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Virtual Legal Team

A team of experienced commercial lawyers who act as an extension of your in-house legal team

What does the Virtual Legal Team offer?

Our “Virtual Legal Team” delivery service models provide clients experiencing a high demand for commercial contracts support with seamless high quality targeted support, with a dedicated team which takes the time to understand your business and its drivers.

Under the Virtual Legal Team arrangements, Rebecca Howlett, Commercial Partner & Head of our Virtual Legal Team, and the Virtual Legal Team team have drafted, reviewed, and negotiated various agreements on behalf of clients, including key strategic arrangements, with multi-million-pound values, whilst building strong rapport with the in-house teams that have been supported.

Rebecca and the Virtual Legal Team team have also extensively advised on risk management issues in relation to major contracts. Rebecca also acts as an integral part of the client’s team in an advisory capacity.

Our Virtual Legal Team

Our Virtual Legal Team is led by Rebecca Howlett, who acts as “Virtual General Counsel” for several of the firm’s clients, providing strategic advice to help identify current and future risks, and leads a team of experienced commercial lawyers who act as an extension of the client’s in-house team.

Our Virtual Legal Team is adept at delivering a high level of service advising on a range of business-critical contracts, terms and conditions and data protection policies as well as developing supply chain documents and processes for clients.

Key contacts

Rebecca Howlett

Rebecca Howlett
Commercial Partner & Head of Freeths' Virtual Legal Team

0345 166 6338

What benefits can our team deliver to you?

Benefits the Virtual Legal Team will deliver to your business:

  • Peace of mind
  • Experienced high quality legal support
  • Help to assess and manage your business risk
  • An accessible and friendly team
  • Sector driven expertise
  • Seamless and consistent support
  • Pay only for time productively spent on legal work
  • 100% efficiency – no unproductive sickness days, holidays, onboarding, training
  • Accumulation of knowledge about your business for the long term
  • Monthly reporting with updates on all the matters we work on for you

In addition to the core Virtual Legal Team team, we can draw on other members of the wider Freeths team as circumstances require. This means your business has access to a virtual legal team supported by 1,000 colleagues across a full range of specialisms, with the peace of mind of knowing the Virtual Legal Team team will find the right person to assist you with the work.

Why choose our Virtual Legal Team lawyers?

Our Virtual Legal Team team will add value to your business by tailoring our services to your specific needs. We can flex our team to your business’s changing needs to provide short-term assistance, such as maternity or paternity leave cover, or longer-term day-to-day services, often on a much more expansive knowledge and specialism base than an in-house legal team, due to our extensive expertise. Our Virtual Legal Team team are always there to assist you with urgent matters as we can flex our resource around your varying requirements.

Our team provide a cost effective outsourced legal function by providing your business with 100% efficiency and productivity, as your business only pays for the time spent by experienced lawyers working on your matters. We work seamlessly with all levels of your business with the aim of making your life easier and reducing your business’ risk and exposure.

Our team can assist with reporting to your board as we track all matters they are working on for your business, and provide you with a monthly report with the current status of the matter. We can also provide metrics and graphics to support progress on Virtual Legal Team matters to submit to your board or parent company.

Meet the team

Virtual Legal Team Lawyers

Rebecca Howlett

Rebecca Howlett

0345 166 6338

Jude Mladek

0345 166 6304

Virtual Legal Team

Hema Singhal
Managing Associate

0345 030 5697

Virtual Legal Team

Jaskeerat Sanghera
Senior Associate

0345 340 4206

Image of James Urmston

James Urmston
Senior Associate

0345 050 3664

Eleanor Mangham

0345 404 4161

Image of Kaitlin Traynor

Kaitlin Traynor

020 7440 5891


‘Rebecca Howlett manages the team very well. She is incredibly responsive and dedicated. Offers assistance and makes suggestions for change. Feels like an extension of the in-house function.’

‘The people are what makes this practice unique. Always taking the time to get to know you and so that they can always advise in the right way.’

‘Rebecca Howlett is an absolute diamond. She always the taking time to listen to the bigger picture, not just the area you need advice with. Always follows up just the right amount so always a pleasure to hear from her.’

‘Rebecca Howlett was incredibly supportive, knowledgeable and engaging. Rebecca was patient in her explanations and detailed when required, whilst ensuring our goals were met in a timely fashion.’

“I definitely made the right decision in partnering with Freeths.”

(Dave Evans, CEO of City Plumbing)

“We have been working with Rebecca and her team on various projects which either required immediate action or had very tight timeframes and none of them were straightforward. One thing was consistent in all cases, Rebecca, and her team were knowledgeable, accurate in their approach, business oriented, ready to exchange views and to guide and support us to reach our goal. I cannot recommend Rebecca strongly enough.”

“Rebecca is ruthlessly organised, proactive and always in control of the situation.”

Other clients describe Rebecca as “a real pleasure to work with” who “achieves great outcomes in achieving strict deadlines.”

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.

Our values


Talk to us

Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 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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