COVID-19

Home is where our office is - 01245 658010

Whether you’re at home or at work, if you have any questions for our legal or financial advisers please do get in touch. 

In line with the government guidance, from 23 September our offices will be closed for all but essential appointments. We will continue to work from home, and we're all available if you need us on our usual numbers and email addresses.

You can still book a virtual or phone appointment through your main contact.

If you do need to visit our offices, we have numerous safety precautions in place to ensure your safety. After booking your appointment, you will be sent a guide with further details about what will happen when you arrive.

Your usual contact's details can be found on our People pages on our website or see below for more ways to contact us.


Keep up to date with changes

Our experts are providing regular updates as the situation changes. Find out more on our special Coronavirus blog.


We can be wherever you are

We have a robust working from home set up for all our lawyers and the majority of our support team, so in many respects it is business as usual. Personal visits to our offices are now possible by appointment, and we remain available via phone, email and video call. Our switchboard remains operational, so if you have any difficulties contacting us please try the following:

Colchester – 01206 217300
Chelmsford – 01245 453800
Basildon – 01268 244144

Alternatively, you can email enquiry@birkettlong.co.uk and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

 

As far as possible we will ensure any post will be dealt with as soon as possible and scanned to the relevant lawyer and their support team where appropriate. Most outgoing communication will be via email.

We value our relationships with our clients, business partners and suppliers, and we will do all we can to make sure our work with you is disrupted as little as possible.

We understand that many of our clients are facing difficult challenges in their personal and business lives. We remain committed to helping all of our clients find solutions to these challenges and, while the means of offering that support might be slightly different, we are still ready, willing and able to help.

View our Covid-19 risk assessment here.

Our usual email addresses and phone numbers remain active, but here are a few contacts should you need them:

In business

At home

Business - Tracey Dickens
running your business; commercial contracts

Residential real estateMarina Athanasiou
buying or selling a home

Employment - Julie Temple
employers’ duties; employees’ rights

Wills, trusts & probateBen Parmenter
wills; probate; powers of attorney

Insolvency Kevin Sullivan
businesses with cashflow issues; exploring rescue options; directors duties; formal insolvency procedures 

Family & divorcePhilip Hoddell
separation or divorce; pre and post nuptial agreements; LGBTQ+ legal services

Dispute resolutionTracy England
breach of contract (force majeure); insurance claims 

Court of Protection & Inheritance DisputesAmanda Smallcombe
contesting a will; dealing with the Court of Protection; legal advice for attorneys

Intellectual propertyJonathan Perlmutter
patents and patent applications; trade marks; design registrations; IP rights and disputes 

Independent financial advice - Nicola Ward
investments; pensions; retirement planning; care fees and later life

Commercial real estateEmma Wraight
leasehold and freehold commercial property; environmental issues; construction contracts

 

Agriculture & EstatesCaroline Dowding
farming families and rural business 

 

Construction - Peter Allen
Contract formation advice, extension of time due to Covid-19, payment issues, site operating procedures during Covid-19