Published: April 26, 2021 | Updated: April 26, 2021

Expanding law firm urges ‘bright, ambitious lawyers looking for a change’ to get in touch

Matt Fretten, Managing Partner, Frettens Solicitors (right) and Lewis Barr, Marketing Manager. Picture: Dorset Biz News.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

An expanding law firm is on a recruitment drive with ‘bright ambitious lawyers looking for a change’ urged to get in touch.

Frettens Solicitors launched its third office this year with the opening of its second Ringwood branch.

‘Ringwood 2’ created ten new jobs – including seven fee-earners – bringing the number of staff employed by the Christchurch-based firm to 75.

Matt Fretten, Managing Partner. said he could see team numbers eventually increasing to 85 to 90.

Frettens is currently recruiting for seven roles:

  • Commercial Property Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executive
  • Dispute Resolution Solicitor
  • Insolvency Solicitor
  • Wills & Probate Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executive
  • Wills & Tax Solicitor/Chartered Legal Executive
  • Commercial Property Paralegal
  • Legal Cashier

All are full-time with three based at Ringwood, three at Christchurch and one at either Christchurch or Ringwood.

Full details can be seen here.

Lewis Barr, Marketing Manager, said: “It has been a very successful few years for us since opening our first office on the High Street in Ringwood.

“We’ve seen a 50 per cent growth in turnover, and have welcomed a lot of extremely talented team members into the business.

“Whilst we have always championed flexible working, and have the IT system to fully support it, more and more of our team have really embraced it since lockdown.

“Despite this, there was still a clear and obvious need for more space.

“The location of the new office, directly behind our existing one in Ringwood, fits the bill perfectly.

“We’ve carried out a complete re-fit of the office space, and the staff currently working in there love how bright and modern it is.”

Matt added: “Eight staff have already joined us this year.

“We are currently recruiting for seven roles, advertised on our website, with several more planned in coming months, in line with our ambitious plans for the next few years.

“We always welcome speculative applications, so any bright, ambitious lawyers out there who are looking for a change shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with us.”

Frettens was founded 43 years ago when Ian Fretten began practising as a sole practitioner in Christchurch on January 1, 1978.

He retired in 2012 and his son, Matt, took over as Managing Partner.

New specialist services introduced in 2020 include insolvency and restructuring led by Partner Malcolm Niekirk, known as the ‘Insolvency Guru’, and social housing, headed by Ben Cobb with Oonagh McKinney.