Firm Profile > Ellisons Solicitors > Ipswich, England

Ellisons Solicitors
WHERSTEAD, THE STREET
WHERSTEAD PARK
IPSWICH, SUFFOLK
IP9 2BJ
England

Immigration Tier 1

Ellisons Solicitors acquired Bury St Edmunds firm Gross & Co in late 2019, bringing in practice head Graeme Kirk and partner Sohan Sidhu, who are greatly experienced immigration specialists. Kirk, a former chairman of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association, has almost 40 years' experience in all aspects of business immigration, including the Points-Based System Tiers 1-5, having handled applications for innovators and investors, sole representatives, and related family applications.

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The firm has exceptional knowledge of the work type but offering a practical and pragmatic approach.

Trustworthy and reliable advice from Graeme Kirk. He knows his stuff and does not just regurgitate guidance.

The firm is very unique in terms of thinking strategically and inventively. The team is always brainstorming new ideas, analysing the situations, defining clear policies. They guide clients with step-by-step procedures. The team has very strong technical ability and the utmost care of each client. The team goes above and beyond to support and provide solutions for clients.

I have mostly worked with Graeme Kirk and have been working with him for the last 11 years. Graeme’s knowledge and experience in the industry are exceptional. He is always accessible and his compassion for clients is unmatched. He is always very professional, courteous and friendly. His ability to navigate complicated cases is outstanding. Graeme has a good eye for detail, strong communication skills, creative problem-solving abilities, and perseverance. Graeme is brilliant and I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Ellisons Solicitors in Ipswich advises a large number of early stage investment clients on corporate matters in sectors such as online retail, as well as many owner-managed businesses from the local area in many industry sectors. The firm also has an impressive roster of large business clients for commercial law advice. The 'succinct and swiftJon Bloor is the lead partner in Ipswich, working in close collaboration with partners in Colchester and Chelmsford. Senior associate Petra Sharp joined from Gotelee Solicitors in 2019 and one clients describes her as 'one of the best solicitors we have ever worked with'.

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The team has a broad knowledge and skill set, whilst being quick, efficient and reasonably priced. As a growing startup, it’s really important we can get all our legal support in one place, from a trusted partner.

We love working with Petra Sharp and she is one of the best solicitors we have ever worked with. What makes her great is that she really understands our business and knows what is important for a business of our stage. She explains the facts and risks very clearly and the key points in a contract we need to win during a negotiation. She’s fast, efficient and reliable. Her input and advise has been fundamental to our business growth of the last few years and I hope to work with her for many more.

The firm is very responsive and Jon Bloor is succinct and swift in replying.

Ellisons is a very strong regional practice which has all relevant specialisms covered. The quality and reliability of the firm, its partners and staff is excellent.

I have worked with Petra Sharp, Seamus Clifford and Paul Forsyth in their corporate team on a number of occasions. I have found them to be extremely knowledgeable, practical and collaborative.

Key clients

Sudbury Silk Mills Ltd

Pitpatpet Limited

Suffolk GP Federation CIC

StrategiQ Group Limited

East of England Co-Operative Society Limited

Employment Tier 2

Ellisons Solicitors in Ipswich has a small team that is part of a broader employment practice across its offices in East Anglia and Essex. Alongside its diverse range of local work in these regions, the firm also handles some national and cross-border HR matters. Julian Outen, who is a trained mediator, is regarded as a leading practitioner in this area of law with 25 years' experience in contentious matters, TUPE and corporate support work. Associate Tina Maxey is also recommended, particularly for advising employers on exit strategies, terminations and employment tribunal claims.

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East of England Cooperative Society Limited

Gray Dawes Travel Group

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

'This team takes on highly complex injury cases without losing sight of the welfare of the individual claimant,' remarks a client of Ellisons Solicitors. Led by partner Robert Gair, who has 'a practical approach and is a humane point of contact for clients throughout the litigation process', the practice handles a diverse range of claims encompassing fatal accidents, acquired brain injury, industrial disease, road traffic accidents, work place accidents, public liability, occupiers' liability, bystander/nervous shock matters and psychiatric claims.

