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Birketts LLP

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Firm Overview:
Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm operating from offices across the east of England and London with an unrivalled reputation for providing high quality legal advice and client service. The award winning private client department acts for clients in the UK and internationally ranging from landed estates to business owners, from banks and trust companies to entrepreneurs, farmers and professionals. The team is 85 strong, comprising 11 partners and 75 lawyers and advises high net worth clients on a broad range of issues relating to estates and private property, tax planning, trusts, probate, agriculture and family matters. The depth and range of Birketts’ expertise is frequently deployed across multiple disciplines on complex issues and the firm is recognised as adding value through its advice.

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Private Client Advice:

The private client advisory team is renowned for its technical expertise in the areas of tax, trust and succession planning for individuals, families, business people and landowners. The team is able to assist with a wide range of clients’ circumstances including complex family relationships and complicated estates involving agricultural or farming interests, large property portfolios and privately owned businesses, offering a coordinated approach with its corporate colleagues. The team regularly coordinates multijurisdictional estate planning exercises, and acts for both UK and non UK residents and domiciliaries.
Contact: Tim Galloway
Tel: +44 1245 21 1250
Email: [email protected]

Private Wealth Disputes:
Birketts has a dedicated contentious trust and probate team advising beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries, personal representatives and executors, attorneys and deputies, trustees, charities and creditors of deceased debtors. The team’s advice covers:
■ Claims for provision from an estate pursuant to the inheritance (provision for family and dependants) Act 1975
■ Challenges to the validity of a will
■ Problems arising out of the interpretation of a will/trust document
■ Disputes between executors, personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries
■ Problematic estate administrations
■ Removal of executors or trustees
■ Recovering debts, either from or on behalf of estates
■ Disputes arising from the creation or exercise of enduring or lasting powers of attorney
■ Disputes in connection with the conduct of a deputy
Contact: Bernadette Baker
Tel: +44 1603 75 6406
Email: [email protected] 

Birketts has one of the best qualified and largest agricultural teams in the UK market providing a comprehensive range of legal services to farmers, landowners and agri-business specialists. Clients also include larger UK law firms in need of the firm’s specific expertise, which is testament to the specialist service Birketts provides. The team brings together lawyers with a wide range of professional and life experience, including solicitors from farming backgrounds, those with experience in commercial development, rural residential transactions, equine trading, renewable energy, mines and minerals and agricultural tenancy disputes.
Contact: Jack Royall
Tel: +44 1603 75 6487
Email: [email protected]

Family & Matrimonial:
The family team lawyers are members of Resolution and include accredited specialists, mediators, collaborative practitioners and family law arbitrators. Lawyers advise on divorce and financial issues for high net worth clients in the UK and overseas, often involving complex financial arrangements, business or farming interests and trusts. The team also specialises in relationship agreements which help clients to plan the financial side of their marriage or cohabitation and issues relating to children, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, co-parenting agreements and cohabitation agreements.
Contact: Oliver Gravell
Tel: +44 1473 40 6372
Email: [email protected]

The team has over 20 years’ experience of personal and corporate immigration and provides an all-round service that ensures not only any move to the UK is structured to comply with the rigours of the immigration regulations but that it makes financial sense too.
Contact: Clare Hedges
Tel: +44 1223 32 6605
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate – High Value Residential & Enfranchisement:
Birketts acts for high net worth individuals buying and selling in the region, London and across the UK. The firm has notable expertise in working with foreign investor clients (both private individuals and companies) based abroad, buying and selling property in London. In addition the residential enfranchisement team comprises ten specialists across all areas of statutory and voluntary lease extensions and enfranchisements. The team also routinely acts for landlords, tenants and lenders across a range of property transactions in locations across the country.
Contact: Amanda Angel
Tel: +44 1473 40 6269
Email: [email protected]

Contact: Nicola Lebish
Tel: +44 1603 756564
Email: [email protected]

Financial Crime:
The team of criminal solicitors, barristers and paralegals is highly experienced in defending financial crime matters. Birketts supports clients at every step of the difficult and often sensitive process of criminal prosecutions. Clients uniquely benefit from the firm’s expert in-house counsel, meaning they can be advised by their barrister from the inception of their case; providing consistency and quality of representation. Matthew Gowen, in particular, has over 25 years’ experience in defending and prosecuting in the criminal courts and was previously a barrister at leading criminal chambers in London.
Contact: Matthew Gowen
Tel: +44 1473 29 9118
Email: [email protected]