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Birketts LLP

Limited Liability Partnership | www.birketts.co.uk

Birketts LLP
24 - 26 Museum Street

Telephone: 01473 232300
Fax: 01473 230524
Mobile: 07875 208366
Contact: Mr Tom Newcombe

Other offices in: Cambridge, Chelmsford, Norwich

Email: tom-newcombe@birketts.co.uk

Website: www.birketts.co.uk


Birketts LLP
24 - 26 Museum Street

Telephone: 01473 232300
Fax: 01473 230524
Mobile: 07875 208366
Contact: Mr Tom Newcombe

Email: tom-newcombe@birketts.co.uk


Birketts LLP
Kingfisher House
1 Gilders Way

Telephone: 01603 232300
Fax: 01603 230533
Mobile: 07875 208366
Contact: Mr Tom Newcombe

Email: tom-newcombe@birketts.co.uk


Birketts LLP
Thirty Station Road

Telephone: 01223 326600
Fax: 01223 326629
Mobile: 07875 208366
Contact: Mr Tom Newcombe

Email: tom-newcombe@birketts.co.uk


Birketts LLP
Brierly Place
New London Road

Telephone: 01245 211211
Fax: 01245 354764
Mobile: 07875 208366
Contact: Mr Tom Newcombe

Email: tom-newcombe@birketts.co.uk

Mr Tom Newcombe  [ E-mail ]

Tom joined Birketts in March 2011. He is a senior associate in our planning team.

Tom specialises in planning, environmental and highways law and joined Birketts with significant experience as a planning solicitor within the national planning team of an international law firm.

He advises on all aspects of planning law, advising local authorities, landowners and developers on the planning of commercial and residential developments including: the planning application process and supporting documents; Environmental Impact Assessment; contracts conditional on planning; section 106 agreements and unilateral undertakings; planning conditions; submission of and process management of planning appeals via written representations, hearings and inquiries; section 73 applications; and judicial review.

Tom also has wide experience with environmental due diligence, warranties and indemnities, contaminated land, highways matters, adoption agreements and public rights of way. His client base includes commercial and residential developers, institutional landowners, registered social landlords, further and higher education establishments and local authorities as well as major transport operators and renewable energy developers. He also advises private clients on a wide range of planning matters.

Mr Philip Kratz  [ E-mail ]

Philip joined Birketts in September 2011 and is a consultant in the planning team.

Philip specialises in planning and development related law. He advises on planning-conditional acquisitions and related planning applications, planning appeals, listed building appeals, enforcement notice problems, negotiating planning obligations and all aspects of development law, including restrictive covenants, rights of way and compulsory purchase.

Before entering private practice in the 1990s, Philip worked in local government, becoming a chief officer with responsibility for all operational services. He was involved in developing various large-scale proposals, including new settlements, a large riverside redevelopment and a central area retail redevelopment. He has advised on a large scale campus relocation for the University of Cambridge, and more recently advised South Kent College on a campus move. He has experience of renewable energy projects.

Philip’s strategic advice on all aspects of planning and development related law is valued by clients. He has advised on planning conditional acquisitions and related planning applications, planning appeals, listed buildings, enforcement, planning obligations, and all related aspects of development law, including restrictive covenants, rights of way, rights of light and compulsory purchase.
He is accredited as a specialist planning solicitor by the Law Society, a Legal Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association, a member of the National Association for Planning Enforcement, and a current member of the Law Society’s Planning and Environmental Law Committee.

Mr Richard Eaton  [ E-mail ]

Richard joined Birketts in 2004. He is a partner and head of Birketts' property litigation teams in Ipswich and Chelmsford.

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.

Mr Stuart Jones  [ E-mail ]

Stuart joined Birketts in 2007. He is a solicitor in both the agriculture and minerals and waste teams. He works from the firm's offices in Norwich and Cambridge.

Stuart's particular area of specialism is in advising both landowners and operators on the development and management of mineral deposits. This expertise has been gained both through private practice and more recently, as an in-house lawyer and subsequently a commercial director, with Tarmac. Stuart's industry experience brings obvious benefits to the firm's clients as he has direct knowledge of the minerals extraction process from start to finish.

Ms Naomi Sunkin  [ E-mail ]

Naomi joined Birketts in September 2011 and trained with the firm. Having spent time in the Property and Environment team, the Property Litigation department and the Social Housing team, she qualified into the Planning and Environment team in October 2013 and is based in the Cambridge office.

