Osbornes’ senior 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 acts for TV personalities, including a case involving ‘highly contested’ proceedings involving property in London, and business interests which were also 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, one of which the firm has been involved with.
He 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 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 of court. His work involves multi-jurisdictional family breakups (with an emphasis on Europe and the Middle East), children’s cases [Schedule 1], and he has successfully represented clients in all areas, including under the new Child Arrangements Programme. He is known as a lawyer who ‘will fight tooth and nail for his clients’, and regarded for private children work, and his litigation and mediation expertise in high-value divorces.
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 surrounding family law. His clients are also positive, with one five-star review enthusing: ‘I searched for many weeks and only chose Osbornes after meeting with their head partner, Mark Freedman. He was courteous, explained everything in detail and, most importantly, during my legal proceedings he went above and beyond. ‘