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Ellisons Solicitors

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Essex
Corporate and commercial: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Ellisons Solicitors

The corporate and commercial team at Ellisons Solicitors handles a wide range of significant mandates highlighted by large, cross-border transactions led by managing partner Seamus Clifford. The practice group is particularly focused on large business transfer and share purchase matters, which often have an international element. Paul Forsyth has been leading the firm's expansion into Chelmsford and has experience in insolvency matters. Also of note, the team was recently strengthened by the addition of Petra Sharp from Gotelee Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Seamus Clifford

Other key lawyers:Paul Forsyth

Key Clients

Gray Dawes Travel

East of England Co-Operative Society Limited

Shareholders of Hammerton Caravan Group Limited

Shareholders of Chelsea Technologies Limited

Beggs & Partners

Ensors Chartered Accountants

CVR Global LLP

Huntstowe Land Limited

Nova Command Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Gray Dawes Travel Ltd in its share acquisition of Giles Travel Limited.
  • Represented Gray Dawes Travel Ltd in its second acquisition of the year, a four-party asset purchase.
  • Represented the 12 shareholders of Chelsea Technologies Limited in the sale of the company and its subsidiary company to Sonardyne International Limited.
  • Represented Beggs & Partners in its acquisition of Essex based company, SX Heating and Plumbing Supplies Ltd.
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Paul Forsyth - Ellisons Solicitors

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex
Commercial litigation: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors' litigation practice has significant experience in commercial litigation matters, including banking litigation and contentious probate. Key contact Lee Pearce continues to act for a long-standing client the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in property litigation matters concerning possession claims. The insolvency practice within the practice group has been strengthened by the addition of experienced litigator Hayley Songhurst, who joined from Birkett Long LLP. Scott Porter was recently made partner and is 'renowned for his insolvency work', Ceri Rogers is recommended for probate, and Graeme Wallington is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):Lee Pearce; Graeme Wallington

Other key lawyers:Scott Porter; Ceri Rogers


'Graeme Wallington is a very experienced senior partner at the firm and is always fully appraised of the matters in the case and carefully considers the next steps required in legal proceedings.'

'Ceri Rogers is great to work with. She puts clients at ease and ensures that cases are very well prepared for trial.'

'The team grapples with the legal and evidential merits of the dispute at an early stage and client expectations are managed accordingly.'

'The team keeps well on top of the litigation process, and the litigation costs are as a result accurately forecasted and kept under control.'

Key Clients

AIB Group

H R Owen PLC

Gray Dawes Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a bank in defending a claim for a consequential loss from mis-selling of hedging products.
  • Acting for an insurance underwriting company in professional negligence claims against solicitors and architects/surveyors arising out of the purchase of land for the development of a new office.
  • Represented executors and beneficiary of an estate against an Inheritance Act claim by the deceased’s wife.
  • Acting in a series of possession claims against military personnel.
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Ceri Rogers - Ellisons Solicitors

Scott Porter - Ellisons Solicitors

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Ellisons Solicitors

At Ellisons Solicitors, personal injury matters are handled seamlessly across the insurance litigation department and the small claims department, led by Robert Jones and Edward Weaver respectively. The group acts for high-profile clients in significant matters from contentious liability disputes to road traffic accidents. The 'highly efficient' Natalie Simpkins handles high-value injury claims and has expertise in motor liability.

Practice head(s):Robert Jones, Edward Weaver

Other key lawyers:Natalie Simpkins


'The team diligently handles an immense volume of work including many high-value complicated cases'

'Punches far above its weight and outdoes many London based peers'

'Excellent value for money'

'Robert Jones is largely responsible for driving the team forward'

Key Clients

AXIS Capital

Liberty Specialty Markets


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South East: Private client

Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Ellisons Solicitors

The family team at Ellisons Solicitors - which handles matters including family litigation, property disputes between unmarried couples and dissolution of civil partnerships - is led by Nicola Coates, who is the 'go-to' practitioner for high net worth clients, advising on complex and high-value divorce matters. Newly promoted partner and mediation-trained lawyer Lisa Dawson continues to act for private clients in litigation and child arrangement orders. Samantha Chase joined the team upon completing her qualification.

Practice head(s):Nicola Coates

Other key lawyers:Lisa Dawson


'Nicola Coates is very good with clients and takes a pragmatic and considered approach to cases.'

'The team is quick to respond to queries and has good customer service.'

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Lisa Dawson - Ellisons Solicitors

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors provide clients with a 'high level of technical expertise' and manage all areas of tax and estate planning, trust and probate administration, as well as wills. The group has a traditional family solicitor approach and caters to a long-standing client base of high-net-worth individual and local companies. Recent highlights include acting on behalf of a deceased client in a £1m cross-border matter, with the team administrating an estate across South Africa, Australia and the UK. This matter was led by practice lead Tim Logan and Chloe Baldwin. Clacton-based associate Gina Westbrook who is 'very knowledgable' is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Tim Logan

Other key lawyers:Chloe Baldwin


'Practical and commercially astute- the lawyers at Ellisons provide a very personal service and are easy to work with.'

'The private client team at Ellisons has a strength in dealing with challenging family dynamics that comes through years of experience.'


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Gina Westbrook - Ellisons Solicitors

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Essex
Commercial property: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors' commercial property team is known for its work on property acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and consortium agreements. Managing partner Guy Longhurst deals with the acquisitions and disposal of residential, commercial and development sites, while team head Philip Roberts also handles the full scope of commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:Guy Longhurst

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Philip Roberts - Ellisons Solicitors

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