Birketts LLP

Birketts is a top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich. Our lawyers deliver a full range of expert legal advice on corporate and commercial, commercial property, dispute resolution and private client issues. Our clients trust us to achieve a solution that is right for them however difficult or challenging the circumstances.

Alongside our core business areas of corporate and commercial, commercial property, commercial and personal litigation and private client law, we have leading solicitors in specialist areas of the law such as shipping and transportation, agricultural and rural property, construction and planning, strategic land development, corporate criminal defence and intellectual property rights. We have also established industry sector groups, assembling lawyers with a knowledge and understanding of the issues relevant to sectors such as family owned and run businesses, food production and processing, logistics, technology, motor retail, energy, health and education.  We provide a wide reaching international service to our clients through our close working relationships with leading independent law firms around and world and through our alliance with the IAG network. 

Our most important asset is the professional skill and integrity of our lawyers. We are committed to employing and retaining personnel with the experience and technical expertise necessary to ensure we are equipped to meet our clients' objectives. Our broad range of resource means we can provide the right person for the job taking into account complexity and cost and give value for money to our clients.

Our reputation is of durability and reliability, combined with innovative applications of modern technology. We are flexible about everything except the professional and ethical standards which we maintain rigorously and with the confidence of our good name. This is reflected in the Law Society's practice management accreditation, "Lexcel" which we have held since 2001.


Products and services

International

We offer a range of international services to clients based in the UK and to those abroad with financial or business interests in the UK. They include:

  • Personal wealth planning and management advice for foreign nationals and their families wishing to acquire, manage or dispose of property or assets in the UK.
  • Inward investment advice for UK or foreign companies with international business interests or foreign companies with UK subsidiaries.
  • Corporate immigration advice for talented and qualified professionals seeking a move to the UK and for UK and foreign businesses migrating a workforce.
  • International dispute resolution services, in particular covering shipping disputes before the English High Court and in London arbitration, but also in respect of multi-jurisdictional disputes in most parts of the world.
  • International support services through our wide network of international contacts and wide reaching international knowledge particularly in the Far East, the Middle East and Europe.
  • Intellectual property advice for clients with international portfolios of trade mark registrations.
  • Notarial services when dealing with overseas matters.

Our lawyers have extensive language skills including French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian.

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Specialist Sectors

Different sectors can, and frequently, do have very different legal needs and issues. It is a clear case of 'one size not fitting all'. 

We have always maintained that to deliver sector specific legal services of the highest quality, we need to be aware of the issues facing a particular sector.  We have assembled groups of lawyers with an understanding of, and an interest in, industry specific issues.  As a consequence, they are able quickly to cut to the chase and deliver advice which is tailored and relevant.

We know that our sector based clients expect us to have a clear grasp not just of current issues but also of potential future changes that may impact upon their business. This monitoring of potential changes is a core service and one which we know has a positive impact.

Whilst we have a proven track record in advising a whole range of clients from the sectors listed, this list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive so if your specific sector is not listed, please talk to us about how we can help.

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Services for Individuals

We are recognised as one of the leading regional firms in advising private clients on a broad range of issues relating to estates and private property, tax planning and family matters.

Our clients call us when they need our help with something of importance or significance.  They expect to receive practical, reliable and experienced advice which is consistent in its quality and is delivered at a price that is fair.  They trust us to work with them towards achieving the solution that is right for them.  That trust is earned over time and it is the standard on which our reputation is based.

Unlike other law firms we also have a very experienced legal team who specialise in the legal affairs of individuals and families from the agricultural and equine sectors.

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Services for Business

The law surrounding business, industry and commerce is complex and is the subject of frequent, and sometimes radical, change.

It is important, therefore, to use the services of a law firm that is big enough to understand the sometimes difficult issues but small enough to deliver a genuinely bespoke service. With offices in four East Anglian centres, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Cambridge and Norwich, we have the technical capability to advise on the full range of business client issues.

Our clients tell us that 'prevention is better than cure' and so many of our business services are actually designed to prevent issues becoming problems.

We advise a diverse range of businesses from start up through to cessation and everything in between. Our main services include:

  • Starting a business/business formation
  • Business Incorporation
  • Business expansion including Mergers & Acquisition
  • Buying and selling a business
  • Insolvency
  • Contracts and contract disputes
  • Employment issues
  • Debt collection

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