Naomi assists in all aspects of town and country planning law, and has gained experience in acting for commercial developers, registered providers, local authorities and private clients in respect of the application process, section 106 obligations and planning appeals.

Ms Chloe Glason  [ E-mail ]

Chloe joined Birketts in September 2012 and has undertaken training contract seats in Property Litigation, Commercial Property and with the Planning and Environmental Team in Cambridge where she advised and assisted landowners, developers and local authorities on planning matters including section 106 agreements, planning applications and planning appeals by way of written representation and inquiries. Chloe also assisted in drafting and agreeing section 38 and section 278 highway agreements. Chloe completed her Diploma in Law at BPP Law School in London. Prior to joining Birketts she worked as a planning officer with a local district council and a London borough. She has a Masters in Town Planning from Anglia Ruskin University.

Chloe has also carried out pro-bono work with the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality providing legal advice on a range of issues at their Law Centre.


Agricultural Developments, Barn Conversions, Development Applications, Development Viabilities, Diversification, Estates, Farms, Horticulture, Liveries, Option Agreements, Planning & Development, Small Holdings


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Business and Science Parks, Car Parking / Access, Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises, Offices, Working from Home


Ancient Monuments, Archaeology, Conservation Areas, Ecology, Historic Building Restoration, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Appropriate Assessment (Habitats Regulations), Coastal Planning, Country Parks, Environmental Audits, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Strategies, Environmental Statements, Green Belt, Gypsy / Traveller Sites, Renewable Energy Sources, Rights of Way, Rural Regeneration, SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest), Strategic Environmental Appraisals, Tree Preservation Orders, Wetlands, Wildlife Centres / Trusts, Wind Farms


Distribution and Warehousing, Offices


Appeals, Investigation, Prosecution, Remedial Action

Health Planning

Health Centres, Hospices, Hospital, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, House Extensions, Light Issues, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing


Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction, Mining, Mobile Phone Masts, Oil & Gas, Pollution (Air, Water, Noise), Service Industry, Technological Industry, Telecommunications, Utilities, Waste Disposal


Advocacy, Appeals, Covenants, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Injunctions, Judicial Review, Land Tribunals, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Area Development Frameworks, Core Strategies, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans, Minerals Local Plans, Planning Strategies, Transport Plans, Waste Local Plans


Conservation, Energy, Ports, Shipping

Minerals & Waste

Landfill, Mineral Local Plans, Minerals/Aggregates Extraction, Mining, Quarries, Waste Disposal, Waste Local Plans, Waste Recycling

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Contractual Disputes, Mediation, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Schools / Community Buildings

Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal, Solar Power, Wind Power


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Car Boot Sales, Change of Use, Factory Outlet Centres, Markets, Out of Town Sites, Shops, Supermarkets, Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure

Amusement Centres, Caravan Parks / Camping Sites, Cinemas, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Golf Courses, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Marinas, Parks, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Rambling, Restaurants, Swimming Baths, Tourism, Wildlife Centres / Zoos


Airports, Car Parks, Ports, Railways, Roads

Urban Regeneration

Blight, Brownfield Sites, Compulsory Purchases, European Funding, PPP (Public & Private Partnerships)

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      515
Total Professional Staff      281
Overseas Offices      0
Turnover      £34.5m
Quality Assured      Birketts LLP is Lexcel accredited.
Legal Firms      Yes

Birketts is a long established and highly successful legal practice with offices in Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge and Chelmsford having 56 partners and a total staff of 472. The firm is large enough, therefore, to provide specialist skills in most areas of law, but small enough to maintain a personal service.

Birketts planning and environmental team prides itself on the provision of high quality, specialist advice and representation on all aspects of planning and environmental law to a breadth and standard rarely found in a regional context. It offers a truly dedicated set of lawyers, expert in the fields of town and country planning law, environmental law, compulsory purchase and renewable energy.

They have acted for numerous major commercial developers, housebuilders, local authorities, Registered Providers, education establishments, land owner consortia and private clients. There is a wealth of experience in understanding the needs of specific sectors and of specific clients. Their approach and advice is therefore tailored accordingly to ensure the appropriate service.

From s106 and infrastructure agreements which you require quickly and efficiently, through to advising on major strategic sites where you require a strong and reliable law firm to give both strategic and ad hoc advice on all aspects of the planning process, Birketts has the capability to deliver.