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I am a partner in the firm and I lead the firm’s South Essex Dispute Resolution team. I am based in our Chelmsford office. I am approachable, reliable and responsive, and will quickly identify and give clear, concise advice on the important issues in any matter. As no two cases are ever exactly the same, my job offers great variety and achieving great results for my clients can be very rewarding.
I specialise in property litigation and, where disputes cannot be resolved by negotiation or mediation, have extensive of experience of resolving disputes in the County Court, High Court, First-Tier Property Tribunal and the Lands Tribunal. I am also experienced at dealing with professional negligence claims, contract and construction disputes.
I am a member of the Property Litigation Association.
I am a director of the Colchester Catalyst Charity, a grant-making charity that helps organisations provide support to people with medical conditions or disabilities in North East Essex.
I enjoy sport, particularly golf and football, although my participation these days more often tends to involve running the line or refereeing my children’s football matches. I also enjoy playing the guitar, though not in public!
QUALIFICATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- LLB (Hons) Law Degree
- Property Litigation Association
- Director of Colchester Catalyst Charity
Dispute Resolution team
The Dispute Resolution team adds value by ensuring that time is taken at the outset of a matter to understand a client’s specific objectives, and then giving clear, practical advice tailored to that client’s particular circumstances and objectives.
We provide a personal, attentive service, offering good availability and speed of response. We are informal where appropriate, whilst always professional. We have great strength and depth in numbers, with a wide range of experience, enabling clients and their issues to be matched to the most appropriate lawyer. We have lawyers who are true specialists in their chosen fields. We offer flexible funding arrangements, we enjoy excellent relations with assorted leading barristers’ chambers, enabling us to secure the most appropriate counsel on the best possible terms for our clients.
What our clients say
Peter Allen and Keith Songhurst are recommended for their deep insight in contractual disputes and property litigation respectively.The Legal 500
Keith Songhurst is very amiable and has consistently given clear well-thought-out advice, which has resulted in matters being satisfactorily resolved.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
The firm provides 'sensible and realistic advice' to its corporate clients and is routinely instructed on high-value and complex dispute claims.The Legal 500
This is a team of professional and friendly partners and staff that take time to understand your specific requirements and tailor the advice.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
Thank you again for your support over what has been a very traumatic period for us.
I have dealt with different people at Birkett Long and have received a prompt efficient and professional service from them all. I would recommend this company.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your very efficient and successful service. We are very pleased with the outcome.
He is "client focused, methodical and keen to get things resolved".Chambers & Partners 2015
Keith Songhurst is "client focused, methodical and keen to get things resolved".