James Austin > Birketts LLP > Ipswich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP
Providence House
141-145 Princes Street

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Senior Partner


James joined Birketts in 1989. He is a partner and heads up our corporate and commercial team in Ipswich. He also leads the family owned business initiative across the firm as well as being involved in a number of other industry sectors.

James looks after the commercial interests of a wide range of businesses based all over East Anglia and beyond. This includes the drafting and negotiation of all types of commercial contracts as well as transactional work. Amongst other things James has been responsible for developing Birketts’ trade mark practice and advises clients on all aspects of brand exploitation and protection.


Prior to training as a solicitor, James obtained a degree in civil engineering.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia

(Hall of Fame)

James AustinBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP has a six-partner corporate and commercial practice in its Ipswich office, making it the largest team in Suffolk. ‘The advice is good at the level we need and is adapted to clients’ needs‘, remarks one client. The firm acts for a diverse mix of local businesses and national organisations across a wide range of sectors, among them leisure, manufacturing, insurance, pharmaceuticals and construction. Corporate finance, M&A and private equity partner Alexandra Nelson leads the practice. Senior partner James Austin handles commercial contracts and transactional work. Mark Gipson is ‘always available and goes that extra mile‘. Finance specialist Andrew Tubb is ‘highly professional, dedicated and takes the right approach to get deals done‘. Employee incentives partner Lisa Hayward and senior associate Emma Bysouth are also recommended.