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Birketts LLP

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Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Laurence Weeks

Work 01223 326585
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Contentious Trusts and Probate, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery, Professional Negligence




Laurence joined Birketts in 2012. He is the Lead Partner in our Dispute Resolution Team and leads the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Team.

Laurence specialises in the resolution of complex disputes. He has acted for a wide range of clients on a domestic and international basis. He has particular experience in dealing with claims relating to contractual interpretation, professional negligence, corporate, banking, financial services, insolvency and fraud matters.



Laurence is a member of the following organisations:
- r3: the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. He is a Fellow and National Council - Member
- Insolvency Lawyers' Association
- Professional Negligence Lawyers' Association
- London Court of Arbitration 

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Within: Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Birketts LLP provides 'very pragmatic service, giving the best advice for clients, promptly with honest advice and sensible fees'. The firm has established itself as one of the leading litigation practices in Cambridge with a talented team that acts not only for some of the biggest regional clients, but also handles a growing stream of cases with international aspects. Practice head Laurence Weeks 'always gives the best advice' and has a broad-ranging practice that includes cases involving fraud, banking, defamation and contract law. Senior associate Maria Peyman  devotes much of her practice to contentious intellectual property matters, but her commercial litigation practice also encompasses software disputes and breach of data protection rule claims. Also recommended is associate Naomi Westcott who worked with Weeks on a complex High Court fraud case for Powerscourt Services Limited, which included freezing orders, injunctions and strike-out applications. The case was successfully settled. They also worked together on a £600,000 claim brought by Roundshield Partners Limited concerning deal fees for financing transactions. Harsco Metals, Wybract Limited and Just Recruitment are also among the firm's clients.

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East Anglia: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Laurence Weeks - Birketts LLP

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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East Anglia: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Birketts LLP has a strong claimant practice that services clients both in East Anglia and nationwide. It regularly handles claims against a variety of professionals but with a particular focus on solicitors and accountants, and it deals with many cases concerning negligent probate advice. Experienced litigator and member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA)  Max Roessler leads the practice and advises both business and private clients on claims against a wide range of professionals, though many of his cases focus on matters involving other law firms. Partners Paul Matthews and PNLA member Laurence Weeks also play key roles in the practice, in which senior associates Bernadette Baker and Robert Tiffen and associate Susannah Catchpole are also recommended. Roessler recently acted for a client bringing a claim against financial advisers for poor investment advice affecting beneficiaries. Highlights for Matthews included acting in a claim against solicitors for the negligent management of a potential claim.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The insolvency practice at Birketts LLP focuses on value recovery, antecedent transactions and the representation of company directors, as well as administration proceedings in the construction and shipping industries. In 2017, the team acted for Haslers to obtain a block transfer order for the transfer of an outgoing partner's caseload to the remaining partners. Another highlight was the advice provided to RSM Restructuring Advisory on CPPT Services' company voluntary arrangement and related creditor claims. Ensors, Privilege Finance, Chantrey Vellacott and McTear Williams & Wood are active clients. 'Practical, commercial and knowledgeable' partner Laurence Weeks, who leads the team from Cambridge, is recommended. Litigator Matthew Weston and corporate members Rafael Ruiz and Adam Jones provide services out of the Chelmsford office.

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