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5 January, 2016 - 12:29 By Kate Sweeney

Birketts voted ‘Best Full-Service Law Firm - East of England’

Jonathan Agar, CEO at Birketts

Birketts, the top 100 law firm with offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich has been voted ‘Best Full-Service Law Firm – East of England’ at Acquisition International's Legal Awards.

Jonathan Agar, CEO at Birketts, said: “These awards are given to celebrate outstanding work throughout the legal industry and I’m delighted that Birketts has once again been recognised.

“To be commended for our full service offering is testament to the high standards achieved by our lawyers across the entire firm in advising businesses, private clients and institutions in the UK and internationally.”

The firm recently moved into a new headquarters in Station Road, Cambridge and is expanding its presence across the region. Birketts’ success – and Cambridge expansion – stems from both organic growth and strategic determination, according to Agar.

He recently told Business Weekly: “We have enjoyed continued success for over 150 years, but more recently we made the strategic decision to shift from being a major Suffolk firm, based in Ipswich, to becoming the dominant firm in East Anglia.

“To achieve this, we opened offices in Norwich (2004), Cambridge (2008), and Chelmsford (2010) and now we have a strong reputation as a regional full service firm – not a London-based firm with a ‘regional plus’.

“This approach has attracted clients from every industry sector and also from the capital.’ The Legal 500 Guide rankings underline the success of this strategy, with the firm now recognised as a ‘regional heavyweight’, ranked within the 31 ‘top-tier firms’, and with an impressive array of awards including the private client team being named national winners at the 2015 Legal 500 UK Awards.”

Growth in Cambridge is significant, says Agar (pictured above), prompting the move to larger office space lastNovember. Since 2008, the team has grown from five to 71, including nine partners.

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