Jack Royall > Birketts LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

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Partner, Head of Private Client


Jack leads our Private Client Division, which includes the Private Client Advisory, Family, Agricultural and Ecclesiastical Teams.

Jack joined Birketts in 2005 and is a Partner in our Agriculture and Estates Team. In particular Jack specialises in providing strategic advice relating to the management, protection and preservation of farms and estates to land owning individuals, families and businesses.

Jack focuses on acting for farmers, landowners and agri-businesses in relation to numerous matters including buying and selling land, farms and estates, agricultural tenancies, partnerships, business and personal succession planning and structuring.

He has a strong background in a broad range of property related matters and private client work and also leads the firm’s renewable energy team having developed a specialism in particular acting for landowners in connection with such projects.


Jack is a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

Birketts LLP‘s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ private client advisory department demonstrates particular strength in multi-jurisdictional tax and estate planning work, and is a market leader for succession and tax planning issues for farmers and land estate owners. The department is jointly steered by Jack Royall in Norwich and Louise Long in Ipswich, while Susan Young heads up the Chelmsford office. Young is recommended for estate planning issues, trusts and will preparation, as well as advising on the administration of estates, and is well versed in working with wealthy individuals and their businesses. Described by clients as ‘absolutely amazing’, Katie Gibson-Green is another name to note.

East Anglia > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Hall of Fame)

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At Birketts LLP, ‘the rural team are experienced and provide concise and sensible advice’. In Norwich, practice head Chris Coupland and head of private client Jack Royall are skilled in advising on landlord and tenant matters, property transactions, partnership and succession planning issues. Cambridge-based land development specialist Jeremy Stanton is ‘a breath of fresh air, who constantly pushes things forward’. Rachel McKillop-Wilkin, also in Cambridge, is recommended for freehold and leasehold agricultural property issues. James Dinwiddy in Ipswich and Sophia Key in Norwich both have particular expertise advising on related high-value property transactions. Ipswich-based senior associate and agricultural property specialist Tom Verrill is noted for his ‘commitment, client care, attention-to-detail and sound advice’.

East Anglia > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich

Birketts LLP‘s practice is highly regarded for its ‘strength-in-depth’. The practice has a diverse client base, which includes many high-net-worth individuals and landed estates. Lorna Spear, who specialises in complex trusts, and June 2022-promoted partner Hayley Pettitt lead the practice. Spear advises on high-value matters, including estates with assets in excess of £100m. Senior associate Emily O’Donnell is noted as ‘efficient, wise and personable’ in trust and succession planning matters. Agriculture specialist Jack Royall frequently advises landed estates on private client matters.