Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, Birkett Long intends to comply with his request to stay at home. Consequently, our offices in Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon are now closed to the public until further notice.

Staying in contact

In March last year we set up robust working from home arrangements for all our lawyers and our support team, which have continued to work well throughout the pandemic. Personal visits to our offices will not be possible, but we remain available via phone, email and video call and you should continue to use your normal points of contact for the team members with whom you are working. 

If you do have any difficulties contacting us, our switchboard is operational, so if necessary 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. Please note that our usual deliveries from the Royal Mail have been impacted this week, so we may experience some delays in post being received at our offices. Most outgoing communication will continue to be via email.

We value our relationships with our clients, business partners and suppliers, and we are confident our work with you will be disrupted as little as possible.

We understand that many of our clients continue to face difficult challenges in their personal and business lives. We remain committed to helping all of our clients find solutions to these challenges and we are still ready, willing and able to help.

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

Many of our experts are writing regular blogs about different family and commercial legal issues affected by COVID-19. You can find out more on our special Coronavirus blog.


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