Richard Eaton


[Richard] "is smart, efficient and a delight to work with".

Chambers [UK 2020]


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 2020]. The previous edition notes the "very enthusiastic and determined' Richard Eaton leads the practice and he is 'very focused on his clients’ objectives and has a great eye for detail". Another source adds Richard is 'very competent, knowledgeable and good with clients'.

Richard is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2020]. A client in this 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 2020 - Leading Individual          Legal 500 UK 2020 Recommended Lawyer