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Birketts LLP

Work 01245 211211
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Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Birketts LLP

The 'extremely capable' corporate and commercial team at Birketts LLP is skilled in handling complex and international transactions. Headed by Rafael Ruiz, the team advises on all aspects of corporate acquisitions and high-value commercial agreements within the IT and financial services sectors. Nick Burnett has international experience, having developed expertise in advising regulated business and insurance brokers on M&A. Other key contacts include Nigel Thompson, and 'particularly good' M&A specialist Adam Jones.

Practice head(s):Rafael Ruiz

Other key lawyers:Adam Jones, Nick Burnett; Nigel Thompson; Alex Forwood; Heidi Jones


'The team at Birketts is full of quality lawyers with a personal touch.'

'Nigel Thompson communicates and manages expectations incredibly well. He remains calm under pressure, delivers to tight timescales and provides excellent support throughout complex transactions. Nigel is someone you want on your team!'

Key Clients

Atalian Servest

Excess Baggage Group

Seetec Business Technology Centre


JRL Plant and Logistics

Sharksfin Holdings

Transport Innovation

Westdrive Kia

Granarolo SpA and Group

AutoProtect (MBI)

Investec Bank


Commcise Software

Gates Group

Commodity Centre Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Dino Forte on the sale of a minority interest in Ventrica Limited to a private equity investor.
  • Represented the owners of Commcise Software Limited on the 78% sale to Euronext.
  • Acting for Servest Food Co Limited in its acquisition of Unique Catering and Management Services Limited.
  • Represented Granarolo UK Limited in its purchase of the entire issued share capital of six entities forming the Midland Food group of companies.
  • Advised Investec Bank on its investment into the Cypress Group to purchase a manufacturer of offshore and subsea cables.
Leading individuals

Adam Jones - Birketts LLP

Nick Burnett - Birketts LLP

Rafael Ruiz - Birketts LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Birketts LLP

The 'first-class' litigation team at Birketts LLP provides its clients with the full range of services and has sector specialisms in maritime, defence, education and public law matters. Led by Daden Hunt, stands out in particular for its international reach. Marie Batchelor is the name to note for contentious probate work, and Matthew Weston is recommended for his expertise in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Daden Hunt

Other key lawyers:Marie Batchelor; Matthew Weston


'Daden Hunt and his team have been exceptional in handling our legal requirements, and certainly, stand out against other legal teams used in the past.'

'Daden Hunt has been the perfect recommendation for us. We can honestly say that we have had a first-class service at all time with honest professional advice, together with an excellent backup from his team when necessary.'

Key Clients

Elektron Technology

Rising stars

Marie Batchelor - Birketts LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP’s banking and finance practice acts as panel solicitor for high street banks as well as for some alternative lenders. Work includes a broad mixture of term loans, revolving credit facilities and development loans. The team deals with sophisticated international businesses and equity providers with which detailed inter-creditor arrangements have to be negotiated. Adam Jones heads the practice. Legal director Duncan Williamson is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Adam Jones

Other key lawyers:Duncan Williamson


'Excellent local firm, good level of resourcing and strong reputation.'

'Openness and willing to discuss cases and proposals at any time.'

'The level of technical expertise and critical thinking is fantastic.'

'Adam Jones is always available as a sounding board, and brings proactive ideas to the table during deals.'

Key Clients






Alpha Bank


Metro Bank

Work highlights

  • Legal adviser to Santander UK on intercreditor arrangements with borrower’s VC house investor, UK group security package, organise Italian legal advice for Italian subsidiary, high-level input on facilities agreement, dealing with all conditions precedent.
  • Legal adviser to Metro Bank on term loan facilities, detailed property due diligence and reporting, security package, dealing with all conditions precedent.
  • Legal adviser to Lloyds Bank on revolving credit development loan facility to regional housebuilder to release funds for remaining phases of a 86 unit residential development.
  • Acted for South Island Development in connection with its acquisition of an industrial estate in Chelmsford.
  • Acted for The Finsbury Properties in connection with its acquisition of the freehold interest in a public house in London.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

Leading individuals

Laurence Weeks - Birketts LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex
Employment: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's Chelmsford-based team of seasoned employment lawyers covers the full scope of work for a large corporate and often high-profile client base. Work includes representation at employment tribunal, extensive advisory work and discrimination claims. Practice head Kevin Palmer  leads many of the team's high-value matters and has acted in a discrimination case for the creative director of Google UK. Clare Barlow is proficient in dismissal litigation claims and has acted against the BBC. Former partner Jolyon Berry left for  Thompson Smith and Puxon.

