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6 June, 2016 - 11:06 By Kate Sweeney

Record turnover as Birketts unveils new senior partner

Nigel Farthing and James Austin of Birketts

Law firm Birketts has appointed James Austin as senior partner and reported a record turnover of over £38.7 million for the last financial year.

The firm has expanded across the East of England – notably with new offices in Cambridge – and also has local power bases in Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.

After 10 years as senior partner, Nigel Farthing has stepped down from the role. During his tenure Birketts has developed into a top 100 UK law firm with increasing global reach.

Birketts CEO Jonathan Agar said: “Nigel is one of those rare individuals who seeks no public acclaim for the role that he has played leading Birketts over the last decade.

“His stewardship is held in very high esteem within Birketts and the wider community due to his calm leadership and unstinting commitment to all aspects of the firm. It is fitting that as Nigel stands down from his role Birketts has again announced a record turnover.

“He heads off on a well-earned sabbatical but will return, refreshed and ready to lead the highly regarded Rights of Way practice in the autumn.”
Farthing added: “I am privileged to have been entrusted with the role of senior partner over the past 10 years which have seen enormous change.

“Although the firm has grown substantially over that period, with offices now in Cambridge and Chelmsford as well as Ipswich and Norwich, I very much hope that the ethos and culture of the firm remains recognisable.

“If that is so, it is a tribute to the staff and partners whose loyalty and commitment has made my job an easy one. I am delighted to be able to hand over to James Austin a firm which is in rude good health and which I am confident will continue to thrive under his stewardship.”

Austin said: “It is an exciting time for the firm and we have a clear strategy in place to build on the momentum of recent years. In Ipswich this includes plans for the move to a new office in Princes Street in 2017 which will enable us all to be under one roof for the first time in many years. With this and some great people lined up to join us the future of Birketts looks very positive.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: Nigel Farthing hands over the senior partner role to James Austin

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