Abigail Trencher


One client says: "She ensures that the interests of the client are paramount throughout," and another adds that "she's creative, analytical, and helps her clients to review all considerations."

Chambers [UK 2017]


Abigail qualified as a Solicitor in May 1998 and 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 sectors 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.

Other Information

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.

Abigail is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. Previous editions note that Abigail is "sought after by universities". She and colleague Catherine Johnson are "probably the leading lawyers in the area". Abigail is described as "committed and enthusiastic" (along with colleagues Sara Sayer and Kath Herbert).

The "extremely good" Abigail Trencher is ranked by Chambers [UK 2019]. In previous editions she is recognised for being "outstanding - thorough, sensible and calm," and "clear and dependable". "She is particularly adept at handling clients in the public and non-profit sector and also takes on private sector clients." 

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2019