24 March update

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March 20, Birkett Long intends to comply with his request to stay at home. Consequently, our offices in Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon will be closed at the end of the day until further notice, unless appointments are already booked and cannot be rearranged.

Staying in contact

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 will not be possible, but 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 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. Any outgoing communication will now be via email.

Many colleagues are writing blogs about different family and commercial legal issues affected by COVID-19. There are new articles every day, so keep up to date with our coronavirus blog here. 

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. 

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