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Immigration & Employment Law

Employment Law

We can help make sure you maintain control over how your business is run, while still complying with the ever-changing framework of employment law. We will help your business keep its commercial focus, while managing staff matters including:

  • Investigations and disciplinary and grievance matters
  • Performance management
  • Reorganisations and redundancies
  • Employment litigation
  • Employing overseas nationals
  • Training for managers and HR professionals
  • Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act
  • Post-termination restrictions
  • Settlement agreements

Reach Abroad

‘Reach Abroad’ is about providing dual business and personal legal support services for entrepreneurs and multi-nationals relocating or expanding to the UK. It is also about partnering with overseas lawyers in our network and our professional network to offer international clients options beyond the UK.

This is a client-driven extension of our business immigration service.

We work with both private and public sector clients and represent international business executives, private and public companies, investors and entrepreneurs in all aspects of business immigration to the UK.

  • We cover all aspects of the complex process including:
  • Assisting with the application process for Sponsorship licenses
  • Advice on visa applications and UK Visas and Immigration’s points-based system
  • Recommendations relating to entry clearance and extensions
  • Right to Work advice, including audits and process development
  • Sponsor Licence compliance and auditing
  • Tier 4 Licence issues and education sector support

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Private Wealth

Trusts

We advise on trusts as they are a vital tool for protecting, managing and transferring wealth across generations. With care, they can provide security for your family. Whether you wish to create a trust, modify it or better understand your role as beneficiary or trustee, we can help you.  Should you need support with a dispute we can manage all aspects of any trust dispute, discreetly and sensitively.

Landed Estates

We can advise on landed estates with historic trust and complex land ownership structures managing the transition between generations and modernising the trusts if required.

Business Interests

Whether you are running your own company, or are a venture capitalist, or have intellectual property rights, we can guide you in managing these as part of your wealth planning exercise to maximise the wealth of your business portfolio.

International Support

People move freely across the world today whether it be for work or a better lifestyle. However, with Brexit fast approaching, moving freely could become a challenge. We’re used to working across jurisdictions so we can help you manage your affairs while achieving your goals. We work globally with advisers in other jurisdictions to provide the proper planning and solutions for you.

Capacity

Mental capacity is at the heart of the ability to manage any transaction. We are experts in protecting the wealth of clients, through the powers of attorney and as panel deputies for the Court of Protection.

Wills

It is important to make a Will as it can determine the entire management and destination of your assets and, more importantly, appoint someone to care for your children. If you do not have a Will, the arbitrary intestacy rules apply, which could mean your estate going to an estranged member of your family. To protect your wealth and your children, we will put in place a Will that meets your specific circumstances.

Probate

Death is an unplanned event, when the reorganisation of all your assets takes place at once. It is a hugely sensitive time, involving very difficult decisions. Tax planning through the process can be critical. Our specialist team is adept at handling estates of all sizes, often in a multi-jurisdictional environment.

Giving Something Back

We act for some of the largest and smallest charities in the country. We help individuals and businesses fulfill their philanthropic aims in all charitable areas.

Specialist Business Services

Sale, Acquisition & Restructuring of Business Assets

We will find a buyer for your business if you are looking to exit. If you want to expand your business portfolio, we will find a business that complements your current business portfolio for you to acquire. Our restructuring experts can also help your business become lean.

Exiting Your Business

We advise entrepreneurs on tax efficient succession planning, resulting in clients preserving their wealth when they exit their business. With our experience and expertise, we will get you the best possible sale price for your company.

Shareholder & Investment Agreements

We will protect your investments by advising you on the legal documentation for tax efficient investments and drafting shareholder agreements.

Partnership Agreements

We can advise you on the most effective partnership agreements to financially benefit you in the short to long term.

Entrepreneur’s Relief

We will advise you on reducing the amount of capital gains tax you pay, during a sale of all or part of your business. Our input will mean you will pay tax at just 10% on all gains from the sale.

Taxation

We help clients like you navigate through the legal minefield that is the complexities of corporation tax on corporate transactions including property taxation. Our advice will help you reduce the amount of tax you will need to pay.

Pensions

We will help you get the results you want – while knowing that you are complying within the law and codes and guidance issued by regulators.

EU & UK Competition Law

We advise business owners like you on UK & EU competition law, antitrust and regulation. Our expertise will ensure you comply with the law, helping to avoid any serious consequences.

Business Property Relief

We will get you the best relief rate from Inheritance Tax, during the transfer of relevant business assets.

Family Law

Divorce

When there is no prospect of reconciliation, you may decide that divorce is your only option. If your marriage has irretrievably broken down, we will work with you to secure a good outcome for you and your family.

Dissolution of Civil Partnership

Civil partnership dissolution is similar to divorce. We will help you apply for a Dissolution Order and sort all of the financial issues out.

