Richard Eaton



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‘Richard Eaton is really enthusiastic, with an intellectual approach to his cases but still pragmatic.'

Legal 500 [UK 2021]


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 in 2002. He is one of only a handful of solicitors to have appeared in the House of Lords.

His property background covers all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant work. To this, Richard brings planning, public and regulatory law experience.  Richard has appeared before numerous courts and tribunals, including at planning inquiries, leasehold valuation tribunals, licensing committees, magistrates and the High Court.

Richard is based at our Ipswich office.

Other Information

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 2021]. Clients in this edition 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 2021]. A client in this edition says "he is very good in mediation". The previous edition notes "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".

Legal 500 UK 2021 Leading Individual