Practice head(s):Kevin Palmer

Other key lawyers:Clare Barlow;

Key Clients

Aspire Media Group Limited

Colchester United Football Club

Fisher Michael Chartered Accountants

Milsom Hotels

Venture Construction Solutions

Leading individuals

Clare Barlow - Birketts LLP

Kevin Palmer - Birketts LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's immigration department is divided across four offices in East Anglia and the South East and is headed by Clare Hedges, who specialises in business immigration with a niche specialism in advising on sponsor license applications for Ministers of Religion. Chelmsford-based Janice Leggett supports multinational, SME and private clients on business immigration, employment of non-EU workers including sponsorship and related contentious matters. She is also an experienced advisor on immigration issues affecting the film production industry.

Practice head(s):Clare Hedges

Other key lawyers:Janice Leggett


'The team at Birketts are always very helpful, are great communicators and provide work within a timely and efficient manner.'

'Janice Leggett always goes the extra mile. She is very switched on and always handles queries quickly and effectively.'

Key Clients

Advertising Producers Association

Sheenhan Nagel Hartray Associates

Furlined Limited

Stink Limited

Neopost Limited

Work highlights

  • On-going advice on various immigration matters concerning film crews entering the UK for filming projects through visitor rules or sponsored employment.
  • Assisting an online gaming industry client  in the operation of its sponsor  licence including the assignment of Certificates of Sponsorship and associated visa applications.
  • Assisting with the Sponsor Licence application and making appropriate visa applications under Tier 2, Tier 2 ICT and advising on applications for EEA nationals.
  • Assisting a film production company on assignment of Tier 5 visas for film crews, Tier 2 visas and applications for naturalisation.
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 team counts private families, banks, utility companies, charities, government agencies and local authority among its clients. Its expertise covers structuring family successions and taxation as well as mainstream agricultural and property law advice on sales, purchases and tenancies. The team has strong links with the agricultural banking departments of several leading high street banks. Its expertise extends to areas including   ecclesiastical law, public access issues and renewable energy projects, . The practice head  Jack Royall is based in Norwich but spends some of his time in the Chelmsford office. Other names to note in Chelmsford are senior associate Annabelle Route and associate Leo McMahon. Ruth Morris joined from Clarke Willmott LLP in July 2018 and splits her time between Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Practice head(s):Jack Royall

Other key lawyers:Annabelle Route; Leo McMahon; Ruth Morris


'They are very efficient. The team has a wide range of specialist knowledge and can always appoint someone to deal with a varied range of matters we may have'.

'The team are both knowledgeable and able to engage clients and other professionals in a positive and productive way. The knowledge of agriculture and particularly in connection with private wealth planning is exceptionally important'.

'Jack Royall has an excellent approach and is able to engage with a range of clients and knowledge levels. His clear and concise approach is extremely valuable, particularly in meetings'.

'Annabelle Rout is always available, responds very properly and is very knowledge on her subject'.

'Leo McMahon is very effective and prompt with his delivery, and has a thoughtful approach to all matters'.

'Annabelle Rout is truly wonderful to work with'.

Rising stars

Annabelle Rout - Birketts LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

Daden Hunt, Laurence Weeks and Paul Matthews jointly lead the contentious trusts and probate group at Birketts LLP, which experienced a recent surge of instructions involving adopted or illegitimate children and the application of the Human Rights Act. Trust corporates, charities and private clients are all regular clients of the practice, which is also capable of handling cross-jurisdictional mandates. Senior associate Marie Batchelor is highly recommended, having assisted with almost all of the firm's recent highlights.

Practice head(s):Daden Hunt; Laurence Weeks; Paul Matthews

Other key lawyers:Marie Batchelor


'Senior associate Marie Batchleor was available whenever I needed her; she was highly efficient and explained matters clearly'.

'Birketts is a very professional and efficient firm and boasts many specialist departments'.

'Marie Batchelor was outstanding in dealing with my case'.

'Marie Bachelor is very professional and 'on the ball'. She is an excellent negotiator and strategist'.

'Marie Batchelor has helped me make decisions that I did not have the confidence to make previously. In my very first conversation with her, I felt I was able to move forward'.

