Ellisons is to merge with Marshall Legal in Colchester reinforcing the position of the Essex Solicitors firm as one of the most prominent providers of legal services in the region. The merger decision comes just a year after the firm attracted PTL Solicitors to unite their respective practices. The combined firm, which will be known as Ellisons will have 23 partners and approximately 25 other lawyers.

Discussions, which have been on going for some months, came to fruition this week with the signing of an agreement between the two firms.

Ellisons’ Senior Partner, Peter Powell, is delighted that Marshall Legal, which has a history almost as long as that of Ellisons, is to join forces: “Marshall Legal has roots in Colchester going back to 1829 and Ellisons has evidence of beginning at least sixty years earlier. Such a solid historic foundation is important but much more pertinent is the fact that we believe we have a strong future together.”
Marshall’s Senior Partner Charles Penfold is equally positive. “Choosing the right partners is always important but must be more so when we are making such a significant move. This agreement reflects our mutual confidence that the Marshall practice will fit well with Ellisons’ plans for the future and the combined firm will provide a strong platform from which to further develop our business and service the needs of our clients”
This merger reflects the commitment of both firms to growth, achieved through a combination of organic development and strategic mergers. The vision of the newly merged firm reflects the desire of each merger partner to focus on commercial work, particularly through the Colchester office but still maintain a strong private client base. The combined firm will offer greater strength across all practice areas but in particular: Property, Civil Litigation, Private Client and Family.
The merger is anticipated to take effect in the late summer.