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This team takes on highly complex injury cases involving multiple experts without losing sight of the welfare of the individual claimant.

Robert Gair stands out. As well as bringing a practical approach to litiagtion, he maintains a humane point of contact for clients throughout the litigation process.

I work only for one partner, Robert Gair. He is an extremely experienced head injury practitioner. The quality of his work is of the highest standard. I consider him to be amongst the top three or four personal injury practitioners in East Anglia. I work for most of them.

Robert Gair is conscientious with an intimate and up-to-date knowledge of the law and the medicine in his chosen practice area of brain injury. He balances tenacity with good judgement. His clients adore him and trust his every move.

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Ellisons Solicitors joins the ranking this year having built up a substantial practice in its Ipswich office. The firm now has three experienced partners in Toby Kramers, Tim Bacon and Catherine Abbott. All have broad-ranging practices with niche areas of specialism. Kramers deals with leasehold enfranchisement, wind farm developments and matters for gas transportation operators; Bacon is adept in landlord and tenant matters; and Abbott stands out for the acquisition and set up of development sites.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 4

Ellisons Solicitors joins the ranking this year having extended its private client offering from its home base in Essex to its Ipswich office, which is steadily building out a comprehensive range of services. Senior associate Ayesha Brown joined in July 2020.

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‘I have been very impressed with the friendly and comprehensive service provided by Ayesha Brown.‘

‘Ayesha Brown has worked with me to make the complex and stressful executorship which I am administering as simple and straightforward as possible and at all times making sure that my personal position is protected. She has shown considerable sympathy in relating to the particular issues and my personal concerns and I have always felt that she is “on my side”. She has been at pains to ensure that costs relating to my case are kept to a minimum. I count myself very fortunate to have found Ayesha to help me with my difficult executorship.‘

‘Ayesha Brown epitomises all I would expect from a solicitor – she was pleasant, courteous and thoroughly knowledgeable in advising me how to draft my will. I feel confident that my affairs are in safe hands and I know I can approach her by telephone or email should I have any further queries. Above all, Ayesha was wonderful.‘

‘Ayesha Brown is very professional, conscientious, flexible and responsive. She is an excellent solicitor.‘

Commercial property: Essex Tier 1

Ellisons Solicitors' commercial property team is known for its work in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and consortium agreements. Managing partner Guy Longhurst  deals with the acquisition and disposal of residential and development sites, while team lead Philip Roberts handles the full spectrum of sector transactions. Well-regarded senior associate Wendy Martin joined from Holmes & Hills.

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

The corporate and commercial team at Ellisons Solicitors is well-regarded for its work on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and company restructures. As part of the international Alliott Group network, it is able to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions in tandem with accounting and law firms of equal repute. Names to note include department head Paul Forsyth, an expert in transactions arising from insolvency, and senior associate Petra Sharp.

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Excellence in engaging with and communicating with clients to understand very clearly what the clients goals are so that interests and focus can be aligned‘.

Ellisons is a very strong regional practice which has all relevant specialisms covered. The quality and reliability of the firm, its partners and staff is excellent‘.

The team has a broad knowledge and skill set, whilst being quick, efficient and reasonably priced. As a growing startup, it’s really important we can get all our legal support in one place, from a trusted partner‘.

Petra Sharp and Paul Forsyth are extremely knowledgeable, practical and collaborative‘.

Paul Forsyth is pragmatic and commercial. You feel as though Paul and the team are genuinely trying to achieve the same goals as the principals in any transaction‘.

We love working with Petra Sharp and she is one of the best solicitors we have ever worked with. What makes her great, is that she really understands our business and knows what is important for a business of our stage. She explains the facts and risks very clearly and the key points in a contract we need to win during a negotiation. She’s fast, efficient and reliable. Her input and advice has been fundamental to our business growth of the last few years and I hope to work with her for many more‘.

