, friendly and reputable."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"First-class customer service, responsive, technically strong and go the extra mile."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"Freeths are a very strong regional corporate law practice with consistent quality across the corporate team."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

“You always get a fast call back, recognition and understanding of the issues at hand, and speedy actions and resolutions as needed.” “Freeths perform extremely strongly in all the matters upon which we seek their advice, in particular complex and sophisticated matters.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

“Freeths has a great team who are very professional and with great knowledge.” “Their commercial awareness is their strongest asset.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

Notable Work
  • Leading a team of more than 60 lawyers which supported the in-house legal team at Lafarge Tarmac on the sale to CRH plc, one of the world’s largest building materials suppliers. This was as part of a €6.5 billion worldwide acquisition of assets being sold by Lafarge SA and Holcim Limited to facilitate their global merger.
  • Acting for a large private care home operator on the corporate aspects of its sale of a portfolio of 23 UK-wide residential and nursing care properties. The sale was to a US REIT for a £75.8 million sale and leaseback arrangement.
  • Advising Travis Perkins PLC on various acquisitions, investments and disposals.
  • Advising the shareholders of Sleek Capital Limited, a fast-growing and popular high street makeup brand, on its sale to Walgreens Boots Alliance.
  • Advised Carlsberg UK Limited on the acquisition of London Fields Brewery.
  • Advising the shareholders of a leading uPVC cable management company, and the UK’s largest manufacturer of steel wire cable tray, on the sale of the company to Nasdaq listed acquirer. The transaction was completed in a very short time frame, requiring efficiency and direction from the outset.
  • Advising Polestar Print Group on its administration and the hive out and subsequent sale of its Applied Solutions Business to Adare Group.
  • Leading the high profile multi-million pound buyout of Funeral Partners and continuing to undertake all of their acquisition work.
  • Acting on the sale of Heritage Automotive Limited, a 12 site franchised car dealership representing Audi, Peugeot, Skoda and Volkswagen and operating across the South West.
  • Acted for the founder shareholder David Shelton on the £200 million IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Motorpoint.
  • Advised LNT Group on the £100 million+ sale of 24 care homes to Anchor Trust.
  • Advising the shareholders of Cuts Ice Limited, a leading e-liquid manufacturer, on a circa £14 million investment by LDC.
  • Acting for Thomson Reuters on the sale of the Extel Survey business and also separately on the sale of its European wealth and investment transaction processing business, BETA Global.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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