• Experience
    • Richard joined Birketts in 2004. He is a partner and head of our 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.

      Richard is based at our Ipswich office.

  • More information
    • 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.  Richard is currently a school governor.

      Richard is recommended in several areas by Legal 500 [UK 2016] and listed as a 'Leading Lawyer' for his Property Litigation work. This edition states Richard "shares the burden and wins the battle", with clients describing him as "tactically accurate" and "client-oriented, intelligent and sharp". An earlier edition notes that he "excels in contentious public law matters". Clients in this edition say he has "excellent judgement, and is both organised and extremely focused". 

      Richard is also described as "outstanding" in the property litigation field.

      In an earlier edition licensing clients note that he "give[s] sound and sensible advice". Health clients note that he "embodies the firm’s ‘willingness to seek the best possible solutions'". Environment clients praise Richard as "a good lateral thinker, client friendly and hardworking". Richard also draws praise from planning clients who say the planning team is led by "tenacious litigator" Richard Eaton, who "takes trouble to engage with clients, and is committed in fighting their corner". Under Property Litigation Richard is noted for his "clear, constructive advice and considerable expertise’, and ‘inspires confidence".

      Richard is recommended and ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2017] for real estate litigation. Sources describe him as a "very knowledgeable" litigator who "fights his corner." He is noted as being “very thorough” for his approach to environmental work from a property law background, and has particular strength in advising on environment-related challenges to planning permissions and nuisance cases.

        Recommended Legal 500 2016