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Birketts LLP

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Chris joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner in our Agriculture Team.

Chris specialises in agricultural land transactions, both in respect of sales and purchases and also acting for landlords and tenants in relation to agricultural tenancy issues. Chris has a particular specialism in acting for landowners in relation to renewable energy leases and leads the firm’s agricultural banking function acting for both banks and landowners in relation to secured borrowing. He also deals with a wide range of private client work including lifetime tax planning.


Chris is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Chris manages the firm’s involvement in Norfolk ProHelp, a scheme by which local firms provide professional services to charities, voluntary groups and the like, on a pro-bono basis.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Leading individuals)

Chris CouplandBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP has a five-partner rural practice, making it one of the largest in England. The firm handles work from across the UK, including energy project developments, strategic land transactions, agriculture finance work and advice on public rights of way. Jack Royall leads the practice from Norwich, where Chris Coupland is also a key practitioner. In Ipswich, James Dinwiddy is ‘thorough and always available‘, while senior associate Tom Verrill is ‘exceptional‘. The ‘very personable and incisive‘ Rachel McKillop-Wilkin in Cambridge and Sophia Key in Norwich have strong reputations in the sale and purchase of agricultural land. The firm is currently advising dozens of landowners on the negotiation of an option agreement and lease relating to cables crossing Norfolk from the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm.