Birketts celebrates 150 years
In 1863 when Birketts' founder Benjamin Birkett began his law practice in Ipswich he could hardly have suspected that he was establishing what would become one of the East of England's leading law firms.
That small practice, now celebrating its 150th year has grown to be a nationally recognised Legal 100 law firm with 58 partners, a total headcount in excess of 400 people and offices in Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge and Chelmsford offering a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses, institutions and financially independent private clients.
In 2012 Birketts was confirmed as one of the leading law firms in the East of England in both the Legal 500 and the Chambers independent client directories, and features in the top 100 law firms in The Lawyer magazine’s UK 200 Annual Report 2012.
While the practice of law has certainly changed since 1863, the traditions upon which the firm was built still drive the firm today.
Nigel Farthing, the Senior Partner of Birketts commented that "regardless of how much Birketts has changed in 150 years, our values have stayed the same. I personally feel a strong responsibility to our clients and to our lawyers and staff to continue the traditions of personal and professional camaraderie and a commitment to public service, the community and the legal profession whilst continually making the changes necessary to succeed in the future."
The firm's 150th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year by receptions in the firm's various offices and numerous internal activities for employees. All of the firm's partners and staff are getting involved to give back to the community by launching a major campaign to raise money for charities across the East of England
Alistair Lang, the CEO of Birketts said "rather than focus on one day and a single project, we wanted to have a greater impact that was worthy of the contributions of the firm and past and present employees over the last 150 years in the East of England. I can't think of a better way to mark our sesquicentennial than to give back to the community where we live and work."