Commercial litigation: Ipswich in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP has the leading commercial litigation practice in Ipswich, which handles a wide range of issues including tortious and contractual claims, commercial fraud, shareholder's disputes, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, intellectual property, product liability, partnership disputes, and claims arising from sale or purchase of companies or shares.  Among its clients are local, national and international private companies, PLCs, individuals and professional partnerships across a wide spectrum of industry sectors including energy, media and finance. Matthew Atkins and rising star Emma Albins are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Atkins


“Matthew Atkins cuts through the bulk to get straight to the heart of the matter and is commercially minded.”


Blocks receives regular instructions over a broad selection of dispute areas including construction, corporate and commercial, contractual disputes, insolvency and corporate recovery. Head of litigation and solicitor advocate Graham Mead has more than 20 years' experience in the field of business dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Graham Mead

Work highlights

  • Represented a shareholder client in a derivative action regarding misfeasance and breach of duties by a director.
  • Represented a client in a confidential settlement reached with a local council in relation to their breach and use of personal data, regulations and policies.

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors has a small litigation practice that advises clients through its four East Anglia offices. Andrew Breckenridge joined as head of dispute resolution in late 2019. The team, which also includes Max Harnden, frequently acts for clients in the technology and automotive sectors on issues relating to e-commerce and data protection. The firm is also well-known for commercial contract and partnership disputes. Victoria Spellman takes the lead on data protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Breckenridge

Other key lawyers:

Max Harnden; Victoria Spellman


‘Andrew Breckenridge stands out as a solicitor who, rather than just taking counsel’s advice, engages fully in the thought process, suggesting ideas, questioning arguments and pulling threads so that the position taken has been properly stress tested.’

Key clients

Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire

Ingot Canapy & Fan Services Ltd

Prettys Solicitors LLP

Prettys Solicitors LLP has a good track record in both domestic and international litigation and its practice is led by the vastly experienced Peter Blake, who has been practising for more than 30 years. Blake frequently handles complex contract disputes for regional and national clients.

Practice head(s):

Peter Blake