Key clients

Gray Dawes Travel Limited

Colin Leek and Douglas Curtis Machine Tools (Colchester) Limited

Family: Essex Tier 2

The family team at Ellisons Solicitors, which handles matters such as family litigation, property disputes between unmarried couples and dissolution of civil partnerships, is led by Nicola Coates , who advises on complex and high-value divorce matters. Mediation-trained lawyer Lisa Dawson continues to act in litigation and child arrangement orders and handles the firm's work in pre and post relationship agreements.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3

Ellisons Solicitors' litigation practice has significant experience in commercial matters, as well as banking litigation and contentious probate matters. Key contacts include practice head Lee PearceGraeme Wallington and head of insolvency Scott Porter.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 3

Ellisons Solicitors 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 longstanding client base of high-net-worth individual and local companies. Clacton-based associate Gina Westbrook is a key name to note.

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Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 4

At Ellisons Solicitors, the personal injury practice handles complex and catastrophic injury claims led by experienced practice head Robert Jones. The group represents major insurers on all matters and is noted for its extensive litigation expertise. Senior associate Edward Weaver is a key member of the team and is recommended for multi-track personal injury claims and motor liability claims. Natalie Simpkins handles large loss claims and brain injury matters.

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Ellisons Solicitors is one of the oldest, most established and growing firms in the East of England having been founded over 250 years ago, providing business and individual clients with a wide range of first-class services. Expertise includes commercial property, corporate and commercial services, insurance litigation, dispute resolution, immigration and employment, as well as residential property, wills and trusts, personal injury and family matters.
The firm: Ellisons has been established for over 250 years. This exceptional longevity is attributed to its tradition of proactive, friendly and highly-personalised client service.

This client service tradition is enshrined in the Ellisons’ Way – a set of practices and fundamental principles permeating the firm’s DNA. The Ellisons Way, the firm’s cultural framework, ensures high standards across all areas of the business and this is recognised by the firm continuing to secure the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Ellisons is also recognised by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation which marks the firm out as continuing to meet high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

With over 200 staff, including 30 partners led by Guy Longhurst (Managing Partner), Ellisons provides business clients with excellent technical advice, delivered with commercial awareness and practical common sense. The firm knows how to give its clients a competitive edge, protect their key assets and, if necessary, resolve disputes. Though of substantial size and with many major companies on its client list, as well as charities and public authorities, the practice has retained the ethos and approachability of a family firm. Private clients receive a high level of personal service tailored to their individual needs and objectives. The firm is also part of the Alliott Global Alliance, an international alliance of law and accountancy firms, adding another element to the array of services the firm offers – giving Ellisons a unique position with global connections and referrals from international legal and financial advisors.

In 2015 Ellisons launched Ellisons Financial Planning as a joint venture between Ellisons Solicitors and Matthew Douglas Limited, to offer affordable access to truly independent financial advice.

Types of work undertaken: Ellisons commercial property team has been regarded consistently as one of the leading property departments in the region. Large enough to provide clients with a full range of expert advice on all aspects of commercial property, it prides itself on providing a personal service. Clients include residential and commercial developers, individual and corporate investors, charities, financial institutions, public authorities and businesses. Areas of specialisation include property acquisition and disposal, joint venture and consortium agreements, commercial and residential development site acquisitions and disposals, planning and environmental matters, leases of all types of commercial property, option agreements and pre-emption agreements, as well as deferred payment agreements and funding arrangements.

The insurance litigation team has enjoyed close and enduring relationships with major insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates, self-insured enterprises, loss adjusters and other intermediaries for more than 30 years. Its foundations are built on handling motor claims and it is experienced in dealing with both employer liability and public liability claims. It provides the expertise to provide an efficient resolution of complex and catastrophic injury claims. A cost effective claims management service for lower value claims is offered. Advice is given on policy issues and indemnity disputes and representation is arranged at motor prosecutions and inquests.

