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Birketts LLP

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Nigel Farthing

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Birketts LLP

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Property Litigation




Nigel joined Birketts in 1977 and is a Partner in our Property Litigation Team.

Having spent some years earlier in his career in the firm's property department, Nigel has a sound grounding in the technical and practical aspects of all transactional property work. He has considerable experience in traditional property litigation including commercial landlord and tenant matters, contractual disputes, possession and boundary disputes.

He has developed a particular interest in the more esoteric areas of property law particularly public rights of way and access to land, commons and village greens and easements generally.

A significant part of his practice is now devoted to advising over access issues and especially claimed public rights of way, village greens and providing representation at public inquiries.

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

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: Ipswich

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich

The 'highly competent and very responsive' practice at Birketts LLP is 'particularly strong in this area and a leader in local market for these services'. Head of probate Louise Long  is the key contact in Ipswich and clients describe her as 'personable, knowledgeable and very good with clients'. She specialises in estate administration and has extensive experience in dealing with multimillion-pound estates with complex family and tax issues involving negotiations with HMRC. Charles Boscawen has been at the firm for more than 30 years and has a large client base across East Anglia for will and estates work. 'Considered, pragmatic' senior associate Richard Guy  is 'happy to help and explain ideas and concepts to clients in words they understand, and he is not afraid to challenge preconceptions or perceived truths which are wrong'. Agricultural specialist Nigel Farthing also plays a key role in the practice. He worked with Long and Guy to handle the administration of the estate of an intestate man who had assets in excess of £2m.

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