I've recently moved to freelance from being a full-time employee at a creative firm. Since I quit, I've decided to avoid burning bridges and keep a healthy, working relationship with them. In fact, I'm still doing some work with the creative firm, but only as a freelancer. In order to launch my personal website, I need to have some projects to display. I decided to show my previous employer the content I prepared for my website before I launched it to avoid future conflict. While their reaction certainly wasn't angry, they didn't want me to display any previous projects I did with them on my website even after making obvious mention of them and linking back to their website. They did say that I can show potential clients the work I did with them privately, but not directly display it on my website.
Since this discussion, they have let me at least attempt to portray those projects in a different light and if they still don't approve then I have said I would take the projects down permanently. Do I have any claim to the work I put in if I provide proper documentation of what I did and did not do? If I have any right to display some of the work I did for them on my website, is there a proper and appropriate way to do this?