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04 May 2022

Freeths joins East Midlands Chamber as strategic partner

Freeths LLP, a top 50 national law firm with a strong East Midlands presence, has become a strategic partner of East Midlands Chamber.

The full-service commercial law firm – which has a growing team of 950 people across 12 offices, including in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham – believes the alliance will help enhance the work it has already done in driving the region’s economic expansion.

Its partnership with the Chamber involves co-hosting president’s dinners and providing lawyers to offer support and advice to members at sector-based forums and conferences.

Mukesh Patel, Leicester managing partner at Freeths, said: “Freeths LLP is delighted to have become a strategic partner of East Midlands Chamber.

“The Chamber represents a region which is an economic powerhouse – one that is set to continue its growth with the recent confirmation of East Midlands Freeport, the UK’s only inland freeport.

“Coupled with other recent developments such as the opening of Space Park Leicester, there are plenty of opportunities to play an enhanced role in the region’s growth.

“As a national firm, we have offices across each of the three counties, and we look forward to working with the Chamber and wider membership base in driving the economic expansion of the region, as well as being involved in the narrative for growth.”

History of Freeths and who its clients include

The firm’s origins can be traced back to 1810, when it was known as Messrs Allsopp & Wells, Attorneys. In 1825, George Freeth joined the business and his name was introduced.

Previously known as Freeth Cartwright until a rebrand in 2014 resulted in the current name, it broke through the £50m revenue barrier a year later and achieved its stated aim to become a £100m-plus firm by 2020 right on schedule.

The Lawyer now lists it as a top 50 national firm by revenue, and The Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides consistently rank it in their top tiers.

Freeths provides a wide range of commercial services to a client base boasting household names including Aldi, Experian, Tarmac and Lloyds Bank – while it has worked with Nottingham’s Paul Smith from the opening of his first shop to becoming an iconic international fashion label.

The firm, which has more than 150 partners, also offers private client services to individuals, providing a one-stop-shop for owner-managers and entrepreneurs.

Its mantra is to provide lawyers that are “businesspeople first and lawyers second” so they can focus on an organisation’s needs and objectives, and offer bespoke pertinent advice rather than simply legal options.

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Freeths has a fantastic history, with a stellar list of clients and is one of the country’s fastest-growing law firms.

“With a strong presence in each of our three counties, it recognises the huge potential of the East Midlands and we look forward to working closely together in advancing our region’s economic prospects.”