• Top 50, full service commercial law firm

  • 13 UK offices, including Manchester

  • 850 members of staff, including 147 partners

  • Ranked ‘Top Tier’ in 24 categories and recommended in 49 by Legal 500

  • 188 elite or highly recommended rated Lawyers in the Legal 500  

  • 13 lawyers recommended by legal 500 as ‘Next Generation lawyers/partners’

Your needs are at the heart of everything we do. We are renowned for our professionalism and going the extra mile for clients.

Delivering results

We build value through our service to you. Whether maximising business opportunities, or supporting you in personal affairs, our commercial expertise ensures we find the right solution.

Thinking Differently – ‘Freethinking’

We offer a tailored service, taking time to understand you. We value innovation above well-established paths; using our in-depth knowledge, experience and skill to offer you the best service.

Building Trust

We build partnerships and put your best interests first. We provide answers rather than options, leaving you confidently experiencing an excellent service throughout.



We specialise in all aspects of employment work, with particular experience in the below:

  • Large scale collective consultations

  • Executive terminations

  • Multi-party tribunal claims

  • Providing strategic advice at board level

  • The leisure and retail sector


We provide high-quality non-contentious and contentious legal advice on:

  • Final salary money purchase

  • Hybrid occupational schemes

  • SSAS and SIPP

  • Automatic enrolment

  • Life assurance arrangements


Freeths’ specialist immigration team hold in-depth knowledge of the UK immigration system.

We apply this strategically and pragmatically to support you. Our work includes:

  • Advising and training on right to work checks

  • Undertaking compliance audits

  • Preventing and challenging civil penalties

  • Helping to secure and manage sponsor licences for organisations wishing to recruit from overseas

  • Undertaking successful judicial review work to challenge the suspension and revocation of sponsor licences

  • A specialist Sports Immigration function, advising both clubs and players

Our team can train HR functions on the impact of Brexit, such as how to retain their EU workforce.

Sector expertise: cyber security, digital marketing, engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, food manufacturing, and retail and hospitality.