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Joe Brightman
Associate Solicitor
Colchester office
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Joe Brightman

Associate Solicitor


Joe Brightman joined Ellisons as a Property Litigation solicitor, having previously worked for a large firm in Ipswich. He was promoted to Associate in 2017. 

Joe studied law at the University of Essex before gaining his LPC at the College of Law, London. Joe qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

Joe advises a wide range of clients including portfolio owners, property investment companies and individuals. Joe is experienced in all aspects of contentious commercial and residential property issues and landlord and tenant disputes and frequently attends Court for a variety of hearings. Joe is a member of the Property Litigation Association, a professional association of property litigation specialists.

Client Feedback

"I recently enlisted Joe’s help to solve a dispute for me that had been ongoing for some time. The matter has thankfully been bought to a satisfactory conclusion and throughout the process, Joe has been nothing but straightforward, clear and communicative. He has always responded promptly (unlike me at times!) and without fuss, but importantly, with sincerity. 

I cannot fault the service and knowledge he has provided nor can I recommend him highly enough."

Fenn Wright

“Really appreciated your accessibility, kindness, easy to talk to and an overall helpful attitude in a world that has been very new to me. It is comforting to know that should I encounter any difficulties with the land lording of my properties, I can seek your advice and assistance.

It was fortuitous finding Joe when I greatly needed legal advice. And I am deeply grateful."

Margaret McKenzie

"I would like to thank you for your excellent service and advice during our recent boundary dispute.

You dealt with matters promptly, gave sound advice and kept me informed of developments. I felt that your advice was always in my best interest, you clearly pointed out my options in moving the process along in a attempt to get an agreement. Your help and support was very much appreciated on the decisions I made, and for the actions I took during this dispute. 

It was due to your professionalism that this protracted dispute was eventually resolved with a good outcome for ourselves."


"We would just like to say how very grateful we are for all your assistance during our boundary dispute. We found Joe to be thoroughly professional, yet friendly and approachable and totally focused at all times.

Although we were unable to get a resolution, largely due to our neighbours, we found Joe to be clear in his thoughts on the situation and the advice was always well given."

Mr and Mrs H

Areas of Specialism

  • residential block management services, including recovery of unpaid service charge, issues arising from s20 consultations and representation at the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
  • commercial estate management, including recovery of unpaid rent and service charge
  • claims to recover possession of property from trespassers
  • recovery of unpaid sums from tenants, including insolvency proceedings
  • boundary issues, adverse possession and disputes over rights of way
  • termination of assured and protected residential tenancies
  • professional negligence claims relating to property
  • experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation
  • litigation connecting to Rural Affairs

Outside the Office

When Joe isn’t working, he enjoys watching football and going to the cinema.