Over the past year, the move to agile working has been a great success for Freeths, and lockdown has shown our people do not have to be in the office every single day in order to deliver an excellent service to their clients, and to ensure business growth.
Accordingly, the firm has reviewed its office portfolio, taking into account the efficiency of agile working, the preferences of employees and clients, as well as accommodating the firm’s progressive and ongoing growth. The review has concluded that, while remote working is likely to remain a core element in the future, the ability for clients and staff alike to physically come together and collaborate, as well as have meeting space, will always remain important to the Freeths offering.
As a result, Freeths is pleased to announce the firm has this week moved into a new look Derby office, which is specifically designed to accommodate an efficient agile working environment. Freeths has also taken new premises in Oxford, which it will be moving into in the summer after completing an extensive fit out to provide a creative and collaborative workplace. The Stoke team, having worked remotely for the last year, will now be fully agile. The move to agile working across Stoke coincides with the retirement of Peter Gavin in the summer after nearly 40 years of practice in Freeths’ Stoke office (previously KJD). The Freeths staff, who live in and around Stoke, will continue to have a strong presence throughout the city and to work for their clients across the region. In addition, given Stoke’s proximity to the Birmingham, Manchester and Derby offices, the business has decided to link its existing Stoke team with these three regions, thereby enhancing the client offering.
National Managing Partner, Karl Jansen said, “We would like to thank Peter for all his achievements over his many years with Freeths. He has put together an excellent team in the region and we are fully committed to supporting them, and our Stoke and Staffordshire clients, in the long term. The pandemic has proven we can still offer excellent and immediate service, while working remotely, and our lawyers are enjoying the benefits of a more flexible working environment. Moving to a more modern and progressive office platform will ensure benefits for both clients and our people, which is why we feel it is important to move forward and continue to embrace all the benefits which technology offers”.