Birketts’ Public Sector Team make senior appointment


28 January 2020

Birketts has announced the appointment of Claire Jones as a Senior Associate in its growing Public Sector team based in Ipswich.

Claire specialises in a variety of matters relating to public authorities and the governance of local authority trading companies. Prior to joining Birketts, Claire held roles as a Legal and Governance Manager and Data Protection Officer at a Local Authority Trading Company and she was also Lead Lawyer for the Licensing and Litigation in-house department at a Local Authority.

With over fifteen years’ experience, Claire has significant public sector understanding and is well placed to offer advice and representation for all types of organisations. Her wide ranging knowledge of Local Government has enabled her to skilfully navigate the complex regulation of the political and regulatory environment to provide expert counsel to a number of Council Committees.

Claire also has a wealth of experience in licensing, public sector procurement and data governance issues including Freedom of Information and Data Protection. Additionally, Claire prepares and advises on various documents including service level agreements, agreements for goods and services and policy documents.

Commenting on her appointment, Claire Jones said: “I am delighted to join one of the most experienced Public Sector teams outside of London with such an impressive record of effective service delivery. I am looking forward to fresh challenges and to assisting a new group of clients in achieving their strategic objectives.”

Ruth Neave, Legal Director and Head of Birketts’ Public Sector Team, added: “I am very pleased to welcome Claire, who has a wealth of experience in commercial activities as well as in-depth knowledge of corporate governance. Claire has significant regulatory acumen and I am confident that she will enhance our client offering immeasurably."

Claire will support colleagues across all four offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.