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Jack Royall

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ack joined Birketts in 2005 and is a Partner and Head of our Agriculture and Estates Team.

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.

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Jack Royall - Birketts LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

At Birketts LLP¬†‚Äėthe service levels cannot be faulted and the appropriateness of advice is exceptional‚Äô. The firm has one¬†of the largest specialist agriculture teams in England and from its four offices it serves a national client base on diverse matters including¬†ecclesiastical law, public access issues, aggregates extraction and management, renewable energy projects and taxation, as well as agricultural property transactions. Among its clients are¬†Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance,¬†National Westminster Bank,¬†Suffolk Wildlife Trust and¬†HSBC Bank, as well as many landowners across the UK. Practice head¬†Jack Royall¬†handles property matters including¬†landlord and tenant cases, partnership and succession planning, farm sales and diversification projects. He recently handled the review and documentation of shooting, stalking, farming, grazing and cropping arrangements on a multimillion-pound estate. The deep bench of talent includes¬†Neil Sparrow, who handles farm sales and matters involving¬†capital tax and estate planning, wills and trusts;¬†Christopher Coupland¬†who leads the firm‚Äôs agricultural banking team and also deals with property transactions;¬†property specialist¬†James Dinwiddy¬†;¬†Nigel Farthing¬†who has a¬†national practice dealing with public rights of way, commons and town and village greens; legal director¬†Stuart Jones¬†who advises¬†landowners and mineral operators on the development and management of mineral deposits; and¬†legal director¬†Rachel McKillop-Wilkin¬†who deals with property and succession issues.¬†‚ÄėExcellent communicator‚Äô¬†and senior associate¬†Sophia Key¬†in Norwich is praised for her ‚Äėperseverance, quality advice and¬†great knowledge and understanding of all matters associated with agricultural land and farms'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich

The Norwich office of Birketts LLP is a key part of the firm's cross-office private client practice, which handles wills and lifetime estate planning for farm owners, landowners, industrialists and entrepreneurs across East Anglia and further afield. It also deals with complex and disputed probate, including those with cross-border elements, as well as trust administration, tax advice, Court of Protection matters and the management of elderly clients' affairs. The vastly experienced Lorna Spear is the key contact. She frequently focuses on the needs of agricultural clients and acts for numerous landed estates and high-net-worth farming families. She works closely with agricultural trust expert Jack Royall. Senior associate Ruth Pyatt joined from Steeles Law to add experience in a broad range of private client matters, with a particular focus on cross-border and elderly client matters. Partner Neil Sparrow advises high-net-worth clients and landed estates on complex tax and trust matters, including a recent succession planning matter for a multimillion-pound estate. Senior associate Margaret Smith has more than 30 years' experience in this field of law.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Birketts LLP's agriculture and estates team acts for farmers and landowners on freehold sales and purchases, agriculture and commercial diversification, tenancy issues, renewable energy projects, family business structuring, partnerships, and wills, trusts and estate planning. Jack Royall heads the practice and handles an array of property-related work, including landlord and tenant matters, as well as land acquisitions and disposals and advice on renewable energy projects. Other key figures include Annabelle Rout, whose expertise encompasses refinancings and agricultural tenancy work, among other property-related matters; and Leo McMahon, who is noted for his focus on farming partnership matters.

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