• Office
  • Phoenix House
  • Christopher Martin Road
  • Basildon
  • Essex
  • SS14 3EZ
  • Tel: 01268 244144

Martin Hopkins

Managing Partner

I have wide experience of acting on behalf of both employer and employee although my practice now is predominantly in employer support. I am able to undertake all aspects of employment-related legal work from drafting contracts to representing clients at Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals.

I have a particular interest in taking a commercial approach and defending employers’ interests without unnecessary recourse to legal proceedings. In the fast moving and increasingly complicated field of employment law I aim to ensure that my clients are aware of and prepared for change. I am in demand as a trainer of staff and often speak at seminars and workshops updating employers on employment law changes.

I have wide experience of the employment issues affecting employers and employees in the construction industry. Acting on behalf of employers and, to a lesser extent, employees, I represent clients at Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. I have particular experience in the following construction industry related areas:

  • Employment status including definition of worker, employee and self employed.
  • Holiday pay entitlement including rolled up holiday pay schemes.
  • Employment relations including union representation and collective agreements.
  • Transfer of undertakings issues including acquisition and disposal, insourcing, service provision change and outsourcing.
  • Redundancy, restructure and change management.

I am the Managing Partner at Birkett Long specialising in employment law since qualification as a solicitor in 1998.


I have specialist knowledge of construction industry issues, such as employment definitions, employment relations, TUPE, change management, redundancy and restructure.


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  • Member of Heathlands Primary School PTA
  • Member of Friends of Hillhouse Wood
  • Member and Committee member of the Colchester Association for the Protection of Property and the Prosecution of Thieves!
  • Chair of Colchester Scout Band

What our clients say

  • Thank you for the wonderful service I received from you... I have had every confidence in you and your secretary Cheryl... the service that I received from you has been second to none and I would not hesitate to recommend you and your firm in the future.
  • Many thanks for your support and advice... I will not hesitate to recommend you in future should I or any of my friends/colleagues need professional advice.
  • Thank you for your assistance with this matter. I will be recommending you to anyone that needs advice.
  • I was placed with Martin Hopkins... with regard to redundancy from my job. He was friendly, professional and explained the matter in layman's terms that were easily understood.
  • Martin Hopkins is praised for his ability to produce realistic solutions and appreciated for his "outstanding ability to forensically examine information".Chambers & Partners 2015