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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.
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) trips 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.
What our clients say
Clients say "her knowledge and professionalism are her greatest strengths".Chambers & Partners 2015
Tracey Dickens - "She's excellent, solid, tough, fair and very clever, I have enormous respect for her".Chambers & Partners 2015
Sector strengths for Tracey Dickens' team include banking, charities, education and e-commerce.The Legal 500 2014
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 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.”