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Birketts LLP

BRIERLY PLACE, NEW LONDON ROAD, CHELMSFORD, CM2 0AP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01245 211211
Fax:
Fax 01245 354764
DX:
89703 CHELMSFORD-2
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk
Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Essex
Corporate and commercial: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's 'responsive' corporate practice provides a 'good and prompt service', especially in relation to commercial contracts. Particular focus areas further include international transactions, while the team's experience in the transport and insurance sectors has also developed. In a recent highlight, Nigel Thompson advised the shareholders of Selcia on the complete sale of its issued share capital to Eurofins Agroscience Services. Other key clients include Transport Innovation, which sought assistance with the preparation of cab aggregator agreements with a number of taxi businesses, and Gates Group, which acquired four motor dealerships from Ford Retail Group. The practice represented AllClear Insurance Services for the first time in 2017. Clients recommend team lead Rafael Ruiz, who is 'structured, attuned to clients' needs and able to explain the course of action in simple terms'. Nick Burnett and Adam Jones make up the rest of the core team in Chelmsford.

Leading individuals

Nick Burnett - Birketts LLP

Rafael Ruiz - Birketts LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Jones - Birketts LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex
Commercial litigation: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

The 'well-run' litigation department of Birketts LLP provides 'extremely good value for money' and is able to 'focus on a good commercial outcome'. Its key strength lies in commercial disputes between international companies. In 2017, practice lead Daden Hunt represented three individuals as company shareholders in a six-figure repayment claim in relation to an asset purchase agreement for a book of insurance which the claimant bought from the defendants. The team also continues to advise the German entity Maack & Company on pre-merger approval court applications for a combination between several German and English companies. The client base also includes Elektron Technology. Associate Marie Batchelor is 'very quick to identify the issues at hand and give clear, tailored advice'.

Next generation lawyers

Marie Batchelor - Birketts LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

According to its lender clients, Birketts LLP's banking team has 'impressive strength in depth, and is very well connected with the business community in the region, which gives them the edge over many of their competitors'. Adam Jones heads the practice, which includes Charles Kirk, who 'has an excellent grasp of how financial institutions work' thanks to his time in-house, and who 'spots issues early, provides proactive solutions, and gets things done'. Recent lender-side highlights include advising Santander on a refinancing involving two facilities. On the borrower front, the practice acted for MW Beer on trade loan and stock finance facilities. Duncan Williamson is praised for his 'thoroughness, attention to detail and extensive knowledge of property law'.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Birketts LLP

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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South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex
Employment: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

The employment department of 'professional and progressive regional firm' Birketts LLP draws upon a 'broad base of disciplines in employment law' and 'always provides extremely prompt and concise advice at a reasonable cost'. The team acts for corporate clients within and beyond the Essex region which need assistance with TUPE matters, restructurings and the exit of directors and other senior staff, while also being able to act on the side of the employee. Clients tend to come from the sport, healthcare, construction, facility management, leisure, energy, food, agriculture, education, haulage and motor retail sectors. Team lead Kevin Palmer, who has 'invaluable depth of knowledge', represented a senior director in a whistle-blowing, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim against his former employer UBS. In another highlight, Palmer advised Statoil on the TUPE transfer of around 50 employees of a windfarm to the company. The 'approachable and very knowledgeable' legal director Clare Barlow assisted Blancco Central Services with a redundancy process in the UK, involving British and foreign nationals. Clients also recommend 'reliable and result-oriented' senior associate Beth Baird , who has a 'charming yet tough approach in negotiations and excellent knowledge of the financial services sector.'

Leading individuals

Beth Baird - Birketts LLP

Clare Barlow - Birketts LLP

Kevin Palmer - Birketts LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP fields a 'top-class' immigration team that is rated for its 'strong know-how, excellent advice and  good value for money'. 'Very knowledgeable' practice head Janice Leggett is singled out as 'an excellent adviser who provides fast responses and advice that is accurate and to the point'. The practice acts for a range of corporate clients, from SMEs to multinationals such as Just Eat, on the full spectrum of immigration matters, including assisting with sponsor licence applications, Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa applications, and advising on the position of EU workers post-Brexit. Recent work includes acting for new client Intersil on a number of Tier 2 visa applications, and on the process to achieve an Overseas Employment Certificate for a worker based in the Philippines. In an illustration of Leggett's track record in UK commercial film production matters, she continues to act for the Advertising Producers Association  on its members' immigration requirements.

