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16 May, 2018 - 14:12 By Kate Sweeney

Earl of Wessex opens law firm’s new office in Ipswich

Top 100 law firm Birketts’ new headquarters in Princes Street, Ipswich was officially opened by The Earl of Wessex whose visit was co-ordinated by the Suffolk Community Foundation.

It involved a number of local voluntary groups and Ipswich Community Media, the Porch Project, the Bangladeshi Support Centre, Inspire Suffolk, 4YP and Access Community Trust all attended the event alongside local dignitaries.

Birketts CEO Jonathan Agar said: “We are delighted that our first event at our new office is one which is able to shine a light on, and support, the work of our local voluntary sector.

“Birketts has had a longstanding need for new business premises in Ipswich and our office move signifies a fantastic new era for our firm and our clients. Top quality office space is an absolutely crucial part of our recruitment, retention and reward programme as we look to further grow the business.”

James Austin, senior partner at Birketts, added: “Birketts employs almost 600 highly skilled lawyers and business support staff across our four offices with nearly 300 of these people based in our Ipswich office. 

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the firm and our move will allow us to improve efficiencies and communication, while providing enough space to fulfil our ambitious growth plans.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: James Austin (senior partner, Birketts), The Earl of Wessex, Jonathan Agar (CEO, Birketts) and Stephen Singleton (chief executive, Suffolk Community Foundation)

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