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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 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 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.

In addition to the core Virtual Legal 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 will find the right person to assist you with the work.

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Rebecca Howlett

Commercial Partner & Head of Freeths' Virtual Legal Team

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What benefits can our team deliver?

What benefits can our team deliver?

  • 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

Why choose our Virtual Legal Team lawyers?

Our Virtual Legal 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 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.

Related specialisms

Did you know we also provide tailored legal services and a free subscription-based programme for in-house lawyers? By working closely with you, we tailor our services to meet your company’s day-to-day commercial needs and priorities.

In House Lawyers

Tailored legal information and events. Our in-house programme is not just unwanted marketing material, event invites and news updates. Everything we do is relevant and designed to make a positive impact on your bottom line. We can help you work more efficiently, reduce your legal spend and free up time to take your business forward.

  • ‘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.’

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

    Dave Evans, CEO of City Plumbing

  • ‘Rebecca Howlett manages the team very well. She is incredibly responsive and dedicated. Offers assistance and makes suggestions for change. Feels...

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