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Richard Freeman has lived in Saffron Walden for 20 years, and has become involved in many voluntary activities. He has served as a Saffron Walden Town Councillor for twelve years, representing Castle Ward, and serving as Mayor. He currently serves as a Saffron Walden Castle Ward councillor on both the District and Town councils. He is a founder member of Essex Healthwatch, and serves as their representative on NHS England and the West Essex Clinical Commission Group.

Most of Richard’s working life has been spent in high-technology industries. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry, making antibiotics, and then the brewing industry (making beer!). Much of his professional life has been spent in international consultancy, providing technical and project management expertise to multinational companies and governments.

Richard is also a qualified environmentalist, specializing in energy management in buildings. Having lived in Sweden, he is very aware of the benefits of low-energy homes, and is keen to minimize energy use wherever possible. He has a particular interest in architecture, and has modernized several listed buildings. He wants to make better use of the much-loved Town Hall, and to make sure that Saffron Walden remains the historic ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Uttlesford. That said, he also believes that local government has a duty to ensure the supply of homes for ordinary people – not just mansions for the fortunate rich! The limited supply of so-called ‘affordable’ homes linked to housing developments is not sufficient – he believes we need to do very much better.


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FM&C provides the personalised attention of a traditional high street firm while utilising innovative systems and technologies to increase the quality of our service.

Law firms in the UK have had to adjust to seismic changes in the legal profession in the wake of the economic downturn and the increased level of regulatory controls imposed on law firms. The competition arising out of the proliferation of online ‘legal’ services has also made it necessary for the traditional high street practice to make deep-seated structural changes to its organisation. A vast number of high street law firms have not made these changes and are closing down at a rapid rate.

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We work with our clients one-to-one and make it our business to fully understand their individual needs and circumstances. This ensures our clients can avoid frustrating and costly delays due to a lack of clear and timely communication. While keeping a close eye on costs, we are aware of the potential pitfalls of a careless or shortcut approach to legal services. We consider prevention better than a costly cure down the line.

Most importantly, we are committed to being citizens of our respective towns and hope to build sound and long-lasting relationships with the towns in which we live.