Birketts is a top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich. Our lawyers deliver expert legal advice combined with a high quality and personalised service. Our clients trust us to achieve a solution that is right for them however difficult or challenging the circumstances. That trust has been earned over time and sets the standard upon which our reputation is based.
Alongside our core business areas of corporate and commercial, commercial property, commercial and personal litigation and private client law, we have leading solicitors in specialist areas of the law such as shipping and transportation, agricultural and rural property, construction and planning, strategic land development, corporate criminal defence and intellectual property rights. We have also established industry sector groups, assembling lawyers with a knowledge and understanding of the issues relevant to sectors such as family owned and run businesses, food production and processing, logistics, technology, motor retail, energy, health and education. We provide a wide reaching international service to our clients through our close working relationships with leading independent law firms around and world and through our alliance with the IAG network.
Our most important asset is the professional skill and integrity of our lawyers. We are committed to employing and retaining personnel with the experience and technical expertise necessary to ensure we are equipped to meet our clients' objectives. Our broad range of resource means we can provide the right person for the job taking into account complexity and cost and give value for money to our clients.
Our reputation is of durability and reliability, combined with innovative applications of modern technology. We are flexible about everything except the professional and ethical standards which we maintain rigorously and with the confidence of our good name. This is reflected in the Law Society's practice management accreditation, "Lexcel" which we have held since 2001.
Some of the firm's services are explained in more detail below:
Corporate and Commercial - Whilst the firm's core business is rooted in East Anglia, we deal on a daily basis with international issues on behalf of UK clients and on behalf of foreign clients doing business in or through the UK; and we frequently represent East Anglian subsidiaries of multi-national companies based abroad.
Many of our staff have foreign language skills.
It is our experience overall that major businesses, including quoted companies who have been prepared to try us out with small matters, rapidly gain confidence in our skills and return with more complex and substantial work - often work which used to be the exclusive preserve of London firms.
Shipping & International Trade - Our renowned shipping department grew originally out of our proximity to the ports of Felixstowe and Ipswich, both of which are longstanding clients.
Our shipping team deals with collision and salvage claims, charterparty disputes, cargo recovery claims, road haulage, warehousing and freight forwarding.
Intellectual Property - We look after national and international trademark portfolios for several clients, and we have introduced an on-line service through the Internet which enables clients to access direct, regularly updated, reports of their trademark registrations and licences.
The firm provides a 'one-stop' service for clients and professional colleagues embracing advice in relation to trademark registration and brand exploitation and protection.
Commercial Property - Birketts has been a commercial property leader for many years. We now boast a team of over 40 highly experienced people dedicated to commercial property work and with a proven ability to provide sophisticated advice comparable with the best regional and London firms.
Dispute Resolution - In contentious situations, we vigorously promote and protect the interests of our clients. That said, we are at the forefront of the legal profession in seeking ways to reduce the expense of litigation. We are a founder member of ADR Net, a national network of law firms committed to promoting the resolution of disputes by mediation.