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Birketts LLP

PROVIDENCE HOUSE, 141-145 PRINCES STREET, IPSWICH, IP1 1QJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01473 232300
Fax:
Fax 01473 230524
DX:
3206 IPSWICH
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk

Richard Eaton

Tel:
Work 01473 406291
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Environment, Health, Planning, Property Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Richard joined Birketts in 2004. He is a Partner and Head of our Property Litigation teams in Ipswich and Chelmsford.

Richard has a broad range of experience in property, planning and public law. A litigation specialist, he has extensive advocacy experience having gained his rights of audience for all higher courts in 2002. He is one of only a handful of solicitors to have appeared in the House of Lords.

His property background covers all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant work. To this, Richard brings planning, public and regulatory law experience. Richard has appeared before numerous courts and tribunals, including at planning inquiries, leasehold valuation tribunals, licensing committees, magistrates and the High Court.

Member

Richard is a member of the Property Litigation Association and United Kingdom Environmental Law Association. Between 2006 and January 2010, Richard sat on the board of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust as a Non Executive Director.


East Anglia: Public sector

Health

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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East Anglia: Real estate

Environment

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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Planning

Within: Planning

Birketts LLP has a deep bench of planning lawyers who handle every aspect of contentious and non-contentious work for clients across East Anglia and the Thames Gateway region, including major infrastructure projects. Its diverse client base of public and private sector enterprises includes Tarmac, Lafarge and Longwater Gravel, Cambridge City Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Babergh District Council, strategic developers such as Countryside Developments and Enterprise Property Group Limited, and regional and national housebuilders including Hopkins, Countryside, and Persimmon. Tom Newcombe leads the practice from Cambridge. He recently acted for Countryside Properties in the high-profile redevelopment of Beam Park Dagenham, which will include 2,900 homes, two schools and a new railway station. Senior associate Sue Chadwick played a key role in that project. The same team also advised Countryside on the Rochester Riverside project, which will include 1,500 new residences. Consultant Philip Kratz and property litigator Richard Eaton are also recommended. The Cambridge office welcomed two new lawyers in legal director Simon Kelly, formerly an associate at DAC Beachcroft LLP, and Edward Long , who was previously an associate at Hogan Lovells International LLP.

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Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Eaton - Birketts LLP

Within: Property litigation

'Among the best property litigation firms in the region', Birketts LLP 'always takes into account the client’s needs and the best solution for them, and in terms of value for money, every penny spent has been worth it'. The ten-lawyer practice handles all aspects of property litigation but is best-known for town and village green matters, Telecoms Code cases, rights to light, leasehold enfranchisement, and commercial landlord and tenant work. The 'very enthusiastic and determined' Richard Eaton leads the practice and he is 'very focused on his clients’ objectives and has a great eye for detail'. He recently handled a High Court Chancery Division case arising out of a dispute between neighbours following a complicated land acquisition arrangement. John Scannell recently advised a farming partnership on a proprietary estoppel claim. Clients praise the 'exceptional work' of the 'very knowledgeable, technically very good and very pragmatic' James Robinson. Senior associate and barrister Simon Woodhead is highly recommended. Associate Laura Tanguay 'can explain incredibly technical information in a simple, easy way'. Senior associate and rising star Charlotte Wormstone is strongly recommended for her 'timely, straightforward and pragmatic advice'.

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