Frettens join forces with Kemps Solicitors, strengthening Employment Team

Frettens’ Solicitors is pleased to announce that they have joined forces with specialist employment law firm Kemps Solicitors.

In a landmark acquisition, Michelle Kemp will become Partner and Head of our Employment Team; making it one of the biggest and best resourced on the South Coast.

The move further strengthens Frettens’ commercial offering, which has been a key part of the firm’s recent growth. It will also see Kate Fretten return to the firm as a consultant in the department she founded 17 years ago.

Matthew Fretten on joining forces with Kemps

“This is great news for Frettens and our clients.” said Managing Partner Matthew Fretten.

“The commercial side of our business has grown significantly in recent years. Adding fantastic lawyers with such experience further strengthens our offer to our business clients.

The employment team at Frettens is now one of the most experienced in the conurbation. Very few firms have three specialist employment lawyers and we believe we have three of the best in Michelle, Chris and Kate.”

Matthew continued: “Having worked with Kemps on a number of matters, we know that they are a perfect fit for Frettens. They pride themselves on offering clear, pragmatic, commercial advice to their clients in the same way we do.

I am absolutely delighted that Michelle chose to join us and am thrilled for what the move means for both Frettens’ and Kemps’ clients.”

New Partner Michelle Kemp on what it means for Kemps’ clients

“It is fantastic news for our clients. They now have additional employment specialists to support and advise them, as well as a large commercial team who can offer broader advice on the full range of commercial matters.” commented Michelle.

“When I was considering merging Kemps into a larger firm, Frettens were the first that came to mind and the only one I could see myself working at.

My main concern was ensuring that our clients continue to receive the same outstanding service and I have no doubt that they will. I have worked with Frettens on a number of cases with my clients and would regularly refer work to their commercial teams.

Everyone I have met has been extremely welcoming and I can’t wait to get to know everyone properly. It feels like a great fit.”

Kate returns to Frettens

Kate returns to Frettens as a consultant in the employment department that she founded back in 2007.

“Frettens has changed significantly since I left a few years ago. The firm has more than doubled in size and opened new offices.

There are so many new faces to get to know but reassuringly, there are still plenty of familiar ones. Whilst the place is almost unrecognisable, it has still retained the same feel.

I’m excited to get to work.”

Meet the team

Frettens will be hosting an employment seminar for employers at the Chewton Glen hotel on 21st February and it will be a great opportunity for clients of both firms to meet the team.

MichelleChris and Kate will be delivering an employment law update, touching on recent legislative changes and their impact for employers, followed by lunch.

You can book your space here.

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