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Emma Clarke

Partner, Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate South Essex

I am a solicitor, team leader and Partner of the South Essex Wills, Trust and Probate team. I am based in our Chelmsford office, and am available for a free, no obligation 15 minute conversation on 01245 453833.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2006, joined Birkett Long LLP in 2009 and became a team leader and Partner in June 2017.

I am a full member of STEP (Society of trust and Estate Practitioners) which is an international organisation. I am also the chair and committee member of the Essex branch of STEP and a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

I am a trustee of My Home Life Essex Community Association – the charity behind the ‘Friends and Neighbours (FANS)’ initiative for care homes whereby we help older people in care homes remain fully engaged with their wider community.


  • Diploma – STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) 2008-2010
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2006
  • Legal Practice Course – 2003-2004
  • University of Kent, Canterbury (1999-2003) 2:1 (hons)
  • Havering Sixth Form College (1997-1999)


  • Solicitor
  • The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Committee member of the Essex Branch of STEP
  • Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

What is STEP?

Between working full time, being a mother to 3 young boys (including twins!) and my trustee role I feel sometimes that I do not have a lot of free time. However, I do try and make time for my 3 dogs and enjoy walking them on walks with my family. It’s a busy life but full of variety and experiences.

What our clients say

  • Just wanted to let you know used Emma Clark for mum & dads affairs and also Jasmin and holly for the sale of their house. All outstanding job. Especially holly who kept us all informed along the way.
  • I would like to thank you for all your help and assistance dealing with my mum's estate. Living abroad for such a long time I didn't know where to start when my Mum suddenly passed away, but thanks to Birkett Long everything became very manageable.
  • I would like to thank all of the staff at Birkett Long LLP involved with my recent bereavement especially Emma Clarke who has sorted out nearly all of my late wife's affairs as well as been extremely helpful to me in all the various questions I had these last six months.
  • Emma was so helpful, so quick to grasp and understand my needs, reliable and efficient and, above all, kind. She made things as easy as she could, and I am grateful.
  • A professional and prompt service from initial phone conversation to completion.
  • I have always felt that the team at Birkett Long have been welcoming, professional and friendly.
  • Both of the people I have dealt with have been pleasant, competent, good communicators and seemed genuinely interested.
  • My wife's sudden passing in May 2016 was such a huge shock that i was unable to think straight for some time. My wife and I had quite a few investments including shares, ISA's, bonds together and individually as well as property both here in the UK and in Spain. On top of that my late wife's tax return and other formalities had to be completed which has really just now finished nearly 15 months later. Without Emma Clarke and David Feakins I don't know what I would have done. Perhaps I should re-phrase that. Both Emma and David took everything off me and did everything that needed to be done, for which I will be ever grateful.
  • Emma was so helpful, so quick to grasp and understand my needs, reliable and efficient and, above all, kind. She made things as easy as she could, and I am grateful. Long may she stay at Birkett Long!
  • 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
  • Many thanks, we do appreciate how easy you have made this all to get done for me. It has been a delight to work with Birkett Long again and hopefully we will not be in any rush to use these documents.