• Office
  • 1 Amphora Place
  • Sheepen Road
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CO3 3WG
  • Tel: 01206 217300

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Ben Parmenter

Partner, Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate in Colchester

I lead the wills, trusts and probate team in our Colchester office. I am always available for my clients and pride myself on providing a common sense approach to any situation. I am based in our Colchester office, and am available for a free 15 minute chat over the phone on 01206 217611.

My specialist areas are technical probate matters, tax planning and trusts. I am a Notary Public, of which there are only a handful in Essex.

Throughout my training to become a solicitor, I wanted to specialise in commercial and corporate law. The draw of the big business and big figures always seemed attractive. However, upon qualification, I had the opportunity to try the field of private client when I covered a period of maternity leave in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team. It did not take long for me to have a change of direction. Big business may be appealing, but there is nothing as satisfying as helping individuals overcome the legal hurdles that are often placed before them. The sense of achievement is far greater.

I act as an honorary legal adviser to local charities. The queries I receive can be very diverse and challenging, but being able to help at this level is very rewarding.

As a father of two children under five, I am usually kept busy with them. However, I am a keen Kayaker and enjoy spending time out on the river.


  • LLB Hons and Post Grad Diploma in Law
  • Notary Public
  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • Honorary legal adviser to local charities

Wills, Trusts and Probate Team - Colchester

Our team's friendly approach ensures that clients are put at ease and made aware that they will be looked after. All members of the team are happy to discuss a client’s needs over the telephone for an initial 15 minutes at no cost. Once it is established what a client needs, fixed fees are almost always available to provide certainty to our clients.

What our clients say

  • I would like to thank you for your support at this difficult time, you have been very swift and efficient, and I have felt very well looked after.
  • It has been a great comfort and a pleasure having Birkett Long acting on my behalf for conveyancing, Power of Attorney and in the preparation of Wills. The service provided was friendly and personal while remaining very professional and extremely efficient. I have no hesitation in recommending Birkett Long.
  • At the beginning of year 2018 I had several different issues that needed to be resolved. I was introduced to Ben Parmenter, who worked through the problems sorting them out one by one, throughout Ben and his team, were kind, supportive and were able to keep me sane. I must also congratulate Suzanne on reception for her cheerful greetings and ensuring that I had a cup of coffee
  • Excellent help and advice on probate affairs. Costs clearly explained and first class service.
  • Ben, thank you for dealing with our wills so professionally. Your help and guidance was very much appreciated.
  • My sister and I have been advised by the firm through the succession, wills and probate issues arising from our late parents' estate and, more recently, through the sale of the family home. We'd have no hesitation in recommending your services. Certainly our experience throughout has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you.
  • My Husband and I met with Ben Parmenter to discuss and finalise our Last Will and Testament. We found him to be very approachable and informative and we feel confident in choosing Birkett Long as our representatives in this matter.
  • We were pleased with prompt service and helpful advice.
  • Ben quickly got to the heart of the requirements of a will that was not straightforward. It was a good feeling to get it signed.
  • Birkett Long provide a practical approach to this sensitive work and ensure great attention to detail. They are prepared to go the extra mile to assist their clients.Client testimonial from the Legal 500