Osbornes’ managing partner Mark Freedman is clear why HNWs should choose his firm: ‘A first class service from a team of lawyers who are ranked as a leading family department in London, and who hold external accreditations of excellence.’
Freedman recently acted for a ‘well-known’ TV personality in ‘highly contested’ proceedings — a case involving property in London and business interests which were also under threat of corporate litigation while family proceedings were ongoing.’ He also acted for a property billionaire in a complex case focused on offshore trusts, and an inventor (‘who most would consider a British institution’) in their complex divorce and financial proceedings ‘set within very difficult and sad circumstances — including the unusual appointment of a litigation friend’ — a high value case of in excess of £5 million, ‘built up over a lifetime of innovation was at stake, over a relatively short and childless marriage’. While he says the ‘emotional impact of pieces of paper’ (like the Decree Absolute — the court’s final order that officially ends a marriage) often catches clients by surprise, Spear’s wonders if anything surprises the family lawyer himself, and asks if he has had any unusual requests in his time. ‘Quite a few,’ he admits. ‘All of which have to remain confidential I’m afraid!’
Freedman joined Osbornes’ family department on qualification in 1994, where he quickly progressed to partner. He has been the firm’s managing partner at Osbornes since 2001.
A member of Resolution and a trained mediator, he specialises in ‘all areas’ of family law with a specific focus on high-profile and HNW divorces and finance cases, in addition to complex finance cases involving overseas assets and trusts. He has acted for celebrities and HNWs before the Central Family Court and the High Court, achieving numerous wins. He has run a number of cases in the Court of Appeal.
Mark sets out to achieve the ‘very best’ for his clients and has earned himself a reputation as a ‘tough negotiator, both in and out the Court forum’, says the firm.
He also conducts round table meetings and brings finance cases to a swift and cost-effective conclusion as an alternative to Court Hearings, on a regular basis.
His work also involves multi-jurisdictional family breakups (with particular emphasis on Europe and the Middle-East) and children’s cases [Schedule 1] and has successfully represented clients in all areas including under the new Child Arrangements Programme.
A ‘well-known and highly-regarded’ family lawyer and tough negotiator, colleagues say he often receives referrals from existing and former clients as well as other family lawyers.
Known for his pragmatism and dedication to his role, he regularly appears on TV and radio commenting on issues and changes surrounding family law.
A ‘good thinker who always fights his clients’ corner,’ according to market observers, Freedman is known as a ‘brilliant lawyer’ and a ‘great tactician’ who ‘will absolutely fight tooth and nail for his clients’. Experts also make note of his expertise in private children work, and his litigation and mediation expertise in high-value divorces.