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Birkett Long expands insolvency team

Birkett Long expands insolvency team


Essex law firm Birkett Long boosts Insolvency Team with Solicitor Charlotte Burkert

Essex-based law firm Birkett Long has recently made a significant addition to its Insolvency Team with the appointment of Solicitor Charlotte Burkert to the Dispute Resolution department. This expansion marks a strategic move by the firm to strengthen its expertise in handling insolvency-related matters.

Charlotte Burkert, who is based in the Colchester office, has been an integral part of Birkett Long since 2019. She initially joined the commercial and corporate department and later transitioned to a paralegal role within the dispute resolution department. Commencing her training contract in September 2021, Charlotte gained valuable experience in dispute resolution, working on a diverse range of cases, including contractual disputes, insolvency, and director/shareholder disputes, as well as private client and commercial and corporate matters.

Having successfully completed her training contract, Charlotte qualified as a Solicitor this year, demonstrating her commitment and dedication to her legal career. Her interest in insolvency was ignited during her time as a paralegal and trainee solicitor, where she worked alongside Kevin Sullivan within the dispute resolution team. Charlotte expressed her enthusiasm for her recent move to the Insolvency Team, emphasizing her focus on contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters.

Charlotte Burkert's educational background includes a Law degree from the University of Sunderland, where she graduated with a 2:1. She furthered her legal education by completing the Legal Practice Course combined with a Masters in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law in London, graduating in 2021 while concurrently working full time with Birkett Long. Charlotte is also an Associate member of R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

During her academic journey, Charlotte gained practical experience by working in a local law firm's Prison Law and Criminal Defence Department, dealing with parole hearings and Crown Court trials. Additionally, she undertook a mini pupillage at a well-known chambers in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, shadowing Counsel at a Crown Court trial. Charlotte's commitment to community service is evident through her voluntary work as a court-based Witness Support with the Citizens Advice Bureau Witness Service, aiding prosecution and defense witnesses through the court process.

Kevin Sullivan, Partner and head of the Insolvency Team at Birkett Long, expressed delight in Charlotte's recent addition to the team. With over 20 years of experience in contentious insolvency law, Sullivan highlighted Charlotte's skills and background in handling various dispute resolution and corporate matters, anticipating that her presence would enhance the firm's capabilities in all insolvency-related issues.

Birkett Long's Insolvency Team is known for providing specialist legal advice to insolvency practitioners, directors, and shareholders on the nature and effects of insolvency. The team offers assistance in voluntary and compulsory liquidations, administrations, company voluntary arrangements, directors disqualification proceedings, personal liability of directors, and more.

The recognition of Birkett Long's Insolvency Team by Legal 500 2024 underscores their expertise in the field. The team has been acknowledged as experts, with Kevin Sullivan receiving praise for his "incredible knowledge and excellent attention to detail." Legal 500 also commended the team for possessing an "excellent knowledge and understanding of Insolvency Act claims."

Kevin Sullivan expressed his pleasure in welcoming Charlotte to the Insolvency Team, emphasizing that her experience and complementary skill sets would strengthen the team's offerings to clients. Charlotte, in turn, expressed her delight in joining the Insolvency Team, looking forward to contributing to the firm's success and working closely with Kevin to provide clients with the best legal services.

Managing Partner Martin Hopkins added his endorsement, noting Charlotte's dedication, expertise, and commitment to excellence during her time with Birkett Long. The firm is optimistic about her continued success and contributions to the Insolvency Team.

Birkett Long, with offices in Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, London, and Europe, is committed to making a positive impact on businesses and communities. The firm provides a wide range of legal and independent financial services, covering corporate and commercial advice, regulatory law, dispute resolution, education, insolvency, intellectual property, employment, wills, conveyancing, family law, independent financial advice, and dispute resolution. Charlotte Burkert's addition to the Insolvency Team reflects Birkett Long's dedication to growth and excellence in serving its clients.