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I have a wide range of experience dealing with all types of relationship breakdown and I am committed to representing my client's best interests. I provide clear, concise and realistic advice. I am approachable and always remain calm under pressure. If possible, I will try and resolve a matter without the need to go to court but, if the situation requires it, I will pursue court action. I'm based in our Chelmsford office, and am available for a free 15 minute chat over the phone on 01245 453846.
I wanted to be a lawyer from a young age and dedicated my studies at college and university to achieving this ambition. Family law was always an area I hoped to specialise in; it allows me to help those experiencing difficulties or trauma in their lives and in doing so it provides a sense of purpose. I love that no one day is ever the same.
I assist clients with a full range of issues involving divorce and family law. I specialise in ending a relationship, children and family law. I am the team leader of the South Essex Divorce and Family team, and have responsibility for the supervision of the other lawyers in the team.
I am an accredited member of the Law Society's Family Panel. This is an assessed accreditation scheme which recognises those with family law expertise and experience.
I am a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and family problems.
In my spare time I enjoy playing (or at least trying to play..!) golf. I also spend as much time as possible with my two godsons.
I have been involved in the local Law Society and was previously a Trustee of the YMCA in Colchester. I have set up and maintain excellent contacts with local mediators and Counsel as well as other solicitors. I am currently looking for opportunities to further develop my presence in the local area.
Divorce and Family team
Our divorce and separation team understands that the breakdown of a relationship, particularly if children are involved, can be a difficult and stressful time for all those involved. We listen to the needs of our clients and treat each client as an individual. This ensures we are able to tailor our advice and help guide you through the legal process. We can assist you to make important decisions at a time when you may feel unable to do so.
What our clients say
Just wanted to say thank you once again, for all your hard work, diligence and advice, over these last few years
The team inspires confidence due to their knowledgeable and extremely reputable practice.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
I was very pleased with the services received from Lisa Collins relating to a family law case. In particular her ability to listen to the individual situation and giving tailored expert advice to the specific case.
Lisa Collins has handled my children and property matters with a level of excellence, but at the sometime has managed to translate the difficult world of law to me in a more human way that I ever thought possible. Both Lisa and her assistant Debbie have been amazing and I'm so glad I took advice from Lisa as its proved invaluable to me. Thank you to them both for a sterling job!Mr M Monk
The team is strategic, pragmatic and - most importantly - honest and straightforward about the legal risks, costs and related issues.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
I have unfortunately had the need for a vast amount of legal work in my time, prior to coming to Birkett Long I wasn't happy with the work done for me. It was a vital turn around for me that I sought Birkett Long and Lisa Collins' help. The advice given was outstanding and the results I received were the best outcome I could have got. I could not recommend any better for anyone who needs legal helps, especially with family and Children's law.
The team is led by the "committed and driven" Lisa Collins.The Legal 500
Birkett Long is a remarkable practice, which has gone from strength to strength.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
Both Lisa and Mel, have provided an excellent service being informative and with empathy for my situation. I was given a cost and timescale both of which were stuck to with regular invoices so I know exactly where I was. If I asked a question I had an answer within 24 hours and they were on the ball at all times. I can, and would, highly recommend both legal professionals many thanks.