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Birketts LLP

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Erika Clarke

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Birketts LLP

Work Department

Charities, Education, Health


Legal Director


Erika joined Birketts in 2008 and is a commercial lawyer with a particular specialism in public procurement, major projects (including accommodation based PPPs and ICT procurements), outsourcings, joint ventures and significant commercial contracts across a range of sectors. She has acted for central government departments and agencies, regional development agencies, commissioners and providers in the NHS (including PCTs, acute trusts, mental health trusts and primary care providers), local authorities, HE and FE institutions and schools. Erika has also acted for private sector and third sector consortia bidding for major projects.


Erika has spoken at conferences in the UK and Europe on procurement law and social infrastructure PPP projects. In the past she has been a member of the council of a University in the Eastern region and was seconded to the in-house team of a major energy company.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Within: Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Advice from¬†Birketts LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery good ‚Äď prompt, clear and supportive‚Äė. The firm is 'very quick, responsive, flexible and good value for money'. It handles a growing number of transactions for public companies, as well as acting for SMEs in M&A deals. Corporate finance specialist¬†Adrian Possener¬†leads the corporate and commercial practice. He acted for¬†shareholders of Gardline Holdings Limited in the sale of the company to Dutch maritime services company Boskalis Holdings B.V.¬†Key partner Greg Allan¬†is 'very capable and provides a very strong service'. He handled¬†the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Beadles Group Limited to Group One on behalf of shareholders. Legal director¬†Erika Clarke¬†focuses on public procurement, projects, outsourcing, joint ventures and commercial contracts. Her highlights included working with Allan and senior associate Paul Palik¬† (who is ‚Äėprofessional, conscientious and keeps it simple') on the acquisition of a healthcare facility as part of a major contract for the delivery of clinical services.¬†'Knowledgeable, professional and responsive' legal director and head of franchising¬†Ed Savory¬†¬†is recommended for the strength of his 'strategic deal management, negotiation skills'. Senior associate¬†John Kahn, who worked at¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP¬†before joining insurance and underwriting business Marketform, joined the firm in 2017 along with solicitor¬†Nicola Gulrajani¬†from¬†Mills & Reeve LLP.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Erika Clarke - Birketts LLP

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

At Birketts LLP 'the overall level of service is excellent and the team is extremely knowledgeable, showing an in-depth understanding of the issues'. The firm acts for more than 400 charity clients, advising on charity law, ecclesiastical law, corporate matters including mergers, compliance, endowments, disputes, commercial property and retail, social enterprise structures, academy conversions, trustee powers and employment law. Senior associates Sara Sayer and Liz Brownsell lead the practice. Brownsell was a member of the Charity Law Association Working Party that consulted on the new Charity Governance Code. Sayer and legal director Erika Clarke have particular expertise in public procurement and state aid, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters arising from projects and collaborations. Commercial property partner Gavin Acheson advised Trust for London on the £11m acquisition, refurbishment and letting of premises in London, which was let to an independent creative media higher education college. Associate Amanda Timcke, who joined from Birkett Long LLP, is also recommended for property matters. Senior associate Kitty Rosser in the corporate and commercial team, who is a recognised expert in data protection and the GDPR, is 'particularly good and easy to work with, she gives clear explanations'. Also recommended are James Hall and Stuart Jones for ecclesiastical matters, and senior associate Clare Hedges for employment law.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

Birketts LLP provides 'excellent service including timely and tailored responses, sector knowledge, foresight in anticipating potential concerns and sensitivity to financial implications', according to one client in the education sector. The firm's multi-disciplinary practice works for clients from all parts of the education sector including pre-schools and nurseries, preparatory and independent schools, academies and academy trusts, and FE and HE colleges. The practice is led by employment partner Abigail Trencher but also includes experts in construction, planning, property, commercial law, litigation, student issues, charities and governance. Trencher recently acted for Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. Consultant Tim Tyndall also handles employment law. Corporate and charities partner Erika Clarke counts College of West Anglia among her clients. Senior associate Sara Sayer is the key contact for disputes and student issues. Senior associate Liz Brownsell, who is co-head of the firm's charities and social enterprise group and who frequently advises on academy conversions, is 'exemplary in her thorough preparation and commitment to providing a professional service; she is personable and sensitive to the clients' requirements, and provides valuable advice'. Senior associate Dwight Patten is recommended for property transactions.

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Within: Health

Birketts LLP is a member of the NHS Shared Business Services framework and the NHS Commercial Alliance legal framework. It has a strong track record in the health and social care sector, particularly for employment and property work. The key contacts are legal director Erika Clarke, who leads the public sector practice, and head of health Richard Eaton. Clarke handles major capital projects, outsourcings, business-critical contracts and public procurement issues. She recently acted for an NHS foundation trust in numerous matters including the interpretation of contract terms and public law duties associated with the funding of care packages. Eaton's area of expertise is public law and judicial reviews. He recently succeeded in quashing a CQC draft report for a care home provider. Commercial property partner Chris Barker has extensive experience in trust portfolio management, and Matthew Newnham handles employment law matters including tribunals for health sector clients. Also recommended are corporate finance partner Greg Allan, employment partner Jeanette Wheeler and head of charities Sara Sayer.

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