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I have a pragmatic and commercially focused approach to assisting our clients, with their interests at the forefront of my considerations. I work from both our Basildon and Chelmsford offices, and am available on 01245 453847.
I advise businesses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and a wide range of commercial contracts. I have also assisted borrowers with secured and unsecured lending matters. My experience includes assisting SMEs, as well as national and international entities on a variety of commercial and corporate law matters.
I specialise in the education sector and I am the head of Birkett Long’s education team. I offer advice to a range of educational institutions, including maintained schools, single academy trusts, multi-academy trusts, independent schools, and further and higher education institutions.
Prior to becoming a solicitor, my interest in education began when I worked as a tutor at an Essex based community college. During that time I delivered the CILEX Level 2 Qualification, along with a variety of A Level qualifications.
In my spare time I can be found on the golf course or on a badminton court. I am an avid supporter of West Ham United Football Club. I enjoy mainly rock and indie music, including AC/DC and the Arctic Monkeys.
Commercial and Corporate Finance Team
We add value through our expertise, which is applied in a commercial way to ensure our clients are fully appraised of the likely risks and obligations involved with the contractual, corporate and transactional work we carry out.
Education law can be complex and there are many different reasons why you may need legal advice. Our Education team includes individuals who specialise in certain sectors, so you are guaranteed a solicitor who has the expertise in the area that you require. The team is made up of specialists working within the relevant principle disciplines – commercial and corporate finance, commercial real estate, employment and HR, and dispute resolution. We regularly work for universities, colleges, and schools, including Multi Academy Trusts.
What our clients say
We have used Birkett Long for a number of years and when I approached one of the senior partners to assist with a land acquisition and development project, he recommended Thomas to assist us with drawing up the contracts and to advise us on the legal details. We have been very pleased with this appointment and I found Thomas to be very personable, diligent and extremely thorough in handling and advising us with the project.Steve Croucher, Langham Facilities Ltd
Birkett Long are an expedient professional firm of solicitors that are easy to deal with.
The lead solicitor, Thomas Emmett, is quick to respond and give his or a colleague's opinion. He doesn't waste any unnecessary time and ensures that, if it is a simple enquiry, it gets resolved with the hour.
We initially contacted Birkett Long with an enquiry to represent us during the acquisition of our company, by a large multinational organisation. We eventually instructed Thomas Emmett to act on our behalf and agreed a 3 month lead time to completion. Two weeks in and our remit changed dramatically with rumours of tax changes in the upcoming budget. To our surprise and delight, Thomas agreed to roll up his sleeves and by working weekends and evenings we got the deal completed in just over a week. The buyer had instructed a well known London firm, and the acquisition was far from straight forward, however we were guided expertly through the entire process and completed on time, and on budget. We would not hesitate in recommending Birkett Long, and Thomas Emmett in particular to anyone going through a similar process.
The team is a pleasure to work with. They are responsive, competent, well-organised and deliver their services efficiently.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
I noted a couple of things which particularly stood out while Thomas dealt with our file; firstly I frequently received email correspondence outside what would be considered normal working hours when there was no particular deadline, which highlighted to me Thomas' work ethic and dedication to his firm and in particular, his client. Secondly, Thomas was determined that I understood all the consequences of any decisions that I made and was robust and professional in making sure that we made the right decisions, which I particularly appreciated.Steve Croucher, Langham Facilities Ltd.
I would like to thank you for all your help with this [Education] matter. It is such a relief and pleasure to have received your support.
Tracey Dickens and her team are outstanding. They are knowledgeable, responsive and above all, pragmatic which is just what we need from our legal advisers.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
I have just worked with Thomas on an acquisition of a new business out of Administration. Thomas showed not only professionalism to the highest degree but determination and outstanding accuracy. Having nearly 40 years of experience I do not say this lightly.Russell Morgan, Crown Partnership
I have required the services of Birkett Long for contract oversight purposes and have been very pleased with the high quality levels of response on all occasions. I would highly recommend their services to colleagues and friends.
We have always felt Thomas had our best interests in mind in terms of the purchase of the business and of the impact of any additional costs to us. Thomas kept us informed every step of the way and we felt we could approach him at any time, thus making a difficult and stressful time for us much more bearable. Thomas was always available to help and advise us with even the smallest of problems we came across. We would not hesitate to recommend Thomas to any of our family and friends that should require the same service.
Thank you for your assistance and expert advice regarding the contract for sale.
I have been incredibly impressed from the outset with the level of service provided by Birkett Long (Thomas Emmett). There was a discernible drive to seek to find out the real nature of the case and a palpable wish to do the best possible job. Communications were timely, respectful and relayed in a way that meant that the average 'man on the street' had every opportunity to understand the content! Thank you.
Thomas - thank you for your expert advice and guidance on the commercial contracts, it has been greatly appreciated.BEW Electrical Distributors Ltd
Each individual I have worked with communicates well and explains legal matters in a clear, comprehensive and understandable manner. In particular, they set out an estimate of costs at the very start of any instruction and rarely exceed that amount. I would give particular mention to Thomas Emmett and David Wisbey both of whom have been excellent in providing professional services in the corporate field
I required Birkett Long's services for a purchase of a Design & Print franchise, from the outset Thomas demonstrated huge professionalism and I found his advice invaluable. This was a huge move for me and Thomas made a very stressful sale process more bearable. I would certainly recommend Birkett Longs expertise to a friend in need.
I have no hesitation in recommending Thomas to any potential clients and hope to be doing business with him and Birkett Long in the future.Steve Croucher, Langham Facilities Ltd