Our History


Ellisons Solicitors incorporating Gross & Co.

Ellisons merged with Bury St Edmunds-based firm Gross & Co.

Established in 1848, Gross & Co. will bring a high level of complementary expertise and 25 additional staff into the Ellisons ‘fold’.  With its reputation for immigration and charity law, Gross & Co. will help to bolster Ellisons’ offering nationally and internationally, and the newly-merged entity will be known as ‘Ellisons Solicitors incorporating Gross & Co.’ for an initial period.

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We opened our third office in Colchester town centre

The new ‘The Bath House’ building is located on the former Le Cateau Barracks site, adjacent to Butt Road and provides 4,000 sq ft of modern office space for our Insurance Litigation Department.


10 years of business in Clacton-on-Sea

Since merging with PTL Solicitors in 2008 we celebrated our 10th anniversary.


New office in Chelmsford city centre

We announced the opening of our sixth office in Chelmsford, offering a full suite of commercial property, corporate and personal legal services


Launch of Ellisons Financial Planning

Ellisons Financial Planning was launched as a joint venture between Ellisons Solicitors and Matthew Douglas Limited.


Joined the Alliott Group, an international alliance of lawyers and accountants

Ellisons joined a worldwide alliance of professional firms, which will strengthen the firm and our clients by providing international thinking to our local presence.


The firm opens its first office in Ipswich

Located at Wherstead Park, the firm opened its doors in Ipswich.


The firm celebrated 250 years

Ellisons was established in Colchester by William Mason 250 years ago.

Ellisons celebrated this milestone throughout 2014 with many celebrations taking place; with clients, contacts and staff.  We marked the end of a fantastic year of celebrations by planting 250 trees at the Essex Wildlife Trust.


Marshall Legal and Ellisons merger

Ellisons merged with Marshall Legal in Colchester, reinforcing the position of Ellisons as one of the most prominent providers of legal services in the region.

The merger decision came just a year after the firm attracted PTL Solicitors to unite their respective practices.

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Wanham Longhurst

The firm acquired the business of Wanham Longhurst.


Plummer Tilsley Logan

Ellisons merged with PTL Solicitors. The merged Firm, which operates under the name of Ellisons Solicitors, now has 17 Partners and a total staff of 122.

As a result of the merger, Ellisons has strengthened its position as one of the most prominent providers of legal services in Essex.

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Peter Leaman and Co

The firm acquired the business of Peter Leaman and Co.


Ellisons and incorporated Lansley and Co

The firm changed its name to Ellisons and incorporated Lansley and Co


Incorporated Darley Tudor

The firm incorporated Darley Tudor based in Frinton, creating the Frinton-on-Sea office.


Ellison and Co

In 1937, John Aylmer Fitz-Harninge Morton and David Pelham Papillon joined the firm and upon their arrival it became known as Ellison & Co. Oborne Ellison was still working at the firm, and indeed did so until well into his early 80s.


Oborne James Ellison and Cecil Howard Morten

Mr Oborne James Ellison joined the firm which led to the firm changing its name once again to Howard Ellison & Morten.


Howard and Son

Howard Keeling and Inglis.


Mason Keeling and Howard

Mason Keeling and Howard.


Mason Son and Keeling

By 1827 the firm had changed its name to Mason Son & Keeling with the partners as William Mason, William Mason Junior and Frederick Page Keeling.


Mason & Son

Ellisons are able to trace the roots of the firm back to one William Mason (born in 1738), a humble Colchester man who started his career as a scrivener (copyist), acting as a clerk to a Samual Ennew.