The nationally and internationally recognised Immigration team has over 35 years of expertise covering all aspects of immigration, from companies wishing to obtain a Sponsors Licence to employ foreign nationals, the Points-Based System Tiers 1-5, applications for entrepreneurs and investors, sole representatives and related family applications to foreign businesses opening operations in the UK. The team regularly advise international banks, substantial British and foreign corporations, as well as smaller companies and entrepreneurs. They act as consultant in immigration law to a number of firms of UK solicitors and foreign lawyers. They also advise members of the United States Air Force (USAF), members of the Civilian Componency and US Government Contractors on UK immigration law issues including American nationals who are seeking to reside in the UK.

Corporate and commercial work is a growing area of expertise and several Ellisons lawyers have previously worked for City firms in this area. Clients range from small owner-managed businesses, through to charitable institutions, financial institutions and large public limited companies. Services include mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and management buy-outs and buy-ins, as well as debt and equity funding, company formations and intellectual property.

A comprehensive employment law service is offered for both employers and employees. The range of services extends from offering initial advice to full representation at an employment tribunal. Proceedings in the county and High Courts on employment related matters are brought and defended. Specific expertise includes unfair dismissal, discrimination, transfers of undertakings, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, reorganisations and restructuring, redundancies, contracts of employment and related documents. As well as employment matters, dispute resolution services include commercial litigation, landlord and tenant matters, and contentious probate.

For private clients, Ellisons is known for its expert and comprehensive residential property services. Family law is a special area of expertise including divorce and related financial matters, property dispute resolution between unmarried couples, disputes about children and domestic violence.
All aspects of personal injury are dealt with, as well as wills, trusts and probate.
After a successful period of expansion in recent years, expanding its presence in Colchester and opening a new branch in Chelmsford, as well as promoting a record number of lawyers Ellisons will continue to evolve and meet the growing challenges of the legal marketplace.

Other offices: Colchester, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Guy Longhurst
Senior Partner & Head of Private Client Services Tim Logan
Insurance Litigation Robert Jones
Commercial Property Philip Roberts
Residential Property Tim Logan
Private Client Tim Logan
Employment Julian Outen
Dispute Resolution Lee Pearce
Immigration Graeme Kirk
Immigration Sohan Sidhu
Family Lisa Dawson
Corporate Commercial Paul Forsyth
Photo Name Position Profile
 Catherine Abbott photo Catherine Abbott Partner
 Frances Barker  photo Frances Barker Partner
 Jon Bloor  photo Jon Bloor Partner
Ms Ayesha Brown photo Ms Ayesha Brown Senior Associate
 Andrew Fleming  photo Andrew Fleming Partner
 Robert Gair  photo Robert Gair Robert is the partner in charge of all claimant PI work.
 Toby Kramers  photo Toby Kramers Partner As well as undertaking sale, leasehold and development work, Toby has…
 Tina Maxey photo Tina Maxey Associate
 Julian Outen  photo Julian Outen Partner, Head of Employment.  Julian’s work involves advising and assisting in all…
 Ian Seeley  photo Ian Seeley Partner
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of other UK fee-earners : 79
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Ellisons Solicitors is one of the oldest, most established and growing firms in the East of England having been founded over 250 years ago, providing business and individual clients with a wide range of first-class services. Expertise includes commercial property, corporate and commercial services, insurance litigation, dispute resolution, immigration and employment, as well as residential property, wills and trusts, personal injury and family matters.

The firm: Ellisons has been established for over 250 years. This exceptional longevity is attributed to its tradition of proactive, friendly and highly-personalised client service.

