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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.
I am the Team Leader of the Commercial and Corporate Finance Team, which involves recruiting and retaining excellent lawyers and assisting the junior lawyers to develop their skills and specialist areas of law. I am a trustee at St Helena Hospice sitting on various committees, including Corporate Governance.
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.
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
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.
I have worked with Tracey Dickens and Tim Field who have both exhibited the qualities that get the job done. My main work has been with Tim and I have put clients to him because he represented them well.Legal 500
Tracey Dickens proved tough in negotiations with our purchaser in representing our interests and would often come up with innovative solutions to help with any impasses. Tim Field involved himself closely in our business and kept the Directors on track in a complex transaction, he was available 24/7 and remained calm throughout the process. The fact the agreed sale price for the business was the original offer price is testimony to the efforts of Tracey and Tim.Legal 500
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
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.
Tracey Dickens, David Wisbey and Peter Allen give a first-class service. They have a knowledgeable and pragmatic approach that focuses on getting things done.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
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
Clients say "her knowledge and professionalism are her greatest strengths".Chambers & Partners 2015
I always felt Melanie and Tracey had my best interests in mind both in terms of the sale of my late husband's business and of the impact of any additional costs to me. They kept me informed every step of the way and I felt I could approach them at any time, thus making a very difficult and stressful time for me much more bearable.Jayne Kennedy, Snappy Snaps Franchise - Ipswich.
[We] cannot thank you and your team enough. When we have thought we would not get to this point, you have constantly reassured us.
We have used Birkett Long for a number of legal matters since 2011 and have always received excellent advice and a first class service. Recently Birkett Long helped us through a difficult and protracted partnership dispute and dissolution. Their help, guidance and expertise led to a very satisfactory outcome. We were extremely satisfied with the service Birkett Long provided and will not hesitate to continue to use them for all our future legal needs.
I could not have got through this experience without the unwavering support of Tracey Dickens and her team.
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
Tracey Dickens - "She's excellent, solid, tough, fair and very clever, I have enormous respect for her".Chambers & Partners 2015