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Birketts is a full service, UK Top 50 law firm.

With a heritage spanning 160 years, we have more than 700 lawyers and legal professionals based in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, London, Norwich and Sevenoaks. We advise businesses, government and public sector organisations and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Our business is divided into four principal practice groups: property (including planning and environmental); corporate services (including banking and finance, corporate, commercial, data protection, employment, immigration, and tax); litigation and dispute resolution (including IP); and private client advisory (including family).  

Within these practice groups, we have deep sector expertise, spanning agriculture and landed estates, charities and social enterprise, construction, ecclesiastical, education, energy and utilities, family businesses, food, healthcare and care homes, housebuilding and social housing, leisure and tourism, natural capital, public sector, real estate investment, retail and automotive, shipping and international trade, technology and telecoms and transport and logistics.

Our innovative delivery of the law is defined by our next level law proposition. Our legal advice is informed by a clear understanding of the specific needs of the sector and the regulatory and political backdrop. We work with our clients as a proactive partner, horizon scanning and thinking ahead to the changes, challenges or opportunities that they may face.

We seek to innovate in all our practices; our focus is on investing in the right technology to deliver effective solutions to help our clients achieve their objectives.

We enjoy a distinctively collegiate culture based on strong core values. Operating as one collaborative firm, we encourage all our people to be professional and client-focused; to act with transparency and integrity; to be enterprising, and to proactively look for innovative ways to support our clients; whilst taking pride in all that they do.

With our ambition to succeed, comes a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the communities we serve, and we are committed to delivering the objectives set out in our ESG strategy. Diversity plays an integral part in all that we do, with female partners comprising 40% of our partnership.

We maintain the highest professional and ethical standards and are accredited with the UK Law Society’s practice management quality standard, Lexcel and hold the Centre for Assessment Customer Service Excellence accreditation. We are also ISO accredited in the areas of quality management (9001), environmental management (14001), information security (27001) and business continuity (22301)

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Why Birketts

Full service, UK Top 50 law firm.

Established in 1863.

Offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich, London and Sevenoaks.

More than 1000 people, including 100+ partners.

Turnover of £85m in the financial year ending 31 May 2023.

Accredited with the Law Society’s practice management quality standard- Lexcel.

ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 accredited.

A corporate management structure with a non- lawyer CEO.

How we can help you

Thinking on another level

Our technical legal expertise is matched by a strong knowledge of the industries and sectors we work in.

This means our legal advice is underpinned by sound commercial judgement and informed by a clear understanding of the marketplace and specific needs within each sector.

We will be proactive at all times, highlighting issues and opportunities that our clients need to act upon.

Range of expertise

We’re continually reviewing and expanding the sectors and specialist practice areas we cover.

This ensures we have the experts on hand across
the firm to work alongside you as legal partners,
whatever your needs. Whether it is advice on a point of
employment law to resolving a dispute or executing a
transaction, we’re ready to help.

Our place in the community

While we focus on our growth and increasing national and international profile, we’re also extremely proud of our roots in the East of England.

Our interests are in the shared prosperity of the local economy and wider community. With our ambition to succeed comes a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the communities we serve.

We have a firm-wide commitment to good governance based around respect for our clients and our people, and we continually work to minimise our environmental impact.

Your goals are our goals

Being effective isn’t just about expertise in the law, it’s about understanding people.

We always start by asking the right questions to understand your long-term objectives and the immediate outcomes you need to achieve. We build lasting relationships, and many of our clients rely on us as trusted advisers over the years.

Their history and experience over the years is a strong factor in continuing to choose their professional expertise. They have specialist expertise in multiple areas.

Legal 500 [UK 2023]

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