The merger of PTL Solicitors with Ellisons, announced last November, came into effect on 01 May 2008. 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. To its existing offices at Colchester, Frinton on Sea and Dovercourt, it adds a second office in Colchester and a new office at Clacton on Sea, making the firm particularly pre-eminent on the Tendring peninsula. The merged practice will also have strengthened resources in the following practice areas: Commercial Property, Corporate Commercial, Residential Property, Private Client, Employment, Family and Personal Injury.
The merger reflects Ellisons’ commitment to growth, achieved through a combination of organic development and strategic mergers. It is equally in keeping with the Firm’s vision to focus on commercial work, particularly through the Colchester office whilst growing its strong private client base across the region.
Ellisons’ Senior Partner, Peter Powell, is delighted with the comparative ease with which the two firms have merged:
“Merger negotiations are all about testing out compatibility and identifying synergies. But you really know when a merger is going to be successful in the run up period when teams from both sides have to start working together. The networking of offices both physically in terms of IT and from the personal perspective in terms of team restructuring has been so positive. It just proves that PTL was the natural match for Ellisons.”
Tim Logan, formerly Managing Partner of PTL and now Head of Private Client at the merged firm is equally pleased with the results:
“We are confident that our clients and our people will benefit from the greater opportunities presented by the merged firm, which combines two very similar cultures.”
Merger celebrations naturally involve some hospitality to introduce the extended team to clients but the firm has also been delighted to confirm its support to some key sponsorships. On the 9th May, Ellisons is sponsoring the Mayor’s Ball as a timely commitment to Colchester as the continued location for its head office and later in the year, the Firm will have a greater involvement in the Tendring Show as an indication of the importance of the region in particular to its private client strategy.