Richard Eaton

Partner – Head of Property Litigation
  • Experience

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 KC. 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 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 2024].

Richard is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2024]. In this edition, a client notes “Richard knows what he’s doing. He is a good lawyer.” Another client adds “He is an approachable personality who is always willing to cooperate with the other side.” Another says “An absolute standout advocate. He’s very smart, sharp, has a calm manner and is approachable and reassuring to clients. You don’t want him acting for your opponents.” He is also described as “very intelligent and sharp”.

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 2024]. Clients in the previous edition said “Richard Eaton is the stand-out individual. He manages to combine serious expert knowledge with a practical focus for his clients.” In an earlier edition, clients noted “Richard Eaton is very knowledgeable, great fun to work with.” Another added “Our successes were largely down to the wealth of property litigation expertise Richard was able to bring to the case.”

Richard is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2024]. In this edition, a client notes “Richard knows what he’s doing. He is a good lawyer.” Another client adds “He is an approachable personality who is always willing to cooperate with the other side.” Another says “An absolute standout advocate. He’s very smart, sharp, has a calm manner and is approachable and reassuring to clients. You don’t want him acting for your opponents.” He is also described as “very intelligent and sharp”.

“Richard is a pretty formidable opponent to have on the other side.” A client in the previous edition says “With Richard Eaton, one can be confident of a rapid and commercial response backed by great experience and an intelligent, reasoned argument.”

Awards and Memberships

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2024 logo
Richard Eaton Chambers logo 2024

Richard Eaton is the stand-out individual. He manages to combine serious expert knowledge with a practical focus for his clients

Legal 500 [UK 2023]

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