• Lydia is a long-standing member of the Brachers team, having first joined as a temp in our residential conveyancing department back in 1987. After short stints in both residential and commercial property, Lydia has established herself as a valued member of the litigation team.

    I am just really proud to be part of a team in a firm that stands out in the community, that has a reputation for fantastic service, great client service and wonderful legal advice, achieving great outcomes for our clients.

    Lydia Burchell Secretary (Litigation)
  • In a few sentences, describe a typical day for you.

    I check all the emails first thing in the morning and respond as necessary or update myself on the latest matter information, I take telephone calls from clients or other parties and help where I can or ask the Partners I work for to return their calls. I help my fee earners put together bundles for Court and/or filing Court paperwork, obtain information and upload information to and from the Land Registry, type correspondence between parties mainly dictated by fee earners or information sent to me by email or sometimes I type it myself and the fee earner checks it, I deal with finance forms as necessary and also admin tasks of obtaining deeds from the strongroom or returning them. At the end of the day I make sure that all post that is being sent by first class or recorded/special delivery is with the post room. During the day I also enjoy conversations with colleagues.

  • What do you like most about what you do here at Brachers?

    I really like the friendly atmosphere and engaging with all the other staff and the fact that you feel part of the same team with the same aims all working together to achieve them. I have worked with many of the current Partners when they were trainee solicitors so I really feel that I have a wonderful close connection with them and have seen them develop into amazing solicitors.

    Why have you stayed with the firm for as long as you have?

    I have always really enjoyed working with everyone at Brachers and I enjoy working with my team and the property litigation work that I do with my fee earners. Over the years I have moved closer to the office location, so when my children were younger they were at schools locally so I was on hand if I was needed. I am proud to tell people that I work at Brachers.

    What’s your favourite part of working with your team and wider colleagues?

    It is great working as a team, it’s always really good fun and there is a lot of banter in my team amongst the team members and fee earners though we work really hard we achieve our goals by working as a really tight knit team. Most of the members of my team have been at Brachers for over 10 years.

    Tell me about a memorable moment during your career at Brachers. How did it come about and what did it mean to you?

    There have been some really memorable events at Brachers I love all the anniversary celebrations but I especially remember the 100 years of the firm event, where two of the partners lent their property to the celebrations which involved a large marquee with a barn dance and bucking bronco. It was a really wonderful event and we celebrated in style.

    What stands out to you about the culture at Brachers?

    We just definitely stand for our values, being the best we possibly can and using those skills to work together to achieve great results.

  • What are you most proud of, working at Brachers?

    I am just really proud to be part of a team in a firm that stands out in the community, that has a reputation for fantastic service, great client service and wonderful legal advice, achieving great outcomes for our clients. When I tell people that I work for Brachers they always say what a good job and what a great firm they are.

    Finally: What would you say to someone considering working at Brachers?

    Definitely come to Brachers, you will be really welcomed. I have never regretted being at Brachers for so long, I have loved every minute of working here for the past 35 years and many more years to come.

  • Brachers life

    We have a long and rich history of helping clients in Kent and supporting numerous charity and community initiatives for over 125 years.

    As a firm we continue to grow, and are proud to be leading the way with our innovation and investment in technology.

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  • “Friendly staff, supportive and approachable colleagues who share the same vision.”

    Sharon Hooper, IT Support and Training Manager
  • Building your career

    We believe in the potential of our staff and allowing people to shine. With our clear progression routes and a range of support systems, you’ll have all you need to achieve a fulfilling career.

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  • Benefits

    Our staff work really hard and we think hard work should be rewarded. We offer a great benefits package to ensure we make your work with Brachers, and your life outside of work, more fulfilling.

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  • “My role from trainee to partner at Brachers has been very rewarding. I now enjoy supporting and mentoring the new trainees joining our team”

    Matt Simmonds, Partner (Corporate and Commercial)
  • “This is a great place to work. If you are looking for an alternative opportunity to a London firm, but want to maintain the quality of clients and work, you couldn’t do better than joining Brachers”

    Alex Cosgrove, Partner (Corporate and Commercial)
  • Early career opportunities

    Whether you are a student looking for work experience, you are considering your first steps into a legal career or you are exploring a new career path, we offer a wide range of opportunities to give you the best start.

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    • Alexandra is a fantastic lawyer. Her depth of knowledge is amazing. Her real strength, however, is that she is able to distil all that knowledge to clients at a level they understand and have confidence moving forward with.

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    • Her skill set allows her to offer a personal and sensitive service to her clients, dealing with matters efficiently and competently.

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    • Chris is one of the most commercial private client solicitors that I have encountered… he puts the clients at the forefront of what he does.

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    • Alexandra has a highly detailed knowledge of all matters to do with estate planning, will making, trust creation and estate administration.

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    • He is excellent technically and has great inter-personal skills. He is easy to talk to and clear in his advice.

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