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Birketts LLP

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Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Abigail Trencher

Work 01223 326622
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Employment, Education




Abigail joined Birketts in 2008. She is a Partner, Head of our Employment Team in Cambridge, and also leads our Education Team.

Abigail assists employers with their employee relation issues and helps them avoid and resolve disputes with employees. She has particular expertise in advising clients within the education and charities sector clients on a range of employment issues including contractual matters, equal pay issues, discrimination claims, TUPE transfers and large scale redundancy programmes. Abigail also acts for clients within the private sector advising on board level disputes, restrictive covenants and changing terms and conditions of employment including terms relating to pension schemes.

Abigail has provided employment law training on all areas of employment law and her interactive, practical style is always adapted to relate to her audience, be it directors, HR personnel or line managers.


In 2017, Abigail became a Governor at Anglia Ruskin University.

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Birketts LLP fields a 'pragmatic and efficient' employment practice whose ‘service standards are exceptional‘. The ‘very down-to-earth, unflappable' Jeanette Wheeler ‘instils confidence‘ and leads the firm-wide practice from Norwich. Clients recommend her for her ‘breadth of knowledge and her common sense approach'. She recently assisted a client in the healthcare sector with an investigation into a senior staff member's conduct. Also in Norwich, the ‘very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable‘ Matthew Newnham is praised for his ‘wonderful calm demeanour and his practical advice'. Investigations and Employee Relations Consultant Lorna Townsend leads the firm’s HR consultancy and investigations service, which focuses on employee relations. 'Thorough and pragmatic' associate Sam Greenhalgh and legal director Tom Sharpe are also recommended. In Cambridge, Abigail Trencher is the key contact. For a UK employer, she handled TUPE matters arising from a foreign acquisition. Senior associate Katie Harris-Wright is ‘very personable and easy to talk to; she takes the time to understand clients’ business'. Fellow senior associate Lottie Seaborn is ‘great to speak to and has a unique personal touch to her work'. Consultant Tim Tyndall is also recommended. Catherine Johnson  takes the lead in Ipswich, where senior associate Lisa Hayward specialises in share schemes.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

Birketts LLP provides 'excellent service including timely and tailored responses, sector knowledge, foresight in anticipating potential concerns and sensitivity to financial implications', according to one client in the education sector. The firm's multi-disciplinary practice works for clients from all parts of the education sector including pre-schools and nurseries, preparatory and independent schools, academies and academy trusts, and FE and HE colleges. The practice is led by employment partner Abigail Trencher but also includes experts in construction, planning, property, commercial law, litigation, student issues, charities and governance. Trencher recently acted for Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. Consultant Tim Tyndall also handles employment law. Corporate and charities partner Erika Clarke counts College of West Anglia among her clients. Senior associate Sara Sayer is the key contact for disputes and student issues. Senior associate Liz Brownsell, who is co-head of the firm's charities and social enterprise group and who frequently advises on academy conversions, is 'exemplary in her thorough preparation and commitment to providing a professional service; she is personable and sensitive to the clients' requirements, and provides valuable advice'. Senior associate Dwight Patten is recommended for property transactions.

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