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News, Articles & Events: April 2017

Freeths are pleased to announce the promotion of Philip Myers to Partner. Phil joined Freeths in 2015 and has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Leeds office, which has seen a significant increase in new client wins and a 60% growth in staff numbers over the past twelve months. Phil advises on […]

Environmental Bulletin: Spring 2017 Introduction We are the Freeths’ Environment team, part of Freeths’ Planning and Environment Group. We are a strong team of environmental lawyers, using our experience and expertise to advise both public and private sector clients across a wide range of environmental matters including protected species and habitats, environmental permitting, waste, planning […]

Welcome to our April bulletin.This month is a busy month in the Employment Law calendar as April typically sees the introduction of new employment legislation and this year is no different to any other. The most significant introduction for April 2017 is the Gender Pay Gap Reporting obligations for larger employers but in this month’s […]

The London office of Freeths has seen significant growth over the past 12 months, with staff numbers increasing by 40% to 34 and with strong teams across each practice area. Recent partner hires include Andrew Maxwell (from RPC) to head up a new competitions team, along with real estate specialist Jenny Cooper (from Clyde & […]

Prosecution for an environmental offence can have serious consequences for any business, not only in terms of criminal sanction (typically, a fine, but in the most serious of cases, imprisonment of company officers) but also damage to the organisation’s reputation and its future relationship with environmental regulators. Food manufacturing and processing businesses could be at […]

The corporate law team at lawyers Freeths’ Milton Keynes office has seen the welcome addition of Gary Smith, previously at Dentons. City trained with Rowe & Maw, Gary gained further city experience at Macfarlanes before joining national practice Shoosmiths. A highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, with 20 years standing, he moves from the corporate […]

Leading UK law firm Freeths LLP has announced another consecutive year of growth, with annual fee income rising to £72 million, a 12.7% increase on last year. Freeths’ management board recognise these figures are only achievable by all members of staff putting in a great deal of hard work and commitment over the past 12 […]

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 that introduced permissions in principle. To enable the permission in principle to be utilised, sub-ordinate legislation is required on the detail of how the provisions are to operate. The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 comes into force on […]

Freeths have been recognised as a top 20 planning practice for the first time in Planning magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey 2017. Ranked 11th in the highest rated planning law firms, this is an impressive leap from 27th in 2016. The firm is also celebrating being recognised as a leading employer of planning lawyers, at […]

Last week Freeths hosted employment update seminars in their Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham offices in conjunction with Hays Recruitment. The interactive sessions focused on terminating employment by mutual agreement, including best practice in protected conversations, settlement agreements and the tax treatment of termination payments. Key employment law changes coming into effect in the next 12 […]

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