This client service tradition is enshrined in the Ellisons’ Way – a set of practices and fundamental principles permeating the firm’s DNA. The Ellisons Way, the firm’s cultural framework, ensures high standards across all areas of the business and this is recognised by the firm continuing to secure the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Ellisons is also recognised by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation which marks the firm out as continuing to meet high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

With over 200 staff, including 30 partners led by Guy Longhurst (Managing Partner), Ellisons provides business clients with excellent technical advice, delivered with commercial awareness and practical common sense. The firm knows how to give its clients a competitive edge, protect their key assets and, if necessary, resolve disputes. Though of substantial size and with many major companies on its client list, as well as charities and public authorities, the practice has retained the ethos and approachability of a family firm. Private clients receive a high level of personal service tailored to their individual needs and objectives. The firm is also part of the Alliott Global Alliance, an international alliance of law and accountancy firms, adding another element to the array of services the firm offers – giving Ellisons a unique position with global connections and referrals from international legal and financial advisors.

In 2015 Ellisons launched Ellisons Financial Planning as a joint venture between Ellisons Solicitors and Matthew Douglas Limited, to offer affordable access to truly independent financial advice.

Types of work undertaken: Ellisons commercial property team has been regarded consistently as one of the leading property departments in the region. Large enough to provide clients with a full range of expert advice on all aspects of commercial property, it prides itself on providing a personal service. Clients include residential and commercial developers, individual and corporate investors, charities, financial institutions, public authorities and businesses. Areas of specialisation include property acquisition and disposal, joint venture and consortium agreements, commercial and residential development site acquisitions and disposals, planning and environmental matters, leases of all types of commercial property, option agreements and pre-emption agreements, as well as deferred payment agreements and funding arrangements.

The insurance litigation team has enjoyed close and enduring relationships with major insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates, self-insured enterprises, loss adjusters and other intermediaries for more than 30 years. Its foundations are built on handling motor claims and it is experienced in dealing with both employer liability and public liability claims. It provides the expertise to provide an efficient resolution of complex and catastrophic injury claims. A cost effective claims management service for lower value claims is offered. Advice is given on policy issues and indemnity disputes and representation is arranged at motor prosecutions and inquests.

The nationally and internationally recognised Immigration team has over 35 years of expertise covering all aspects of immigration, from companies wishing to obtain a Sponsors Licence to employ foreign nationals, the Points-Based System Tiers 1-5, applications for entrepreneurs and investors, sole representatives and related family applications to foreign businesses opening operations in the UK. The team regularly advise international banks, substantial British and foreign corporations, as well as smaller companies and entrepreneurs. They act as consultant in immigration law to a number of firms of UK solicitors and foreign lawyers. They also advise members of the United States Air Force (USAF), members of the Civilian Componency and US Government Contractors on UK immigration law issues including American nationals who are seeking to reside in the UK.

Corporate and commercial work is a growing area of expertise and several Ellisons lawyers have previously worked for City firms in this area. Clients range from small owner-managed businesses, through to charitable institutions, financial institutions and large public limited companies. Services include mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and management buy-outs and buy-ins, as well as debt and equity funding, company formations and intellectual property.

A comprehensive employment law service is offered for both employers and employees. The range of services extends from offering initial advice to full representation at an employment tribunal. Proceedings in the county and High Courts on employment related matters are brought and defended. Specific expertise includes unfair dismissal, discrimination, transfers of undertakings, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, reorganisations and restructuring, redundancies, contracts of employment and related documents. As well as employment matters, dispute resolution services include commercial litigation, landlord and tenant matters, and contentious probate.

For private clients, Ellisons is known for its expert and comprehensive residential property services. Family law is a special area of expertise including divorce and related financial matters, property dispute resolution between unmarried couples, disputes about children and domestic violence.

All aspects of personal injury are dealt with, as well as wills, trusts and probate.

After a successful period of expansion in recent years, expanding its presence in Colchester and opening a new branch in Chelmsford, as well as promoting a record number of lawyers Ellisons will continue to evolve and meet the growing challenges of the legal marketplace.

Other offices: Colchester, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Immigration Sohan Sidhu
Commercial Property Catherine Abbott
Managing Partner Guy Longhurst
Senior Partner Tim Logan
Head of Employment Julian Outen
Head of Dispute Resolution Lee Pearce
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