About Freeths

We are based in Oxford with a national reputation for heavyweight expertise in our chosen fields. Nationally, we have ten offices throughout England.  You can read our Legal 500 and Chambers rankings online.

Areas of work:

Clinical negligence:

Led by an acknowledged expert in the field, the clinical negligence practice works alongside the personal injury practice, handling claims of maximum severity, particularly head injuries, spinal injuries such as cauda equina, and birth injuries including Erb's palsy and cerebral palsy.,

Contact Carolyn Lowe for further information

Commercial dispute resolution:

Recognised as a significant regional heavyweight, recommended by Chambers and Legal 500, and with one of the largest practices in the south outside London, the firm’s dispute resolution practice handles a wide variety of work in a busy caseload.

Contact Duncan Crine for further information


Expert in all areas of commercial and corporate work, the team specialises in managing funding at all levels from seed capital to AIM flotations. With wide experience in copyright, publishing, pharmaceuticals, university spin-offs and computer law, intellectual property matters are also a key area of the practice.

Contact Leon Arnold for further information


The team is recognised for its expertise for both employer and employee work. Working for national and international companies, the group undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work.

Contact Christopher Sing for further information

Family / matrimonial:

The specialist family team has particular expertise in the new practice of no-court divorce, also known as collaborative practice.  Rachael Oakes is known as a leader in the field and frequently writes articles and guides to the options available after a relationship breaks down.

Contact Rachael Oakes for further information

Personal injury:

Recommended by Chambers and Legal 500, several members of the team are accredited as personal injury specialists by the Law Society. The team specialises in large and complex claims, particularly brain injury cases. Areas of work include employer’s liability, disease, public liability, road traffic and sports injury claims.

Contact Irvin Thobourne for further information

Private client:

Recommended by legal commentators for tax and personal trusts, the large private client group specialises in tax planning to mitigate the effects of inheritance and capital gains tax, and has particular expertise in complex cross-border estates.

Contact Nigel Roots for further information

Professional indemnity:

The nationally recognised professional indemnity practice defends professionals in all fields, particularly architects, accountants, surveyors, solicitors, engineers and IT professionals. The group routinely handles large and complex cases.

Contact Duncan Crine for further information


The property group is one of the largest in Oxford and has a highly respected agricultural team, recommended by Chambers and Legal 500, that acts for some of the largest estates in southern England and Wales; a residential property team that handles high value and complex conveyancing and a commercial property team that covers a wide range of specialist areas.

Contact Iain Davis for further information

Education and charities:

Ranked in the top ten firms in the country for charity work (Top 3000 Charities 2007), the practice has a client list that includes household-name charities including RSPCA, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam and Save the Children. The team offers a full service to third-sector organisations including commercial, property, employment and legacy advice as well as traditional charity law advice.

Contact Nigel Roots for further information

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