PQE: 3 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full or part time hours considered (Full time hours - 37.5 p/w)
Department: Commercial Property
Location: Ipswich and flexible / hybrid working
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 50 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London 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 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.

We are commited to our culture of a supportive and inclusive firm, where individuals are valued and provided with an environment where they can flourish. Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from people looking for flexible, agile and part time roles and we are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.

The department

We have one of the best regarded and largest dedicated property teams within the country, numbering over 100 specialists across five offices.  Our property lawyers are particularly experienced in dealing with development and investment, planning, secured lending and landlord and tenant matters.  We are increasingly advising high value, high profile transactions and clients.

Our lawyers come from a range of backgrounds, including major City practices, other major national and regional firms, industry and local government and include individuals with construction, planning and commercial expertise. The depth and range of expertise means the team can work together in major and complex transactions and provide a sector based offering for our clients.  It also means there is support and opportunity across the Real Estate spectrum.

The Ipswich team itself comprises around 25 colleagues from a variety of carreer backgrounds and a wide range of skills and experience. The team is broadly structured into sub-groups according to principal work type, but with a fluidity to ensure individuals have the opportunity to gain experience in all areas. This ensures pastroral support at all levels, mentoring, regular communication and a clear route for advancement. The objective is that colleagues have a clear role but the opportunity to develop and make the role “their own”.

The candidate

The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of the law yet be able to think commercially and analytically so as to provide accurate and practical advice to company clients and high net worth individuals which is tailored to their needs.. An interest in and aptitude for business development is welcomed. 

Birketts has designed a career structure that will help us develop, retain and reward talented people. Promotion is based on assessment of your performance, competency and achievements all of which is openly and clearly set out in our Talent Management Framework.  This transparency is important to us and our culture and is well received by all colleagues. We actively encourage development, with a regular dialogue between individuals and supervisors  to discuss career goals and aspirations.  All employees within the team have a ‘buddy’ to monitor work type and provide support.

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious commercial property lawyer to join a successful team in a growing firm which enjoys an enviable reputation and can offer excellent career prospects.


3+ PQE gained within a strong regional, national or City firm with experience in some or all of the following:

  • Commercial landlord and tenant work
  • Investment and asset management
  • General commercial property development
  • Experience of acting for banks and/or borrowers in secured lending matters
  • Knowledge of providing property support as part of corporate transactions

The information provided in relation to PQE is provided for guidance only and will not be determinative in the recruitment decision. Any applicant with more or less PQE than that mentioned in the vacancy details will be considered on their individual merits.  However, the team is keen to recruit someone who will initially undertake work referred down from the Partners and Senior Associates and provide clients with good value services.

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.

  • Agile Working Policy
  • 25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays, rising with service.
  • Private Healthcare with BUPA (offered after probation is passed)
  • Scottish Widows Pension Scheme (5% employer / 5% Employee)
  • Staff Profit Share / Salary sacrifice (Pensions, Staff Profit Share)
  • Life Assurance   - 4 x salary / Permanent Health Insurance
  • Paid ESG day (Environmental, Social and Governance)
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Electric car scheme
  • Eye Care Voucher
  • Dress for your Day Policy
  • Discounted legal services
  • Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service