Work highlights

  • Represented client as a defendant to a probate claim concerning complex issues, including fraud, and cross border assets.
  • Represented defendants to a claim concerning the entitlement of adopted children to a trust.
Rising stars

Marie Batchelor - Birketts LLP

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Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's family practice area is led by senior associate Emma Brunning and overseen by the regional head, Ipswich-based divorce partner Oliver Gravell. The team undertakes significant high-value matters for high net worth corporate clients and private individuals spanning international divorce cases, pensions and child act matters. Melanie Wilson departed the firm for Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP. Senior associate Ivana Radovic joined the team from Gotelee Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Oliver Gravell

Other key lawyers:Emma Brunning

Rising stars

Emma Brunning - Birketts LLP

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

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP 's private client team offers an 'impressive' service to clients, including domestic and international work, often of a high value. The team, which is led by Tim Galloway , is skilled in handling offshore and multi-jurisdictional offerings and has recently managed an array of multi-million-pound property trust scheme work. The 'first class' Susan Young holds expertise in tax planning involving wills and probate applications. Louise Long from the Ipswich office is recommended for her complex estates practice. Katie Payne joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Practice head(s):Tim Galloway

Other key lawyers:Susan Young; Katie Payne; Louise Long


'The team provides first-class advice and execution at prices consistent regionally.'

'A depth of experience dealing with clients and offer carefully tailored advice and documents.'

Leading individuals

Tim Galloway - Birketts LLP

Rising stars

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 is an 'obviously experienced team with expertise across a range of property disciplines' and offers comprehensive sector-focused work for high-net-worth clients. Grace Kerr leads the team which has vast expertise in commercial real estate practice which includes acquisitions, investment property, residential property, and contracts. Kerr also undertakes extensive advisory work to owners and investors on complex matters. Duncan Williamson regularly handles high-value property development and finance matters.

Practice head(s):Grace Kerr

Other key lawyers:Duncan Williamson

Key Clients

East Anglian Property Developments Limited

Commodity Centre Group

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in connection with its £3m acquisition of an industrial estate in Chelmsford.
  • Represented the tenant in connection with the grant of a lease of a warehouse in Maldon at a rent of £650,000 per year.
  • Represented the tenant in connection with the grant of 2 leases of warehouses in Brentwood Essex with a total rent of £524,866 per year.
  • Represented client in conditional acquisition of land for residential development in Wisbech.
  • Represented the client in connection with its £2.6m acquisition of the freehold interest in a public house in London.
Leading individuals

Grace Kerr - Birketts LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's construction team, which has extensive expertise in 'highly technical and complicated issues', covers development funding, contract negotiations, building transactions and dispute resolution work. In addition to acting for contractors and sub-contractors, the firm generates work from commercial lenders, developers and suppliers. Andrew Rush heads up the team. Associate Carolyn Porter is a specialist in complex adjudications.

Practice head(s):Andrew Rush

Other key lawyers:Carolyn Porter


'The team clearly had broad experience in construction matters'.

'Carolyn Porter's practical, pragmatic approach to construction contract advice has been invaluable; thanks to her, we are able to engage more effectively in contract negotiations'.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a client in a breach of contract claim against its employer.
  • Successfully represented a client in multiple adjudications.
  • Successfully represented a client in a final account adjudication.
  • Successfully represented a client in relation to a complex cross-border dispute concerning its entitlement to an extension of time under an NEC contract.
  • Successfully represented a client in multiple adjudications concerning a final account valuation.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's practice has established expertise acting for software providers in addition technology companies and assists on areas including  system integrations, web hosting and IT procurements and licensing matters. The team acts for clients in the public, private and charity sectors and also supports the corporate practice, handling the IT aspects of M&A instructions. Software and product licensing specialist Nigel Thompson  leads the group and is supported by senior associate, Andrea Curtis whose recent work includes IT contract negotiations.

Practice head(s):Nigel Thompson

Other key lawyers:Andrea Curtis

Key Clients

Commcise Software Limited

Kalibrate Technologies Limited

New Link Consulting Limited

VST Global Limited

Dochosting Data Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Commcise Software in negotiations to provide cloud-based commission management and share of wallet software solutions to both buy-side and sell-side investment managers and brokers.
  • Provides ongoing  assistance to Dochosting Data Management in connection with its  various contractual negotiations.
  • Advised New Link Consulting on its contracts with financial institutions including the provision of its services on a software as a service basis.
  • Following the overhaul of the client’s suite of customer contracts, the firm continues to assist Kalibrate Technology Group with the negotiation of its contractual arrangements with its key customers.
  • Provide assistance to in-house counsel of Blanco Technology Group on an as required basis.
Rising stars

Andrea Curtis - Birketts LLP

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East Anglia

Offices in Norwich, Ipswich, and Cambridge


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Offices in Chelmsford

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