Each year, Chambers and Partners UK conduct extensive, independent research into the UK legal profession and identify leading lawyers and law firms.
Our Family department has been ranked in the UK guide every year since 2013. In the recent 2019 Guide the department was ranked in Band 2 for their work in Children cross-border disputes and Band 2 for their work in Children: Public Law Matters. The specialist Children team of the Freemans Family Department was describe in the latest Guide as: “Robust offering in the cross-border and public children spheres, with noted strength exhibited in international issues, particularly in child abduction and leave to remove cases. Committed to representing vulnerable individuals and making its services affordable. Clients include parents, guardians and teenagers in a position to instruct legal support. Acts across an impressive range of cases, from the most serious radicalisation and abuse allegations to lower-scale matters.” Notable strength being: “The care and empathy among the staff stands out, especially when you are going through a complex case. People talk about being client-oriented, but Freemans are more than that: they’re humanity oriented”.
In the 2019 Guide Head of the Family department and Partner Nina Hansen received special recognition in band 1 for both Children Cross Border Disputes & Public Law Matters. Described as “one of the top childcare solicitors in the country… fearless in the pursuit of her clients’ interests…(and)…a fierce negotiator”. Partner Laura Coyle was ranked as an “Up and Coming Individual” in Public Law Matters, described as “an outstanding advocate…very clever, and committed to the welfare of young people”, whilst newly promoted Partner Hilka Hollmann, was ranked an “Associate to watch” in Children Cross Border Disputes category described a “superb lawyer”“(acting) on a range of serious public law cases…involving issues of abuse and radicalisation, as well as handling foreign adoption and abduction matters”.
Our Criminal department has been mentioned in the UK guide for several years. In the 2018 edition clients said we are “… well organised and very responsive to clients’ needs. It has good facilities and very supportive staff; you are made to feel very welcome” and “This firm is absolutely excellent, and they have recruited some of the best people to work for them. They are all amazing, helpful, kind, considerate, committed and extremely knowledgeable about their work.”
The current guide describes us a ‘Strong criminal practice experienced in acting on high-profile, serious cases. Frequently deals with heavyweight criminal charges, including murder, sexual offences, and GBH. Also advises on terrorism-related charges. Regularly takes on complex matters relating to groups, including joint enterprise murder and organised crime cases.’
Sources described our criminal lawyers as “very good, very hard-working and very experienced – they work tirelessly for their clients and the quality of their work is excellent.”
The entry also describes us as: “A very helpful and multidisciplinary firm with good all-round strength.”
In the 2018 guide Partner Kishoree Kotecha-Pau was ranked and described as “an excellent people person (who) gets result, resources cases well and is extremely up to date with the law”.