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Gerry qualified as a Solicitor in 1980 following articles with a long established Manchester City Centre firm. After a couple of years as a Partner in Manchester he joined the highly regarded Ipswich firm of Turner Martin and Symes, becoming a partner in 1985 and working closely with the then senior partner David Heckles specialising in land estate and property law. He joined Eversheds as an equity partner following Turners’ merger with Norwich firm Danes Hill and Perks and remained with Eversheds before joining Blocks Solicitors in 1996, leading the firm as managing partner from 1998 until the firm’s recent take over by an Essex-based firm.
Gerry’s many farming, landowning and business clients have followed him with great loyalty throughout his career in Suffolk and he is confident that they will see the benefits which his appointment to Birketts’ Agricultural Team as Consultant/Legal Director will bring to their farming, business and family affairs.
The Legal 500 has regularly characterised Gerry as one of the region’s top agricultural specialists and he has been a long time supporter of The Suffolk Show where he has hosted lunches in the sponsors’ tent for clients and fellow professionals for more than 20 years.
Gerry studied History and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, Norwich before studying at the College of Law for his solicitors’ Parts 1 and 2 examinations.
He is passionate about the study of history, in particular the history of land holding in Britain from the early middle ages on, and holds an MA in local history awarded by UEA. He has also studied Classical Greek with the Open University and taken courses in French law at London University.
Gerry is a passionate walker and Munroist and when unable to climb Scottish mountains he can be spotted running the lanes and footpaths around his home in Cretingham or riding his lawn mower in an attempt to keep at least some control of his 10 acres of garden, wild flower meadows, woodland and paddocks.
He firmly believes that his clientele will benefit greatly from the wide ranging experience and expertise offered by Birketts, a leading local firm which has deep roots in the local farming community.