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Birketts LLP

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Stuart Jones

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Birketts LLP

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Stuart joined Birketts in 2007. He is a Legal Director in both our Agriculture and Minerals and Waste teams. He works from the firm's offices in Norwich and Cambridge.

Stuart's particular area of specialism is in advising both landowners and operators on the development and management of mineral deposits. This expertise has been gained both through private practice and more recently, as an in-house lawyer and subsequently a commercial director, with Tarmac. Stuart's industry experience brings obvious benefits to the firm's clients as he has direct knowledge of the minerals extraction process from start to finish.


In January 2009, Stuart was appointed the Diocesan Registrar and Bishop's Legal Secretary for the Diocese of Norwich.


Stuart graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 before training and practising with a west country law firm. He spent 17 years with Tarmac Limited where he was based in the UK, the Middle East and Germany, but now lives with his family in Norfolk.

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

At Birketts LLP¬†‚Äėthe service levels cannot be faulted and the appropriateness of advice is exceptional‚Äô. The firm has one¬†of the largest specialist agriculture teams in England and from its four offices it serves a national client base on diverse matters including¬†ecclesiastical law, public access issues, aggregates extraction and management, renewable energy projects and taxation, as well as agricultural property transactions. Among its clients are¬†Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance,¬†National Westminster Bank,¬†Suffolk Wildlife Trust and¬†HSBC Bank, as well as many landowners across the UK. Practice head¬†Jack Royall¬†handles property matters including¬†landlord and tenant cases, partnership and succession planning, farm sales and diversification projects. He recently handled the review and documentation of shooting, stalking, farming, grazing and cropping arrangements on a multimillion-pound estate. The deep bench of talent includes¬†Neil Sparrow, who handles farm sales and matters involving¬†capital tax and estate planning, wills and trusts;¬†Christopher Coupland¬†who leads the firm‚Äôs agricultural banking team and also deals with property transactions;¬†property specialist¬†James Dinwiddy¬†;¬†Nigel Farthing¬†who has a¬†national practice dealing with public rights of way, commons and town and village greens; legal director¬†Stuart Jones¬†who advises¬†landowners and mineral operators on the development and management of mineral deposits; and¬†legal director¬†Rachel McKillop-Wilkin¬†who deals with property and succession issues.¬†‚ÄėExcellent communicator‚Äô¬†and senior associate¬†Sophia Key¬†in Norwich is praised for her ‚Äėperseverance, quality advice and¬†great knowledge and understanding of all matters associated with agricultural land and farms'.

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Charities and not-for-profit

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: Real estate


Within: Environment

Birketts LLP has 'a very good team, a strong client base, and good breadth and depth of work, as well as a growing market share'. One client remarks that the firm 'compares very favourably with its competitors and is definitely one of - if not the - top firm in the field in the region'. The firm has a broad practice that assists clients in the agriculture, energy and waste industries, as well as supporting landowners across East Anglia. Property litigator, practice head and member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Richard Eaton is 'very competent, knowledgeable and good with clients'. With planning specialist Tom Newcombe, he advised two parish councils on the potential judicial review of a retrospective grant of planning permission for an anaerobic digester. Barristers Matthew Gowen, who has a stellar reputation for defending environmental matters in the criminal courts, and head of the corporate criminal defence practice Laura Thomas, defended a large farming business against claims of environmental permit breaches. Legal director Stuart Jones specialises in projects for the development and management of mineral deposits. Clients praise commercial property associates Nicola Doole   as 'calm and very well organised' and Chloe Glason as 'popular with clients'. Senior associate and planning lawyer Sue Chadwick is also recommended.

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