• Office
  • 1 Amphora Place
  • Sheepen Road
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CO3 3WG
  • Tel: 01206 217300

Tracey Dickens

Partner, Head of Commercial Department

I have a pragmatic and balanced approach, acting as a facilitator committed to helping our clients record the transactions and business relationships that they enter into in the best way possible. The documentation needs to reflect the level of the transaction or contract, and be negotiated sensibly, bearing in mind the risks. I am based in our Colchester office, and am available on 01206 217326.

I am responsible for looking after our business clients and acting as the key contact for many of them – carrying out their legal work or signposting them to specialists in the firm. I enjoy the wide variety of businesses that we assist and the wide variety of work and advice they need, giving me the opportunity to provide definitive advice and recommendations. I like the professional nature of the work and the environment in which it is delivered, which also involves working closely with our clients' accountants, banks, surveyors etc.

I specialise in the health sector, advising in particular on care home transactions. I also specialise in medical partnerships, acting for doctors and other health professionals for over 20 years in relation to partnership and business matters.

I regularly advise higher education providers in relation to their commercial contractual and GDPR related matters, working in particular with the University of Essex and the Colchester Institute.

On 1 June 2022, I became the Head of Commercial Department, which involves overseeing our Commercial offering, ensuring it meets the requirements of our clients. The role also involves sitting on the Firm’s oversight board enabling me to get more involved in the strategy and direction of the our Firm. Before, this I was the head of the Commercial and Corporate Finance Team for 13 years, which involved recruiting and retaining excellent lawyers and assisting the junior lawyers to develop their skills and specialist areas of law.

In my free time I enjoy golf playing each weekend wherever possible, winter and summer and enjoy golfing holidays with my husband.

I love music mainly rock and blues rock and I enjoy concerts. I also enjoy travelling – usually with a set of golf clubs – but also to see the wide world we live in. Kenyan Safari and South American (Peru, Argentina and Brazil), and a deep south music related American road trip are the current highlights.

Qualified as a solicitor in 1999.

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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.

I can help you if you need to form a new limited company or you want to change the name of your limited company. I can also file your company’s annual confirmation statements with Companies House on your behalf and also provide you with a registered office service. As well as the aforementioned I can prepare the Statutory Registers that all limited companies are required to keep.

What our clients say

  • Thank you for your very professional input in this transaction Tracey, look forward to working with your practise in the future. - Hayden Smith, Texo DSI Limited
  • I would like to thank Tracey Dickens and her team for the kindness and understanding throughout a very difficult experience involving a partnership breakdown. Without their superb expertise and professionalism we would not have achieved such a successful financial resolution.
  • Tim Field and Tracey Dickens recognise that all clients are important and that their reputation depends upon this. They both provide quality advice in a timely manner, which provides confidence in them. Legal 500, 2023
  • Gone were the condescending meaningless suggestions that got us nowhere, replaced by Tracey’s pragmatic, no nonsense attitude with clear solutions. Negotiations that had dragged on for years were getting done and finished. Tracey is always at the end of the phone to give sound advice.
  • Birkett Long LLP's corporate and commercial practice is led by Tracey Dickens, who 'stands out' for her corporate finance work, national and international transactional experience and restructuring matters.The Legal 500
  • 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
  • Efficient, knowledgeable and approachable. Appreciated the thorough and complete advice. -Legal 500 2024
  • Sector strengths for Tracey Dickens' team include banking, charities, education and e-commerce.The Legal 500
  • Tracey Dickens was recommended to me by a close friend, a GP who had sought her advice in relation to a thorny partnership issue and had a quick resolution to the problem. As this was after obtaining initial advice from another local solicitor which was less than straightforward, he was impressed and recommended her to sort out my issue with a previous partner who was refusing to pay out my portion of the partnership profits after leaving a practice. Within a week, Tracey and the team suggested a clear solution which was highly impressive, the application of which resulted in an exceptionally successful result.
  • I wanted to convey my appreciation to you for the way in which you represented me in respect of the allegation of criminal damage, and your sheer professionalism throughout. In particular your representation and presentation of the facts to the court yesterday, which in my humble opinion were just brilliant. I think it is always going to be that a client is very happy when they are acquitted of an allegation being made against them, but its not always they see the real professional approach you gave, the attention to detail in the case was phenomenal. I actually felt that I was an observer of an event rather than the defendant in the trial, I mean that in a good way, as time went on I actually felt quite relaxed and confident as you unfolded and the circumstances and exposed the real facts. I will of course write to Tracey Dickins separately, but please accept my heart felt appreciation for your representation, support and guidance, it was second to none.
  • 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
  • We would like to express our gratitude to Tracey Dickens of Birkett Long, for the exceptional service that she provided us. Tracey was given very short notice to act for us during our internal management buyout, but she was quick to help and get up to speed with the deal. Tracey was extremely knowledgeable with the legal aspects associated with the transaction and contract that we were presenting her with.
  • Tracey Dickens is someone I wouldn’t hesitate, and have, recommended to others who wish to engage legal counsel in the UK for corporate and commercial matters. -Legal 500 2024
  • I cannot thank you enough for all your help and professionalism in handling this transaction, it has been a pleasure working with you.
  • The team at Birkett Long has the required depth to be able to support transactions of all sizes and has the ability to turn around work to deadlines. Their collaboration with other advisers on the clients team provides confidence in their ability to be great team players and support the client at a stressful times. Legal 500, 2023
  • [We] cannot thank you and your team enough. When we have thought we would not get to this point, you have constantly reassured us.
  • The firm is incredibly professional, modern, forward thinking and caring. Induction was well organised and done in a way that made sure the training was not too overwhelming. Everyone here is very friendly and has gone out of their way to make me feel very welcome and included as part of the team.
  • Tracey offered us valuable advice and guidance to ensure that the final agreement suited our needs and the future security of the business. Tracey was always on hand to respond to our queries promptly, and despite the short notice, with her assistance, the deal went through on schedule, and to the mutual agreement of all involved. We would without a doubt, recommend using Birkett Long, and indeed Tracey Dickens. We will certainly be using them with any future requirements.
  • I could not have got through this experience without the unwavering support of Tracey Dickens and her team.
  • A really strong, very approachable and cohesive team of hardworking commercial solicitors, with good legal knowledge. Fully focused on the needs of the client, taking the time to look beyond the legal issues and considering what the practical implications are for our business. The team provides clear and specific communication and has an agile can-do outlook. Extremely impressed by their work and commitment. - Legal 500 2024
  • We cannot praise you and your team highly enough. The level of service was excellent, you were approachable, helpful and considerate to our lack of knowledge in dealing with such a transaction