Frettens LLP

We are a firm of bright, approachable lawyers offering a full range of services for both businesses and individuals.
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Everyone knows the brief at law firm, Frettens LLP. Work hard and have fun. Ian Fretten began practising as a sole practitioner in Christchurch in 1978 feeling strongly that there was a need for a solicitor's practice offering a good and affordable service in the Dorset town. While the firm today is very different from the business he started in the late 1970s, the team still work to his original ideals.

Frettens originally dealt with residential property, wills, probate and trusts and now its remit covers corporate, employment, commercial property and commercial dispute resolution work as well as family, wills and tax and conveyancing. It is headed by Ian's son Matthew, the Managing Partner and while its offices are in Christchurch and Ringwood, Frettens serves clients from across England and Wales.

The firm embraces flexible working with over 40% of employees working non-standard hours and many regularly working from home. Equal opportunities, training, personal development and client service are important to Frettens as is creating an enjoyable workplace for staff and quarterly peer-voted awards celebrate colleagues going the extra mile.

Matthew Fretten has an open-door policy and is highly visible around the office when Covid rules allow. A dedicated committee ensures the social calendar is full and events includes a barbecue for staff and their families every summer and a party at Christmas. In addition, Partners of the company put money behind the bar for the team to have a drink after work on the first Friday of the month.

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Personal Growth

75% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Frettens supports staff in their legal studies, actively encourages them to take on additional qualifications and pays for professional organisation memberships and literature subscriptions. The firm also organises webinars on relevant subjects and encourages all forms of networking and there are good opportunities for growth and progression.

Fair Deal

45% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

The firm rewards staff for their hard work with a generous benefits package which includes a performance-related bonus for qualifying staff, private healthcare, life insurance, pension contribution, free/subsidised parking, enhanced maternity pay for qualifying staff and one day's additional leave on their birthday.

Giving Something Back

78% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Frettens selected Bournemouth Heart Club and Cruse Bereavement Care as its chosen charities in 2020 to show their support for colleague Fiona Knight, who cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats, 1,000 miles in 14 days, in memory of her father who died from a heart attack in 2018.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1978
Total number of employees
2
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
18% : 82%
Male : Female employee ratio
31%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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