Neil Sparrow


Sparrow is described as a "bright star," and is praised for being "a safe pair of hands".

Chambers HNW [UK 2017]


Neil joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner in our Agriculture and Estates Team.

Neil acts for a varied client base which includes private individuals, estates, charities and business proprietors. He has considerable expertise in capital tax and estate planning, wills, trust and agricultural work, including advising on the acquisition and disposal of a number of multi-million pound farms and estates, the restructuring of numerous UK based private trusts with associated capital tax advice and private tax and estate planning advice.

Neil qualified as a Solicitor in November 1981. He has over 35 years' experience acting as a trustee of, and providing advice to, a range of registered charities. Prior to joining Birketts, Neil worked at a large international law firm where he led the national agricultural law team. Neil is also a partner in a family farming business.

Neil is based at our Norwich office.

Other Information

Neil is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [HNW 2018]. "He is able to summarise complex issues into the key relevant points and present them in a comprehensible manner," says an interviewee, who adds that "he engenders confidence". Another source says he "knows his stuff".

In previous additions he has been described as a "bright star," and is praised for being "a safe pair of hands" Chambers HNW [UK 2017].

Neil is also top ranked by Chambers [UK 2018]. A source comments: "He's a very personable fellow, he gives very good advice, and his capital tax knowledge is excellent".

In previous editions, clients state: "He is a very experienced lawyer and an expert in this field," notes a source, who also adds that he would "have no hesitation recommending him". He is praised for being a "very reliable and tenacious lawyer".

Neil is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2017]. He is noted alongside Jack Royall for their "experience and calm, considered approach; they are good listeners with the ability to make things happen".

In previous editions, sources note that Neil is "considerate and technically excellent", while another praises his "depth of trusts knowledge".

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