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 under threat of corporate litigation while family proceedings were ongoing. Additionally, there have been some highly publicised cases this year which have reached the Supreme Court 2018, one of which the firm has been involved with.
Freedman also acted for a property billionaire in a complex case focused on offshore trusts, and for an inventor, who most would consider ‘a British institution’, in complex divorce and financial proceedings in ‘very difficult and sad circumstances – including the unusual appointment of a litigation friend’. Freedman adds that was a case where ‘over a lifetime of innovation was at stake, over a relatively short, 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!’
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.
Freedman 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. His work 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.
He is recognised as a lawyer 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.
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.
Freedman says the results of the Owens’ case reignited the (now all but resolved) debate around no-fault divorce, which ‘needs updating’. ‘We wait to see whether this will be achieved on the “watch” of the recently installed new president of the Family Law Division of the Law Society, Lord Justice McFarlane,’ he says.