Our legal partners are experienced in providing expert support to UK and international businesses. Services available address all legal aspects of the business relocation or expansion process, including understanding the UK legal and regulatory environment, establishing a UK business, property transactions and employment law.

Palmers Solicitors

Palmers Solicitors is an award-winning South Essex-based law firm, with offices in Basildon, Thurrock and South Woodham Ferrers, providing private and commercial services to clients across Essex and beyond.

Palmers’ team…

The team at Palmers, led by its nine partners, comprises specialist solicitors and executives who are all focused on delivering successful outcomes for clients. The team are active within the Essex business community and have an excellent knowledge of matters concerning the local area.

Our partners and fee earners have maintained strong and effective relationships with local authorities, local trade organisations, Banks, architects, surveyors and accountants since 1984.

As part of our commitment to engage with the local business community, representatives of our firm sit on the Basildon Business Group and the Thurrock Business Board to work alongside businesses and local government.


  • Company acquisitions and disposals
  • Commercial property
  • Construction and engineering law
  • Health and Safety Act services
  • Intellectual property
  • IT law
  • Partnership formation and dissolution
  • Employment law and HR services
  • Corporate finance

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Birkett Long LLP

Birkett Long LLP is a progressive Essex-based firm of solicitors and independent financial advisers with offices in Basildon, Chelmsford and Colchester.  With over 150 staff including 20 partners, the firm is one of the largest in the area, offering advice to a diverse range of businesses and institutions of all sizes and across all sectors.  Birkett Long LLP prides itself on its ability to provide a comprehensive service equal to many London firms at competitive local rates.  The firm’s team of independent financial advisers gives clients access to an all-inclusive service.

Birkett Long LLP is identified as a 'Regional Heavyweight' by the Legal 500 directory and is the 'firm with the highest profile in Essex'. Birkett Long LLP also maintain the highest standard of business efficiency evidenced by accreditation from Investors in People and certification by Lexcel (the Law Society practice management quality mark) and British Standard ISO 9001.

Their lawyers are specialists and work in dedicated teams to offer clients the diversity of advice often only found in city practices. The firm is vibrant and dynamic: dedicated to investment in training and development of staff, focused on client care and involved in the local community.

Birkett Long’s services . . .

  • Legal
  • Accident Claims
  • Adoption
  • Business Start Ups
  • Buying & Selling Your Home
  • Charities
  • Child Care Cases
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Commercial Property
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Court Proceedings & Disputes
  • Debt Collection
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Driving Offences
  • E-Commerce
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environment & Energy
  • Franchising
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Joint Ventures
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Licensing
  • Media & Entertainment

Financial . . .

  • Business Protection/Key Person Assurance
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Equity Release
  • Funeral Plans
  • Income Protection
  • Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Investments
  • Life Assurance
  • Mortgages
  • Pensions

Client Base - clients include private and publicly quoted companies, partnerships, local authorities, educational institutions, health trusts, charities and individuals.

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Wortley Byers

Legal 500Wortley Byers Law is regarded by the Legal 500 as being a ‘Leading’ and ‘Top-Tier’ regional law firm; dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to PLCs, family-run businesses, SMEs, organisations and individuals within Essex, London and the surrounding areas.

The team at Wortley Byers Law works with its clients, partners and each other to achieve a ‘Together Smarter’ solution. A combination of knowledge, expertise, instinct and pushing the boundaries  has provided clients with an exceptional experience over the 50+ years of the firm’s operation.

Recommended by the Legal 500 as a “solid and sound investment” for any business, Wortley Byers Law offers “commercially astute and practical” advice at competitive prices to ensure that clients receive the best service and the best results – whatever their goals.

Specialisms for business clients include . . .

  • Commercial law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Advising directors and shareholders on all aspects of running a business
  • Commercial contracts
  • Intellectual property
  • Tax
  • Commercial property and development
  • Commercial litigation
  • Employment law

Specialisms for individual clients include . . .

