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Birketts LLP

Work 01223 326600
Fax 01223 326629
Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Clare Hedges

Work 01223 326605
Birketts LLP

Work Department



Senior Associate


Clare provides employment and immigration advice and regularly delivers interactive training.

Clare provides helpline advice on matters such as discipline and grievance, managing performance and sickness absence. She helps employers implement appropriate contracts, policies and procedures and advises on strategic projects such as redundancies, restructurings and TUPE transfers. Clare has experience of managing terminations including those involving settlement agreements and is an experienced Employment Tribunal litigator. Clare supports overseas clients setting up in the UK and has experience of managing international projects. A fluent French speaker, she also acts as local contact for French employment law matters.

Clare also provides employers with comprehensive advice regarding their migrant workers. She helps our clients to manage immigration risk, by providing training on sponsorship duties and carrying out immigration compliance audits. In addition to regularly supporting employers and their workers seeking Tier 2 visas, Clare also has experience of more unusual categories of the Points Based System, including ministers of religion and charity workers. Clare also advises on visas for entrepreneurs and applications for settlement and naturalisation.


A fluent French speaker, she also acts as local contact for French employment law matters.

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Clare Hedges - Birketts LLP

Within: Immigration

Birketts LLP is ‘proactive, prepares clients for the process with an understanding of their business needs and is good value for money’. ‘In the complex and onerous world of work permits you need the kind of professional, proficient and friendly service the firm provides’, says one client. The firm covers the full spectrum of immigration work and has seen an increase in clients seeking support with Home Office enforcement matters, EEA nationals looking to secure their status in the UK in the aftermath of the EU referendum, and corporates needing advice on the changes to rules that affect migrant workers. In ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ senior associate Clare Hedges heads the team from the Cambridge office and ‘has excellent communication skills, makes the process clear and hassle-free, and is non-judgmental when clients ask silly questions’. Hedges advised Host Europe Group Limited on visa sponsorship matters and its successful application for a Tier 2 sponsor licence, and acted for the London Diocesan Fund in numerous matters including Tier 5 religious worker visas.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The service from Birketts LLP is ‘genuinely excellent, prompt and well informed’. The specialist charities and social enterprise team has ‘superb expert knowledge’ and works cross-office, bringing together capabilities from practices such as employment, property, corporate and dispute resolution. Team head and senior associate Sara Sayer is ‘first rate – clever, knowledgeable and personable’. Legal director Erika Clarke has ‘in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and a sensible approach’. Clients also pick out agricultural specialist and legal director Stuart Jones; ecclesiastical law specialist James Hall, who works as a diocesan registrar and ‘has extensive knowledge of church law’; and senior corporate associate Liz Brownsell, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP and who ‘has in-depth knowledge of charity law’. Senior associate Clare Hedges is recommended for employment and immigration matters. The team acted for a health and hospice charity on transactions involving the acquisition of leasehold properties for charity shops and the development of a new site for a purpose-built hospice. Its long list of clients includes the Diocese of Norwich, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, East Anglia Children’s Hospice and the London Diocesan Fund.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

The service from Birketts LLP is ‘very good and extremely reliable, particularly on property issues’. The team, which is led by Abigail Trencher (who counts several Cambridge University colleges among her clients) features a number of experienced charities practitioners, including legal director and corporate specialist Erika Clarke, senior associate Sara Sayer, who focuses on disputes, and employment partner Tim Tyndall. Charity law specialist and senior associate Liz Brownsell, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP, brings additional strength in academy conversion matters. Tyndall and immigration-focused senior associate Clare Hedges advised a Cambridge University college on a termination of employment and fellowship matter involving complex aspects of employment law and college statutes. Sayer acted for Ipswich School on contentious and regulatory issues including a formal challenge to an exam board decision. Employment associate Tom Sharpe acted for Sapienta Education Trust in a tribunal claim brought by a former employee who alleged unfair dismissal for whistleblowing. The firm also advises education clients on property matters and construction partner Andrew Rush acted for Seevic College on its purchase of a bespoke modular building for teaching purposes.

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South East: Human resources


Within: Next generation lawyers

Clare Hedges - Birketts LLP

Within: Immigration

The ‘first-class’ team at Birketts LLP is ‘practical and knowledgeable’, providing ‘fast, efficient advice which helps greatly with many immigration matters, including sponsorship and work permit issues’. The group supports employers seeking to recruit workers from outside the EU, advises on sponsor license and visa applications, acts for high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs, and also advises on various individual matters including spouse and ancestry visas, naturalisation applications and permanent residence. Recent highlights include advising EFP-ME UK on a sponsor license application alongside several personal immigration matters, and assisting Paloform World with the establishment of a branch office in the UK, making appropriate visa applications for the sole representative. Practice head Janice Leggett provides ‘top-notch’ advice on the full range of immigration matters, with a particular specialism in UK commercial film production, and senior associate Clare Hedges has significant experience handling sponsor revocations, Tier 2 applications and the prevention of illegal working. Other active clients include Blancco UK, Midgard and the Gelber Group.

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