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Matthew Atkins

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Birketts LLP

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Debt Recovery, Intellectual Property, Professional Negligence, Commercial Litigation




Matthew is a Partner in our Corporate Team and leads the Commercial Litigation Team in Ipswich. He is a commercial litigator with a special interest in intellectual property law.

Commercial Litigation
Matthew's recent work includes advising in connection with, and claims arising from, the sale/purchase of companies/shares; other advisory work and claims in relation to contracts (principally in the manufacturing and agricultural industries); shareholder disputes; claims arising from professional negligence (involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors); claims in connection with individual and corporate insolvency, including the enforcement of guarantees.

Intellectual Property
Recent work includes advising in relation to claims in the fields of copyright, design right, trade mark infringement and passing off.


Matthew has formerly been a part-time academic at the University of Essex, and has taught the copyright and trade mark seminars on the LLM in Information Technology, Media and E-Commerce. He has delivered seminars at UCL's former Adastral Park Postgraduate Campus on the protection of ideas in the electronic environment by knowledge based industries, and on general intellectual property law.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Ipswich

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Atkins - Birketts LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Ipswich

Birketts LLP ‘provides timely and commercially astute advice that responds to the direction that we want to pursue with the litigation‘, remarks one client. ‘Pragmatic, experienced and logical‘ practice head Matthew Atkins is ‘a highly skilled lawyer who is able to quickly cut to the pertinent issues, and his advice is always delivered with an appropriate sense of humour‘. The practice handles a broad range of matters including tortious and contractual claims, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, partnership disputes and claims arising from sale and purchase of companies. Associate Emma Albins is an experienced litigator and advocate who handles both litigation and ADR. The firm's stellar client base of local businesses includes Greene King Plc, Archant Community Media Limited and Forfarmers UK Limited.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Birketts LLP has a dedicated debt recovery team that includes highly experienced litigators in contact partner Matthew Atkins, practice head and 40-year veteran of debt recovery Robert Howard and associate Emma Albins. The practice acts for local and national private companies, professional partnerships and major Plcs in wide range of industry sectors including shipping and construction. Atkins recently assisted an overseas company with a substantial debt claim for unpaid invoices for the supply of goods to a UK customer. Albins, who handles more complex contested cases, acted for a leasing company in a claim seeking unpaid excess mileage charges under a commercial leasing contract. Greene King Plc, Archant Community Media and Ford & Slater Leyland DAF are among the firm's clients.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

'To my mind, it is the premier firm in the East region', says a client of Birketts LLP. The firm is known for 'very good response times and it never steps outside of its technical capability; it has good strength in depth and represents good value for money for its great practical, yet commercial, advice'. The firm frequently handles high-value matters for IPs such as Price Bailey, McTear Williams & Wood, Ensors and RSM Recovery and Restructuring. Litigator and practice head Laurence Weeks in Cambridge, who is a council member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, is 'client-focused and practical'. For RSM, he handled the administration of F.H. Gilman, which had potential assets with a value of £12m. Corporate partner James Allen, who handles non-contentious matters, is 'a sound commercial lawyer with a loyal client following'. Greg Allan, who advised Price Bailey on the £2m administration of Enigma Limited, and litigator Matthew Atkins are also recommended.

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