National law firm Freeths has announced an office shake-up following a successful year of ‘agile working’.
The firm has reviewed its 13-strong portfolio of offices – taking into account the efficiency of agile working and the preferences of employees and clients – and has decided to close is Stoke office at Federation House.
The company says the decision comes after the members of the Stoke-on-Trent-based team spent the last 12 months working remotely, and coincides with the retirement of Peter Gavin in the summer after nearly 40 years of practice.
The Freeths staff, who live in and around the Potteries, will still work for their clients across the region, but will be dispersed to offices in either Birmingham, Manchester and Derby.
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As part of the review, Freeths has recently moved into a new-look office in Derby to accommodate the changes at the business and has taken on a new premises in Oxford, to provide a ‘creative and collaborative’ workplace.
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-on-Trent 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.”