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Ellisons Solicitors

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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 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 200 staff, including 23 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.

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: Ipswich, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Harwich

  • Number of UK partners: 23
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 74
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Insurance litigation: 23
  • Commercial property: 21
  • Residential property: 16
  • Private client: 18
  • Corporate commercial: 5
  • Employment: 2
  • Family: 7
  • Dispute resolution: 8

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