Freeth Cartwright opens London base with focus on retail clients

Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has launched in London with a view to improve its service to ­London clients, particularly those in the retail sector.

Philippa Dempster
Philippa Dempster

While the firm has hired insurance lawyer Rachel Bolt as a consultant from Beachcroft, there are ­currently no London-based partners.

The London strategy is being managed by ­Nottingham-based head of commercial Philippa Dempster and Birmingham managing partner Richard Beverley.

Dempster said: “We have a lot of London clients and it’s really a base to service them. We’re looking at retail in particular. It’s very much a meeting place for us.”

However, Dempster added that the firm is ­looking to recruit into all practice areas for its new West End office.

Freeth Cartwright is the latest regional firm to make a City investment in spite of the wider economic conditions. Bath-headquartered Thring Townsend Lee & ­Pembertons has expanded its London base with the acquisition of private client boutique Leach & Co (The Lawyer, 12 April), while Bristol-based Veale Wasbrough merged with 17-partner City firm Vizards Tweedie to obtain its City base (The Lawyer, 13 July 2009).