Richard Eaton
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Richard joined Birketts in 2004. He is a Partner and Head of our Property Litigation Team. 

Richard has a broad range of experience in property, planning and public law. A litigation specialist, he has extensive advocacy experience having gained his rights of audience for all higher courts. He regularly acts as advocate in property and contentious planning matters in the County Court, First Tier Tribunal and High Court. He also has experience as a junior in the appellate courts. Most recently he was junior to Richard Wald QC. for the successful registration applicant in the leading town and village green case TW Logistics v Essex and Ian Tucker [2021] UKSC 4.

His property background covers all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant work. Richard has also developed his environmental practice in the area of noise protection for music industry clients. He acted successfully in protecting the renowned Air Studios from potentially disruptive basement development and is currently instructed on a case involving a grant of a noise easement to a music studio client. 

Richard is based at our Ipswich office.

Richard is a member of the Property Litigation Association and United Kingdom Environmental Law Association. Between 2006 and January 2010, Richard sat on the board of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust as a Non Executive Director. He qualified as a Solicitor in September 1997.

Richard is recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 [UK 2022]. Clients in this edition say “Richard Eaton is very knowledgeable, great fun to work with”. Another adds “our successes were largely down to the wealth of property litigation expertise Richard was able to bring to the case”.

In the previous edition, clients say “Richard Eaton is really enthusiastic, with an intellectual approach to his cases but still pragmatic”. Another adds “Richard Eaton has an unusually high intellect and deep knowledge applied in constructive and commercial advice and execution. His calm manner and authority is essential in the final and intermediate decision processes”.

Richard is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2022]. A client in this edition says “With Richard Eaton, one can be confident of a rapid and commercial response backed by great experience and an intelligent, reasoned argument”.

Clients in the previous edition note “he is very good in mediation”. An earlier edition says “he is very responsive and has a good sense of the wider commercial imperatives of a case. He considers things from multiple angles and is always thinking about ways in which he can improve. He is smart, efficient and a delight to work with”.

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With Richard Eaton, one can be confident of a rapid and commercial response backed by great experience and an intelligent, reasoned argument.

Chambers [UK 2022]