Birkett Long LLP

We offer a full range of legal services to both business and private clients with offices in Colchester, Chelmsford and Basildon, Essex.
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Birkett Long is a leading solicitors' firm with a team of specialist lawyers, financial advisers, patent attorneys and HR experts who offer clients a full range of independent advice.

With its people at its heart, the firm invests heavily in the development of employees and will support career progression and personal aspirations. This ensures engagement and commitment from the individual and the best service for clients.

With improving the service in mind, staff are encouraged to share ideas and make suggestions while managers promote a sense of involvement and ownership through regular team meetings. Birkett Long operates a highly-positive praise culture.

That extends to encouraging staff to be part of the wider community. Birkett Long has a long-standing 'events and fundraising' committee which arranges regular social activities for employees and their families and coordinates fundraising for employee-nominated charities. More than £250,000 has been raised over the past decade but practical, as well as financial support, is offered.

Senior managers believe small gestures go a long way in maintaining morale. At the Christmas lockdown, locally-sourced food and drink hampers, with a card offering an extra day's holiday or a gift voucher, were hand-delivered by partners to employees' home addresses as a thank you for hard work during a difficult year.

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Leadership

85% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

Senior managers like to be visible and approachable from Day One. Every new employee will meet personally with the managing partner, the head of HR and members of the senior management team to demonstrate their commitment to knowing and listening to their staff.

Personal Growth

80% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

There are learning pathways for all employees with a mix of core and flexible working modules to support progress in their careers. One innovative approach encourages staff to get involved in local charities supported by the firm to help them develop personally and increase their profile in the wider community.

Wellbeing

69% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

All employees are trained on 'Stress at work' to provide them with the tools needed to identify it in themselves and colleagues. An open door culture, rigorously maintained through the pandemic, encourages everyone to discuss wellbeing issues while the head of HR makes regular calls to tackle immediate concerns.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1821
Total number of employees
3
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
24% : 76%
Male : Female employee ratio
47%
Employees earning £35k+
8%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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