  • High value complex residential acquisitions and sales
  • Preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning
  • Administration of complex estates and trust matters

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Birketts LLP

Birketts LLPBirketts LLP  is a 150 year old, full service, top 100 UK law firm, based in the East of England.  With offices in Chelmsford, Ipswich Cambridge and Norwich they are ideally placed to service the needs of both overseas and UK clients with international interests.

Core business is divided into four main disciplines with industry sector groups, assembling lawyers with a knowledge and understanding of the issues relevant to that particular industry . . .

  • Corporate and commercial
  • Property
  • Dispute resolution
  • Private client

Membership of the Integrated Advisory Group International (IAG) enables Birketts to offer clients access to a network of English speaking lawyers, accountants and tax advisors at independent practices around the world.

Overseas clients . . .
Birketts also offer corporate and commercial service to our overseas clients wishing to establish their businesses in the UK covering . . .

  • Taxation and company law
  • Setting up the appropriate business structure
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate finance and banking transactions
  • Business migration services
  • Company secretarial services
  • International trade mark registrations
  • Corporate immigration
  • Commercial contracts under English law
  • Foreign outsourcing, procurement and manufacturing agreements
  • Employment advice
  • Buying securities and land
  • The UK legal and judicial system
  • Personal wealth management

In addition to the strategic and legal assistance they offer ‘hand-holding’ or ‘soft landing services’ for inbound businesses in the UK through relationships with banks, accountants, property agents, Chambers of Commerce, local enterprise partnerships, UKTI and other inward investment specialists. Birketts have specialist cultural and business knowledge of the Far East and a strong relationships in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands.


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ip21 Limited

ip21 Limited are a full service Intellectual Property (IP) Law Firm with offices in Chelmsford, London, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. They help their clients to protect their investment in research and development by utilising the IP legal systems to secure competitive advantage and generate revenue.

ip21 Limited meet businesses and entrepreneurs at their premises to talk about their business and understand how they can add value by working alongside them to achieve their commercial objectives. Initial visits, or consultations at one of our Offices, are free of charge.

The ip21 team . . .
The ip21 team includes professional client account managers and expert commercial consultants as well as a top class legal team of patent, trademark and design attorneys and assistants. This broad range of expertise allows ip21 to ensure that IP Strategy and business needs are always closely aligned for their clients.

ip21’s services . . .
Ip21’s services encompass all aspects of IP Law, including . . .

  • Providing registration
  • Prosecution and enforcement of IP Rights (Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright)
  • IP Portfolio Management
  • IP Strategy
  • IP Consulting
  • IP Valuation
  • Specific Legal Advice in contentious or ongoing IP Matters.

ip21 always focus on understanding the business and its commercial objectives first in order to create an IP strategy to suit.

ip21 also advise companies on international IP Strategy, particularly international companies who are entering the UK market for the first time, or UK companies who are looking to expand either throughout the UK or internationally. This advice often includes the securing of IP Rights in multiple jurisdictions, freedom to operate searches, key competitor analysis, IP Audits and due diligence.

Clients . . .
Ip21 works with innovative companies and people across the board ranging from individual inventors, start-ups and university spin-outs through to established SMEs, large businesses and multinationals. Current clients range from £0 to £15bn turnover.

ip21 work with clients in a wide variety of innovation-driven industries and have have particular expertise and experience in the following sectors . . . 

  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Materials sciences
  • Optics
  • Chemical
  • Food and drink
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical devices sectors.

Awards . . .
They have recently been awarded the ‘Most Innovative IP Firm’ Award in the UK Legal Awards and also the ‘Excellence in Commercial IP Strategy’ Award in the UK Corporate Excellence Awards.

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Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

+44 (0) 7702 900667


With over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Global Relocation industries, Corinne has developed an extensive, specialist, commercial network and has successfully supported projects focused on the strategic development and growth of both overseas and UK companies in business, professional and financial services sectors.

David Rooke
David Rooke

Location Services Director

+44 (0) 7989 380435


In a career spanning over 30 years David’s experience includes large-scale factory management and 17 years in inward investment. David has worked with a wide range of major corporates and organisations in the UK and overseas, advising on inward investment projects, business relocations, expansion and consolidation projects.