Equine Law Advocate Charlotte Burkert Joins Essex Firm
She competes locally and attends national events such as Hickstead, Badminton, and the Horse of the Year Show.
An avid horse rider, solicitor Charlotte Burkert possesses a keen interest in equine law and a deep understanding of the challenges that horse owners and equestrian businesses may encounter. At Birkett Long, Charlotte provides expert advice on a wide range of disputes, including sales and purchases of horses, recovery of unpaid livery fees, tenancy matters, veterinary disputes, professional negligence claims, review of contracts, sale and purchase agreements, and equestrian business sales or loan agreements.
Charlotte is not a newcomer to Birkett Long, having joined the firm in July 2019. Her path to qualification was not without challenges, as she initially pursued her Legal Practice Course with a combined master's degree at the University of Law in London for two years while working part-time. She completed her final two years while working full-time at Birkett Long. Charlotte shares, "It was really tough at times, but I was driven by the end goal and the support I had around me."
Starting her journey at the firm as a paralegal, Birkett Long quickly recognised Charlotte's potential and offered her a training contract. Reflecting on her journey to becoming a solicitor, she describes it as "intense but rewarding" and emphasises her appreciation for the opportunities her training contract provided.
Charlotte brings a solid educational background, holding a law LLB from the University of Sunderland. Her professional experience includes roles in both law firms and barristers' chambers. She has also dedicated her time as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Witness Service, where she provided court-based support to prosecution witnesses.
Her extensive experience and training will undoubtedly strengthen the 17-member dispute and resolution team at the firm, which deals with a wide range of contentious work, ranging from inheritance disputes to issues affecting the smooth running of businesses.
Charlotte explains, "I feel incredibly fortunate to combine my passion for horse riding with a career I'm passionate about. Historically, finding specialised advice in equine law hasn't been easy, and I hope to bridge that gap. While every case presents unique challenges, my top priority is finding practical and commercially sensitive solutions.
I adopt a proactive approach and strive to communicate with my clients as clearly as possible. I look forward to developing my skills, building client relationships, and continuing the standard of excellence for which Birkett Long is renowned."
Charlotte's love for horses began at the age of four. Today, she competes locally and attends national events such as Hickstead, Badminton, and the Horse of the Year Show.