PQE: 3-5
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Agriculture & Estates
Location: Ipswich
The firm

Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and the surrounding areas.

With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.
Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We set out to truly understand our clients’ needs and help realise their ambitions.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

The Agriculture and Estates team at Birketts is one of the largest specialist legal units in the UK operating in this niche area of the law. The team advises both UK and international clients on all aspects of UK legislation affecting rural real estate investment - including farm acquisitions and disposals, planning issues, tax advice, investment in equestrian and rural estate, rights of way and environmental liabilities.

Awarded 'Private Client Regional Law Firm of the Year 2018 and 2017' and Legal 500 'Top Tier' 2021 and 'Top Ranked' Chambers 2021


Work Type:

  1. Sales and acquisitions of agricultural property and land (including options, overages and pre-emption agreements);
  2. Agricultural tenancies;
  3. Sporting and fishing rights;
  4. Banking and re-financing;
  5. Residential conveyancing and tenancy advice based on farm/estate;
  6. Business structures and joint venture/collaborative agreements;
  7. Diversification issues;
  8. Succession planning;
  9. To work with the wider Private Client and tax teams advising on:
    1. wills, trust planning and probate matters
    2. Tax advice in relation to IHT, SDLT, ER, CGT and VAT
  10. Renewable energy schemes
  11. Basic payment scheme, agri-environment and ELMS scheme issues.

Business Development

  • A willingness and ability to help the team grow by helping with the organisation and attending networking events and business development projects;
  • An ability to market services internally to colleagues.


The candidate

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience and a keen interest in Agriculture law. Depending on PQE, they will bring to the role the experience and knowledge and if possible, some client contacts. 


Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.