Reputational Management & Managing the Media

A relationship breakdown is never easy, especially if you are in the public eye. Which is why people come to us because we can protect their reputation against damaging comments or threats to their privacy.

We regularly act for high-net-worth and celebrity clients on cases that would attract public interest. You can trust us to keep such private matters away from the media.

Pre-marital Agreements

We recommended these if you want to protect the wealth you accumulated before you met your partner. They are a plan that details what would happen to your assets, should you separate or divorce in the future.

It can be an effective way of removing the worry, concern and anxiety that materialises when a couple has to decide how assets and wealth should be shared, in the event of a divorce or dissolution.

Post-marital Agreements

We suggest you put one of these in place if you inherit or are gifted family assets during marriage or create a significant annual income. The agreement will clearly record how assets will be divided and income shared in the event of a divorce.

Reputational Management

The issue of reputation is increasingly in the spotlight, with the rise in electronic communications and a 24-hour media.

We will listen to your objectives and secure the right resolution. Whether that’s an apology, preventing further publication if your details have already been released to the public, removing defamatory comments on social media, claiming compensation or, as a last resort, going to court.

You can trust us to keep private matters away from the media.

Property Services

We handle prime property in the most exclusive locations in London, including luxury apartments as well as houses. We can support you with any property sale, purchase or relocation.

We provide a bespoke conveyancing service to high net worth individuals, including celebrities and royalty. Discretion and confidence are vital to the service we provide.

If you need assistance with finding the right property, we will work with our trusted property finders and estate agents to find you a place to call home. We have access to one of the largest databases of potential buyers and sellers of properties in London and the UK.

  • Our services also include:
  • Bespoke conveyancing, driven by quality of service
  • Acting for high net worth individuals, including celebrities and royalty
  • Finding prime property in the most exclusive locations in London
  • Rural property, including landed estates and agricultural land
  • Philanthropy and property investments (commercial and residential)
  • Leases granted pursuant to the Children Act
  • Matrimonial conveyancing
  • Trust-related property services
  • Stamp duty land tax planning advice

Pensions

As pensions are often a future asset, as well as a future source of income, it is important to consider your options carefully.

We are able to give advice on issues including:

  • Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) including Family SIPPs and Group SIPPs
  • Pension Investments
  • Spousal Bypass (IHT saving) Trusts
  • Pension trusts, including writing insurance policies into trust
  • Professional Negligence claims for negligent investment advice
  • Investment/pensions mis-selling/scams
  • QROPs – Qualifying Overseas Pension Schemes and offshore pension arrangements

Access to our network of highly regarded professionals

There will come a time that you will require services that sit outside the remit of legal advice, such as new banking facilities or financial advice in relation to your asset portfolio.

Through our network of trusted advisers, we will introduce you to some of the UK’s most respected professionals on:

  • PR/media coverage
  • Estate Agents/Land Valuers
  • Mortgage providers
  • Architects and Interior Design
  • Investment Opportunities and Advice
  • Private Banking Facilities
  • Accountancy advice
  • Tracing Agents
  • Private Investigators
  • Insurance

Contact us

Our clients tell us that they really appreciate the seamless legal service that Platinum can provide because when they know they have a trusted adviser who can guide them every step of the way. When you have a lot at stake; reputation, family and wealth, you need experienced and qualified lawyers to look after your affairs. This is where we excel.

To find out more about Platinum and how it could benefit you, call Rachael Oakes, National Head of Platinum on 0845 128 6960 or Nigel Roots, National Head of private client services on 0845 128 6962 or email in confidence at platinum@freeths.co.uk.

Meet the team

Platinum Service Expertise Lawyers


Rachael Oakes, Partner & Head pf Famoly & Platinum Client Services

Rachael Oakes
Partner & Head of Family & Platinum Client Services

0845 128 6960

Nigel Roots, Partner

Nigel Roots
Partner

0845 128 6962

Testimonials

"The 'approachable and thorough' Rachael Oakes is praised by interviewees for her 'experience, knowledge and professionalism.' She is experienced in dealing with high net worth financial cases and those with international scope."

(Chambers & Partners, 2015 )

"Department head Nigel Roots is described by peers as ‘charming and delightful to deal with’. He has a broad range of expertise in private client work and is able to advise clients on the gamut of issues."

"Bob Neal of Freeths LLP advises on a wide variety of tax issues, including those involving M&A, corporate reorganisations and the real estate sector. Clients say: ‘From knowledge of tax matters to understanding idiosyncrasies and thinking outside the box, he is just exceptional and incredibly talented’."

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

"Andrew is an exceptional lawyer, a valued business partner and someone whose insight and judgment I respect and value. I cannot recommend Andrew highly enough."

(Technology Entrepreneur)

"[Philippa is] 'personable and well respected, tenacious' commercial litigator, and is spoken of highly. Her areas of particular expertise include shareholder disputes and disputes relating to confidential information."

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?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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