Leading individuals

Janice Leggett - Birketts LLP

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's agriculture and estates team acts for farmers and landowners on freehold sales and purchases, agriculture and commercial diversification, tenancy issues, renewable energy projects, family business structuring, partnerships, and wills, trusts and estate planning. Jack Royall heads the practice and handles an array of property-related work, including landlord and tenant matters, as well as land acquisitions and disposals and advice on renewable energy projects. Other key figures include Annabelle Rout, whose expertise encompasses refinancings and agricultural tenancy work, among other property-related matters; and Leo McMahon, who is noted for his focus on farming partnership matters.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP fields 'an extremely knowledgeable team with an in-depth understanding of the issues facing the charities sector'. Its clients consist of more than 400 charities and not-for-profit organisations, including The Stroke Association, for which the practice handles matters ranging from charity mergers and incorporations and fundraising regulatory compliance, to real estate and contentious legacy issues. The practice is headed by Sara Sayer, who has an extensive track record handling disputes and public law matters. She is ably supported by commercial property partner Gavin Acheson, and senior associate and immigration specialist Clare Hedges. Brownsell acts for Amnesty International on on a range of contracts with professional fundraisers and commercial participants. Other recent highlights include acting for Trust for London on the acquisition, refurbishment and letting of central London premises for letting to an independent higher education college; and assisting the Institute of Fundraising with a national bespoke training programme concerning the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on charities.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP provides 'efficient and knowledgeable advice, given in a timely and compassionate manner'. Daden Hunt heads the practice, which includes the 'very personable, compassionate'  Marie Batchelor, who is noted for her 'efficient service and great knowledge'. Hunt and Batchelor's recent work includes acting for the trustees of a trust created under their late grandfather's will in a claim by the adopted children of the clients' relative for entitlement to a proportion of the trust.

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Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

The family practice of 'extremely reputable firm' Birketts LLP 'has a wide range of experience, knowledge and specialism, as well as a professional approach'. The former includes high-net-worth divorces, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and financial settlements, in addition to Children Act matters such as removal from jurisdiction and domestic violence cases. The key members, 'excellent and empathetic communicator' Emma Brunning and 'pragmatic child relocation specialist' Louise Buttery, further practise collaborative law. Company directors, shareholders and medium- to high-net-worth clients form the typical client base. After former practice head Melanie Wilson retired in 2017, Ipswich-based partner Oliver Gravell took over the position as department lead.

Next generation lawyers

Emma Brunning - Birketts LLP

Louise Buttery - Birketts LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

'Long-established firm' Birketts LLP's 'extremely strong, friendly and approachable' private client team 'fully understands its area of law' and 'edges ahead of the competition due to its outstanding reputation and client-oriented approach'. Domestic and international succession and tax planning, including wills, trusts, probate and foundations, as well as powers of attorney and deputyship matters, form the department's core expertise. The practice is renowned for advising farmers, landowners, industrialists and entrepreneurs, in addition to banks and trust companies. Partner Tim Galloway and associate Susan Young are the key contacts in Chelmsford.

Leading individuals

Tim Galloway - Birketts LLP

Next generation lawyers

Susan Young - Birketts LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Essex
Commercial property: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP has an 'excellent' commercial property department whose 'standard of work and competence is superior to that of other firms'. In development projects, the team advises developers and investors on matters from planning and construction to selling and leasing the property, while also negotiating site acquisitions, option agreements, landowner agreements and conditional purchases for housebuilders, as well as engaging in transactional and contractual landlord and tenant matters. Additional focus areas include investment and portfolio management, and banking and property finance. Practice head Grace Kerr specialises in transactions and the representation of landowners in agreement and joint venture negotiations, while legal director Steven Kay acts for national housebuilders. Clients further recommend 'very experienced, knowledgeable and efficient' legal director Duncan Williamson, who deals with development and financing. Senior associate Matthew Grindley and legal director Johanna Cope are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Grace Kerr - Birketts LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Birketts LLP

Clients consider Birketts LLP to field 'a City-quality construction team at regional prices - its lawyers are very friendly, hardworking and know how to get the best result for the client'. Andrew Rush (who has 'a no-nonsense approach and is very well liked') heads the practice, which includes Ruth Sunaway ('a standout construction lawyer who strikes the right balance between attack and commercial sense'). Rush and Sunaway have extensive track records handling litigation, arbitration and adjudication for, with Sunaway regularly acting in high-value claims before the Technology and Construction Court. Recent work includes defending Wilson Properties in an adjudication commenced by Hutton Construction. Senior associate Carolyn Porter handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

The main contact at Birketts LLP is Nigel Thompson, who has particular expertise in software and product licensing. Thompson acts for a number of high-tech businesses, internet trading companies and software developers, primarily assisted by senior associate Andrea Curtis and solicitor Claire Hunt. Thompson has been assisting Commcise Software, a software development business specialising in the City finance sector, on the settlement of required documentation, assisting with the drafting and negotiation of its contractual suite, and dealing with data ownership and use issues. Other recent highlights include Thompson and Hunt advising Kalibrate Technologies on an overhaul of its standard licensing suite of contracts, while Curtis worked alongside corporate partner Rafael Ruiz to advise New Link Consulting on its contracts with various financial institutions.

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Curtis - Birketts LLP

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