Rafael Ruiz > Birketts LLP > Chelmsford, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial




Rafael is Head of Birketts’ Corporate and Commercial Team in Chelmsford. He joined in 1995 and became a Partner in 2001 specialising in corporate and commercial law.

He has experience of corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals and advises clients on general corporate governance issues, shareholders’ agreements and joint ventures.

On the commercial front, Rafael has experience of a wide range of commercial matters, advising clients on international and domestic agency, distribution and other commercial arrangements, including UK and EU Competition Law implications of such arrangements.

In particular Rafael has extensive experience of advising clients on outsourcing and facilities/building management contracts. That experience includes advising some of the country’s largest providers of security, cleaning and other maintenance and support services, in respect of public and private sector facilities throughout the country, including key transport and infrastructure facilities such as airports and rail facilities.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Essex

(Leading individuals)

Rafael RuizBirketts LLP

The Chelmsford-based corporate and commercial team at Birketts LLP, led by Rafael Ruiz, is well regarded for its corporate acquisitions and disposal expertise as well as complex commercial agreements work. On the transactional side, the group is becoming increasingly involved in private equity backed transactions in Essex, advising private equity houses as well as shareholders; it is commended for ‘the strength and depth of its capabilities, especially with regard to private equity transactions, which sets the team apart in the local market.’ Such transactions are often carried out by corporate M&A specialist Adam Jones. Capital markets expert and legal director Caroline Nicholls is a key name to note as well as Heidi Jones, who is developing a niche in employee ownership transactions, and senior associate Alex Forwood.