Firm Profile > Ellisons Solicitors > Ipswich, England

Ellisons Solicitors

Employment Tier 2

Ellisons Solicitors has a strong client base in the SME, food and light industry sectors, and is growing its presence among professional services, finance and insurance, property and technology companies. Lead partner and trained mediator Julian Outen grew the team in 2018 with the hire of solicitor advocate Zoe Parker from Prettys Solicitors LLP, who handles claimant tribunal matters, and assistant solicitor Tina Maxey from Hayes + Storr Solicitors and Notaries, who has 12 years' experience. The practice handles an increasing volume of work for employees and employers, including work with a cross-border element, particularly involving Israel, the US and Germany.

Practice head(s):

Julian Outen

Other key lawyers:


“From first contact, I received nothing but excellent service.”

“Julian Outen has the ability to summarise succinctly the issues, offer alternative courses of action with advice on the ease of and consequences of each option.”

“Julian Outen practises exemplary customer service.”

“We have found all members of the team that we have dealt with to be personable and approachable. They make the legal aspects accessible and are able to contextualise their knowledge to make even the most complex issues easy to understand.”

“The team is very customer-focused and responsive. The team displays a strong culture which is evident comes from the top of the organisation and the partners. The added value that the company brings in terms of its experience and breadth of knowledge across different sectors is evident when dealing with them.”

“Julian Outen has proven to be most knowledgeable and his calm and measured approach to dealing with issues has made him a pleasure to do business with.”

“Julian Outen’s approach is collaborative and makes us feel that we are in it together. We consider him to be part of our team. We would highly recommend him.”

Key clients

East of England Cooperative Society Limited

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Ellisons Solicitors in Ipswich handles a broad range of work including high-end catastrophic injury, fatal accident, acquired brain injury, RTA, psychiatric and industrial disease claims. Practice head Robert Gair has 30 years' experience in personal injury matters and 'handles every case with in-depth care and precision'. Legal executive Bernice Spurgeon  'has a practical "can do" attitude and a realistic approach to case management'. Solicitor Sarah Dawes frequently handles severe orthopaedic and brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gair


“The PI department manages to combine in-depth experience with a ‘local’ and personal feel.”

“With Robert Gair, no stone is left unturned.”

Corporate and commercial: Ipswich Tier 3

The Ipswich office of Ellisons Solicitors joins the rankings this year as the firm extends its local offering into corporate and commercial work. Vastly experienced partner Jon Bloor has moved to the region to lead the practice, bringing extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, and banking and secured lending work. He was joined in early 2019 by partner Petra Sharp from Gotelee Solicitors, who specialises in M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

John Bloor

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“Jon Bloor is an exceptional individual who has the ability to review and explain a technical document in a way that is easy to understand.”

“Having Jon Bloor available at the end of the phone to discuss legal matters at short notice made the process so much easier for us.”

“The firm has an excellent team that is very professional and approachable.”

“The firm provides first-class advice, which focuses on solving problems rather than just finding them. Fee rates are very competitive for the value delivered.”

“Jon Bloor provides excellent quality advice and is extremely pragmatic and relaxed but focused on finding solutions. He is great to work with as solutions are often a compromise between legal and commercial considerations, and therefore client and lawyer working together. Jon is very good at this.”

Commercial property: Essex Tier 1

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

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Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

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:

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

Family: Essex Tier 2

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:


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.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3

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:


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

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 3

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

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‘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.


Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

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 efficientNatalie Simpkins handles high-value injury claims and has expertise in motor liability.

Practice head(s):

Robert Jones, Edward Weaver

Other key lawyers:


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


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 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 was recognised recently when it secured the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel, for the fourth year running. 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 almost 250 staff, including 25 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 Group, 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: Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Harwich.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Guy Longhurst
Senior Partner & Head of Private Client Services Tim Logan
Head of Business Services Seamus Clifford
Insurance Litigation Robert Jones
Commercial Property Philip Roberts
Residential Property Tim Logan
Private Client Tim Logan
Corporate and Commercial Seamus Clifford
Employment Julian Outen
Family Nicky Coates
Dispute Resolution Lee Pearce
Immigration Graeme Kirk
Immigration Sohan Sidhu
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jon Bloor  photo Jon Bloor
 Robert Gair  photo Robert Gair
 Toby Kramers  photo Toby Kramers
 Julian Outen  photo Julian Outen
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 79