Ellisons held its AGM in May, giving the management team a chance to communicate the firm’s recent successes including growth in terms of income, and the numbers of partners, colleagues and a record amount of promotions, as well as a new location in Essex. We opened an office in Chelmsford in March this year, bringing the total number of offices in Essex and Suffolk to six.

The event was also notable for the announcement of the firm’s management restructure which has been designed to improve internal communications and efficiencies across the business. Guy Longhurst has been appointed as Managing Partner, supported by a Board, comprising representation from four different areas of the business: Seamus Clifford will be Head of Business Services; Tim Logan, who was previously the Managing Partner, will assume the role of Senior Partner & Head of Private Client Services; Diane Leacock will continue as Director of Finance and John Turner, who was previously the firm’s Chief Information Officer, as the new Chief Operating Officer.

Guy Longhurst said: “The new management structure will improve communication and lines of management internally, allowing our partners and colleagues to focus upon delivering the highest possible levels of service to our clients. Focusing upon our clients and colleagues, and improved communication with them, is essential, as the firm continues to grow, both in existing and new locations.”

Delegates at this year’s AGM were updated on a range of different areas including Ellisons Financial Planning which is a joint venture between Ellisons Solicitors and Suffolk-based Independent Financial Advisers, Matthew Douglas Limited. Its objective is to lift the lid on the complexities of personal finance and offer affordable access to clients seeking to achieve personal financial goals.

The first months of the financial year have seen Ellisons making a record number of promotions, and investing more than ever before in training and development of colleagues. The firm is also continuing with the implementation of an innovative digital transformation, which will allow the firm the agility to maximise the benefits available from new technology, in an environment of constant change.

Delegates also heard an update from partner, Seamus Clifford, about the Alliott Group, which gives the firm more than just a local, regional and national reach. Membership of the Alliott Group has provided Ellisons with international exposure; allowing the firm to build relationships and a strong network for referrals with some of the best like-minded individuals across the world. Some of Ellisons’ senior management team recently attended the Alliott Group’s 2018 EMEA Conference in Prague. Themed ‘Building a Future-Proof Professional Firm’, the conference provided insights into becoming a more powerful, trusted resource for clients.

Guy Longhurst concluded: “The presentations at the AGM covered a lot of positive ground, including updates on all recent developments and plans for the year ahead. The past twelve months has been another highly successful year for the firm and we are looking ahead with a great sense of optimism as 2018/19 promises to be another very exciting year, irrespective of the many challenges all businesses will undoubtedly face”