Freeth Cartwright confirms Leeds opening

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  • "Clients have expressed a desire to work with the firm in Leeds".

    There's a reason for this: Leeds has become famous for low cost legal services.

    There are now so many "brown circle" firms in Leeds city centre (such as Gordons, Ison Harrison and Bond Dickinson) all fighting for the same small ticket work, that costs have been driven down to unsustainable levels. Expect another Cobbetts in the next year.

    What Leeds needs is another top firm that can compete with DLA Piper and Addleshaws on expertise for the big ticket work. Despite the marketing from some new firms, that hasn't happened.

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  • A very challenging market to step into, however Freeths is a good firm with some talented lawyers.

    I hope Mary Mackintosh wins another management role. She is a real talent. Not to everyone's taste but exactly the kind of person Freeths needs to take the next step up.

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  • I like Freeths, but they are the grey firm.

    The firm has a culture which distrusts / resents people with personality. In any other firm Philippa Dempster would have been made Senior Partner years ago. Not Freeths, where the way to get ahead is to not stand out. The same with Mary.

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  • "What Leeds needs is another top firm that can compete with DLA Piper and Addleshaws on expertise for the big ticket work"

    See Pinsent Masons; their Leeds office undertakes some fantastic work.

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  • There are 2 very distinct markets in Leeds. I agree with Anon 1.12pm that Pinsents do compete with DLA Piper, Addleshaws, SS, Eversheds and DWF for the bigger deals.

    However the league below (as one of the posts above says, called the brown circle in Leeds) competes for much smaller work.

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