Richard Eaton > Birketts LLP > Ipswich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP
Providence House
141-145 Princes Street

Work Department

Environment, Health, Planning, Property Litigation




Richard joined Birketts in 2004. He is a Partner and Head of our Property Litigation teams in Ipswich and Chelmsford.

Richard has a broad range of experience in property, planning and public law. A litigation specialist, he has extensive advocacy experience having gained his rights of audience for all higher courts in 2002. He is one of only a handful of solicitors to have appeared in the House of Lords.

His property background covers all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant work. To this, Richard brings planning, public and regulatory law experience. Richard has appeared before numerous courts and tribunals, including at planning inquiries, leasehold valuation tribunals, licensing committees, magistrates and the High Court.


Richard is a member of the Property Litigation Association and United Kingdom Environmental Law Association. Between 2006 and January 2010, Richard sat on the board of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust as a Non Executive Director.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Planning and environment

At Birketts LLP, ‘the environmental practice is diligent, professional, courteous and friendly, taking the time to truly understand the needs of clients‘. The firm advises both private and public sector clients, among them national and regional housebuilders, local authorities and strategic developers on planning and environmental law. Its work includes  large-scale strategic development projects of up to 10,000 new homes in Cambridge, Cirencester, Bury St Edmunds, Kings Lynn, Grantham and more. Tom Newcombe in Cambridge and, in Ipswich, Deborah Sharples and Richard Eaton are the lead partners. Sharples is vastly experienced in environmental law and ‘has a perceptive appreciation of the wider picture and she is a powerful advocate in negotiations and hearings‘. Legal director Nicola Doole and senior associate Chloe Glason, both based in in Ipswich, are highly recommended by clients for planning matters.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

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Richard EatonBirketts LLP

There is no better firm in East Anglia for property litigation‘, remarks a client of Birketts LLP, adding that it is ‘rare in providing a level of genuine specialist expertise which is usually only found in big commercial centres‘. Practice head Richard Eaton and key partner James Robinson , both based in Ipswich, and ‘determined litigator‘ John Scannell in Norwich are highly regarded practitioners. Their work encompasses telecom-related litigation, strategic land disputes, rights of light, leasehold enfranchisement, and town and village green matters. Senior associates Alice Harris and Laura Tanguay in Ipswich also play key roles in possession, cohabitee and TOLATA matters. Norwich-based senior associate and barrister Simon Woodhead focuses on surplus property matters.