Frettens LLP

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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

80% 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, encourages all forms of networking and there are good opportunities for growth and progression.
Giving Something Back

75% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Each year employees have the opportunity to propose a charity and a shortlist is then voted on by the whole team. In 2021 the firm supported both Bournemouth Heart Club (BHC) and CRUSE Bereavement Care, with one employee completing a Lands End to John O Groats bike ride in memory of her late father.
Fair Deal

51% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

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.
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80% 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, encourages all forms of networking and there are good opportunities for growth and progression.
Giving Something Back
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75% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Each year employees have the opportunity to propose a charity and a shortlist is then voted on by the whole team. In 2021 the firm supported both Bournemouth Heart Club (BHC) and CRUSE Bereavement Care, with one employee completing a Lands End to John O Groats bike ride in memory of her late father.
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51% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

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.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1978
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
16% : 84%
Male : Female employee ratio
41%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
One of the things that is very easy to say is we put our staff front and centre with everything we do. It’s a different matter when you actually run an anonymous survey every single year and ask your staff to confidentially rate you out of 10 as to how you’re doing as a business and as a leadership team and that’s really important. So if we can’t measure employee engagement we can’t really claim to have an engaged workforce. But I’m very pleased to say through the best companies survey we’ve had some very terrific results. Loads of stuff to work on as all businesses will have and we do take it really seriously and we do action all the things that come out of it. But its important to stop at least once a year to formally ask your staff 'how are we doing' and that’s what we do.

Matthew Fretten, Managing Partner - Frettens LLP

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