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Reed Smith in mourning as construction partner Lynne Freeman passes away after short illness

By Neasa MacErlean

16 July 2015 at 06:58 BST

A construction lawyer who helped quadruple the size of her team in five years, the women's champion known for her stylish dress, Lynne Freeman has died, just six weeks after sending her last message on Twitter.

Reed Smith is in mourning for its construction partner Lynne Freeman who died last week Leonid Andronov

A memorial service is being held for her at the Union Chapel, Islington on 1 September. Donations can be made to the National Brain Appeal. Formerly of Stephenson Harwood and Hammond Suddards, she joined Richards Butler in 1997 and became a part of Reed Smith when the two firms combined in 2007. The main part of her work was focused on 'international and domestic engineering and construction and infrastructure projects' and she also acted for 'developers and funders involved in developing and building hotels, offices, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, secure facilities and various other projects', according to her Reed Smith profile.

Inimitable style

She was known for her pragmatism, common sense and swfit responses. 'It is with shock and sadness that Reed Smith confirms that London partner Lynne Freeman died on Wednesday 8 July 2015 after a short illness,' says an announcement from the firm. It goes on to say: 'Lynne and her inimitable style in both a professional and a fashion sense - will be sorely missed by colleagues and clients alike'. 

Jokey last tweet

Her twitter account shows that she was particularly interested in shale gas since she opened a twitter account in 2011. But her last entries were retweets about the greater representation of women in US boardrooms and a jokey one, on April 30, on being at twitterschool. Sources: Reed Smith and Twitter


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